Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
Constantly repeating a myth does not make it true.
It is not a myth, at least not 100% untrue.
It is true you can use the iPad independently of a computer. However, in order to download large movies, TV, music, large Apps and iOS updates, you need a computer. Like on the iPhone, if you attempt to download any of these (especially iOS updates) you must sync to a computer. If you don't own a computer, you only have the ability to sync and download smaller files, like some music and any apps under a certain file size. Much like how it is on the iPhone.
Now, this isn't a problem with most users. I would argue that 100% of users that have an iPad probably have a computer and this discussion is a mute point.
But, my second issue with saying this is a "myth" is the fact that there is a whole population out there that would ONLY need the iPad as thier primary device. For example, school children where thier family could only afford something at this scale. People in lower-income families where they can only afford something at this scale and only need the basic tasks that this device offers. Or, people who only surf the web and email, like my elderly parents...the elderly generation entirely (the largest percentage of the US population 55-80 yr/olds). Many of them don't have computers, but could benefit from the iPad.
As a contrast. The Kindle and the Nook both are completely independant of a computer. Thier batteries last up to a week without charge. They are similar but not an 1 for 1 comparison (naturally)...but worth the comparison.