iPhone vs iPad
Originally Posted by Rot'nApple
But if you had no mobile device at all... Of course, being in school, you might want the added ports for added functionality of a 13", 15", or 17" laptop, but if you were done with school and had no mobile device and already had a desktop and just wanted to go mobile with a device with a slightly bigger screen then todays smartphone, which way would you go? MacBook/MBP or iPad? Or which way anyone would go for that matter?...
As to why have an iPad if you slready have an iPhone, that is easy if one does a lot of internet reading (newspapers, magazines, websites) as well as bookreading. The smaller screen of the iPhone or iPod Touch is not meant for the aforementioned activities. Almost all the aforementioned have to be reconfigured to fit the small screen. Otherwise, you have to do a lot of scroling both horizontally and vertically. These repeated motions get tiresome after awhile. Aesthetically, the layout formats possible with the small screen are also limited.
The larger screen of the iPad is specially for people with increasing visual impairment, but not blind. This is true for most people who are getting older.
There is also the sense of satisfaction in "bigger is better". That is why big screen TVs are more satisfactory, and why people still go to cinemas. Have you ever seen spectacles like Star wars or other classics "Ten Commandments", KingKong, etc.. shown in "three storey" high screens? The experience cannot be match by even the largest home screen.
Of course when you watch these in your bed or somewhere else other than the aforemetioned settings, surely watching them in the much larger screen is much more satisfactory than the puny iPhone screen.Notebook vs iPad
Both may be portable but a 4.5-6 pounds notebook becomes a ton of lead with all the other stuff to carry around when you travel of commute and do a lot of walking around. Then there is the question: Do you really need to bring everything that is in your nootebook with you? If your have to bring your office and your work whereever you go, then the notebook might be a no-contest choice. Otherwise, to many people, including most sales and othther on-the-go professionals, the iPad would be more convenient.
Then there is also the question of security, in case a notebook misplaced or stolen-- with all your lifetime creations, passwords, and other "secrets". Sure, you might have backups, but the securiity issues remain.Portability
Perhaps in a few years, when SSDs are cheap enough, and the CPUs are advanced enough, and some other needed technologies, it may be possible to a single unit form factor
, like the iPad, but have an OS X and not the iPhone OS, and use touch screen keyboard and finger navigation.
Note that the two single unit mobile devices are not mean to replace each other, even if there is great overlap in functions. There would be cannibalization of each other's market.
What is sure is that they would be both very portable. However, there will serve different audience.
If you look at the design "clam shell" of the notebooks, the design is really only needed because of the physical keyboard separate from the screen. As we discussed in any number of threads, the physical keyboard renders the existing notebook difficult to use in other countries. Such there are ways to go around the problem but those work-arounds are not the best solutions.
The iPhone OS devices provided a more compact and more portable "single unit: form. As important, the touch screen keyboard -- with instant conversion of the alphabets and numbers and symbols pertinent to any language -- made iPhone OS devices and similar gadgets more functional to the rest of th world.
There are more of course, but you get the idea, I hope.
A key lesson here: One must not judge a device, like the iPad, mainly on the basis of what we can do, or how it may serve our own purpose. There are more than six billion other peoples of the world. So far, Apple has sold only two million of them.
The other lesson here: As spectacular or useful the iPad might be, there is room for other devices -- considering the six billion target audience. Among them are those are people who wnat the same thing but would rather die owning anything made by Apple. So yeah, Android/Chrome tablets, HP-Palms tablets, even Windows Mobile tablets will find their own markets.