Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Mar 2010 15:29 UTC
Apple Back in late January, Apple unveiled its iPad (in case you missed it), an iPhone OS-powered tablet device which it said would ship later this year. Well, the Cupertino company is holding true to its promise, and has unveiled the pre-order and shipping dates of the iPad.
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RE: Just the,beginning
by toast88 on Sat 6th Mar 2010 15:53 UTC in reply to "Just the,beginning"
toast88
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2009-09-23

Large, touch optimized tablet *is* going to be magical.

Sorry, I do not want to offend you but this is nothing more than marketing b*llshit. "Magical" is nothing more than a buzzword. It doesn't convey anything and it's just a matter to mystify the facts about the tablet PCs. They are not more than a toy and they are not to start some revolution. A tablet PC can *never* replace a fully fledged desktop PC and whoever claims it can has never ever seriously used a computer for serious work. Try to start a larger project on a netbook, tablet PC or even notebook. You will give up very soon. I'm not talking about things like microblogging, instant messaging or short emails but rather data analysis and simulation, desktop publishing, CAD, programming, video and audio editing and much much more. Those are all things you will never be able to achieve with a tablet and that's why these thingies are nothing more than a toy IMHO.

Don't get me wrong, I have an iPod touch myself and I really enjoy the smoothness, speed and its ease of use. However, I always prefer using my laptop or even my desktop PC when dealing with just email correspondence, surfing the web or even more serious work. When I wrote my thesis, I even found the 15-inch display and relatively comfortable keyboard of my ThinkPad T43 inappropriate for longer write sessions.


Bernd

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RE[2]: Just the,beginning
by Chicken Blood on Sat 6th Mar 2010 16:16 in reply to "RE: Just the,beginning"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

A tablet PC can *never* replace a fully fledged desktop PC and whoever claims it can has never ever seriously used a computer for serious work.


You're missing the point. Tablet PCs can replace fully-fledged desktop PCs for *a lot of people*. No one is saying they will replace desktop PCs for 'serious work'. But whatever 'serious work' may be, 80-90% of people don't use their home PC for that.

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RE[3]: Just the,beginning
by toast88 on Sat 6th Mar 2010 16:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Just the,beginning"
toast88 Member since:
2009-09-23


You're missing the point. Tablet PCs can replace fully-fledged desktop PCs for *a lot of people*. No one is saying they will replace desktop PCs for 'serious work'. But whatever 'serious work' may be, 80-90% of people don't use their home PC for that.

Serious work involves tools like Office, Photoshop, Origin, Mathematica, Online Banking and so on.

I understand your point but I don't think that only around 20% of users at home use their PCs for other than just Facebook and eBay. At least among most of my colleagues and friends, this is not the case.

Where do you have that number from? Any sources?

Adrian

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RE[2]: Just the,beginning
by vivainio on Sat 6th Mar 2010 16:46 in reply to "RE: Just the,beginning"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

A tablet PC can *never* replace a fully fledged desktop PC and whoever claims it can has never ever seriously used a computer for serious work.


Who said anything about replacing? Everybody has a pc already.

I have a desktop pc, a laptop, netbook (for wife), n900 and n810 and I find myself doing casual surfing on n900 & n810 (on sofa) more than on pc. A tablet would fit that niche nicely, with ergonomics close to a book.

Such a device would be worth around 300-400 eur for me, but I wouldn't buy anything >200eur from apple.

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RE[3]: Just the,beginning
by nt_jerkface on Sun 7th Mar 2010 07:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Just the,beginning"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Looks like the perfect toilet companion to me. A keyboard in the bathroom is kind of gross whereas a tablet can be cleaned.

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RE[2]: Just the,beginning
by gtada on Sun 7th Mar 2010 07:03 in reply to "RE: Just the,beginning"
gtada Member since:
2005-10-12

Easy there son, it doesn't have to do serious work to start a revolution. When you get a chance, do a Google search for "Nintendo". It's fascinating stuff.

You and your friends must live in a boring world, my friend. If all I could do was "data analysis and simulation" on my computer, I'd have to shoot myself.

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