Originally Posted by hugodinho
It's good. I'll probably get one for myself pretty soon. Bu the sad thing is, even with the reasonalbe price, this iPad will never replace the netbooks for the majority of people who are buying netbooks for their low price. Because iPad needs another computer to sync with. It doesn't replace a computer. And it almost could. But you can't connect the iPad to I/O peripherals, e.g. cameras, printers, USB drives etc.
It has a USB adapter, as well as an SD card adapter. Why does this need to sync to another computer? I can store my photos, music, email no problems at all, it connects to the internet and therefore I can synch/transfer data if I need to - but this device doesn't require it.
Originally Posted by majortom1981
The problem is that this is tooo much like an ipod touch and iphone.
I can do everything this can do on my iphone already. Its really only a bigger ipod touch.
It suffers from not having any features that cant be done on an iphone or ipod touch.
Your ipod touch cannot run iwork or display movie sensibly on its own screen, it cannot browse the internet in a sensible sized portal, nor can you type sensible to reply to email etc - nor does it connect to a bluetooth keyboard.
It's the perfect device for the average home user - play music, surf the web, email, watch video. It's all that 95% of home computer users do. It fits in a draw -for those that want the facility but don't want a desktop computer turning their house into an office, or a desktop that is simply too large, and has processing power that goes to waste. This is instead of the macbook/iMac/netbook, not an additional device.
I can't wait to get one, bored of keeping the 24" iMac in the living room, and have zero intention of getting a laptop cause i can't work with a computer on my lap, and if it's on a desk, well then - that's what the iMac already does.
As far as the bezel - how else are you meant to hold this thing affecting touching the multi-touch area or blocking display area. Think it through people!
Brilliant device, perfect price point, no need for a new network contract and if you do need 3G, the device is unlocked and you can pay just for one month.
And as for connectivity:
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
With an optional USB and SD card adapter - with the exception of ethernet, what more is there?
Handwriting recognition and all sorts of functionality is in place already via the app store.
This can do everything an iphone can do, and more, and do it on a larger screen with a more powerful processor, and for less money. If $499 equates to £499 in the UK as per usual then this thing costs less than an iPhone, and can do more - unless of course you wanted to hold this device to your ear to make a call, or hold it up like a ridiculously oversized camera. Skype will run just fine using the built in mic I would imagine, so there is ZERO issue here, and you can connect your camera via USB, or stick the SD card into the adapter and away you go. (surely a cheap way to expand storage too)