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The whole point of this thing is to sell books from Apple, rather than buying them from Amazon or using Google Books.
and magazine/newspaper subscriptions, and iTunes, and apps. It's priced cheap because Apple will probably make more than the $499 back on each w/ online purchases. It's revolutionary because it's the most closed tablet ever made.
making phone and social media communications easy and quick from any location with a cell phone signal or wifi.
just a big iPhone
Could sales of iPad be detrimental to iPhone sales?
But it's not a 'phone' is it? My understanding is it will not have cellular voice capability, just data. Only VOIP, Skype, etc. and that's somewhat crippled w/o a webcam.
Now an Android tablet where I can swap/sync SIM chips with the Nexus One, Droid, etc. would have me saving my money; an iPad that did the same would have me a touch envious right now.
Jobs is notable for that style of presenting but this time there was a false or strained tone. There is nothing gorgeous about a picture of a keyboard, especially one that caused him to mistype words on it. He looked a little ridiculous holding what appeared to be a supersize iPhone. Gadgets are supposed to get smaller, not bigger.
That said, the iPhone way of manipulating on-screen data is an interesting gimmick. But I don't think that the gimmick itself justifies the price.
I think people are upset it's not a not-as-powerful Macbook without a keyboard, which is really what it should have been
There really isn't a need or home for these "tablets" why does the industry insist on pushing these out when nobody wants them...they've been around since 2002 and havn't taken off, give it up already!
Having a poor form factor with lousy usability does not doom a concept, this will be proven to be true with the inevitable success of the iPad and all future competitors that are now scrambling to get out their version, like Google (just as they did with their phone).
This is just the beginning. I'm sure that all the naysayers are the same people that doomed the iPhone by saying it was too expensive and lacked features. What is the iPhone market share for smart phones now?
Mark this thread and and check back in a year. Tablets will be everywhere, and they will have a similar look and feel of the iPad.
And please, don't label me a fanboy.... I'm not even close. I just see the concept ot tablets like this as the future, no matter who the manufacturer is.
Things don't work that way. There are no written scripts. The various variables that made the iPhone a success three years ago are not the same ones for the iPad. From a simple scientific point of view, thinking that events can be repeated, especially artificially repeated is like believing in religion and the boogeyman.
The variables surrounding the iPhone launch are totally different than they are today for the iPad. For a first, people have expectations about the technology, whereas three years ago, we didn't have any and none dreamt of world with app stores and thousands of developers - no matter how much you will say that Jobs and his crew were an all seeing bunch and foresaw everything. They didn't. They were just fast enough (or too slow in some accounts) to react to current market conditions.
Just the initial reaction of people thinking the iPad would be much more shows how the variables have changed. No one expected the iPhone to use something like Google Voice or a salesforce app. Few people complained about multitasking way back in 2007. It's a different world today with different rules.
I know Apple fans are a religious bunch, but I'm more interested in seeing how things will move along, rather than listen to sales pitches from failed futurists. To assume that the iPad will bring the same success the iPhone did is to assume that for one, people are idiots and will fall in line after seeing a bunch of Apple commercials.
I'd put my money of a contingency of scenarios rather than a predetermined assumption of success for the iPad and all tablets in general.