Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by sastark, Jan 27, 2010.

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  1. sastark

    sastark Puritan Board Graduate

    What is your opinion? Is this a revolutionary device that changes everything? Or is it just an iPhone on steroids?

    Personally, I think it is pretty cool, but don't necessarily thing it changes everything. I do like that there is an external keyboard available. I'm not sold on the whole eBook thing, though.
  2. Jon Peters

    Jon Peters Puritan Board Sophomore

    Some lawyers in my office are really jazzed about it. But they were into Kindle. I'm just not ready for electronic books. For the other stuff it looks pretty cool. Revolutionary? I don't know.
  3. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    Disclaimer: I am a Mac guy.

    Truth: Ipad is a giant iphone that does not have a phone.

    Too big for your pocket; too small to be your laptop.
  4. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    10 hours of battery life? Lame.
  5. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    Why would you want a 9.7 inch, 1.5 pound iPod Touch?

    That pic of Jobs holding the thing reminds me of those oversized calculators or remote controls you see at the dollar store.
  6. Idelette

    Idelette Puritan Board Graduate

    Well, compared to the Kindle the ipad is far more advanced, much more versatile, and easier to read from. If I were going to buy an electronic book, I would favor this one over the Kindle! But, for now....I'll stick with my traditional books! :)
  7. coramdeo

    coramdeo Puritan Board Sophomore

  8. sastark

    sastark Puritan Board Graduate

    I'm a Mac guy, too. I'm not too happy about the iPhone OS being used on the iPad, but understand why they did that. I think it would have been cooler with the Mac OS. I do like the idea of using the iPad to take notes in class. My iPhone can't do that and my MacBook is getting to be a bit large to carry to class. With all the amazing things they've done with iPhone apps, I'm sure there will be really, really cool iPad apps, as well. I just haven't seen any yet.

    That being said, if someone were to buy me one, I wouldn't turn them down (and really, $499 is not that bad of a price, either).
  9. MLCOPE2

    MLCOPE2 Puritan Board Junior

    MUST... HAVE... NEW... APPLE... PRODUCT....... NOW...

    Whoa, that was weird.
  10. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    I think it will change some of the industry. Just like the iPhone changed the phone and the iPod the mp3. Before Apple got into these area's the technology was whatever. Now look at the phone a couple years later. A lot of touch technology. Also, a lot more smartphone type features on most regular phones. And a lot better phones in general. The touch technology is beyond phones too, camera's and other gadgets have it now.

    The eBook seems like a smart move. At the CES show this year I noticed the big thing was eBooks. Now that Apple integrated that into the iPad it will look like an advanced Kindle, only better and with more features. I'm sure it will be a better advertisement with it.

    ---------- Post added at 03:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:06 PM ----------

    Carrying it around would be a lot better and more fun. Its portable and the 10 battery life (although it will probably be lower) will make it last practically the whole day at school. It would allow for taking notes, and then listening to music/reading in the library/surfing the web when needed all in one package.
  11. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior


    The Macbook is portable. Has OVER 10 hours of battery life thanks to 'sleep' mode. You can take notes on it. You can listen to music. You can read while listening to music (iTunes even).... and it's all in one package!

  12. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    I have that. :butbutbut: its not an iPad :lol:
  13. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Could it be hacked to switch out the OS? Some geek somewhere must already be figuring out how to do that.
  14. TheDow

    TheDow Puritan Board Freshman

    Easier to read from? I thought the whole point of the Kindle was the e-ink technology that makes it much easier on the eyes than a traditional LCD?

    I'm sticking with dead tree books, myself. Too much of a collection to repurchase everything on eWhatever.
  15. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    Seems like it doesn't have widescreen, it is more of a full screen. It doesn't have multitasking capabilities. Have to have pretty funky wires to use something like USB. No camera built in. Just doesn't look practical.
  16. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    But it's shiny!! And it has an "i" in its name!! Can I pay $600? How about $1200? $1500?

    Do I get a lame turtleneck with it?

  17. jpfrench81

    jpfrench81 Puritan Board Sophomore

    I tried describing the iPad to my wife and she said, "A phone that can't make calls? And aren't big phones out of style?" I think she has a point.
  18. David

    David Puritan Board Sophomore

    What makes the iPad easier to read from? The Kindle has that e-Ink display, rather than an a backlit LCD screen.
  19. SemperEruditio

    SemperEruditio Puritan Board Junior

    iPad might put a significant dent into Amazon's Kindle market. I don't see much more than that. Sure there are those who will buy it because it's new, it Mac, and it's a new "i" but after the hype the iPad is a Kindle on steroids. Now the question is will the books costs as little as the Kindle books? Apple was able to make it "inexpensive" at $499 :rolleyes: so that means the books are probably at regular price...?

    I was like "Oooooo...shiny...new...must have one..." Then I thought about where and for what and it just wouldn't work. I remember stuff in books spatially. I can't do that with an electronic book so I will stick to the "tree books" as someone said.
  20. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I'm not so sure Frank. I think the battery life issue makes it a bit DOA for most. If you want a reader then I wouldn't go with the iPad.
  21. asc

    asc Puritan Board Sophomore

    looks like just a lot of hype to me...but maybe i'm not the "target demographic" or something.
  22. jpfrench81

    jpfrench81 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Maybe I'm just a little slow, but why is 10 hours of battery life so bad? My laptop only gets about 3. 10 hours seems like a dream!
  23. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    I was thinking the same thing. Apparently people are comparing to cell phones. The iPad is a bit heftier than that though...
  24. SemperEruditio

    SemperEruditio Puritan Board Junior

    I think Rich was continuing with my comparison of the Kindle. The Kindle can go up to a week on a single charge. So 10 hours is a pittance.
  25. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    Just as a warning to folks, this is what happens when you mix a powdered wig with steroids. I shudder to think what the mad scientists at Apple can do.

  26. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    That makes more sense. Still, the Kindle is a one-trick pony. Massive difference in processing demands between the two.

    Let me ask this, is there anything out there that can [comparably] do what the iPad can do...with a longer battery life?
  27. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    That begs the question since there is nothing else in the niche that Apple has plugged with the iPad. It is neither compatible with nor runs Mac nor Windows nor (real) Linux apps. The only external interface is via iTunes. It doesn't support USB or any memory card technology.

    It's an iPod Touch on steriods. For what it does, ten hours is about right.
  28. SemperEruditio

    SemperEruditio Puritan Board Junior

    Nope. I think it's a neat little device but I just can't justify it. I have a MacBookPro and there's nothing I can't do with that...well except buy a book on iBookstore...
  29. ubermadchen

    ubermadchen Puritanboard <strong>Outlaw</strong>

    I just can't get over the name. I know it's just the immature girl in me but c'mon, did no one from apple think to consult just one woman when thinking of names for this thing? ipad? Seriously? Maybe women are just not the target demographic for this product.
  30. jpfrench81

    jpfrench81 Puritan Board Sophomore

    If this thing played DVDs, I think it would be awesome. 10 hours of video, listen to movies, read the web, play games. It would be a dream for entertainment. Granted you could do that with Laptops, but not for as long, and it wouldn't be the same experience.
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