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iPad the 'misunderstood' device

  • Mar 16, 2010
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How can anyone write a review on an iPad without actually owning one? I don't know..but many from all sides of the computing world have weighed in. I have read posts by the Apple faithful that this will cure world hunger and from the PC users who state they wouldn't accept one even if it was delivered by a nude supermodel. Many techs have talked about the custom hardware as being the future of small computing while others have said the closed architecture is taking a step back. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The biggest thing I have learned is that savvy computer geeks that review Apple products have a lot in common with professional movie reviewers...they can cite all the 'technical' reasons a product/movie will or won't shine but the public rarely listens.

Having said that, how can I review an iPad? I can't. What I can tell you is how I can use it in my life.

Currently my family consists of me, my wife, my 4 teenagers..and a Bichon who doesn't think she is a dog. All of us (except the dog) have laptops. We also have a iMac desktop / print server / file server. I recently upgraded us to an N band wireless network so I could link up the 3 XBOX's we have. Yeah, we're a geeky tech family. As the console gaming has grown the need to play games on the computers has gone away. They are used mostly as a social and information device. The kids do homework, watch video, chat with friends, and facebook on their laptops. My wife and I shop, chat, edit pictures, and all the other usual things that people do in this 'digital age'. We all have mp3 players (I have a 2gig shuffle I walk with and my kids have Touch's). I have described this so you'll understand that we have all the wonder devices....and how the iPad will change that.

Many 'tech' reviewers say the same thing..."If you already have a laptop and iPhone you don't need the iPad". Er...kind of true. As you can see from the above descriptive paragraph, I use my laptop for mostly Internet and media uses. All can be handled by the iPad. Every time I need to access some quick info; say a TV listing, a product website, send a friend a quick email or IM, I have to lug out my laptop. Even though it's a 15.4", it's still a lug to get out, wait for it to start-up, get on the Internet, find what I want, and then shut it down. The iPad is instant on. The iPad is small and has a long operating and standby time. When you're done..<click>...standby. I can honestly see my normal laptop use dropping to almost zero. The only thing I know of right now I couldn't do on the iPad that I do on my laptop is photo editing. I have thousands of photos and I use a Canon 5D (which takes very large files). If I had to I could set up the iMac desktop as my photo editing station (and probably will). That's just for me but would apply to everyone in the house. I can see this sitting in it's dock in the Den, waiting for whoever needs it...oh..wait...that's exactly what Steve Jobs said. Crafty bastard ain't' he? With iWork being available for presentations and word processing the kids could use it for homework (remote keyboard would be needed for heavy text entry). This, if marketed properly, could replace 85% of home laptops.

I know what you're thinking...what about your iPhone? a Netbook? 

I have an iPhone and it's a great product for 'emergency' use. The screen is too small for my eyes to use it consistently for Internet use. Great as a phone, scheduler, information organizer and game player but browsing carmax or ebay is a little hard. The iPhone (IMHO) is the ultimate PDA. It's what windows CE and Palm should have developed into.

I also have a 9" Dell Mini (netbook). It's good for Internet and email. That's about it. The netbooks are just too underpowered for a 'full size' OS. That's what kills me about the reviewers who were upset that the iPad didn't have OS 10.6 on it...uh...why? Why put a large gobsmacking honker of a OS on something that is supposed to be fast and light? Not only are netbooks taxed with windows but they are JUST as vulnerable to viruses as a 'real' computer. The closed environment of the iPad is not a 'bad thing' to me. There are very few 'mac' viruses and even fewer 'iphone OS' viruses. (Oh, and the reason I have the 9" Dell Mini is because it now runs OS 10.54 <wink wink>)

All in all, I am looking for the iPad to be a addition or even a replacement for a lot of my 'heavy duty' hardware...a light and nimble device for the times I just want to sit and read my paper while having my morning coffee.

And I didn't even get into how it will replace my Kindle or my iPod.

Thanks for reading....Jay


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Former Navy Submariner. Gulf War (Desert Shield) Veteran. Father of 4 teenagers. Don't like sports or NASCAR. Amateur Photographer and Mac Lover. Own/Run a small machine shop that deals with high tech … more
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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.

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