Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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Just another thing it CAN do.
by Sabon on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 15:30 UTC
Sabon
Member since:
2005-07-06

About being an artist and using an iPad. Here is another thing that makes an iPad flexible. Note that styluses are wrong for most things. Drawing is a different type of user. Here we go for those that can't understand what can be done with an iPad. This from http://www.tuaw.com/2012/08/01/adonit-jot-touch-pressure-sensitive-...

Note: I have NO connection to www.tuaw.com nor the company that makes the follow product.

Adonit Jot Touch pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus for iPad
by Steven Sande Aug 1st 2012 at 6:00PM

Although there are many electrostatic styluses for the iPad for those who wish to use them, the seemingly unattainable goal of creating a pressure-sensitive stylus eluded peripheral manufacturers until now. Adonit's Jot Touch (US$99.99) became available to the public earlier this week, becoming the first pressure-sensitive stylus for the iPad.

See the link for the whole article. It's a very good website for things Apple. Don't read it if you want to stay in the dark under your bed about what iPads and other Apple devices can create and do.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Sabon,

"Don't read it if you want to stay in the dark under your bed about what iPads and other Apple devices can create and do."

I think you are being overly defensive about legitimate criticism of your favoured tablet platform.

Just because one CAN do something doesn't make it a good tool for the job. Obviously you *can* use your tablet to do things it's not particularly good at, but that's shifting to a "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy - instead of using a tablet for what it's good at, you try to use it everywhere.

Sometimes a tablet w/stylus may be an excellent artistic tool. On the other hand, many touch interface devices have regressed from the usability of physical counterparts and are far less efficient to use. Just because they can emulate physical devices doesn't make them as good. A typing keyboard is an obvious example. I've seen ads feature a tablet piano and guitar, which a professional would only consider using as gimmicks, which is clearly what they were even in the ads. They certainly don't replace the real deal for professionals.

We weigh the pros and cons between a number of competing factors: cost/portability/power/screens/data entry/interaction efficiency/etc. If the tablet adds up, then great! If not, then maybe you should admit that using a tablet can sometimes be like fitting a round peg into a square hole (so to speak). Just because it's possible to jerry-rig it with accessories doesn't mean it's a good idea...pros and cons.


Edit: one example of a good tablet application is GPS. Our tablet makes an excellent GPS device. But let's not kid ourselves and pretend they're suitable for professional office work unless there are no other computers around.

Edited 2012-08-02 17:26 UTC

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Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

Just because one CAN do something doesn't make it a good tool for the job. Obviously you *can* use your tablet to do things it's not particularly good at, but that's shifting to a "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy - instead of using a tablet for what it's good at, you try to use it everywhere.


Just because it is not particularly good for you doesn't mean it isn't great, for the things I stated, for other people.

Take the typewriter for instance. A LOT of great movies and books were created on a typewriter. I'm guessing you would not think it would be a good device for creating these.

The same with a pen. You may think a pen isn't of much use in society now. But remember that a pen is mightier than a sword. It's the _person_ wielding the tool.

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