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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6 years ago i purchased an arguyably "state of the art" laptop, the CF-R3 from panasonic. let's list specs.

- 10 inches
- 11H battery life in regular use *real life verified*
- 900gr
- real complete keyboard
- 120G hard disk
- 2G ram
- 1.1Ghz pentium-m ULV
- 815GM graphics
- 2xUSB, VGA (1600x1200), 56K modem, 100mbit RJ45, sd card, micro sd card, pccard readers
- very resistant
- runs anything (linux, macosx, windows, you name it)

it sells today for like $200 used.

now there's the ipad:

- can't fold the screen so its going to be fragile in your bag as you travel, no matter what. (especially plane)
- it has a capacity display
- it has a slower cpu
- it has less disk space (yes, its SSD vs regular HDD, but i have yet to find an issue with my HDD and i travel much)
- it has better 3D graphics
- it is completely closed (you run phone apps and thats *it*)
- it cost a lot more
- it weights a little less
- it can has 3G (but i can has 3G too, via pccard in this case)
- it has wifi "n"

so now.. i'm using my laptop for all the stuff you use an ipad for, except i use the keyboard. check mail etc yes.. browser web in conformtable way (heck, ive flash!), view 720p videos without lag, play old games (including quake live), fix stuff, *work*, crack wifi networks, what-not

i don't think the year of the tablet pc has arrived. i don't know if it ever will. I wouldnt buy one for more than $50, since its going to stay at home (or at work) for quick looks at a web page or a video, or things like that. it wont be a nomade device.

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