So Apple release their iPad

Posted by Dissol
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on Wednesday, 27 January 2010
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As a person who purchased a Tablet PC just 6 months ago, am I kicking myself?

No.

This is not an alternative for a Tablet PC.  That is not to say that I do not think it is an exciting piece of equipment.  But it is designed for different purposes to what I use my Tablet for.

Let me explain; a Tablet PC is a fully functioning PC; I can run all the same programmes on it, as any other PC, including Office, CAD programmes, etc.  It is a tool.

The iPad seems to be a scaled up iTouch iPod.  The prices are very attractive US$499 (for 16Gb & WiFi up to US$829 for 64Gb WiFi & 3G).  Already, I see the limitation for my use - 64Gb would be a real limiting factor.

10 hour battery life...  Hmm...  Doing what?  I have learnt never to trust manufacturers when it comes to battery life.  I am sure it may be possible to squeeze 10 hours out of it.  But I wonder if it will be possible using WiFi, and using the screen on maximum brightness, and resolution?  If it does it I will be impressed...but I seriously doubt it.

2 cameras?  Hmm...I see that some people may like that...but for me that it one too many.  It seems to have a sensor where it will detect the presence of another iPad...  Well, I do link to other PC's...through WiFi to exchange data...I am not interested to link to complete strangers who may have the same piece of equipment.  Apparently it is useful for gaming and the like.  Accelerometer, Compass, Bluetooth.  I think compass is a mistake...GPS would make more sense...although they can chew batteries...and they can always use a bluetooth GPS receiver (as I do).

In fact, to me, that is the main use of this iPad.  It is designed to be a platform for games In other words a toy.  An expensive toy sure....and it does have some useful applications like browsing and sending emails, that I find using a touchscreen great for.

I am sure that this will be a HUGE success, especially at those pricing levels (although, as ever expect to pay a LOT more in SA).  Many trendy young people will buy one (perhaps to place on the coffee table to trump the trendy phone of their friends!!??).  It will work well for everyday browsing, and emailing, and updating your Facebook page.  It will no doubt play some nice games, and movies will look good on it.  But it will still be a toy...

At the end of the day, I have been so worried that I was going to regret buying a Tablet PC 6 months before Apple's iPad.  But I see now, I made the right decision (for me)!

But I hope it does take off...because there is nothing better than stiff competition to make Microsoft up the ante again, and just wait for the Microsoft Courier, which will be released to compete with this...the gloves may come off then...  but for the moment this is not a Tablet alternative...  It is a iTouch alternative...and that may be their biggest problem in the coming days...   

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Dissol
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Dissol Thursday, 28 January 2010

“There are no plans to make a tablet. It turns out people want keyboards. … We look at the tablet and we think it’s going to fail.

– Steve Jobs, D: All Things Digital Conference, 2003

Hmmm.... My tablet has a keyboard, Steve... I know you can plug one into yours... Mine has DVD, I have 300Gb. But I may buy one of your iPhones instead... 8)

MikeZilla
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MikeZilla Thursday, 28 January 2010

64Gb is a bit of a joke, I often wonder if apple purposely make devices that turn away the uber geek in order to protect the sexiness of their brand...

The Source
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The Source Thursday, 28 January 2010

Are they perhaps running out of ideas???

MikeZilla
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MikeZilla Thursday, 28 January 2010

erm they haven't had an idea in decades. They have a great brand and high quality product, all they ever do is swoop in dumb down and rebrand existing technology and move on to some other exploitable technology. They are really good at what they do but innovation is not what they do.

I wait patiently for them to sell me the iBox just like a regular cardboard box but with a nice logo easier to use handles and at 4 times the price.

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barrmar Thursday, 28 January 2010

I couldn't use this to replace my Laptop! The view so far is disappointing. Perhaps a little more than a toy, but not a serious contender for professional use. 64 GB at the top of the range is not adequate in today's market.
As for the pricing, we can probably double the dollar price for the local market.

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The Source Thursday, 28 January 2010

They could have pushed for 250GB at least.

Cellphones are already reaching the 32GB level.

Dissol
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Dissol Thursday, 28 January 2010

The more I think about this, the more I feel it is aimed at a different market. It is a gaming tool. Chatting with no. 2 son this morning before he left for school, he almost melted with desire for one. He has no particular interest in my tablet...no games!

Also...one of the key USP's for me is the ability to handwrite my notes, and alterations to other documents. I have never been taught to type...like so many people I am self taught, and use all the wrong fingers...but writing is something I was taught, and practiced so much, I can even do joined up writing!!! Seriously; it is technology that works around my needs, rather than my needs having to work around technology... Could it be improved? Sure! And I will try to point out areas in my forthcoming blogs.

As the the comments about Apple running out of ideas? No. MikeZilla hit the nail on the head. Apple are great at marketing. Their equipment is cool, and aspirational (for young, impressionable people). They do make great devices. But this is nothing more than a big iTouch / iPhone. It is aimed at a specific market...and has all the features, and looks that the particular market wants...at a price they can afford. Therefore it will fly off the shelves... But I think at the expense of sales of their own products. Back to the wisdom of the 12 (nearly 13!) year old; he was desperate for an iPod iTouch last night when he went to bed. This morning, after I had shown him the iPad...he doesn't want the iTouch anymore...

But, as I said, I represent a different market. When I am in the market to replace this Tablet, I shall not be looking at the iPad. It would not work for me. But when I replace my (completely crap) HTC phone, I shall probably by an iPhone, and enjoy almost the same functionality as the iPad...with a device that will fit in my pocket!

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