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Message 966229 - Posted: 27 Jan 2010, 23:48:52 UTC
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I own and crunch via PC & Apple.
No real bias as both have their strengths depending on user/application.

However, this is somewhat of a head-scratcher to me.

iPad 16GB Wi-Fi =$499.00

or

Acer Aspire One Atom N450(1.66GHz) 10.1" 1GB Memory 160GB HDD Win7 Netbook for $299.99

Yeah, the Acer is only good for 8 hrs vs. 10 on iPad, but hey....iPad is $200 MORE, for miniscule on board storage and even less CPU power than Atom etc.

iPad does look sweet, but IMO not much under the hood considering that this product STARTS at $499.00!
Cupertino has been increasingly pushing the envelope on their value proposition between "exclusivity" and performance, but this seems to be a whole new level of less = more ;>)

No thanks! I'll pass, get the netbook for a travel buddy, and put the $200 savings in "Branding" in my kid's college fund!

Oh...and of course, I can crunch on the Netbook! :>)
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Message 966231 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 0:06:11 UTC - in response to Message 966229.  

Well, for the next 4 weeks at least, the iPad will be a chick magnet, which makes it much cheaper than hair plugs and a convertible BMW.

Netbooks took about 18 months to mature into their niche and overcome their inherent weaknesses. The "pad" sector will probably go a bit faster as Microsoft is poised with their offering -- so lets see what the features and prices are come XMas 2010.
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Message 966232 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 0:19:35 UTC
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See my "Why I hate Apple" thread in Politics. It's the topic over there. I've already blogged about it if you follow the link.
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Message 966233 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 0:22:04 UTC - in response to Message 966232.  

See my "Why I hate Apple" thread in Politics. It's the topic over there. I've already blogged about it if you follow the link.

I thought you were trying to rest your hands...
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Message 966234 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 0:23:29 UTC - in response to Message 966233.  

See my "Why I hate Apple" thread in Politics. It's the topic over there. I've already blogged about it if you follow the link.

I thought you were trying to rest your hands...


I am. And it's only 1 wrist. Typing with the other one is fine. Capitalising via shift is a bit of an annoyance though.
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Message 966235 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 0:23:44 UTC

It seems to me that the whole point of this new Apple widget is that it isn't a Netbook.

It's sort of like a big iPod with a screen that's more like the Kindle, but with a slicker interface.

... but I don't know that we'll know what it is until a bunch of folks get them and figure them out and finally tell us why they're so cool we have to have them.
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Message 966238 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 1:05:13 UTC

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Message 966245 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 1:40:11 UTC

IMO the ipad is just a larger ipod touch. Where you can actually see the screen when watching a movie.
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Message 966249 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 1:54:21 UTC

I don't know, it looks kind of cool to me. I think I'll wait a year or two until the price on the gen-1 iPad drops into the sub-$200 range and pick one up for reading books. Hopefully it won't have the DRM crap that has kept me away from the Kindle.
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Message 966252 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 2:02:03 UTC

As I have said before, the "iBooks" are probably deliciously coated in Apple's DRM recipe.
The iPad has very little place in the Apple line up. I think even the Fanboi's are going to be partial to this new product.
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Message 966255 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 2:11:57 UTC

Don't want one. No interest.


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Message 966269 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 3:11:14 UTC - in response to Message 966245.  

IMO the ipad is just a larger ipod touch. Where you can actually see the screen when watching a movie.


I have a Touch (was a freebee) and that is also my initial impression re: iPad
Sure, the big draw is likely the idea of a media device that can connect to internet wherever you have AT&T or Verizon network coverage, but wait....you can do THAT too w/ a laptop or netbook.

Oh yeah, I forgot that Job's said that Apple doesn't know how to make a sub-$500 netbook that isn't a piece of crap.

Interesting solution.....Just sell wicked-cool looking $500-$900 Jumbo-Touchs' instead that don't need storage, real CPU power or much versatility. Oh wait....you get iBooks.

NOW I'm getting it!

Uber-Touch + uber-Kindle + cell network internet connectivity ALL in a single 16GB 3G device starting at $629.00 so you can pay the phone company monthly for a data plan, and Apple for any movies, songs or books you want to own.

Geeze, iPad is SOO much better than a piece of crap netbook after all.
Only Jobs could have known ;>)

I'm not worthy.......


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Message 966274 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 3:21:02 UTC - in response to Message 966269.  

Geeze, iPad is SOO much better than a piece of crap netbook after all.
Only Jobs could have known ;>)

I think the whole point is that this isn't a Netbook. It's something else.

Does it fill a need? I have no idea.

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Message 966282 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 3:31:46 UTC - in response to Message 966269.  

IMO the ipad is just a larger ipod touch. Where you can actually see the screen when watching a movie.


I have a Touch (was a freebee) and that is also my initial impression re: iPad
Sure, the big draw is likely the idea of a media device that can connect to internet wherever you have AT&T or Verizon network coverage, but wait....you can do THAT too w/ a laptop or netbook.

Oh yeah, I forgot that Job's said that Apple doesn't know how to make a sub-$500 netbook that isn't a piece of crap.

Interesting solution.....Just sell wicked-cool looking $500-$900 Jumbo-Touchs' instead that don't need storage, real CPU power or much versatility. Oh wait....you get iBooks.

NOW I'm getting it!

Uber-Touch + uber-Kindle + cell network internet connectivity ALL in a single 16GB 3G device starting at $629.00 so you can pay the phone company monthly for a data plan, and Apple for any movies, songs or books you want to own.

Geeze, iPad is SOO much better than a piece of crap netbook after all.
Only Jobs could have known ;>)

I'm not worthy.......



But will the vonage application run on it?

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Message 966291 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 3:48:25 UTC - in response to Message 966274.  

Geeze, iPad is SOO much better than a piece of crap netbook after all.
Only Jobs could have known ;>)

I think the whole point is that this isn't a Netbook. It's something else.

Does it fill a need? I have no idea.


I agree completely Nedd.

It's actually LESS yet costs more, and THATs what makes it 'something else' as they can do this because it has an Apple on it ;>)

I'm having some fun w/ this.



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Message 966297 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 3:56:18 UTC - in response to Message 966291.  

The funny thing is this video is three years old:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK2drIylnDw


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Message 966300 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 4:03:01 UTC - in response to Message 966297.  

OMG that's just too funny!
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Message 966304 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 4:09:36 UTC - in response to Message 966291.  

Geeze, iPad is SOO much better than a piece of crap netbook after all.
Only Jobs could have known ;>)

I think the whole point is that this isn't a Netbook. It's something else.

Does it fill a need? I have no idea.


I agree completely Nedd.

It's actually LESS yet costs more, and THATs what makes it 'something else' as they can do this because it has an Apple on it ;>)

I'm having some fun w/ this.


I'd imagine that by next year we should be able to find standard netbooks that are tablet like. Which would make them more useful IMO. Actually if I could find one of those I'd buy it to replace my notebook that I bought just to run my car diagnostic software.

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Message 966311 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 4:27:37 UTC - in response to Message 966304.  

netbooks that are tablet like

An upcoming Oh-Ah item is a touch based netbook with no keyboard... rather, TWO screens (opens up same way, joins in the middle).

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Message 966314 - Posted: 28 Jan 2010, 4:32:03 UTC - in response to Message 966304.  

I'd imagine that by next year we should be able to find standard netbooks that are tablet like.

I type 70 words per minute. My handwriting is illegible.

Why would I want a computer I could write on?

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