Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 23:18 UTC
Apple Yeah, just in case people think we forgot: Apple launched its iPad today. It's just that since the rest of the web is pretty much clogged with iPad "news" items at this point, I don't really know what to add; who'd you rather hear from, someone who owns one, or someone like me, the small orphan child pressing his face to the glass of a candy shop full of delight he can't afford (because he lives in the wrong country)? About the only meaningful item I've seen today is Engadget's iPad review, so let's take a quick look at that one.
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For Consumers, Tablets Are the Future
by parrotjoe on Sun 4th Apr 2010 01:09 UTC
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And I don't just mean the iPad, but other tablets that follow. These are definitely not my ideas, but here are two that I've absorbed during all this:

1) (Remember - consumers)You don't have to know anything. Yes, for the first time a person doesn't have to know anything, even learn the desktop metaphor. There are things to learn, yes, but out of the box, a person can begin to use these devices without knowing a single thing about computing. If you say one can do that with a regular desktop or laptop, then why are family members and friends calling you for help?

2) To me, this is overlooked. It is a new way of computing because, in ordinary use, you hold it in your hands. You usually only use your hands, nothing else. It is meant to be held, just like our cell phones and iPods, etc. In many ways it's true - it is like a big iPod Touch, but it is also much more. Just the screen real estate alone makes it a whole new environment.

There needs to be evolution of course, but I cannot see trying to compare something like the iPad to netbooks and notebooks. It is something that stands alone.

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