Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2012 22:59 UTC
Apple And it was that time of the year again - Apple held one of its product announcements. This one focussed on the iPad mostly, and while some will call it a disappointment merely because virtually everything had already been leaked, I'm still in awe over the fact the newly announced iPad has a 2048x1536 display. My mind is blown.
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RE[5]: Still Crippled.
by WorknMan on Thu 8th Mar 2012 23:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Still Crippled."
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Well there are video podcasts too, so not everything is intended to be listened to. The point is there is an iTunes included with the device, why can it not do its most basic function and get my shows?

Telling me to use a workaround (yes, telling me to use other apps to duplicate the missing features qualifies as a workaround in my opinion) doesn't help--it breaks the whole Apple experience where things are supposed to just work. Worse it leaves me with a worthless app taking up space that cannot be removed from the system!

Well, if a lack of a podcatcher out of the box is a deal-breaker for you, and you refuse to use a 3rd party app, hard to argue with that, as that is your personal preference. I'm not convinced that this is 'basic functionality' though, since Android doesn't come with a podcatcher built in, and neither does Windows. I doubt WebOS does either, and Linux would probably depend on the distro. I wouldn't expect iTunes on a tablet to be on par feature-wise with the desktop counterpart, as tablet apps are usually 'light' versions of their desktop brethren. As an example, Chrome on Android does not have all of the features that the desktop version does. Again, these devices are not PCs, so stop treating them as such. If you're waiting for tablets to be on par feature-wise with PCs, you're going to be waiting awhile.

Tell that to people like my father in his late fifties, who considers the iPad to be his Personal Computer.

As I said before, tablets are not designed to be PC replacements, but they CAN be for some people. I know somebody who sold her laptop when she got an iPad, because the iPad did everything she needed. And what exactly is wrong with that? If you don't NEED a PC, why should you have one?

Tell that to whomever it was that wrote Tim Cook's speech littered with references to the post-PC era.

You need to go back and listen to Tim's speech again. He made it very clear that the 'post PC era' does NOT mean and end to PCs, but only that the PC is no longer the center of the universe, which, based on the number of people I see living on their smartphones and tablets, is true.

And really, in the analogy you chose, this is more akin to trying to replace a car with a motorcycle that has had the engine disabled. You get the appearance of something fast and with advantages that a car does not have--only it has been artificially prevented from being true competition to the car.

You make it out like people are saying that tablets are somehow superior, or replacements to PCs, but nothing could be further from the truth. They're just easier to use, and more convenient to use at times. As I stated above, they CAN be replacements in certain (limited) situations, but I myself have two PCs, and I still have a tablet, because it does things well that PCs don't. For example, I was lying in bed last night watching Youtube vids. Tablets are good for that. PCs? Not so much. If I'm going to the crapper, I'd rather bring a tablet with me instead of trying to balance a laptop on my lap ;)

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