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Observations: - the amount of product info you can access on the iPads is very limited. much less than product info on the Apple website. no specs, etc. that was disappointing. - somehow the iPad touchscreen works through a layer of lucite on top of it. how does that work? - i didn't use the Call Staff button, but that is a welcome addition. - Apple needs to install hand sanitizers at every table. seriously. this is a great way to spread colds, flu, etc. -...
maybe we should be asking some basic questions: - are the mags simply selling PDF-like copies of their print issues, like Zinio offers, or purposely reformatted versions like the New Yorker iPad app? what is the underlying software? - ok, we know they will mine your personal data. but why do the publishers believe Android users will actually pay for digital subscriptions? Playboy, ok, but Esquire, seriously? if print media app sales for the iPad are...
this is a real threat to Windows/Office Home Edition in the low-end consumer market. and that is a big deal by itself. assuming it works well and is not just another Google beta product. it is a huge threat to MS if Google can also offer an effective replacement to Exchange. we'll see. but no clamshell product is a threat to any tablet, including the iPad. different markets. except for education, but even then entertainment use at home is a factor. you don't want to use...
putting Nokia's obsolete Symbian "smartphones" in the same category with iOS (and Android) smartphones is plain stupid. same is true of the RIM BB phones except the Storm and Torch.
it amazes me how nearly all the (so-called) pundits and analysts totally miss the crucial role of the retail stores in Apple's "ecosystem." they add a unique human element to everything Apple. someone to answer questions knowledgeably when you are investigating products. someone to help you at no charge when you have a problem. immediate warranty service when necessary. plenty of time (usually) for hands-on exploration of new products. no annoying salesperson...
you know that if Samsung, Motorola, and the rest had actual tablet sales figures that were good, or even respectable, they would have bragged about them by now. or at least reported numbers along with the financial quarterlies. but if they are embarrassing ... however, it is still too soon to conclude the tablet market will turn out like the "MP3 player" iPod market, with Apple holding 70+% indefinitely. by the end of this year we should see fully-baked Android and other...
very good chance that, yes, the iPad will hold a 70+% share of the "tablet" market indefinitely, as the iPod has done for five years in the PMP market. with the rest split up among several alternatives. that is not quite a "monopoly" in the legal sense, although it would warrant close attention for any anti-competitive Apple practices. more accurate maybe to call it a "dominant" market position. of course the iPod touch is in fact a mini-tablet. and a portable game player....
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everyone's opinions here are just opinions. duh. needs saying? i've used DLNA with my PS3 and TiVo. it is ok but the "lowest common denominator" by design and thus very limited in what it can do. dumb playback is about it. what about custom equalizer settings? what about your metadata? direct links to iTunes store or any store for more info? in no way is it an equivalent to Home Sharing, let alone AirPlay. i've got one of the several IR universal remote accessories...
Sony is desperately copying Apple, and will sell some number of these tablets - the normal one anyway - maybe more than most of the other OEM's if it is great hardware. but in spite of all Sony's efforts their ecosystem is just not good enough to compete with iPad. for good example, Sony also sells a new AppleTV copy device now, the SMP-N100, for about $90. it can be controlled with an iOS app even. but it uses DLNA to share media on your LAN - which is ok, but basic...
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