Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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Price
by Cymro on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:56 UTC
Cymro
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2005-07-07

Not so Cube-shaped after all!

I think Apple have done fantastically well to bring it down to that price - they surprised me and I'm happy about that.

I think Thom's right about tablets in general. It's funny how all the people in the tablet video have their legs aloft while they're typing - typing sat upright will be difficult. That'll all come out in the wash.

Now, should I get my mum one of these?

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RE: Price
by boldingd on Wed 27th Jan 2010 20:14 in reply to "Price"
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2009-02-19

That price is just not low enough for me. There's lots of things I use computers for, that I cannot use this thing to do (including type!). $499 may be an aggressive, impressively low price point given the production cost for the device, but it's just not low enough for me to be willing to pay it for a device on which I cannot effectively work, type large amounts of text, or play my beloved Team Fortress 2.

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RE[2]: Price
by kragil on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:15 in reply to "RE: Price"
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2006-01-04

$499 only sounds good because all Apple products are really expensive and every Apple pundit expected $899 or ยง999.

But let's face it. It is a 10 inch screen + a ARM-like CPU + 16 GB of flash + some RAM (how much?) + cool aluminum body.

$499 is not great for that hardware. $299 would have been.

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RE: Price
by ameasures on Wed 27th Jan 2010 20:20 in reply to "Price"
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2006-01-09


I think Thom's right about tablets in general. It's funny how all the people in the tablet video have their legs aloft while they're typing - typing sat upright will be difficult. That'll all come out in the wash.


Posturally you're right but then my physiotherapist obliged me to put my laptop on stand so it probably isn't an issue that will block its popularity.

This looks to me like a winner as a device that people will want to live with and throw into the backpack when setting off for the weekend.

It marks the beginning of the end of the iPodTouch though and I can imagine more than a few technophiles will ditch theirs for a new iPad.

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RE[2]: Price
by Delgarde on Wed 27th Jan 2010 23:31 in reply to "RE: Price"
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2008-08-19

It marks the beginning of the end of the iPodTouch though and I can imagine more than a few technophiles will ditch theirs for a new iPad.


Really? You can walk down the street listening to music on the 10" iPad tucked in your back pocket? No, I think not - if anything, it's the iPad struggling to find a niche between compact devices like iPhone/iPod, and traditional laptops...

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RE: Price
by Moochman on Wed 27th Jan 2010 20:23 in reply to "Price"
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2005-07-06

It's funny how all the people in the tablet video have their legs aloft while they're typing - typing sat upright will be difficult. That'll all come out in the wash.


Luckily, Apple will also sell you a case that lets you prop the iPad up at an angle on your legs... take a look at the very bottom of this link:

http://www.apple.com/ipad/design/

The case also seems to me to be a no-brainer for pretty much all users, especially the target audience of students who might want to lug this around in a bag full of books. So I think thanks to the case, the leg-slant issue isn't nearly as problematic as it seems.

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