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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RE: Why is it so expensive?
by henrikmk on Sun 4th Apr 2010 08:03 UTC in reply to "Why is it so expensive?"
henrikmk
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"Computing for the rest of us" doesn't mean "affordable", but a computer that you, as an untrained person, can actually use.

Consider that the mere presence of the physical keyboard deters many people from using computers, because there are so many buttons. It sounds ridiculous, but I meet people like that all the time, who won't use computers, because of all those damn buttons they would have to learn. They see the keyboard as the computer and as the only way to use a computer. It's unknown to them in the same way that it's unknown to most of us to be asked to land the space shuttle.

The mouse, trackpad or trackball is less of a deterrent, but still there is nothing like touching the user interface directly on the screen.

Don't underestimate the form factor. But we are all here so ingrained with laptops and netbooks, we don't look at form factor, only size and price.

Over the past 20 years, the only computer my mother has ever responded to, was my iPod Touch, because she saw immediately what I was doing with it. For a person as low-tech as she is, it's quite amazing that she connected with it.

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