A Boy and His iPad

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Trujkin:

The Heik:

That alone may make me buy the iPad. Is it possible to use a stylus with it?

So far this is the only thing I've seen :P
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-02/meat-iphone-sausage-stylus

Hopefully science comes up with something, because that's definitely a huge drawback to capacitance-only screens for this type of application. It's been a long time since I drew with only my fingers.

Well, at least if you get hungry, you'll have a snack.

I guess that having a stylus that recreates the human bio-electric field would be a bit hard.

people who buy this shit are batshit insane. you can get the same thing from i dont know... lenovo for half the price

Well-written article, sure. But even a hint of an objective viewpoint would be nice.

I have a mac, an ipod, and an iphone. I'm sure I will go to the apple store and play around with this, but i really don't see the point. The amount of money it costs to get one with 3G capability is ridiculous, especially because that is really the only draw to it, a computer that connects to internet without needing wireless internet. I feel like I would use it all the time for a month and then get bored.

eh I'm still edgy on this but when he made references i wanted to buy it immediately.

You captured my evening so well.
Lovely article.

I still don't see the point of the iPad. It's a giant iPod touch.

It's a tablet PC. Tablet PCs have been around for ages, there's nothing special about the iPad. It's not revolutionary, it has medium-low specs for a tablet PC, it's ugly, it's made by apple... There's no reason for the hype!

It's not even a great tablet PC. My Fujitsu Lifebook cost about 4x the price of an iPad, true, but it has many esoteric and unusual features such as multitasking, CD-Rom input, choice of internet providers, an actual keyboard, and the ability to use Flash programs -- you know, just a bunch of oddball niche user stuff that nobody would want..

..unless, of course, they want to do something useful.

Plus, pretty much everything the iPad can do, the lifebook does as well. Multi-touch screen? Yup. Connect to the net? Flawlessly. Bluetooth? WiFi? Sure. Stylus? Included. Biometric security? Yup. Camera? Of course.. oh wait.. have I gone beyond the iPad again. Dang.. sorry. It's just so hard to keep things that limited.

Mad Stalin:
people who buy this shit are batshit insane. you can get the same thing from i dont know... lenovo for half the price

Yeah but then you can't creatively watch films or browse the web in public places! As with the overwhelming majority of Apple products that come out these days (Macbook Pros semi-excluded) these are things to be seen using, not to use. I mean, what's the point of holding a computer up in front of you to watch a film when no-one is around to notice?

Some of the people I know have returned it already. They were not satisfied with the random freezing of youtube videos, the inability to use flash, and a few of the bugs that made the experience less than enjoyable.

One of the three that returned it (I know a four people who stood in line) really hated the touch-screen keyboard. The others said it wasn't much different than any of their other touch screen stuffs.

Personally, I like to touch things for typing. I've tried using one of those roll-out keyboards and, other than the general crap nature of the keyboard, I just couldn't stand having to look at the keyboard to type.

I guess it also matters that I don't type with ASDF JKL;.

im still disappointed when i her apple where making a tablet i dident expect an oversized ipod
i mean really has apple actually broken any barriers in the computer world (that im aware off)

Was it too hard to make a multi-touch keyboard? I thought Apple's engineers were supposed to be the best of the best. Surely a multi touch was possible.

Perhaps in 6 weeks when the release iPad 2.0 it will have a multi touch, thats the buisness model for Apple yeah? Put out a stripped down version of what you really wanted to do then 6 weeks later release the one you really wanted to?

Even if there isn't and someone makes an app for it, odds are Grand Master Steve will have it pulled because someone down here in the real world thought they could do better than his Elites.

For the record, it sounds like I dont like Apple. Thing is, I do like them. I just don't like their buisness model and engineering practices.

I'm waiting until the optical fiber/100 mb providers become widely-used to buy any of these Internet-able products...

So, it sounds like an iPod Touch, looks like an iPod Touch and works like an iPod Touch. Excuse me while I go out on a limb and say it's an iPod Touch.

Never understood the...fanaticism over Apple products. They remind me of 200 dollar whores: they come with a lot of caveats and addendums, their pimp never lets you do with them as much as you'd like, and their cheap beauty lasts only until you use them.

As an admitted Apple fanboy, I'm happy to see that the iPad is enjoyable to use. Obviously, it won't live up to the hype, because Steve Jobs is some sort of enthusiasm warlock who can take dog shit and convince us that it's made of diamond. That said, I only plan on getting one after a few upgrades and price drops. Never been much of an early adopter.

I am still not sure what the big deal is with people getting so excited about anything that is touch screen. Is this really such a useful feature?
I am not an anti-Apple person. Whatever floats your overpriced boat... but I've worn glasses for a majority of my life, and I HATE trying to look through smudges or fingerprints on a surface you need to see through. IPhones are the same way... I think it is personally gross to see a bunch of greasy finger and hand prints all over the face of something.
Is wireless internet that big of a problem for people? Or am I wrong about what it costs for data rates on a 3G or other cellular service? I know a lot of people who got really taken to the cleaners on cell bills after their first month with a smart device of any sort that didn't take advantage of a wireless network.

I'm glad someone was happy with their purpose. The IPad does have a niche in the market, albeit not exactly a very significant one. It just appears to me that the IPad is all the trappings of a barebones netbook built into just the monitor. Yeah, it's nice that it saves space and whatnot, but how long will it take the average person to make it look like that screen was attacked by a rabid greasy cat? Anyone who owns a DS or DSi for a few weeks will easily tell you that the touchscreen ends up looking similar to the surface of a cutting board in short order, regardless how gentle you try to be with it. But if you've got the money and the interest in the device, more power to you.

Good article, but it was a little light on the details of how it actually performed in the hands of someone who wasn't on the IPad dev team.

Bah, waste of money... Buy an ipod instead, it does the same things, only with a smaller screen (And it fits in your pocket)

Insanum:
Am i the only one that cant quite see what role the Ipad fills? I mean...Its...

Its shiny, Dont get me wrong, And its well marketed...But its the same as the iphone.

Its shiny, And sure, it has some redeeming features, But i cant see what the fuss is about. The Ipad is a (not particually powerful) Laptop thats also touch screen...Big woop?

Perhaps it's a case of "Build it first, then tell people how pointless their life will be without one later"?

Yeah, not a Mac fan here. I'm sure they're OK computers (although I prefer my home-build PC, thx), it's just the rabidness of 99% of all Mac-fans I've ever met that puts me off. NOTHING(!) is as awesome as some people try to make their latest Apple product sound. Sometimes I want to ask if it'll offer me tea and cunnilingus every morning too, just to see what they say.....

So, iPad.... A netbook PC with a simcard slot and 3G connectivity is a lot cheaper and more powerful (still not powerful enough for my needs- autocad, revit, max). And the point is??? The touchscreen? The shininess? The statement that you have money to burn?

Everyone seems to forget that the iPad was designed to compete with Amazon Kindle and the Nook, i.e. it is an e-reader.

Flap Jack452:
Everyone seems to forget that the iPad was designed to compete with Amazon Kindle and the Nook, i.e. it is an e-reader.

But it's a terrible e-reader. It's backlit and doesn't compare to the e-ink stuff for eye-comfort.

SikOseph:

Flap Jack452:
Everyone seems to forget that the iPad was designed to compete with Amazon Kindle and the Nook, i.e. it is an e-reader.

But it's a terrible e-reader. It's backlit and doesn't compare to the e-ink stuff for eye-comfort.

I don't own one, but i thought the page turning thing looked pretty cool :D

Flap Jack452:

I don't own one, but i thought the page turning thing looked pretty cool :D

Your last three words sum up the whole Apple plan. It looks fancy, it works efficiently. But it doesn't get the actual job done. Staring at the iPad for as long as reading a book is little different to a proper monitor, but dedicated e-readers are as good as paper - it's incredible. Look them up if you get a chance.

SikOseph:

Mad Stalin:
people who buy this shit are batshit insane. you can get the same thing from i dont know... lenovo for half the price

Yeah but then you can't creatively watch films or browse the web in public places! As with the overwhelming majority of Apple products that come out these days (Macbook Pros semi-excluded) these are things to be seen using, not to use. I mean, what's the point of holding a computer up in front of you to watch a film when no-one is around to notice?

Speaking of which, I actually met a guy who used XP on a Macbook. It's the best of both worlds, you get to look cool and use a good OS.

@OP: I heard that the Ipad has a very poor signal strength with it getting only 1 bar, in areas where the Iphones are getting 4 or 5. Have you experienced this with yours?

sheic99:

@OP: I heard that the Ipad has a very poor signal strength with it getting only 1 bar, in areas where the Iphones are getting 4 or 5. Have you experienced this with yours?

I've not found this to be the case with my unit, so hopefully it's not a widespread thing.

Hopeless Bastard:

Pipotchi:
It wasnt bad? High praise indeed! I long for the days I can spend 500 on something that merely doesnt suck :)

Well, its what the entirety of the television market has become.

Apparently mediocrity is the future of everything.

This thing not only is mediocre and overpriced, but it has no use at all due to the fact that everything it has is already on the iP____(fill in blank). The Courier actually makes sense to me as a useful device that will actually fill a need. Also, when you consider that ion based architecture is above and beyond anything as far as battery:power ratio goes, I would say that everyone outside of Apple is moving forward, where Apple is still in the make it pretty over making it useful.

I am still holding out hope for the M$ Courier... It actually has a point.

Other thoughts: This article reeks of Apple fanboy. Get a Windows 7 x64 desktop(spend about 1000$ with a local shop or 5000$ from a prefab), a ZuneHD, and an Android Phone. Use them for a year, and then come back and review this again along with all other apple reviews, and I would be interested in the revisions.

IDBash:
Other thoughts: This article reeks of Apple fanboy. Get a Windows 7 x64 desktop(spend about 1000$ with a local shop or 5000$ from a prefab), a ZuneHD, and an Android Phone. Use them for a year, and then come back and review this again along with all other apple reviews, and I would be interested in the revisions.

First off it would be appreciated if you didn't bring epithets into the forum. Namecalling is simply not welcome here.

Second, your suggestion sounds like a truly terrible year for me personally. You should understand that seasoned computing veterans like myself use their operating system of choice based in years of experience and an acknowledgement that using the right tool for the job is paramount. Choosing one platform over another for people like me is not done so on the basis of what looks nice in the display case or how the latest and greatest is pitched to me with showmanship and chrome by a suave company spokesperson. It really is about getting the experience I want and prefer when it's time to get work done.

I chose Macintosh for my platform of choice many years ago, and version after version I give Windows a shot in an effort to prove to me that it is finally capable of doing what I require of it to allow me to work efficiently and happily. To date it has yet to do so. This is not because I'm an "Apple Fanboy", but because I'm an intelligent professional who has requirements of his operating system, not just the software it's capable of running or the hardware on which it does so. Windows and Linux have yet to meet those requirements. This rings equally true with my server choices, opting to use Linux as the superior choice to any other offering for our requirements. Surely Apple makes some fine and capable Unix-based servers, and they are indeed quite shiny and would look quite handsome in a contiguous array on our racks, but they were not the right choice for us, and I most certainly didn't force the issue because they were sharp looking.

I presented this piece as a fun glimpse into my initial experience with a new potentially exciting piece of hardware for which I spent my own hard-earned money. It's fine if you and most of everyone posting here think I pissed it away, but I simply don't agree. I already use my "mediocre," "overpriced" "waste of money" well beyond my original plan, finding further value in it as each day goes by. It's filled roles my iP_____ simply can't with its form factor, and offset tasks my laptop simply made inconvenient, cumbersome and reliant on a wall plug after a few hours.

I use what makes me proficient and happy. I would encourage each of you to do the same, on whatever software platform and using whatever hardware you prefer. Life is about the amazing choices we get to make every day, and I'd hope that on each of those days my choices would be respected by those for whom I would afford the same courtesy.

Regards,
Greg

That article was very difficult to find the content within.
I understand you were telling a story woven with imagery and metaphors and adjectives and adverbs but it was quite convoluted for three pages when in essence all it said was "I liked the iPad".

Not trying to be a jerk, just an observation.

Well, part of the fun is the journey. All the more reason it was an Op-Ed and not a review :)

Apple products and I have a strange relationship. I spend the good half of a year bashing the product then out of nowhere i decide to buy it and strange enough, fall in love with it.

The Heik:

Trujkin:

The Heik:

Would anyone know if the iPad can work like a electronic sketchbook?

As a matter of fact there are some cool apps already available. I've got my eye on Autodesk's port of their Sketchbook Pro package. It looks pretty shiny.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sketchbook-pro/id364253478?mt=8

That alone may make me buy the iPad. Is it possible to use a stylus with it?

ZephrC:
... I think a tablet is capable of doing pretty much everything 90% of people use a computer for, and why get a laptop if a tablet is all you need...

By the same token, why buy a tablet when a piece of paper and a pencil are all you need?

Quotes spoilered to save space...

Ok... first off, for someone who doesn't like "Namecalling" you place a lot of names in your argument. Also, I have zero problems with fanboys, in fact, I in a way glad they exist, because it gives companies such as Apple and Microsoft second chances.

Now, my "intelligent professional", I will get to some counter-points. I am more diversely experienced and educated than most when it comes to computers. It is my job to know exactly what each individual company or person needs and will be most useful with, and has been for almost 10 years professionally. If something goes wrong, they call me. I have worked and do work with a mixture of most big name OS's, and I will be the first to say that Apple has its place. I love my MacBook Pro's ability to run VMs easily. And if you wanted to get really paranoid, it would never touch the internet because Apple is packed full of virus's now because every Windows user is "intelligent" enough to realize they need antivirus, and Apple users still think that they are virus free. (btw if you are a mac only user, got get some A/V, you need it badly whether you know it or not. The easiest people to get are the unsuspecting.) I also use Linux based servers, mostly RedHat due to the programmers' desire. And finally, I use Windows Server 2008 for app servers, web servers, and DB servers because you can rely on them to just work and work regardless of what you do to them.

When I say that you are a "fanboy" I mean that you have not given anything else a fair shot, and if you did, your glasses would be clear. For example; you would realize that you put this article on the front page of a gaming oriented site. What OS does gaming best? Oh that's right, Windows. Windows users want 1 thing most, flexibility. I want to be able to everything on every device I own. If I want to make my gaming rig my domain controller, then so be it. Or if I want my laptop to play games at the same time as work on spreadsheets, so be it. We will not accept the opposite, 3-5 devices that all accomplish the same task. Why would I want to carry a big touchpad with a big easily scratched screen that does the same things my phone can, and my iPod can, and my laptop can. So consider your audience before posting something that is blatantly against the grain of your community. Also, I intend and intended no disrespect; I am a cold, callous, and critical person. Which makes me very good at computers but not so good at people. Personally, I think that the iPad was a gift to the Apple fanboys, but I think it was seriously lacking in the innovation department.

Also, is it really too much to ask for some better screen quality and camera and all the things you know are going to be added in the next version in the first one?!? I mean really, enough profiteering Apple; they are worse than the CoD makers.

Just a lot of food for thought.

Respectfully,
-Cameron

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