Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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Don't see any point in opening the iPad
by IkeKrull on Mon 1st Feb 2010 22:53 UTC
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The whole reason the iPod/iPhone/iPad are so successful is because they are closed. Like a console, developers know what to expect, the tools are provided and so is the marketplace. The users get a slick product that 'just works'.

And developers (the 'tinkerers') love it. The users definitely love it.

If youre in the tiny minority that have a problem with Apple policies, why spend your time whining about what apple is doing? Why not create apps or hardware for the Nokia Maemo, Palm Pre, Google Android or the plethora of custom Linux-based embedded hardware platforms out there?

Why would Apple change when you can't demonstrate any benefit whatsoever from them doing so?

Wheres your killer app for android that doesn't exist on the iPad?

Wheres the killer android device with the full linux OS, with the power and simplicity that makes iPad owners want to switch?

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