Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:04 UTC
Apple Even though I was extremely sceptical of this whole tablet thing, I bought an iPad 2 a few weeks ago. Obviously, this occasion couldn't pass by without a proper review of the thing on OSNews, so here we are. Inside, my view on the iPad 2, and more importantly, how my perception of tablets has been turned around completely.
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Waiting for iPad 3
by Eugenia on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:49 UTC
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2005-06-28

Since I'm into video and multimedia I'd like an HD screen (1280px wide by whatever), and an HD front web camera (to make my mom happy), so I'm waiting for the next model myself. Also an SDHC card slot would be nice, reading video -- it would help me out when shooting digicam video on location (the iPad can already decode these).

Software-wise, the only things I need from iOS is a file management method, because some of the apps I use need to exchange files with another apps (in the 3D, music or video world, it's not uncommon to need to load a processed file from one app to another for different kinds of processing -- since not all apps can do everything). Right now, I need to copy files on my desktop PC, and then copy them back in to the device, to different apps, via iTunes. Hardly convenient, and definitely not a "post-PC" usability. Also, Bluetooth OBEX, since we're into this file thing.

This is the one reason why I use Android right now as my phone and not iOS (I don't own a tablet). If Apple were to fix this problem, and offer an iPhone with a bigger screen too, I'd jump ship in no time. Regardless, tablet-wise, I'm waiting for the iPad 3, I do not like any Android tablet, and iPad 2 is not exactly there for the things I need. I dislike Android tablets not just because of hardware, but because I hate the Honeycomb UI. I don't mind the Gingerbread UI much, but Honeycomb's 3D cheesiness and incohesiveness (feels like it sprang out of a Michael Bay film), I can't stand. Pisses me off in no time.

Edited 2011-07-03 22:53 UTC

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RE: Waiting for iPad 3
by JAlexoid on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 23:21 in reply to "Waiting for iPad 3"
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2009-05-19

But, but, but... Transformers are cool ;)

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RE[2]: Waiting for iPad 3
by kragil on Mon 4th Jul 2011 00:05 in reply to "RE: Waiting for iPad 3"
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2006-01-04
RE[2]: Waiting for iPad 3
by dvhh on Mon 4th Jul 2011 05:15 in reply to "RE: Waiting for iPad 3"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

But, but, but... Transformers are cool ;)


indeed ! (eee pad transformer)
http://gigazine.jp/img/2011/03/28/eee_pad_transformer/eee_pad_trans...

Edited 2011-07-04 05:16 UTC

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RE: Waiting for iPad 3
by Dasher42 on Mon 4th Jul 2011 08:43 in reply to "Waiting for iPad 3"
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2007-04-05

I've wound up using my iPad strictly for music. Sadly, Android isn't going to move into that space anytime soon. What I see the developers saying is that the latency for the response of touch-screen music is too inconsistent and the underlying layers too undeveloped. It would be a wonderful thing to fix that, as that would help Linux along too, and I'd love to have a musical touchscreen with Arduino development right there. But for now, Garageband and Thumbjam on the iPad are my digital sidekicks.

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RE: Waiting for iPad 3
by henderson101 on Mon 4th Jul 2011 09:49 in reply to "Waiting for iPad 3"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Since I'm into video and multimedia I'd like an HD screen (1280px wide by whatever),


That would make it unwieldy. The iPad as it is is probably as large as it needs to be for the intended use. It's not a replacement for a laptop.

and an HD front web camera (to make my mom happy),


Though it's likely to be in the next model, it's a web cam after all ;-)

Also an SDHC card slot would be nice, reading video -- it would help me out when shooting digicam video on location (the iPad can already decode these).


Pay the ~$30 and get the connection kit. I transfered over 8GB of video this way direct from a couple of 8GB SDHC cards on Friday. It works flawlessly,

Software-wise, the only things I need from iOS is a file management method, because some of the apps I use need to exchange files with another apps (in the 3D, music or video world, it's not uncommon to need to load a processed file from one app to another for different kinds of processing -- since not all apps can do everything). Right now, I need to copy files on my desktop PC, and then copy them back in to the device, to different apps, via iTunes.


No you don't. You just need to install any app that universally accepts "open in" requests (most download managers do this, drop box does this and a bunch of others) and then your editor needs to be able to "open" the file in another app. That's it. I read a lot of online PDF's and some Manga (that generally comes in ZIP/RAR files, otherwise ready to view) and I open the PDF's in Safari and "open in" iBooks - job done. For the Manga, it's slightly more convoluted, but basically: I bought iCab, this has a download manager. I download the file. I rename it to ".cbz" or ".cbr" depending on the original extension, then click "open in" and it transfers to ComicBookLover, ready to read. I haven't manually synced a file for either of those apps for about 2 or so months now.

A more perfect solution would be something like http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usb-disk-pro/id412588865 but with "open in" for the files it contains and also a reciprocal universal file open in ability as with many of the downloaders or Dropbox.


Hardly convenient, and definitely not a "post-PC" usability. Also, Bluetooth OBEX, since we're into this file thing.


All it would take is for Apple to create an app that supports USB mounting with the "Open in" functionality described above and you would have most of what you are wishing for. That would also fall in line with the post PC remove tethering mantra.

I don't see an iPad 3 this year - likely January announcement.

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RE[2]: Waiting for iPad 3
by Carewolf on Mon 4th Jul 2011 12:00 in reply to "RE: Waiting for iPad 3"
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2005-09-08

All it would take is for Apple to create an app that supports USB mounting with the "Open in" functionality described above and you would have most of what you are wishing for. That would also fall in line with the post PC remove tethering mantra.


All Apple have to do?? It is not something they have to "do", it is something they have to stop doing, Apple are actively putting resources into making file-transfers as difficult as possible, enabling it would be a cost-saver.

Strategy tax, you know?

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RE: Waiting for iPad 3
by fran on Mon 4th Jul 2011 16:24 in reply to "Waiting for iPad 3"
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2010-08-06

With the processor speeds in tablets (currently) rendering time might also be a irritation for any serious work.

Edited 2011-07-04 16:26 UTC

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