I don't think the iPad is "a joke", but I'm not overly stunned by it either. I have an iPhone and a MacBook Pro (and a Mac Pro and ...) and I don't think the iPad does things better than either of these.
It's trying to fill a gap that I wasn't aware existed.
The nice thing about a MacBook (or Pro or Air) is the keyboard. You can see the whole screen while typing! Wow! And you get tactile feedback. Don't know about you, but I can type faster on my MBP than on my iPhone. Admittedly a laptop won't fit in my back pocket
The nice thing about the iPhone is that it does
fit in my pocket and I always
have it with me. I can access email and phone/sms from anywhere (not living in the US, I actually have full coverage here
The iPad won't fit in my pocket. If I want to take it somewhere, it will need a rucksack and case, in which case it might as well have a keyboard, raw processing power and a 15" screen.
Originally Posted by 9secondko
Everyone who bought a Kidle or Nook is kicking themselves right now
Not necessarily. Comparing the iPad with the Kindle DX:
13.4 mm -- 9.7 mm
0.73kg ---- 0.54 kg
10 hrs ---- 30-40 hrs ?
132 ppi --- 150 ppi
The Kindle is thinner, lighter, has a longer-lasting battery and a higher resolution matt display. Also I suspect a grey-scale display is clearer than a colour display, even if it were to have the same
The Kindle would be much
better for reading.
I'm not that keen on buying eBook licenses but what I spend a lot of time doing is reading wikipedia. I can spend hours and hours following links. And downloading that via GSM G3 is free no data plan involved.
What the iPad will doubtless be better at is displaying photos. And playing games. And downloading apps.
Am I the only one who wishes Apple would stop going on about 140,000 apps? Most of them are a serious embarrassment! Or is Apple endorsing the validity of the PC-world's opinion that there are "more" programs for the PC than for the Mac? I've downloaded about 30 apps, of which 24 were free. Around half are games for my kids' occasional use, and the rest I don't really need either.
So, I wish Apple well with their iPad. I expect they will sell a fair few. Maybe, as a Mac fan, I'll end up getting one anyway
\ but for now I think I'll pass.