Originally Posted by paxman
It makes me laugh how people struggle to define the iPad. Sure, its definitely more of a content platform, but it is also a computer if you want it to be. I mean, we all know it is very much a computer though the term is sounding more and more archaic. Its an iPad, or if you prefer, an 'over sized iPod Touch', and it will be huge. Why people struggle with a large iPod Touch concept, beats me. Seems like the less people 'get it' the worse they think it is. Putting a derogatory spin on the giant iPod Touch idea really misses the point because a giant iPod Touch will be awesome and yet we all know it will be that and more. Quit trying to define it - just go with it for a while and look at its potential uses. iPod Touch, sanitary pads... however you feel you must categorize it, you know you are being silly. I'm not saying it is perfect but people really need to open their eyes and look beyond their initial prejudices.
Don't tell me that, tell "them". I supported this thing before launch and even now. All of the technopiles/gadget geeks I've talked to said it's just a big iPod touch but dismiss the idea of a larger screen space and a liberating multitouch surface. Then they compare it to netbook/laptop/desktop saying it's more capable, duh! Saying that it's not more portable than the iPod touch arguing that it can't fit in your pocket, when was the last time you can put a netbook in your pocket? Then it just gets soo ridiculus like "no one would want to carry a bag to carry that". So comparing this to other devices is not a good idea.
And You're right, it should be accepted as it is not what it's not. As a content consumer, this will be great for it. What I ment by less of a computer was the idea of a computing environment tethered to a mouse and keyboard. Although you can do word processing and other light computing tasks which is nice, at the moment the iPad acts as portal to information and content. As the chip gets better, developers can achieve what was possible on the desktop such as 3D rendering/video processing can be possible in the future revisions of the iPad.
Did anybody got excited about Wireless N? Client - server apps integration are more smoother. Imagine a custom Final Cut Pro client on the iPad, all the raw video streaming/processing on a server/cloud while you edit movies intuitively on the iPad. That's the new way of compuTING and less of a compuTER.
So much for just a big iPod.