exactly who do you buy an iPad for?

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    Apr 04, 2010 8:31 AM GMT
    my brother wants one and i have the money to get him one but want to know, other then it being an IT item, what is the point?

    for example, my brother has iPhone, a Mac Book Pro, and a Mac Desktop so what does the iPad do for him that these three things can't?

    I personally have a Sony Vaio Laptop, an Alienware Desktop, and an HTC phone.

    I consider the three things I own FAR more superior to the iPad and with more power.

    I honestly have no more need for any more technology so that iPad seems useless to me.

    So, what uses does it have?

    I'm told it has no USB, can't play CD media, and has no camera.

    Also, if you have to hold it with 2 hands, how practical is it? What about protection for it not to get damage?

    It seems to me like in a city like NYC, the only place you will see an iPad is where you see people using laptops and in that case, why not just use a laptop.
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    Apr 04, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    It'a an iphone

    without the camera, phone, and portability.
    No cds, usb, etc - it has only enough power to do what it can do 'out of the box' (one app at a time etc) and is basically a really shiny toy. I'd personally be MORTIFIED of breaking one, they look so flimsy... (especially considering the number of people i know that broke their tiny iPhones...)

    edit :: yknow after this post i decided to do some more review on the iPad. Basically what was said above is true - it's just a big iPhone sans-phone BUT therein lies the selling point.

    IF!!
    You do not need a device to do "real" work on
    You like the concept of kindles etc
    You want to be able to watch movies most anywhere
    You will not be doing anything more than browsing, playing simple games, etc
    THEN
    The iPad is for you.

    I think the two reasons I would want something like this would be to watch videos and read books. My computer can do that AND I can run photoshop/Maya/Houdini/Tech-Heavy Games etc. For someone like me, this would be a ridiculous purchase. Why carry BOTH around when I have one that I will need all the time AND does everything the other does?

    That's probably something you should ask your bro. It sounds like a neat toy - but is he already carrying around his iPhone and Laptop anyway?
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    Apr 04, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    Do a Google News search on the iPad. There are a few articles/reviews that address this subject. It's a great product if you're into the App. Store and all it has to offer, but it's not a practical tool for business applications.

    It's essentially a large iPod Touch. Of course, the apps. that cost $0.99 for the iPhone and iPod Touch are up to 4x that amount on the iPad. The Apple philosophy being that if the screen is four times larger, then the price of apps. should be, too?

    Tread with caution. I'd wait until the dust settles and iPad consumers have had time to play with it. Their reviews are the ones that matter. Unfortunately, and as unethical as it is, Apple sends review product to reporters and influential bloggers and gives them the option to keep it. While most manufacturers do this, it's noteworthy when a manufacturer like Apple sends thousands of dollars of product to each reviewer within a span of just two years (iPhone, Touch, iPad). The more reputable news outlets return the products, but most tend to keep them. This causes a huge bias during a critical launch period.

    In other words, do your homework, focusing only on news outlets with muscle (cNet and Techweb, Gizmodo, USA Today, NY Times, etc.)
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    Apr 04, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    douchebags...
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    Apr 04, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    reppaT said

    It's essentially a large iPod Touch. Of course, the apps. that cost $0.99 for the iPhone and iPod Touch are up to 4x that amount on the iPad. The Apple philosophy being that if the screen is four times larger, then the price of apps. should be, too?


    That's so much bunk!!!

    Why should anyone pay double just for extra screen???

    I'm waiting till the dust settles also, there is no way I would feel good about myself knowing that my MacBook Pro can do the same as this machine sans the optical drives, USB, CaT5 connection.....

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    Apr 04, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    I have never seen so much conversation by people about why they aren't going to buy a single product and so much handwringing because someone decided to buy said product. You all really don't have anything else to do with your time?


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    Apr 04, 2010 3:08 PM GMT
    Wait two years...

    It'll cost less, do more, the bugs will be worked out (hopefully), and might be less breakable
  • Muscmasmat

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    Apr 04, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    The iPad would be great for a book reader, newspaper reader or video viewer while you are on the stairmaster or treadmill at the gym or if you like to read two or three books at a time and don't want to carry them with you. Or it would be great if you just like to read different periodicals while having your coffee at Starbucks. The iPhone and Kindle and others have too small a screen for these purposes, as far as I am concerned. But it is quite expensive, in my opinion for these uses. For me the value is not worth the cost....yet. But if cost is not a concern for you, then I say go for it and enjoy!
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    Apr 04, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    Possibly the most remarkable thing about the whole app store phenomenon, to me, is how people are now conditioned to paying less than $3 for software. 90% of the reviews are people bitching about paying less than the cost of a beer for a software tool.

    Be afraid, microshaft, be very afraid...
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    Apr 04, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    The ipad is for making Apple stockholders even more wealthier!
    Everyone should buy like 2 or 3 of them. icon_lol.gif

    But seriously, the ipad is targeted at people whose lives revolve around the itunes store and other Apple products. If you buy a lot of apps, shows, movies, games, and books from itunes, the ipad is a pretty obvious next step.

    Simply put, the ipad is for consuming media/entertainment. And not necessarily for getting any work done. It is possible to do some real work on the ipad, but that would require you to change your workflow and adapt to the limitations of the hardware/software.

    It doesn't matter if there are other products that are superior and more affordable. That's really not the point. Some people like consistency. If your brother already has an iphone and Mac computers, then getting an ipad will be easy and familiar to operate.

    I personally don't care too much about the ipad. But I do like that Apple has been driving competition lately. And the market will be flooded with cheaper and better tablets from other manufacturers this year. I'm looking forward to the HP Slate.
  • bmw0

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    Apr 04, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    Does anyone else thing of an i-pod dock on a maxi pad when they hear "the new i-pad" or is it just me? Like do they have different absorbancys on different levels? Can you maybe download them? sigh.. im so confused! haha... Kidding, i don't think i could use one regularly without laughing though.
    (same response i gave to the other i-pad post)
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    Apr 04, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
    thanks for the info guys!
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    Apr 04, 2010 11:24 PM GMT

    My 12 year old son's iPod Touch is giving up the ghost. He's a good candidate for something with a much bigger screen than an iPod, but he doesn't want a netbook or laptop. Also, he's comfortable navigating around the iPhone OS so I actually think he's the one person I know for whom the iPad is perfectly suited- despite its well discussed deficiencies.

    Still, my experience with Apple product launches tells me to wait a few months to let Apple work out the inevitable hardware and software glitches and possibly to make some incremental feature additions.
  • stevendust

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    Apr 05, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    Somebody in the other thread said it the best so far: it's intermediate. It's not like browsing on my Palm Pre smart phone and it's not like being on the laptop. I personally find it very convenient to not have to worry about tethered to an outlet but being able to see the screen and browse better than I can on my phone.
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    Apr 05, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    . . . just read a book . . . you'll be much better off . . .