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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RE: It's an appliance
by wakeupneo on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 04:58 UTC in reply to "It's an appliance"
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I think that it's important to remember that although the iPhone, iPod Touch and now the iPad are computers, they are also appliances.

Rubbish. It's a general-use computer. The fact that they've convinced you otherwise just goes to show how clever they are at getting you to drink the proverbial kool-aid.

Definition of Appliance:
-an instrument, apparatus, or device for a particular purpose or use.

See that? A particular purpose or use..or put another way...a specific application. The iPad is obviously not for a particular use but rather for general use...whether it's to check your mail, write a note or watch a movie. You can install software, just like a regular computer, connect peripheral hardware (with the dock) just like a regular computer...the list goes on.

Not that I care all that much as I'm not about to shell out my hard-earned on such a hamstrung device, but trying to convince people that having less control over their own possessions is a good thing by simply calling it something else is disingenuous.

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