Originally Posted by Carmissimo
Being as the official announcement is mere days away, it makes sense to wait for that to figure out what Apple is up to.
What's noteworthy, though, is that certainly it's clear that the iPad is nowhere close to replacing existing products. As such, there will be attention given to products like the Air and all of Apple's other machines. As noted above, the iPad has its advantages but if you're headed abroad and you need something to work with away from home, the iPad simply doesn't get it done. For example, two years ago I was shooting HD video with a hybrid camera that needs 8GB for a mere 20 minutes of video. I bought a netbook instead of still more SD cards because it was cost effective. The iPad, with its small storage capacity, would not be an alternative.
Maybe in three or four years, the iPad will evolve into a proper laptop substitute but right now, it's not even close.
I understand what you are saying, but I already use an iPad WiFi + 3G in place of my Laptop.
In fact, I am typing this on my laptop -- first time I powered it on since I bought the iPad. In fact, it gives a weird sensation of freedom and restriction ay the same time.
The Laptop's battery was dead so I replaced it with a spare -- I have 3 spares @ $129 each (1 died).
I bought a 17 Alu Book 1 GHz G4, 1 GB RAM, 55GB HDD in 2003.
Certainly, this isn't a match for the Laptops of today -- but it compares fairly well with today's netbooks.
I can run Final Cut Express on it (and have) -- but AIR, I couldn't install FCP because it requires too much HDD space.
I bought a T-Mobile PCI card so I could use it while I was in hospital 1n 2006 (had to sit by the window).
Later, when I got an iPhone, i got the tether app (before it was disallowed) and used it to access data over cell (then Edge, later 3G).
As I am retired, my primary use for a laptop was staying connected while on the go and enjoying (showing off) photos and homemade videos of my 3 grandkids. I would take the laptop to soccer (practice - 4 days per week and 3 games on Saturdays). That was the bulk of my laptop use (aside from a few overnight road trips, camping, etc.).
For impromptu usage, it was just too much hassle to cart the laptop along (especially with the extra batteries).
We recently took a day trip to the Boardwalk at Santa Cruz, CA (about 3.5 hours each way). We loaded up the 2 iPads with games and movies to entertain the 3 teenagers in the back.
The silence silence from the back was deafening -- Two adults in the front were actually able to hold a conversation
-- both ways
No: "I'm bored!" "Are we there, yet?"
On the way back I commandeered the iPad 3G so we could avoid SF Bay Area rush hour traffic stalls. The kids shared the other iPad and watched a movie.
BTW, I have a Panny 10x Optical Zoom, AVCHD -SD1 that uses 8GB HDSC cards. I use it to Video Capture all the soccer games, etc. I have 3 8GB HDSC cards and the 4GB card it came with -- barely enough for a 3-game soccer Saturday.
Currently, I can import any stills to the iPad -- I expect, in the near future, the iPad will be able to upload the full HDSC card including videos (and allow me more flexibility without buying another HDSC card).
The iPad goes with me everywhere -- even if just to the backyard -- providing constant access to anything.
I appreciate that YMMV... but, you have to realize that MMMV too -- and that of others.
Oops, the laptop battery has dropped from 65 to 13% -- gotta' go!
BTW, I am sitting up in bed, with a pillow in my lap -- so I don't fry my franconies!