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Introducing The iNewton (Rant on!)

  • Jan 28, 2010
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People forget, especially the Apple fanboys, that not all of Apple's inventions have been received like the iPod, and I suspect the iPad may well be one of these because it doesn't seem to solve any particular problem. Many manufacturers have tried and failed with tablets over the years - it's like the Afghanistan of hardware - so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

What exactly is the iPad, except for Saint Jobs' latest spectacularly-poorly-named gadget?
  • Is it a business tool without a webcam?
  • Is it a phone that needs a suitcase?
  • Is it a web tool without Shockwave and Flash?
  • Is it a 1Ghz CPU with no multi tasking?
  • Or 802.11n without wireless synching?
  • Is it an integral part of a home theatre system, with only 64GB (half the biggest iPod??) and no HDMI?
  • Is it too small to be a TV, but too expensive to be a photo frame?
  • Is it too big to carry around but small enough to forget and lose?
The obvious potential market seems to have been filled with netbooks, which haven't exactly set the world on fire. And then there's the Amazon Kindle battle - so already I can't buy my apps outside of the app store, or my music outside of iTunes and I now have get my reading from iBooks? I mean, does anyone in the Justice Department do anything anymore?

The Apple convention in San Francisco this week has already jacked up the smugness level of an already-quite-smug-thank-you city to a level not seen since Obama got elected. The number of people clutching iPhones in one hand and an organic Fairtrade no-whip chai soy latte in the other while trying to find their keys to the Prius is just choking the streets.

It's not just that I despise Apple and generally quite hate San Francisco, which I do - it's more the fact that there's zero sense of real invention anymore. We have no curiosity or sense of adventure. How about working out nuclear fusion or discovering what's at the bottom of the ocean? Or curing cancer? Why do we need endless consumer entertainment gadgets that do nothing more than fan the flames of ADD and disconnect society?

Ok, rant off. Grrr.

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February 01, 2010
Apple has had its fair share of products that never really took off, the Lisa was a great computer that was far to expensive, and the Macintosh quickly made up for it. The Newton never really took off either because it was a PDA before there was a market for PDA's. I firmly believe that the time for a tablet has come and I think that Apple has done an admirable job in positioning it at the right place in the market and it was an extremely smart move to make it backwards compatible with all of the iPhone apps. I will not look at the negatives before I have one in my hand in a little less than two months now. I truly believe that this single product can replace several products that I was in the market for, and that in and of itself is a selling point. It remains to be seen whether or not some of the things that were missing from the demo will be there when the production model ships, and I for one will not pass judgement on something that is still in the works. I will get one the first day that it is available and I will spend some quality time with it and post an in depth review on my blog shortly there after. I am looking forward to it.
February 01, 2010
It will be interesting to see where it ends up, given the history of the tablet and the questionable market. I look forward to reading your review!
March 16, 2010
jbeswick, isn't that the whole thing though? Tablets (pc) have never had any wide market success. Mostly because they were too big, too slow, and battery life was short. Apple has made something thin, fast, and has a long(ish) battery life. To do that they had to make certain concessions and THAT is what the techs are upset about. They wanted a full-fledged computer BUT the typical home user doesn't know how hard or how much preformace you lose making those. MS Courier, HP Slate, and Notion Ink Adam aside...they aren't shipping. The Joo-Joo is a Linux box with base memory of 4 gigs which is less than the iPad. There is no mass-produced competition out there currently. This 'could' be to Apple's advantage or it could light a fire under someone to make a Win7 tablet that can preform as well. We'll see....
January 29, 2010
Haha, the iNewton!  Let's hope that the iPad is more than just that, though you do bring up some rather troubling points.  I'm sure there are plenty of uses for the iPad, but most of the disappointments in it lay in our hyped up expectations of it based on rumors.  This is definitely not a desktop or laptop replacement, but if it takes off, I'm sure it will be so in the next few generations.  Great review, James, but don't hate on the San Franciscans! ;P
January 29, 2010
Ha-ha! I cannot help laughing at this rant...er..review. Nicely done!
January 29, 2010
Thanks - I thought I'd start up front it was a rant since there's practically zero objective writing right here!
January 29, 2010
that's what made it really funny.
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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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