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Calling the iPAD a bigger iPOD completely misses the point.

  • Jan 28, 2010
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The ipad will sit on a charger/stand in my Bedroom dimmed out  at night, with merely the clock /date displayed at night.  The dimmed screen will act as a nightlight. Morning comes too soon, and the alarm rings. After pushing the virtual "Snooze" button a couple of times to get the extra few minutes sleep, I push the virtual "Dismiss" button and get up.  The clock disappears and iPad displays my favorite photograph of the day and plays Pandora music while I get ready.  After I get cleaned up, i take the iPad downstairs and read New York Times while I have breakfast.  The screen quality is so good I dont even need my reading glasses for it.  The is no bootup time.  I like that.  Oops ... I spill some crumbs on the keyboard.  Except there is no keyboard.  It is just a screen that I just wipe off.   And the things is soooo beautiful it just feels organic on my hand. After breakfast, I set the iPad on a charging stand on the living room wall, where it will display a random family Portrait. I forget about the iPad and go to my study to work on my iMac and unloved PC.

Dinnertime.  I am going to have a friend over tonight.  So I take the iPad and set it on the kitchen counter. I find a recipe on Chilean sea bass that wowed her before.  I set the iPad on a stand and watch a show on it while cooking.  My friend comes over, and sees my new toy.  She is more impressed with my new toy than my cooking ... hahaaa.  After dinner, we snuggle at the sofa.  I show her some videos we took on a recent ski trip on the iPad.  Yea, I look good down the bumps ....  up until the awesome wipeout !  

We talk about a new book she heard about at work.  We find a review of the book on the iPad.  She'll get that book for sure, but she'll have to get her own Kindle for it if she is too cheap to have an iPad instead.  As for me, I don't really read too many books.  I'll read my magazines on the iPad.  Something tells me the Sport Illustrated swimsuit edition will look better on it than on the Kindle. 

I heard about the games that are coming for the iPad.  But i doubt if anything will replace the Wii for me.  But who knows, I can change.  
Calling the iPAD a bigger iPOD completely misses the point.

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February 02, 2010
Ofutur, What you say is no different from the fact that you can do anything with a PC that you can do on an Mac. Or the fact that you can listen to music on a Zune as an iPod. Except that some of us do see a difference.
 
January 28, 2010
Here is what I will use the IPad:

The ipad will sit on a charger/stand in my Bedroom dimmed out  at night, with merely the clock /date displayed at night.  The dimmed screen will act as a nightlight. Morning comes too soon, and the alarm rings. After pushing the virtual "Snooze" button a couple of times to get the extra few minutes sleep, I push the virtual "Dismiss" button and get up.  The clock disappears and iPad displays my favorite photograph of the day and plays Pandora music while I get ready.  After I get cleaned up, i take the iPad downstairs and read New York Times while I have breakfast.  The screen quality is so good I dont even need my reading glasses for it.  The is no bootup time.  I like that.  Oops ... I spill some crumbs on the keyboard.  Except there is no keyboard.  It is just a screen that I just wipe off.   And the things is soooo beautiful it just feels organic on my hand. After breakfast, I set the iPad on a charging stand on the living room wall, where it will display a random family Portrait. I forget about the iPad and go to my study to work on my iMac and unloved PC.

Dinnertime.  I am going to have a friend over tonight.  So I take the iPad and set it on the kitchen counter. I find a recipe on Chilean sea bass that wowed her before.  I set the iPad on a stand and watch a show on it while cooking.  My friend comes over, and sees my new toy.  She is more impressed with my new toy than my cooking ... hahaaa.  After dinner, we snuggle at the sofa.  I show her some videos we took on a recent ski trip on the iPad.  Yea, I look good down the bumps ....  up until the awesome wipeout !  

We talk about a new book she heard about at work.  We find a review of the book on the iPad.  She'll get that book for sure, but she'll have to get her own Kindle for it if she is too cheap to have an iPad instead.  As for me, I don't really read too many books.  I'll read my magazines on the iPad.  Something tells me the Sport Illustrated swimsuit edition will look better on it than on the Kindle. 

I heard about the games that are coming for the iPad.  But i doubt if anything will replace the Wii for me.  But who knows, I can change.  
February 01, 2010
Whoa, you've completely edited your review! I like. A day in the life of an iPad :)
 
January 28, 2010
People don't realize the iPad was created to compete with Amazon's Kindle and B&N's Nook and it does that flawlessly.
February 02, 2010
I'm sorry but staring at an LCD screen for several hours, attempting to read a true novel? Please. The iPad is great but not as an eReader.
February 02, 2010
tknapp2, What about magazines and newspapers?
 
January 28, 2010
Nice review.
 
January 28, 2010
I like the vision you paint for it's uses. I can definitely see this sitting on my coffee table for all to enjoy... The combo, newspaper, photo album, youtube, content consumption machine. OK, I want one!
 
January 28, 2010
I have mixed feelings about the iPad and am still trying to wrap my head around it, but you bring up some great use cases for it, Sir Wong!  I'm a little put off that it doesn't have a camera and microphone since the iPhone obviously does, but I'm somewhat technologically dyslexic, so I have no idea what the R&D and cost that would go into it would be, but I actually wouldn't mind paying extra for it if I were ever to get one.  Thanks for sharing!

By the way, is that a picture of you?  If so, you can totally post that in your profile! :)
January 28, 2010
Would you really lug that big thing around to take pictures?
January 28, 2010
Well, not so much to take pictures, but I do like a good webcam/skype chat, plus I like being able to vlog :)  This is definitely not a desktop replacement, but I do appreciate some of its other key features.
January 28, 2010
Clearly, the more features I can have .... if money was no object .... the better. But for me, hitting the sub $500 market was key. I was following the real time stock market today as I was watching the Reuter's live blog. The stock price was dropping slowly but steadily, until Jobs mentioned the price. Then the stock jumped. Thanks for your comments
January 28, 2010
Something tells me that those features will come within the next few generations of the iPad. I can feel it! That's an interesting tidbit about their stock price fluctuating today. Nice to see someone who's into tech and finance on Lunch. Looking forward to reading more of your reviews :)
January 28, 2010
IMHO, the camera would only make sense if it was front facing for video-conferencing. Phones are mobile and make sense for taking pictures on-the-go. However, what % of potential iPad consumers would use video conferencing? The trade-off to keep the cost low makes a lot of sense. The goal is a product that's affordable enough to hit a fairly mass market which will enable it to help change the publishing world. If it's too expensive newspapers and magazines won't see value in retooling the way they deliver content digitally to support it's small audience. That said, I see video conferencing increasing over the next several years and could potentially see it in a 3rd generation iPad. Until then, I'm sure there will be accessories available for the small % of consumers that really want a camera on this.
 
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The iPad  is a tablet  computing device product from Apple Inc. The device was announced on January 27, 2010, at a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  in San Francisco. The device was rumored for several months, with iSlate  and iTablet among rumored names.
The device is expected to incorporate a 10-inch (26 centimeter) multi-touch display made by Innolux, a subsidiary of Foxconn. The price is expected to be more than the iPhone but less than an Apple notebook computer.

The iPad's lowest grade model with a 16GB hard drive will run for $499 dollars with the 32 GB running for $599 and the 64GB running at $699.  Buyers will also have the opportunity to purchase the iPad with 3G connectivity with the lowest grade model starting at $629 and going up.  The Wi-Fi models will ship in late March while the 3G models will ship in April.

 Yair Reiner claims the iSlate will compete in the market against dedicated e-book devices such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Amazon Kindle while offering 70% of revenue to publishers, the same arrangement accorded developers of the App Store. These arrangements would also extend to print publishers who currently receive less in digital work royalties from companies like Amazon.com.

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