Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jan 2010 18:09 UTC
Apple Yes, yes, I apologise. After Kroc's story earlier today, and together with this one, we now have three stories in a row on the Ipad iPad (sorry, I can't ban camel case from OSNews just yet). So, what are we going to do? Predictions? Criticism? More details? No - I want to explain what I think the differences are between the introduction of the iPod and the iPhone, and that of the iPad.
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RE[2]: Turing's Poisoned Apple
by Laurence on Fri 29th Jan 2010 01:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Turing's Poisoned Apple"
Laurence
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You're right in that it does much less and costs much more than a standard netbook. Yet there may be a market for such a between-products (halfway between a fancy cell phone and a netboot).

Just have to wait and see. Some "between" or combo products have failed, while others have been amazingly successful.


The ones that have been successful were because there was a gap in the market.

This device isn't plugging a gap in the market though. The individual markets already exist. It's trying to invent a new product category by merging several existing markets into one device.

While normally I'm all for consolidating hardware into one gadget - I also don't want to lose usability too. And this device feels like a long list of compromises in order to own one flashier gadget.

And that's the crux of the matter.
The iPhone and iPod weren't a compromise. Granted, for a few years the iPhone lacked many features most other phones long had, like copy and paste and MMS. But the iPhone also did much much more.

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