Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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Moochman
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Speaking as someone who doesn't already own an iPhone, a netbook or an eBook reader, I actually find this class of product pretty appealing.

It's got enough screen real estate to make me actually want to browse the web with it for long periods of time (unlike an iPhone, which seems good for quick spurts of browsing but annoying for anything longer). Also, there are plenty of times when I would have liked to use my laptop to read while reclining on my couch, but the range of positions I can assume is severely limited compared to what I could do with a tablet device. The same applies for netbooks as well. Not to mention that the battery life is actually conducive for long reading sessions, which again can't be said about netbooks or notebooks.

And finally, the multitouch is just cool, and the possibilities for what developers can do with so much real estate go way beyong what is possible on the iPhone. Admittedly I'm an interaction design freak and get much more excited about this kind of thing than the average person, but I predict that the real magic of this technology will become clearer and clearer as more and more developers find new ways of using it.

In the end though it's basically all about lifestyle. Sure, I don't *need* to lie down while reading stuff or surfing the web, and sure I don't *need* to read that stuff on a big screen nor do I *need* to be unplugged from the wall for 10 hours at a time. Nor does being able to "touch the web" provide any obvious advantage. But the overall user experience and combined convenience of all these things is what gives this form factor that extra edge over a smartphone/netbook.

IMHO, YMMV. ;)

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