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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For Consumers, Tablets Are the Future
by parrotjoe on Sun 4th Apr 2010 01:09 UTC
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2005-07-06

And I don't just mean the iPad, but other tablets that follow. These are definitely not my ideas, but here are two that I've absorbed during all this:

1) (Remember - consumers)You don't have to know anything. Yes, for the first time a person doesn't have to know anything, even learn the desktop metaphor. There are things to learn, yes, but out of the box, a person can begin to use these devices without knowing a single thing about computing. If you say one can do that with a regular desktop or laptop, then why are family members and friends calling you for help?

2) To me, this is overlooked. It is a new way of computing because, in ordinary use, you hold it in your hands. You usually only use your hands, nothing else. It is meant to be held, just like our cell phones and iPods, etc. In many ways it's true - it is like a big iPod Touch, but it is also much more. Just the screen real estate alone makes it a whole new environment.

There needs to be evolution of course, but I cannot see trying to compare something like the iPad to netbooks and notebooks. It is something that stands alone.

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strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20


2) To me, this is overlooked. It is a new way of computing because, in ordinary use, you hold it in your hands. You usually only use your hands, nothing else. It is meant to be held, just like our cell phones and iPods, etc. In many ways it's true - it is like a big iPod Touch, but it is also much more. Just the screen real estate alone makes it a whole new environment.


New way of "computing". Really? I'd rather agree with Thom. Especially about the aspect of trying to create a new product category. The idea here is of course that people need both normal computers and these tablets. In a way all these attempts have failed in the past: people want general purpose devices. This was evident with the PC revolution. And it has been evident with smart phones; before you had mp3 mplayers and portable radios and whatnot but now people are, I believe, generally happy to have all those unnecessary little "gadgets" in one phone.

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MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

I agree with parrotjoe.

New way of "computing". Really?


Well it's more a new way of internet access, media consumption and limited creation platform, but that is computing for most people anyway.


I'd rather agree with Thom. Especially about the aspect of trying to create a new product category. The idea here is of course that people need both normal computers and these tablets.


Most people already have both: a desktop pc and a mobile device like a laptop or netbook. Or how many netbook user do you know that do not have (and need) another pc (or powerful laptop)?


In a way all these attempts have failed in the past: people want general purpose devices.



The only attempt I know of was Windows tablet and it failed primeraly because MS tried to shove Windows down every users throat no matter what device they use. MS simply didn't get it: You can't change form factors / input / display size and still use the same Windows desktop paradigms. So, no: it was not very surprising that UMPCs, tablet PCs, WinMo, etc. were not very successful.


This was evident with the PC revolution. And it has been evident with smart phones; before you had mp3 mplayers and portable radios and whatnot but now people are, I believe, generally happy to have all those unnecessary little "gadgets" in one phone.


Well, please explain me why a single purpose device like the iPod could have been successful while there were those hybrid "mp3-camera-radio-phones" on the market. Many competitors tried the 'we have everything and the kitchen sink' and failed. Or look at the iPhone: many competitors had way better hardware support: cameras, radios, sd-ports, usb and whatnot. And now: which phone concept does MS and all the others try to copy?

There's value in simplicity - as Saint-Exupery once said: Perfection is reached, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

My prediction is that most people still have a desktop PC around but use something simpler like an iPad, wePad, .. for everyday tasks were you don't need flexibility but a simple and fast user experience.

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