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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Perfect for the perfect consumer
by avih on Fri 29th Jan 2010 08:04 UTC
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Except for the majority of content-creation applications (writing documents, development, textual configurations, etc), one doesn't need a keyboard and can do with an on-screen one when the occasional need arise (twit, anyone?).

Although there are many keyboard-centric applications that are used daily (most notably probably - word processors), there is a far greater number of applications that don't, and more importantly, enough people that never create substantial amounts of content at their leisure hours.

This device is perfect for presentations, casual input and content consumption activities. Be it video, music, books, occasional gaming, web, etc. None of those requires more than minimal keyboard input. More involving games might, but then again, Apple isn't competing with game consoles. Yet. Most would also benefit from portability.

So there you have it. The iPad is not for the creatives. It's for pure consumption. And hey, Look! you've got all the stores you'll ever need to spend your money at right at your fingertips!! Yay!

It's the perfect companion for a workstation (portable or desktop one). You've got a work computer where you can create content, and then there's the iPad for the rest of the day where you consume and buy things.

It kinda makes perfect sense. Pure separation between creativity and consumption.

And since most people never create anything (or know to to manage their computers), it's the perfect device for most people. So sad indeed.

I'm not an Apple user. Far from it actually. The one (and almost only) thing I hate the most is their lock-ins for the various content types. For me, this one issue overshadows any other advantage their products might have.

But if they didn't have those lock-ins, I'd probably have one, use it extensively whenever I'm not developing, never tweak anything (possibly except for custom applications I'll install, which are probably available on the Apple store too), and be happy.

See? Ideology sucks.

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