Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Apr 2010 11:55 UTC
Apple With the release day of the iPad fast approaching, it's time for the usual lucky few to shine their lights on Apple's new device. As usual, these first-hand reviews by blogging heavyweights are incredibly positive (with a few notable exceptions), and if they are correct in their predictions, then the iPad will change everything in computing.
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What is with...
by cutterjohn on Thu 1st Apr 2010 14:58 UTC
cutterjohn
Member since:
2006-01-28

...Apple and their non-removeable batteries? Is it a not-so-subtle-hint-to-you that you need to buy a new Apple product when the battery no longer holds a charge? Or gift them with some extra cash to do it for you?

That's just another thing that has turned me off from Apple products ever since they started this with their notebooks. Geez I remember the old powerbooks you could pull the optical drive and put in a second battery ffs!

Yes I know that they really are replaceable if you don't mind voiding the warranty(if you sprung for Apple's extended warranty and the battery dies before it expires, but that's unlikely) or in the case of the VAST majority of users who will just never be able to replace the battery on their own.

This can't simply be a liability case as MOST other electronics still ship with user-replaceable batteries. I wonder if their mbs come with soldered on batteries as well, built-in planned obsolescence.

Anyways, where are some of these negative articles? Be nice to see some of those to help wipe up the fanboi drooling.

Screen sizes: just wait until you start seeing the fragmentation of the iPhone/iPod apps and iPad apps as happened with other devices with varying screen size. I imagine that there will be a fair number that will be iPad only if it takes off, and while the iPad could run lower res apps in a smaller "window" they always look like crap with all of that extra space around, and scaling never seems to workout all that well either, especially on LCD screens where you don't get any "free" analog "filtering". Shrinking an iPad app to screen size would be equally awful, but just maybe, Apple was smart enough to come up with a way that would allow apps to "naturally" scale to device screen size and still look relatively "good".

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RE: What is with...
by henrikmk on Thu 1st Apr 2010 15:03 in reply to "What is with..."
henrikmk Member since:
2005-07-10

When the battery runs dry, Apple will send you a brand spanking new iPad for 99$. How about that?

http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/service/battery/

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RE[2]: What is with...
by darknexus on Thu 1st Apr 2010 15:13 in reply to "RE: What is with..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

And why would I want that? All of my data, my apps, my settings would be on the device I *already* have. I actually like user-replaceable batteries but for a different reason. Let's be honest, the device is likely to die before your battery does in most cases... provided it doesn't explode, of course. I like, however, to be able to carry around a spare battery if I know I'm going to need it so I can swap out and get double the battery time I'd normally get. It's a user choice... something Apple lately seems to be doing everything they possibly can to eliminate in their products. Luckily they can't take away my choice to go with other products over their own.

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RE[2]: What is with...
by spiderman on Thu 1st Apr 2010 15:27 in reply to "RE: What is with..."
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

That's 3 times the price of the battery! Why don't they sell the damn battery and let their customer replace it?

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RE: What is with...
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st Apr 2010 15:16 in reply to "What is with..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Screen sizes: just wait until you start seeing the fragmentation of the iPhone/iPod apps and iPad apps as happened with other devices with varying screen size.


Mac developers are very active in keeping their applications up to date and "compatible" with Apple's devices. This won't be a problem at all.

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RE: What is with...
by darknexus on Thu 1st Apr 2010 15:17 in reply to "What is with..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I wonder if their mbs come with soldered on batteries as well, built-in planned obsolescence.


Unfortunately they are moving that way. The latest generation of $999 Macbook has a soldered uncased battery, as does the latest 17-inch Macbook Pro. The 13 and 15 inch pros haven't moved to soddered batteries yet. Advantage to battery life, the Macbook gets better battery life than I've seen for any other laptop of equal power and dimensions. The downside, however, is rather obvious.

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