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Been eagerly awaiting the iPad launch notes, but after seeing it... wow what a disapointment. Only thing I like is the price point. No flash, no camera, no full OS, no OLED screen... this thing is just a 9.7" iPhone. Without the phone. Boooo.
 

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Been eagerly awaiting the iPad launch notes, but after seeing it... wow what a disapointment. Only thing I like is the price point. No flash, no camera, no full OS, no OLED screen... this thing is just a 9.7" iPhone. Without the phone. Boooo.
I agree MP, though you have to wonder if this is just a case of holding back features for v2. You know that a certain percentage of people will buy this thing out of the chute almost no matter what. Apple seems to play the game of screwing the early adopters better than anyone. If that is the case here they may be going too far.
 

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Yeah, it's missing some stuff I think it should've had. But I'm going to reserve final judgement until I get a chance to hold it.

Don't foresee me picking one of these up though....
 
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This is more like a really big iPod Touch. The 3G might appeal to some, but the price goes up pretty quick to get there. Also, there is probably a pretty pricey monthly 3G plan to buy.
 

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This is more like a really big iPod Touch. The 3G might appeal to some, but the price goes up pretty quick to get there. Also, there is probably a pretty pricey monthly 3G plan to buy.
AT&T is offering 2 plans for the ipad....$15/month for 250 mb, or unlimited for $30/month. No contracts for either plan
 

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OLED screens still suck for outdoor use. Other than that I agree with the critique, and in general I can not figure out why I would want one. I have an iPhone and a laptop already and they do everything the pad can do better. I will not go to 3 devices and the ipad can't replace the phone or laptop so what is the point?
 

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For those who travel regularly and/or have a longer commute on the subway or L, this type of device has promise. I also see it finding a place in the education system - the ability to eventually carry all of your textbooks in a single .5" thick , 1.5lbs device when you're walking all over campus is a big potential benefit.

I agree that missing the camera for video conferencing is an issue, but AT&Ts network needs updates/upgrades before that happens... iPad 4G :).

I don't see the OS as being a big detriment, especially from the development perspective - one code set with fairly minor tweaks (yes, I'm oversimplifying) to take advantage of the higher display capabilities and you're hitting all iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users.
 

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For the average person who doesn't give a **** about advanced computer features I think it's awesome.

I want one.

Just looking at all of the features I'm amazed at how flexible it is and yet how simple.

I've never owned a mac but have had a touch for the past couple of years. Ever since getting the touch I thought it was a terrific product.

I knew if they could make a bigger version they would really have a serious product for the masses. The 3G aspect takes it to another level athough I'd be perfectly happy with just the wifi version.
 

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It does look pretty cool as a gadget. If I had $500-$600 just burning a hole in my pocket, I'd probably buy one. But I'd MUCH rather save it back for the iphone v.4
 

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For those who travel regularly and/or have a longer commute on the subway or L, this type of device has promise. I also see it finding a place in the education system - the ability to eventually carry all of your textbooks in a single .5" thick , 1.5lbs device when you're walking all over campus is a big potential benefit.

I agree that missing the camera for video conferencing is an issue, but AT&Ts network needs updates/upgrades before that happens... iPad 4G :).

I don't see the OS as being a big detriment, especially from the development perspective - one code set with fairly minor tweaks (yes, I'm oversimplifying) to take advantage of the higher display capabilities and you're hitting all iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users.
I'm with you on this one. If I were to start traveling a lot for work again, I would almost definitely get one of these. If it had the ability to at least multitask to the point of allowing me to surf the web while listening to music, I'd be sold. Even as is, I'm looking forward to holding it and trying it out. I really think this is about the user experience more than the specs, and that's where it seems like it will shine.
 

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I'm with you on this one. If I were to start traveling a lot for work again, I would almost definitely get one of these. If it had the ability to at least multitask to the point of allowing me to surf the web while listening to music, I'd be sold. Even as is, I'm looking forward to holding it and trying it out. I really think this is about the user experience more than the specs, and that's where it seems like it will shine.
I'd venture to guess you could listen to music and surf the web at the same time due to the fact that you can at least do that much on an iPod Touch..I could be wrong though.
 

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I'm kind of an Apple junkie, so I've been following this most of the day. I seem to remember reading somewhere (might've been a gizmodo post-presentation video) that it can play music in the background.
 

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Yep, you can surf the net and listen to music at the same time on the touch.

I think it's safe to say it can be done on the ipad.
 

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For me the iPad is perfect. I type all most all of my posts on my $300 gateway laptop which is pretty ****** at everything it does. The iPad would meet all my home surfing needs, I don't usually write essays for replies and I wouldn't have to have this stupid cord plugged into the laptop all the time. A big iPod touch is very appealing to me.
OLED screens still suck for outdoor use. Other than that I agree with the critique, and in general I can not figure out why I would want one. I have an iPhone and a laptop already and they do everything the pad can do better. I will not go to 3 devices and the ipad can't replace the phone or laptop so what is the point?
 

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Overall I think this is going to be a failure, but I do think it has some useful potential. As a Sonos owner, I would imagine it will make a great controller and I bet slingbox would be pretty slick on it too. Overall though, it just lacks way too many things to be taken seriously at this price like flash, usb, multitasking, etc. Just feels like a gimmick and not a game changer. Maybe v2.
 

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Yep, you can surf the net and listen to music at the same time on the touch.

I think it's safe to say it can be done on the ipad.
No, actually it can't. All the hands on testers yesterday commented on this very fact. That's just silly. Trust me, I was really really wanting one. But Apple's refusal to pay the fees for Flash is ridiculous, and the limitations of this device make me think they are continuing their deliberate strategy of saving the goodies for gen 2. At the end of the day I don't see paying that much money for a 9.7" crippled web browser, which is about all I would want it for. Pity.

All that said once I have one in hand I might break ;)
 

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I would venture to guess that the music + web browsing ability will be added before to long. I didn't realize that you could do both on the ipod Touch.

That being said, the only remaining issue for me is lack of flash. It will be interesting to see how this is addressed. I *think* the idea is for companies to develop iPad-specific media that will basically make this a moot point, but not sure how practical that is. But as a media consumption device, I think it might suit my needs well. Having something this thin, fast, and convenient to carry with me to:

1) Surf the web + listen to music
2) Watch HD movies/shows
3) Buy/read books
4) Do light gaming
5) Organize/share photos

would be fantastic. I wouldn't grab a netbook/laptop and jump on the bus, or lay in bed to read a book, etc. And watching a movie on a plane on a seashell shaped device is a major PIA, especially when the person in front of you leans back.

I understand all the complaints about features that are missing, how it won't replace your laptop, how it can't manage the iPhone, etc. but I don't think that's the purpose of this product. They created something that at $500 dollars is competitive with similarly sized e-readers but does so much more. If they create a tablet pc to replace your laptop, I don't think they'd target a 500-830 price point. It would probably slot in above the current laptop line up.

All in all, it's fun to follow and it will certainly be interesting to see the reactions as these things hit the street and people actually have them in their hands with new purpose built applications on them.
 
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