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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RE[2]: Hmmm... mixed
by bryanv on Thu 28th Jan 2010 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmmm... mixed"
bryanv
Member since:
2005-08-26

That's a damn expensive facebook reader.

Heck, just a few weeks ago I picked up a core duo (socket upgradeable to core duo 2) dell laptop with a larger screen, more memory, more storage, a backlit TFT LCD, and ...

Oh yeah, it can multitask, or run any other OS / Software I want to put on it.

If it ran a full OS X and not a scaled up iPod touch OS, we'd have a fairly compelling product. But the software has castrated this thing out of the gate.

PA Semi should have stuck with a PPC core, so they could have leveraged the whole OS, and not just the parts they've ported to ARM.

I wonder if they'll call the next generation the Max iPad? I know... I know...

Seriously, this is a product without a purpose. Like that speaker thing they made for the iPod a few years back. The AppleTV is more compelling.

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RE[3]: Hmmm... mixed
by Cymro on Thu 28th Jan 2010 14:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm... mixed"
Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

But the software has castrated this thing out of the gate.


Funny, because 3rd party software support and the App Store mechanism is the best argument for buying the tablet.

The range and quality of games & apps available for £5.99 or less, plus the number of apps specifically designed for multitouch, accelerometer, compass and so on, far from castrate the device.

EDIT: I appreciate the point - the iPhone/iPad shouldn't need apps to work around the fact you can't mount them like a USB stick, for instance. You seem very angry though - go get someone to port Haiku to it and see if you like it more then! ;-)

Edited 2010-01-28 14:57 UTC

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RE[4]: Hmmm... mixed
by boldingd on Thu 28th Jan 2010 16:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm... mixed"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

I have some trouble with that assertion. The app store really hasn't worked that well for me: most of the apps I've bought haven't worked very well, if at all. I've tried a number of LDAP access apps, none of which currently work, and a number of task list apps, none of which have working integration with either my office exchange system or Google Tasks -- and I require at least one of those. I've tried a couple of the cute "light games" apps, only to find them... not nearly satisfactory for a heavy gamer (If I want to game on the go, it's going to be with my PSP, with it's much more deep and engaging games. I'll try iPhone gaming again when someone credibly ports Tekken 6 to it.).

Pretty much the only apps that I use now are the eBay and Amazon apps, the web browser and mail reader distributed with the OS, and occasionally, an RSS reader I downloaded. Value added? Sure, but not much.

But that's just me: judging by the phone's success, other people apparently just love the iPhone app store, and have tons and tons of amazing apps they use all the time.

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