So, tell me.

1 February, 2010
Rat Fink

Why do I need an Apple iPad?

If I have a big handbag (which I do), it could fit nicely in there. I could conceivably have WiFi and not get all honked about hotels charging me for it.

But…

  1. I’d have to forswear Verizon for AT & T — and I am account holder for four other phones.
  2. Is this a flash in the pan? Just a bigger version of the iTouch? What will be its staying power vs. a laptop?
  3. Check out the specs (pdf). How much better a deal is it than a laptop?
  4. Will HTML5 be a sufficient replacement for Apple’s lack of Flash?

Crucial things to think about this day, a day that could shape up to be more stressful than it needs to be. Know’m sayin? Mondays: me no likey.

FO

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Sam
Sam
1 February, 2010 7:29 am

You may not have the chance to purchase it if the FCC doesn’t approve. But who am I kidding? It’s shiny, touchy and has the apple logo on it. Perfect for consumerist America!

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BoomR
BoomR
1 February, 2010 9:58 am

I think people mistakenly look to this (like they do netbooks) as a complete replacement for their current laptop or desktop computer… I see this as competition for Kindle, Nook, and all the bazillion other eBook readers that were launching at CES this past Jan. Having said that, it mystifies me how Jobs can constantly tout “it’s the best Web browsing experience EVER” when it doesn’t support Flash. I wonder who @ Adobe p*ssed off someone at Apple? Oh, and it’ll get FCC approval…. There are a bazillion reasons why the approval has not come yet. It may be because… Read more »

Mathew
Mathew
1 February, 2010 9:39 pm
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The real reason that the iPad doesn’t support flash is because Apple wants you to only use it’s own Apps that you have to buy rather then fanmade apps that would use the Flash software to run. It’s basically another way that Apple monopolizes its products.

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Kodye
Kodye
1 February, 2010 12:22 pm

The iPad seems amazing. So amazing. Until you realize you have to get AT&T service to get it. I pray that someday the folks at apple will get smart and let me have an iPhone on Verizon.

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BoomR
BoomR
1 February, 2010 7:08 pm
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FYI, MMS on the iPhone is **finally* a SNAP and has been for months now!!! (as of the release of the iPhone 3GS) …and way cool if I do say so myself. You guys gotta realize that the Apple business case to bring anything cell-phone enabled out for Sprint & Verizon is pretty p*ss poor. GSM is a global standard, meaning that they can sell GSM/3G devices in like, oh, maybe close to 300 countries around the world. Vs. maybe like 125 (and that’s probably stretching it) for the CDMA technology. And unlike GSM, Sprint & Verizon have a stranglehold… Read more »

BoomR
BoomR
1 February, 2010 7:11 pm
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PS – you never heard about the Verizon/Qualcom deal because Verizon is a brand hog. If you want to play with Verizon, you pretty much have to agree to not put your brand identity on the product. Qualcom is not the brand powerhouse that Verizon or AT&T or Apple is, so they had to take their lumps if they wanted to make any money at all.

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Artillius Merchclod
Artillius Merchclod
2 February, 2010 11:41 am

Anything that gets us closer to living Star Trek is a step in the right direction.

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PaulProven
PaulProven
4 February, 2010 12:09 pm

I’m a mac guy since the first one (old school 128 followed by the “Fat Mac” 512 with the two floppy drives so the system could sit on one!) I have a mac pro laptop, Mac Pro tower and have never been without assorted macs in my life. When I was making sofware for a big company I pushed for mac versions every chance I could. A chunk of my income is currently tied to working on a mac…..I don’t have an iphone for various reasons- Apple was to slow with the biz email issues and I’m tied to t-mobile….BUT… Read more »