Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:09 UTC
Apple A Forbes article notices that while the iPad's reception from the public and the mainstream press has been overwhelmingly positive, the prevailing sentiment among some alpha geeks has been negative to the extreme. The conclusion, of course, is that these people aren't reacting to what the iPad is, but rather what it represents: a violation of the ethos of the personal computer. The author of the Forbes article concludes that much of the anti-iPad vitriol is hyperbole, and doesn't help advance the cause. It's a thought-provoking question.
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RE: Comment by truckweb
by tupp on Sun 11th Jul 2010 23:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by truckweb"
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Show me a $299 Netbook with a touch screen?

Here's the Archos 7 tablet that lists at $199:

You can connect a keyboard and/or a mouse.

The tablet section of the Always Innovating touchbook lists a $299:

The least expensive version of an Ipad is $499.

Show me a Netbook that can last for 8-10 hours on a charge (for real...).

The Archos 7 lasts 7 hours on constant video playback and 42 hours on constant audio playback.

The Always Innovating Touchbook lasts 10 hours on a charge:

Furthermore, perhaps the Apple's claims of Ipad battery life aren't all that they are cracked-up to be:

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RE[2]: Comment by truckweb
by robco74 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 00:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by truckweb"
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From your Gizmodo article:

"The iPad has everyone thinking about the future of computing, but one of its greatest achievements is what it lets you forget about: battery. We pushed the iPad as hard as we could and got nearly 6 hours of use.

Early reports had the iPad's battery lasting even longer than Apple's 10 hour estimate—up to 11 and 12 hours of continuous video playback in some cases. In our test, during which we alternated between streaming video and playing graphic-intensive games, with Wi-Fi on, brightness at its highest, and the speaker at its loudest setting the entire time, the iPad's battery lasted 5 hours, 54 minutes.

By any measure, these are fantastic times, and they're essential to the success of this new type of device."

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RE[3]: Comment by truckweb
by tupp on Mon 12th Jul 2010 01:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by truckweb"
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Not sure that you understand the portion of the Gizmodo article which you quoted nor am I sure that you understand my point.

They are saying that their Ipad test got 5 hours and 54 minutes of battery life, while Apple and all of it's fanboys constantly claim 10 hours and longer.

Again, my point is that "Apple's claims of Ipad battery life aren't all that they are cracked-up to be."

By the way, nearly six hours of battery life is good, but it's no better than the battery life of several other tablets/netbooks (which also claim 10+ hours of battery life).

Furthermore, the batteries in most non-Apple devices can be replaced by the user.

Edited 2010-07-12 01:10 UTC

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