Originally Posted by Mazda 3s
Who the hell wants to carry around a 1.5-pound, 10" tablet all day to make phone calls? Are these people idiots? What is this, 1985? It's not made to replace an iPhone and never was designed to.
True. But with Skype, as someone has already mentioned, it can be used in WiFi hotspots.
Occasional use is not bad.
Originally Posted by gotApple
All the iPad can replace is an iPod Touch.
Not true. Try typing a LOT of information in the form factor the Touch or iPhone have. It does not work well. Yet this past week I had to take LOTS of notes for two issues and did so quickly in real type (helps in a previous life I was a touch typist doing Dictaphone work).
Originally Posted by Quadra 610
And a netbook.
As already mentioned, no. There are some things the netbooks can do the iPad will not. For me, it makes no difference. If I need a computer I'll sit at my desktop or use our laptop. But 90% of what I do in the evenings can be done via the iPad.
Originally Posted by Mazda 3s
Let me ask you this. Do you carry your phone everywhere with you now? I mean, do you keep your phone in your pocket all day? If you do, you probably don't even think about.
Now think about all the phone usage scenarios with a 10" tablet...
Mostly, yes. And if I were willing to spend the $$$ and wait for the 3G version of the iPad, I could buy in to the vision of the iPad as a phone replacement with Skype.
But the iPhone serves its purpose very well and I don't need to spend $129 USD more + $30 USD for monthly service.
Originally Posted by Josh.B.
It cannot replace a netbook. A netbook is a full-fledged computer, and will do pretty much everything a full-fledged computer will do. Processor/RAM intensive tasks will take longer, but modern netbooks are as capable as Pentium 4 class notebooks from a few years ago.
The iPad, OTOH, is not INTENDED to be a full-fledged computer. It cannot replace a netbook. You cannot, for example, download big files in the background while surfing the web. You cannot keep much information on its drive. You can't watch HD video in HD resolution.
It is not INTENDED to be a netbook replacement.
Very true. People though want simple answers to complicated questions and the answer does not always satisfy them.
Originally Posted by ranReloaded
I call them dumb for being Twitter freaks. I mean, WTF? What's so good about a stripped down version of Facebook (wall only, 140 chars max). The iPhone screen should be more than enough for an SNS with the format of a beeper. Why do they want to tweet on the Pad?
Maybe i'ts just that I don't get the wole "following" thing. I prefer "gathering".
Well, that was my anti-twitter rant. Now flame me, join me or ignore me.
Twitter is more than a stripped down FB. Just last night I used it to communicate with 1Password about issues I found between the iPad and iPhone version of their Pro app. Before that I asked questions of them and got quick responses.
Just as there are uses for SMS, there are uses for Twitter and FaceBook. There are blurred lines between Twitter and FB in some regards, but they still have distinct areas of focus and usability.
How many here remember the EARLY BBS days? This was pre-Internet. If so, you will remember that one board never met all of your needs. It is the same with technologies.