Originally Posted by anonymouse
It's probably your belligerent attitude that gets you labeled a troll.
But, you're simply wrong in equating the iPad to a large iPod Touch. Yes, the form factor is similar, scaled up in the iPad. Yes, they are both touchscreen devices. But that's where the commonality ends. The much larger screen (and very different UI) create a user experience very different from that of the iPod Touch/iPhone. At an extremely superficial level, you are correct. In every other way, you are wrong.
When the rumors first appeared about an Apple tablet, I speculated on the optimal size-- anywhere from a 3x5 index card (would fit in some pockets), size of a VCR Cassette w & h, 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper (folded in half vertically), 8 1/5 x 11 full page.
At first I was put off by the iPad's display size... until I used one.
Then it became apparent that a lot of thought went into the display size.
It is big enough that the device "gets out of the way" (doesn't get between you and what you are viewing). With the virtual keyboard showing there is enough size to type comfortably, while enough display area to see the data being typed or browsed.That's the magic of the iPad.
This is no way true on an iPod Touch-size display (or any mobile phone)-- there's no magic!
I have a 17" AluBook that sits idle... I am more productive on the iPad.
I have a 17" iMac on my nightstand... I prefer surfing, reading, watching movies, etc. on the more "personal" iPad. (ever tried to watch a movie with a Mac or Laptop on your stomach).
When I go out and about, I take my iPad and my iPhone.
When I am around the house/yard, same thing-- while watching TV I surf and browse/post the forums, etc.
I just wouldn't do that on a small iPod Touch-size screen/kb.
I do not know if the 7" form-factor will be good enough for these things-- we'll just have to try it and see.
I do not know if a larger (than the iPad) screen or a different aspect ratio is better or worse-- we'll just have to try it and see.
I do my heavy lifting on an iMac 24 with a 23" Cinema display.
But, whenever I can, I use the iPad.
Maybe the best way to say this is: the iPad is the baseline standard
that I use to measure other devices, rather than the converse.