Originally Posted by TenoBell
At this point its been proven that cost is not that important of a factor in a products success.
How has that been proven? Don't you think price is part of the reason the Macbook outsells the Macbook Air?
Running a desktop OS on an 11" screen is not a plus. This is going to be one of primary reasons netbooks don't become a mainstream product.
The already are a mainstream product.
Typing on those tiny keys is not easy for long reports.
A lot of netbooks have basically full-sized keys. Still a lot better than typing an essay up on a tablet.
Skype works on the iPad.
The same way it works on a netbook? Full-featured with video chat, conferencing, etc. etc?
Seeing as there are different cables for different peripherals, what special cables are you talking about?
If you show up somewhere and need to print, chances are there is a USB on hand, same with a projector, external hard drive, etc. Probably no proprietary iPad cables around, though.
There is no need to support every obscure file type. The iPad only needs to support the most commonly used.
Tell that to someone with a library of FLAC music on their home PC (quite common) and wants to take it with them, or to someone whose website is flash-based or has a flash-based content management system (quite common), or someone who wants to watch a DVD, or has some dvds ripped to MKV or another non-itunes format that they want to watch (also very common). There are plenty more examples of "obscure file types" that plenty of people might want to access away from their home pcs. I'm sure eventually there will be plenty of workaround apps (as long as Apple doesn't decide to reject them from the app store), but do you
This is an odd comparison. Its a tablet, its whole purpose is to be a screen with nothing else.
True, like I said, Apples to Oranges, but in the context of this article and my original post, it is indeed an important difference for a lot of people.
The iPhone already has a wealth of content creation apps. From creating music, to shooting/editing video, to drawing sketches. The iPad will be a better platform for these apps than the iPhone.
The iPhone, yet, but do you really think it'll replace the netbook or macbook for video editing, music recording, typing essays etc for most people?
Oh, I almost forgot in my original post, with a Netbook you can listen to music while having a spreadsheet, word document, web browser, email client and Skype open at the same time!
Again, I know it's apples to oranges, but the quote in the article that Netbooks do nothing well, and iPads do everything well is very misguided.