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Because they don't want you to " cut cable TV" .Philip
You are quite wrong in saying the Surface is cheaply made. It is, in fact, very well made. Unfortunately, like the iPad, the capacitive screen means you can't handwrite well on the device. Apart from that, it's not a bad tablet except for the 16:9 aspect ratio which makes using it in portrait mode quite unpleasant.$200 is a pretty good price though that price seems to not apply to individuals.If they used a Wacom screen like the Samsung Note 8.0 or the Surface Pro then a...
The iPad mini would be ideal with an active digitizer or equivalent. I far prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio to say the 16:9 ratio of the MS Surface. The Samsung Note 8.0 is 16:10 which is not bad. There are some excellent writing programs for the Note 8. For the life of me I just don't understand why Apple is disregarding this issue. Mind you, on the basis of the responses here it is clear that handwriting just isn't an important need for most users. I wonder if signatures will...
The real weak point with the iPad, and I am an iPad user, is the lack of handwriting capability. They need to support proper writing which means the need for active digitizer equivalent capabilities. Capacitive screens are just terrible for writing. Now you can say that writing no longer matter but it still does in the scientific world, and I would hope that doctors are still living there.I have owned every iPad but Apple's reluctance to support writing led me to a Samsung...
There is a shortage of really good engineers. It's not just a matter of money. Imaginative types don't grow on trees. If only more business types could get that. Then again what can you say about a world built on Office and similar stuff.   philip
  The unfortunate result of Windows becoming so dominant is that certain software then was available only on PC's and the Mac became a niche product. In addition, Microsoft managed to convince the world that we would all return to the Stone Age without using Office. In effect Windows PC's became the english language of languages. Now, the phone thing may be different in that you don't yet have an Office or financial apps which only run on clones. The danger is that some...
The problem is content. There is not enough quality content available. Unfortunately the arts have not been a priority and even if they were there just aren't that many talented people around, at least enough to provide the entertainment some want for next to nothing. People do not want to pay for content. Content owners don't want to give it away. The path in between is the least of the problems. The current cable companies have done nothing interesting for over 50...
  No ads?   philip
  The move to 16:9 aspect ratios in the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch is something I hope does not happen with the iPad. 16:9 may be fine for video but it is really lacking with almost ever other use. It's as though they want us to read books on legal paper. The 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPads give you more useable space and can be used in both portrait and landscape modes in a reasonable way. Unfortunately almost every tablet has gone 16:9. It's really a step backwards.   philip
No, it's just plain childish. It's getting hard to take anything said here seriously. They should insist on people being over the age of 10 (years).   philip
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