Linked by Cymro on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:35 UTC
Apple It's the most hyped device of the moment, a device that nobody has laid eyes on without an NDA death-grip. While rumour and speculation escalate (sometimes giving way to apathy), little has leaked out of Cupertino. But nobody seems to be asking whether this tablet thing will be successful or not.
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RE: I think it's a bit hard...
by Zifre on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 14:16 UTC in reply to "I think it's a bit hard..."
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You won't be able to attach a keyboard or mouse to it.
You won't be able to replace the battery
You won't be able to upgrade the memory

I know this is just personal speculation, but this is what I hate about Apple. They add stupid restrictions for no reason. None of these things would raise the price, and they would all increase the appeal (for people who aren't stupid).

The keyboard and mouse thing may not matter, depending on what the device is made for; I don't complain that the iPhone has no keyboard. But there is no way I would use iWork without a keyboard...

The memory thing really doesn't matter, as long as the default is big enough.

However, if they made a >$200 device with no way to replace the battery, they are just evil. My laptop for example needs the battery replaced every year or two. Currently, my battery lasts 30 seconds, so I really need to get a new one soon. If a $100 iPod doesn't have a battery, fine, the whole devices costs less than my laptop battery. But there is no way I'd pay $1000 every two years to replace a tablet.

In fact, I'd say it should be illegal to sell a device with no way to replace the battery. It is just a stupid way to get consumers to buy new hardware every few years. It is a huge waste of money and materials.

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