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Hyundai's $50,000+ flagship Equus will come with an iPad
Device will give netbooks a major fight for consumer dollars

Apple's much hyped iPad landed in consumer hands over the weekend. The device was made available in Apple Stores and Best Buy stores at 9 AM on Saturday – those that pre-ordered iPads from Apple's website received them Saturday via UPS.

The downside to a Saturday launch was that consumers with plans had to pre-sign for the iPad with a form printed from the Apple website or risk missing the delivery when UPS rolled around. Buyers in areas where UPS offered no Saturday delivery were out of luck until Monday. Pre-sales on iPads boomed and early reports indicated that after the initial pre-orders were filled, the iPad would be out of stock for a while. As it turned out, Apple had some tricks up its sleeves with enough stock to fill Best Buy stores and offer some to its hoard of mom and pop Apple resellers as well in many areas.

Apple has announced that its official launch day sales of the iPad were 300,000 units.

“It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world—it’s going to be a game changer,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.”

One of the only major complaints that the iPad -- and all Apple hardware for that matter tend -- to draw is that the OS is closed. Buyers can only install software that Apple approves, which rankles the open source crowd. The iPad launched on Saturday and hackers have already jailbroken the device. Those willing to jailbreak their device will find that installing unapproved software can be done, but carries its own risks and rewards.

The iPad is not likely to replace a desktop computer or a notebook for many users, but the iPad may well replace the hoards of netbooks that are selling for many who purchase the device starting at $499. The big issue for many is that the iPad lacks support for Adobe Flash used for video and games on many online sites. Hardcore Facebook fans for instance will find that Farmville and Café World are off limits for now on the iPad thanks to the lack of Flash. However, video fans are going to get their video fix thanks to the glut of HTML5 supporting video players and feeds coming online to support the iPad and other devices.

The iPad may well appeal to user groups that have never before been interested in Apple products. One interesting development is that automaker Hyundai will be giving an iPad to buyers of its new Equus sedan. The iPad will come loaded with the Equus owner's manual and will have an app that makes it easier for owners to schedule service appointments.

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My humble opinion
By bug77 on 4/5/10, Rating: 0
RE: My humble opinion
By Brandon Hill on 4/5/2010 10:19:57 AM , Rating: 5
I just have no use for it.

1) I already have a smartphone (like most of the people who read DailyTech)
2) I already have a notebook

Why the heck would I want to lug around another device? My iPhone can fit in my pocket and does just about everything the iPad does (minus the huge screen). And considering I'd have to lug the iPad around in a case or a bag anyway, why wouldn't I take my more capable notebook with me when I travel?

RE: My humble opinion
By heffeque on 4/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: My humble opinion
By Etern205 on 4/5/10, Rating: 0
RE: My humble opinion
By Brandon Hill on 4/5/2010 11:36:25 AM , Rating: 1
**Scratches Head**

My MacBook Pro is available to use on as soon as I open the lid... in fact, I never shut it down.

RE: My humble opinion
By heffeque on 4/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: My humble opinion
By Brandon Hill on 4/5/2010 12:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to buy a MacBook. You can get an inexpensive netbook for less money or a much more versatile notebook for the same money (or less).

RE: My humble opinion
By heffeque on 4/5/2010 12:35:31 PM , Rating: 1
As I commented below. Some people prefer easy than fast. That's were Google OS is going towards too.

I doubt Apple and Google are both wrong thinking that some people just don't care about hardware specifications, they just want something that works and is extremely easy to use.

I guess that it's just a quirk that comes with the job, to not be able to understand that other people might prefer less advanced/complicated technology that you do.

The iPad is obviously not meant for people that need all the capabilities a netbook or a notebook offer. I'm NOT saying that no one is buying it just to be cool, but what I AM saying is that it would be the perfect tool for people that don't need a whole OS to enjoy browsing the internet and read emails.

RE: My humble opinion
By Lord 666 on 4/5/2010 1:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
guess that it's just a quirk that comes with the job, to not be able to understand that other people might prefer less advanced/complicated technology that you do.

Well said because I run into that problem all of the time. I simply can't understand nor have anymore tolerance for stupid people. Either RTFM or google for the answer, but don't come asking me to think for you too.

But let's be honest; there is no way the world has this many stupid people, it all comes down to pure laziness.

Can't see spending double the price of my netbook (HP 311) for an iPad when I need USB connectivity for serial connections and a wired ethernet connection. The iPad really needs either USB or wireless USB connectivity to be a jack of all trades.

RE: My humble opinion
By The0ne on 4/5/2010 3:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, that is a bit harsh to say and accuse people of. Stupidity and ignorance is way too vast to categorize for just this POS iPad product alone. You and others might not be able to live with it, I don't either, but there are thousands and millions of other things each one of us does that is considered stupid and ignorant to another.

One of my coworker has the exact same attitude as you do. He hates people who are stupid to him but when he does something stupid it's never his fault and if it is it's all laughs. He is so extreme that he will make circuit design changes because he refuses to believe that he is the cause of all the shorts and dead PCBs we have here, and simply from not grounding himself even though I've already set up a ground working station in the lab.

I handle hundreds and hundreds of PCBs, and at times no even being grounded cause I'm in a rush, and have only shorted 1 PCB. 1 PCB! Each PCB he has touch have died and I have the piles in my office to show for it. Pathetic.

RE: My humble opinion
By bigboxes on 4/5/2010 7:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not everyone will wish to pay $500+ for an iPad just for just browsing the internet and reading emails. What a rip!

RE: My humble opinion
By FaceMaster on 4/5/10, Rating: 0
RE: My humble opinion
By djcameron on 4/5/2010 3:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
My MacBook Pro, which runs Windows 7 exclusively, is available as soon as I open the lid too. I never shut it down either.

RE: My humble opinion
By amanojaku on 4/5/2010 4:15:56 PM , Rating: 2
Brandon wasn't comparing the iPhone OS to the Mac OS (or any other OS); he was comparing the boot speed of the iPad to the resume speed of a notebook. Most of us don't shut down our notebooks, we put them to sleep. Resuming from sleep is nearly as fast as booting an iPad-like device, so heffeque's comment about "having to wait for the PC to start" is a little extreme.

RE: My humble opinion
By rett448 on 4/6/2010 12:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
why would you spend the extra money on a macbook pro if you only run windows 7

RE: My humble opinion
By jimbo2779 on 4/5/2010 12:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you use the thing in your head you will know that computers and iPads alike need to be turned on, browsers need to fire up and webpages need to load.

Why is it a bad thing to use a more capable machine for browsing the net? If I was told I could use an iPad or my year old crappy dell laptop for browsing the net I would definitely use the dell for many many reasons like having an actual keyboard.

I don't know if you caught the speed comparison Anand did the other day that showed how the iPad performed against other portable devices. I don't know if you noticed but the load times on webpages is just awful.

I can see people using phones for internet when not at home but if at home I will take my multicore multi-GB cheap PC over this shut out piece of something from Apple.

RE: My humble opinion
By heffeque on 4/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: My humble opinion
By skyward on 4/5/2010 2:10:23 PM , Rating: 1
The funny thing is that ipad user have to be a tech-savvy people. How many non-tech-savvy people do you know can set up wireless connection? The ipad useless without a wireless connection. The facts is the ipad is no more easier to use then netbook.

RE: My humble opinion
By tdawg on 4/5/2010 9:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, did anybody see Letterman when he was showing off his iPad? He couldn't even unlock it! And it says, "Slide to Unlock"! :) When all else failed, he resorted to licking it.

He even somehow manage to pull up the "Slide to Power Off" slider.

RE: My humble opinion
By jonmcc33 on 4/5/2010 11:27:43 AM , Rating: 2
This device is more so for Apple fanatics.

It would be worlds better if it worked properly on an enterprise environment. I could see a tablet like this taking off in the medical field for doctors. But from an IT perspective it isn't feasible due to lack of ability to manage and lack of ability to support. If an iPod breaks, you take it back to the Apple Store.

Apple never has had a clue where the real money is. They can talk all the want to about idiot home users but where Microsoft makes most of it's money is in the corporate/enterprise world. Apple needs to get their heads on straight but that won't happen till Steve Jobs dies off. He's severely limiting the company and it's growth capability.

RE: My humble opinion
By Gul Westfale on 4/5/2010 12:22:29 PM , Rating: 5
there are 300000 suckers born every apple launch day.

RE: My humble opinion
By 67STANG on 4/5/2010 12:46:54 PM , Rating: 5
there are 300000 suckers reborn every apple launch day.

There. Fixed it for you.

RE: My humble opinion
By Gul Westfale on 4/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: My humble opinion
By djc208 on 4/5/2010 5:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
The enterprise/commercial crowds would never want to deal with the severe limitations that OS X imposes on software, hardware, and security. Then the hell of trying to integrate that into apps that may or may not get approved?

No, Apple is perfectly happy with high fashion, high margin consumer electronics. They want to be the designer label of electronics and honestly, it's not a bad place to be.

How many people look at women who spend $5000 on a purse as crazy, but they do it in droves. Steve Jobs has managed to pull the same thing with his products. It's not about practicality, or convenience, or even logic. Those are just the excuses people use to justify the purchase. But it brings huge profits and a culture that is willing to keep giving you those profits in order to be seen with the right logo on their electronics.

RE: My humble opinion
By Ard on 4/5/2010 12:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
Seconded. People are simply trying to make this device fill some Apple created unfilled hole in their life. If you already own a netbook/laptop and a smartphone, why in the world would you want an iPad? Both of the former devices consume all the media you could want.

RE: My humble opinion
By quiksilvr on 4/5/2010 12:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
That isn't the issue. The biggest issue is that you need something for on the go without being tied to a keyboard. Something you can just pick up and use while walking or sitting, but with BOTH functionalities of a smartphone and mobile computer.

The problem with the iPad isn't JUST the sad hardware specifications (no SD slot, no USB, etc.) but the fact that it is a smartphone interface and JUST a smartphone interface. How about dual booting between iPhone and Mac OSX (or Windows 7)? Why not have this at the surface and then behind that, you can have the full desktop experience for Word, Flash games, actual other games, certain programs for work, a pad to write on, etc.

If the iPhone experience had these capabilities at the beginning, then there would be no need for dual booting. That's what the iPad SHOULD have been. Combining the simple interface of the iPhone with the multitasking, open world of Mac OSX / Windows 7. But since it doesn't (and it doesn't look like it ever will), it is a useless product.

RE: My humble opinion
By Ard on 4/5/2010 2:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Except it doesn't have all of the functionality of either device. It's missing the phone portion of the iPhone and the open ecosystem and hardware of the netbook. I can pick up and use my iPhone just fine when I'm away from my PC/netbook. What does the iPad give me over that other than a bigger screen?

RE: My humble opinion
By Reclaimer77 on 4/5/2010 3:39:20 PM , Rating: 5
It's a giant iPod touch, that's it. I mean literally, that's all it is.

RE: My humble opinion
By 67STANG on 4/5/2010 6:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
No. You're wrong. Not only is it larger than the touch, I hear they used only components sourced from Monster Cable. This thing's the chronic.

RE: My humble opinion
By eirruby on 4/10/2010 4:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
You have your point! it's like an older brother of iPod touch!

RE: My humble opinion
By Hiawa23 on 4/5/2010 4:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
meh, in this economy I just can't see wasting $$ on that. Even the cheapest model is more than my mortgage. Say what you want, but Apple has a huge following of fans that will buy anything they release no matter the cost, so hats off to Apple. I don't own anything made by them, nor do I need to.

RE: My humble opinion
By cyberserf on 4/6/2010 3:06:54 AM , Rating: 2
If you think only Apple fans will buy the ipad then you are a fool. stop kidding yourself.
That is like saying only Apple Mac users bought an iphone.

RE: My humble opinion
By Sonikku13 on 4/5/2010 5:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
The faster performance of the iPad compared to the iPod touch makes the iPad worth it. The iPad, compared to the iPhone 3GS, based on the AT review, generally gets a 50% to a 100% gain performance-wise. Looking at the iPod touch 32 GB, which is the cheapest 3rd generation iPod touch at $300, and has the same hardware as the iPhone 3GS, it seems worth it based on performance. 50% to 100% more performance compared to a 66% price gain for a baseline iPad or a 100% price gain for a comparable, 32 GB iPad. Lets compare these stats to the Core i7 line, using the 930 and the 975 as my examples for performance and price. The Core i7 930 is at $200, while the Core i7 975 is at $800, both MicroCenter prices. In the 146 CPU roundup cited at the end of this post, with the Core 2 Quad Q6600 as the control variable at performance of 100, the Core i7 930 gets 169.9 while the Core i7 975 gets 191.4 in average performance. At stock, the gap is 12.7%. The gap narrows down when overclocking is considered. So a 12.7% performance increase at 4 times the cost at stock, that isn't good. However, it looks like the price/performance is there for the iPad, with a 50% to a 100% boost compared to the iPod touch 3rd generation, and a 66% cost increase between the cheapest iPod touch 3rd generation and the cheapest iPad. The subsidized iPhone 3GS isn't considered in the price/performance comparison due to the required 2-year contract.

Many people seem to rant about the lack of multitasking on the iPad. This is because the iPad does something that is "pseudo-multitasking." When you hit the home button, you don't close the app, the app just runs in the background. This isn't true multitasking like on your PC. Of course, this is also on the iPhone and the iPod touch.

Now we, the people on DailyTech, who very likely build their own computers, would rather have the full functionality of the laptop or netbook compared to the iPad. I see it on the DT iPad poll, as 70% of voters don't give a crap about the iPad. But this also gives another pro for the iPad, it's ease of use for the majority of the populace. These people would rather make one tap to get to what they want rather than making multiple clicks. Relating it to cars, many of these people would rather go to a mechanic to have a car fixed than fixing it themselves. It can be said to be laziness, but it also can be said to be convenient.

Other people may criticize the lack of Flash. This is actually a good thing to ditch Flash. Since Flash is closed source, bugs do not get fixed as fast due to fewer programmers. In an extreme case, Adobe did not fix a known bug in Flash for over a year. Because of the lack of dependability for Adobe to fix bugs in Flash, Apple made a good move by pushing HTML5.

RE: My humble opinion
By Alexstarfire on 4/5/2010 8:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
And if you look at a netbook or cheap laptop that gets better performance than the iPad it's also cheaper. What is your point in trying to compare price:performance between iPad/iTouch and the i7 lineup?

Also, Equus??
By Taft12 on 4/5/2010 10:32:33 AM , Rating: 2
I've never heard of the Equus (probably not available in Canada yet), and I'm not a car snob who will scoff at a $50K Hyundai, but what a terrible name!

RE: Also, Equus??
By Goty on 4/5/2010 11:02:25 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. The Hyundai Horse... Yeah, it doesn't really inspire thoughts of beauty or performance in my head and I live in the horse capital of the world!

RE: Also, Equus??
By bighairycamel on 4/5/2010 11:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
I hope Hyundai had the forsight to provide a disclaimer with the iPad. Otherwise, some idiot will use it while driving, cause an accident, blame the dealership and Hyundai and file a lawsuit.

RE: Also, Equus??
By lightfoot on 4/5/2010 11:39:32 AM , Rating: 4
But the iPad is a "magical" device. It will save you in the event of an accident. The proper placement is to have your iPad centered on your steering wheel while driving and reading. This way if you have an accident that causes the air-bag to go off you can "become one with Apple."

RE: Also, Equus??
By HrilL on 4/5/2010 12:18:43 PM , Rating: 3
you mean you'll now have an iFace?

By DtTall on 4/5/2010 1:21:20 PM , Rating: 3
They may have sold 300,000 on launch day but thanks to BlendTec Blenders there are only 299,999 left.

Haha, that guy is awesome.

RE: 299,999
By lightfoot on 4/5/2010 2:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone know how well these things handle a 5-foot drop on a hard floor? I suspect thousands of iPads have already suffered this fate.

RE: 299,999
By themaster08 on 4/5/2010 3:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
RE: 299,999
By lightfoot on 4/5/2010 5:01:36 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately that video does not show the results from the original drop. But after several swings of the baseball bat I'm pretty sure it was non-functional.

The 5-foot drop at the beginning is the only realistic "test scenario." The following beating is simply an Office Space remake. More time should have been taken to see how functional it remained after the initial drop - but that obviously was not the purpose of this video.

RE: 299,999
By SpaceJumper on 4/5/2010 6:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
Steve Job doesn't care as long as he gets his money, his sport cars, his mansions, yachts, expensive wines, and more. He's probably laughing at those kids.

RE: 299,999
By themaster08 on 4/6/2010 1:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, they're idiots. I think of much more constructive ways of using an iPad, such as selling it (if I hadn't paid for it, of course. I wouldn't buy one in the first place).

By Abrahmm on 4/5/2010 10:51:08 AM , Rating: 5
It's amazing how Apple, with the help of the media cheer leaders, can sell so many underwhelming, overpriced devices. You really have to hand it to their marketing department, and I'd really like to see all of the places Apple has their hand.

RE: Amazing
By daveinternets on 4/5/2010 1:47:33 PM , Rating: 5
I always tell my kids: "You can tell that TV and movies aren't real because everyone uses a Mac."

RE: Amazing
By cmdrdredd on 4/5/2010 4:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
I always tell my kids: "You can tell that TV and movies aren't real because everyone uses a Mac."

Wow that literally had me laughing. That's so true.

Also I like to tell people the following...

If Steve Jobs took a dump in a box and sealed it with an Apple logo on the outside and called it the iSmell, there's be a million people lining up to buy it. As long as he touted it as the most revolutionary and amazing thing to ever own.

I like the concept of the iPad.
By muhahaaha on 4/5/2010 12:12:59 PM , Rating: 5
It's a cool device for hanging out by the pool and reading Anandtech or showing off some pictures to friends, or watching some videos, but I won't buy one because:

1. the device has no expandable memory. 16 GB is way too little, and 64GB is still not enough at a $200 premium. No SD slot? WTF???

2. Locked into iTunes and everything costs $15 bucks a pop.

3. No front facing camera? Would have been a great video conferencing device.

4. I don't want Safari or iWork. I want Office and Firefox.

5. No USB port without buying an accessory from Apple? Sorry, this is a major deal breaker. Sounds like it is only good for charging the thing anyway.

6. No flash support? Ugh.

By muhahaaha on 4/5/2010 12:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
iPad would be great for Gramma no doubt. But would Gramma (having grown up in the depression era) waste that kind of money on a shiny toy?

What I really think iPad's function is, is a gateway drug to hook people on the Apple Koolaid so when they realize it isn't a good enough device for all their needs, they will buy a Mac.

RE: I like the concept of the iPad.
By hiscross on 4/5/2010 8:38:40 PM , Rating: 1
You sound like you need a dell. You know a real cheap computer that has boring written all over it. At least HP is trying. Maybe you should look into a IBM mainframe or P series. They too are boring, but at least you can brag you have one. It sure would make iPad user scratch their heads. He has what? Why?

By Alexstarfire on 4/5/2010 9:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, those that have great computers rarely brag. It's usually only the people with "showy" stuff that brags, AKA Apple sheeple.

Not a netbook competitor
By Taft12 on 4/5/2010 10:30:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure why you'd mention netbooks McGlaun... They are at wildly different price point and featuresets than an iPad. For your customary vague intro, why not just mention "the tablet PC market"?

RE: Not a netbook competitor
By The0ne on 4/5/2010 1:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
You must not have read DT or Anandtech reviews much. I refer to you Anand's own reviews of Mac products and specifically the iPAD where he denounces every single tablet PC and netbook PC in comparison to the iPad. Talk about being a fanboy. Added to the insult is that some of his staff have given high marks on a few netbooks.

Marketing/money works and it works wonders. Even the most respected will bow down.

RE: Not a netbook competitor
By manicfreak on 4/5/2010 5:21:56 PM , Rating: 2
When I read Anand's review for the iPad, I was scratching my head and wondered if he gets any benefit (from Apple directly or as a stockholder) from writing a very, very positive review or if he's really an Apple fanboy.

RE: Not a netbook competitor
By cyberserf on 4/6/2010 3:11:30 AM , Rating: 1
maybe like the iphone it might actually be that damn good? now get ready for the wanna be clones from Google(branded) and LG and Samsung

First Day Sales are Impressive
By lightfoot on 4/5/2010 11:27:50 AM , Rating: 4
The first day sales of the Apple iPad are indeed quite impressive. The real test will be what their sales look like a month from now after they have exhausted their supply of "guaranteed buyers."

By Etern205 on 4/5/2010 11:53:40 AM , Rating: 3
Apple sales are always impressive not matter how stupid the product is since they got a zillion idiots that will buy anything Jobs says it's revolutionary

Up next on the Apple product line is the iBridge.
Spanning at 2,365 feet across the California bay, users get a one time leap of fate for a cheap price of $199, bungee and harness not included. It's a "revolutionary" product!

By DrApop on 4/5/2010 2:01:34 PM , Rating: 2
While I won't be adopting the iPad, I believe many people will. I think someone should produce a tablet running google android. There needs to be a viable keyboard/mouse and vertical dock and charger for the device so one can use it like a small computer at home if need be. Tied to Google apps would likely make it extremely useful.

If Google (affiliate) or MS do not jump on this with a product I think they are going to be behind the 8 ball like they were with mp3 players and the iPhone.

RE: Android
By ZachDontScare on 4/5/2010 2:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
Looking forward to android tablets as well. The problem the ipad faces is, if its going to play in the realm of 'real' computers, it needs to be 'open' so vertical market/custom applications can be created for it. Otherwise its just going to be a home appliance.

Notion Ink's Adam, and the WePad are two android based 'slates' that will hopefully be available soon. There's a bunch of others as well. The Adam has something of a hybrid lcd/e-ink display - lcd mode for apps, and non-reflective e-ink mode for books. If that really works, it'll be awesome.

MS, btw, also has their split screen Courier under development. Its something of a tablet that folds like a book, with two screens for facing pages.

RE: Android
By manicfreak on 4/5/2010 5:26:10 PM , Rating: 2
Includes sales to retailers
By ZachDontScare on 4/5/2010 2:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
I read on other news sites that the 300k figure includes the sales to retailers, which may not have reached customers yet. So the number is a bit inflated.

RE: Includes sales to retailers
By bupkus on 4/5/2010 4:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have a feeling as soon as Apple comes out with a more capable, functional version of the iPad the originals will be found on eBay at bargain prices.

In the interim, the Emperor has no clothes.

RE: Includes sales to retailers
By djcameron on 4/5/2010 6:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
...and finger smudges all over his screen.

By samthefish on 4/5/2010 11:28:35 AM , Rating: 4
My sister in law bought one and brought it over on Easter. I have a touch and yes, it seems like a big Ipod touch except:

- Typing is obviously much faster
- Seems more "responsive" than my touch by a tad

Some problems:

- Glare on the shiny screen - book was unreadable outside because of glare
- Somehow keyboard got into a mode where there was no space key and couldn't figure out how to fix it without rebooting device
- I'm getting sick of multi-touch being used where it doesn't belong - like on Youtube video starts as a thumbnail and you have to stretch every one you play

Nifty device but I'll keep my kindle for reading books.

By an0dize on 4/5/2010 10:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
This is quite literally a giant iphone. Same logic board, bigger batteries and screen. All the power of the iphone with none of the convenience. Apple employees can line up to take a dump in "laser sculpted" (lol) aluminum cases and they would sell 300k in a day.

By Etern205 on 4/5/2010 11:37:55 AM , Rating: 2
By Ard on 4/5/2010 12:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, wake me up when they're moving 10s of millions of units like netbooks and offer equivalent functionality for the same price. 11.4 million netbooks were moved in 2008. It's estimated that more 20 million were moved in 2009, likely double 2008 and in spite of the recession. The iPad isn't a netbook "killer" and people need to stop proclaiming it as such.

Nav 9 is better
By SpaceJumper on 4/5/2010 2:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
As an apple fanboy, I found Nav 9 is more useful. It equips with webcam, USB ports, flash, and Java, and more.

No Pirks
By Sazabi19 on 4/5/2010 4:20:46 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't seen a single comment from pirks... he is probably alone in his house rubbing himself all over his new ipad...

White House App for iPad
By hiscross on 4/5/2010 4:22:18 PM , Rating: 2

Now it can be said they accomplished something.

By Phoque on 4/5/2010 6:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
When are we going to see the competition with better features and/or prices? I could have a use for a tablet for reading ezines/newspaper while transiting in public transport. A laptop is too cumbersome and a smartphone not a particularly attractive alternative for that purpose.

By Estee on 4/5/2010 7:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
I was really contemplating on purchasing this as a replacement for my SO's netbook replcament. However, one key feature it is missing, as had been widely publicized: multitasking! The inability to chat AND browse the web (which i'm sure 95%+ of all people do) is definitely a big no-no and speaks volumes about the tech and customer base of the iPad.

By bigboxes on 4/5/2010 7:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
Must be a heavy flow day.

By FaceMaster on 4/5/2010 8:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
The amount of PC fanboys here is incredible. Fudzilla seems to hate everything to do with apple, so does daily tech. I think it's childish and that everybody needs to change.

I did type a long an detailed post here, but I realised that if I wanted to be a microsoft fanboy I could easily pick irrelevant holes in it with equally stupid responses. So, instead of that, I'm just going to say 'shame on daily tech' for encouraging such displays of fanboyism. A product this successful has done something right. And as my friend once said, you know you're successful when you gather a huge number of haters. Apple must be pretty damn successful.

Oh, wait- it is.

By alpensiedler on 4/5/2010 8:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
...because apple has finally proven that not only does brainwashing work but it's real easy to deploy to large audiences

Why Apple devices are like pets?
By Ziggizag on 4/6/2010 9:16:06 AM , Rating: 2
It's multitouch interface - Apple fanboys, rather than fondle or delouse their cat or dog with fingers, chosen sterile electronic "pet-like" device they can do the same gestures upon.

This builts highly emotional relationship between the device and its users. The more they fondle the more it shines... Fondling and pinching are very low-level gestures coming from apes cleaning each other of vermine.

No wonder Apple fanboys get addicted to their new electronic-pets as if they were their true partners from the herd...

By dark matter on 4/6/2010 5:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
The Times was singing it's praises. Well, someone who 'wrote' for the Times was.

Today I see not one, but two stories about how crap the crapple ipad is.

Funny how DT and the other blogs are "SILENT" about this.

No Flash Support?
By AntDX316 on 4/7/2010 6:43:21 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously??? I would never buy this as a netbook without flash support. Impossible to navigate to websites that are built off flash. Important websites such as uniden and texas hold'em for facebook/myspace would not work. This is just unacceptable for a touchbook.

I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By hiscross on 4/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By amanojaku on 4/5/2010 11:04:00 AM , Rating: 5
1) The screen is useless in bright lights; eBook readers don't have this problem
2) The system is heavy at 1.5lbs; a mobile platform needs to be lighter
3) Expensive as hell for so little functionality

I can list others, but these are good enough.

RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By Mitch101 on 4/5/2010 11:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
By amanojaku on 4/5/2010 12:01:21 PM , Rating: 4
I'm not surprised. Still, that's not officially supported by Apple, so I can't recommend it to non-technical folks, like grandma.

@hiscross, here's longer list of iPad complaints.

By SpaceJumper on 4/5/2010 2:30:32 PM , Rating: 2
Nav 9 doesn't need jailbreaking.

RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By scrapsma54 on 4/5/2010 11:02:37 AM , Rating: 2
I believe you meant to say "thinking is safer than wasting spit."

RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By hiscross on 4/5/10, Rating: -1
By Exodite on 4/5/2010 1:41:17 PM , Rating: 2
...the people who whine about Apple products only can spit out crap since it is eaier than thinking.

The main issue with the iPad isn't that it's an Apple product, nor that it's expensive and lacking in technical merits.

It simply lacks a functional niche in the world of consumer electronics.

I'll grant you that there's a lot of people willing to criticize Apple products in general but in this case it's well deserved. An iPhone or iPod may not be for everyone but these devices have clear and distinct functional niches as a smartphone and portable media player and are quite competitive in those areas.

What's the iPad supposed to be?

Generally it's a mix of notebook computer, media player and e-reader, having the functionality of all and the convenience of none. A jack of all trades and the master of none, as it were.

Since the iPad doesn't bring anything new to the tablet computer concept and it's pretty much been proven that tablets are just gimmicks, unless you're a graphics artist and the device is pen-enabled, I can't see this taking off.

Granted, Apple has the ability to sell feces to the great unwashed at great cost - as long as it's Jobs feces - but I'll be surprised if 10% of the iPad buyers will make any real use of the device once the novelty wears off.

The only moderately interesting thing I've read about the device is Marvel's dedication to producing e-comics for it. That said I'd never purchase software or media that's tied to a single, propriety, hardware myself.

RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By bighairycamel on 4/5/2010 11:25:22 AM , Rating: 3
You don't have to try something to know it's not for you. Did you ever try a Snuggie? Or did you do your homework and realize it's just a robe turned around backwords leading you to not purchase one?

Product research is easier than crapping $500 down the toilet.

RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By lightfoot on 4/5/2010 11:36:27 AM , Rating: 2
Although you must admit that Apple strongly discourages researching their products. Even when they are sold at stores that sell other products, they never allow Apples to be demoed side-by-side with competing products.

RE: I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By Alexstarfire on 4/5/2010 4:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
That is true, they always have their own section. You have the PC section, MP3 section, phone section, then the Apple section which has PCs, the iPhone (depending on the store I think), and MP3 players in it. I'm sorry, but what were those PC, phone, and MP3 sections for again?

By lightfoot on 4/5/2010 5:06:15 PM , Rating: 2
In all fairness, I have seen at some Best Buy locations the Apple products in their proper departments. Even then, however, they are separated from the other products by a clear division making side-by-side comparisons difficult.

It is the same trick that Bose often uses with their speakers.

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