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1:07 pm on Jul 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My friend got one of the first ipads in the country we're in. I saw it a couple of weeks ago and was impressed. He's using it for business, carries it around to make notes and show videos during business meetings.

I like it, but am not one for 'wasting' my money on gadgets. I chatted with my wife like I wanted one, and was shut down (which was fine, I wasn't up to spending $700 on a toy). That was until she saw one at the local electronics store. Then it was all 'can we afford NOT to buy one', which quite frankly is my signature line she was using. So, we got one.

We actually justified it because we're on vacation for a week shortly in a remote location and needed webmail. Our choices were drive into a location with very sporadic free wifi coverage, get a stick which would cost us $300-$400 by the time the contracts were done, or get an Ipad for $750+$40 for one month of coverage (I asked about tethering my 'unlimited data plan' blackberry and was told $8/meg). So the ipad's real cost was only $300-$400 since I had to buy something for remote access anyway. (for those that know what country I'm in, you know that data plans are normally only available on stupid 3 year contracts. Apple's put the ipad out there with wireless coverage that they're making the cellular providers offer on a no contract, month by month basis. You can buy one month of coverage!).

Two screaming reasons in retrospect I'm glad I bought this. 1) Galaga. 2) There's a national paper I like to read. They call me every 6 months for a delivery subscription and I remind them they don't deliver in the area I live. They assure me they now do, take my money, then in a week refund it when they realize they don't deliver here still. This morning, I got to read that paper on my ipad. Cost me $1 or so, bout the same as at the convenience store if I could buy it, and didn't have to leave the kitchen. Awesome!

Anyone got any other great uses for it?
9:35 pm on July 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You're better off getting a laptop. The IPAD is a rip off imho. It can't even make calls
1:32 pm on July 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hate it - looked good in the TV ads until I had a chance to play around with it the other day, very dissapointing.

I love gadgets but its just a big ipod touch and you cant really do anything on other than look at apps and access websites.

Build quality and design is great but functionality is poor and the price it stupid for what you get.
1:34 pm on July 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I wasn't all that impressed and is just heavy enough that prolonged reading holding it in hand might be bothersome--and that kind of defeats the purpose to my thinking.
6:42 pm on July 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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They are pretty amazing little devices. We use ours for work while traveling, but also for a portable TV and games for our daughter. They make tons of great learning games for kids. She uses it to draw, color, read books, play puzzles, etc. She is only 20 months old and she knows how to use it better than I do! =)
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A computer nerd will be mostly disappointed by what it can't do. However, the average person who watches Youtube videos, listens to music, writes email, and checks the latest news will love it. They will also love it because Apple makes it because Apple in general is cool.
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Is anybody using it as a thin client yet?

One of my clients may be willing to fund one for development purposes, we're debating whether to go the Apple way or get an Android-based knockoff from China at a third of the price...

The idea is to use a VNC client and use it pretty much exclusively to interface with a specific application that runs on the server.
8:36 pm on July 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The biggest drawback is the built-in keyboard. It is actually more difficult to use than the virtual keyboard on the much smaller iPhone.

I think this is because the iPhone you can type very fast with your fingers/thumbs... while the iPad's keyboard is too large to hold and type comfortably, and even when you set it down it is just an awkward sized keyboard.

For any serious business usage you definitely need to buy the separate keyboard that uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad.
12:28 am on July 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I had one for 4-5 days. Never figured out a use for it. I handed it to my wife. My 3.5yr old now has about 30-40 apps on it. She can use it faster than I can to play educational games. The wife brings it to bed and we often stream something of netflix. It fits in her purse to drag around places. We have verizon mifi card and my phone can be used as a wifi access point as well. I want to put one on the wall with velcro in the rest rooms....guess what she said? lol

If they can ever (never happen) get these things down to the $150-$200 range, they could take over the world of computing.

It really is where computers are headed. I think we will keep one around.
1:48 am on July 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Well, I've been using ours for about two weeks now. I'm a fan. Entire family is hooked. Don't need the email now that we're back home, but the games - my wife's played a video game for the first time in her life. I use it for reading the news extensively now. As I noted, everything from our national newspapers, to the BBC, to the weekly newspaper of the population 300 town that was near where we were vacationing (in a remote area).

In fact, I was reading the BBC news on my ipad today and one of their tech stories was on how someone in India is trying to build a $35 touchscreen computer. I very much see a $200 version - but not from Apple. I'm hopeful that in the next 3-5years we'll see a linux based machine - then I can tie it into my desktop and have a lot more freedom than with the closed apple platform.
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You're better off getting a laptop.


That's where I am sitting also. Not as portable as an ITouch or IPhone and not as usable as a laptop. Pricey too.

Perhaps they're good for technophobes though. The less 'buttons' the better.
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I think the iPad is a device that doesn't quite know what its trying to be. Its big enough to need a storage bag of some sort, yet not as useful as a laptop. For that reason it has the same bad points as a laptop, but lacks some of its strengths.

Would I have one? sure would. They look great, and work well for what they do.

I find it quite ironic that Bill Gates has been preaching about the tablet being the future. They did nothing, now Apple are leading the way.

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I find it quite ironic that Bill Gates has been preaching about the tablet being the future. They did nothing, now Apple are leading the way.


I don't know if Microsoft has necessarily done nothing.
To my knowledge, there are tablets running XP, and Windows 7 is designed with touch in mind.

Perhaps they haven't done the right things. They certainly haven't invested R&D into hardware like Apple has.
4:22 am on July 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Ah yes the iPad. Personally since I have an iPhone I don't see the purpose of the iPad. It's hard to carry around and can't be used for my real work (Dreamweaver, Gimp, etc.). I think it would be great for someone who does no web development (i.e. just for email, scores, ebooks, banking, etc.), but for me it just isn't worth it.

Besides, my iPhone does almost everything the iPad does but fits in my pocket and also is my phone. I don't want two devices, that's why I got a smartphone to begin with. Heck, I even sold my laptop last year because I don't need it anymore.

I like the iPad but have no real reason to buy one. It just doesn't suit me.
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I have 6 laptops / tablets / net books, and I much prefer my iPad. Actually considering buying another because between me, my wife, and youngest son, there's always a wait for it. I sure wish I could get more than 10 hours out of a charge with it.

The iPad is just a tool. It doesn't fully replace any of my other mobile computing devices, but none of my other mobile devices could fully replace my iPad.

Can hardly wait for a legitimate Android tablet. This would be the only thing I can imagine would make me give up my iPad.
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Can hardly wait for a legitimate Android tablet. This would be the only thing I can imagine would make me give up my iPad.


You can get Android tablets now as low as $149 from Kmart of all places. For a little more the Archos 7

But as to legitimate, the hardware won't nearly match up with an iPad. It might do for giving to your kids who keep using the iPad.

Even these Kmart ones can run the Android apps, so software isn't largely the limitation.

No hardware manufacturer has yet put as much R&D into an Android tablet as Apple has put into the iPad. I hope that will change. I want to create some great apps for those tablets.

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I read the newspaper everyday on the train. The iPad is far superior to eReaders for this application. But I'm not paying $500 to read the paper... MSI and some of the other hardware makers have products in the pipeline. I'll wait.
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I had one for 4-5 days. Never figured out a use for it.


People are actually using them for customer presentations, much handier to lay on a table so several people can see than trying to gather everyone around a laptop screen.

Would seem to be a real winner at a business lunch in a booth or a table.