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Wi-Fi versions of the iPad will be available this Saturday

For those of you looking for something "magical" in the words of Steve Jobs, Apple will begin selling its much hyped iPad this Saturday in its retail locations starting at 9 AM. Those that pre-ordered the devices early from Apple's website will receive their units by Saturday. Those that waited a while longer to pre-order online will have to wait until April 12 for their iPads to arrive if they don't feel like heading down to one of 221 Apple retail stores or "most Best Buy stores" which will stock the device.

“iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before,” said Jobs. “We can’t wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend.”

For those that come into Apple stores to purchase an iPad, a "free Personal Setup service" will be made available. Apple Geniuses will help setup your email or download apps to your iPad. Just don't expect the same service from Best Buy without some kind of Geek Squad fee attached.

The only units available this Saturday will be the WiFi-only iPads. IPads which feature 3G connectivity will not be available until later this month. The iPad features a 9.7" screen, 16GB to 64GB of NAND flash storage, a 1GHz Apple A4 ARM processor, Bluetooth 2.1, and 802.11n. Interestingly, those wishing for a camera will have to purchase a $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit.

Wi-Fi-only iPads are priced at $499, $599, and $699 respectively for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.

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Have to admit
By bill4 on 3/29/2010 9:30:55 AM , Rating: 2
Although I'm an Apple hater, I want one of these...

And this may sound kind of gross, but the main reason is for toilet reading lol. It takes to long to boot a laptop to take to the bathroom. The near instant boot of this thing is it's real strong point imo. Probably would be great for on the couch while watching sports too.

Also, maybe I'm weird but I have a very hard time using laptop trackpads (just never got used to them), to the point where it makes using a laptop without a mouse tolerable at best and an exercise in frustration at worst for me. So the touchscreen aspect of this hits home way more for me than probably even most people.

Now having said all that, I'm 100% sure tablets based on Google Chrome are going to utterly destroy this thing in a few months. They'll be the same thing basically but without the Apple tax, so yeah 299 or even significantly less eventually. I dont think the iPad has any chance against that as Apple is ill equipped to fight any price wars.

But the problem is Chrome isn't out now, and this is....

RE: Have to admit
By Spivonious on 3/29/2010 10:18:51 AM , Rating: 2
You don't use the sleep function of a laptop? Up and running in a couple seconds.

RE: Have to admit
By reader1 on 3/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Have to admit
By Akrovah on 3/29/2010 11:43:12 AM , Rating: 2
Overkill for light productivity perhaps, but what if you need the ability for heavy prodctivity. I doubt anybody is going to want to write a full on report on one of these things, whereas a netbook can do that with ease while still maintining a semblace of the iPad's portability.

RE: Have to admit
By Taft12 on 3/29/2010 12:07:03 PM , Rating: 4
Back on-topic for this subthread -- I don't know about if your workload is anything like mine, but when I head into the bathroom, I intend to take part in some heavy productivity!

RE: Have to admit
By crystal clear on 3/29/2010 12:08:24 PM , Rating: 1
You post shows your basic lack of knowledge of the product (ipad).

ipad is somewhere between a smartphone & a notebook.

It was not made for heavy productivity.

RE: Have to admit
By rs1 on 3/29/2010 3:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
No, the iPad is just a glorified Tablet PC. You know, those things they tried a few years back that nobody wanted. I very much doubt that the outcome will be any different this time. There will be the initial run of people who get excited about it because it's "cool" and "different", followed by a relatively quick fade into obscurity as people realize they really have no use for such a device.

And as for the initial subject of bathroom reading material, why not just get a kindle? E-ink is a lot more comfortable to read than an LCD display. I can't imagine why anyone looking for an e-reader would choose an iPad for that purpose.

RE: Have to admit
By mellomonk on 3/29/2010 6:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
The tablet PC was pushed to niche status for there just wasn't that many applications that took advantage of it's added abilities. Certain vertical markets have found it useful. Sure it could be a nice laptop as well, but equal PC laptops can be had for far cheaper.

The iPad is fully committed to the touch interface. No way around it. The market and developers are ready for this due to the iPhone's success. The ability to use all the current iPhone apps as well as new expanded iPad apps from day 1 is a winning strategy. It's not a glorified Tablet PC, but rather a sensibly pared down one.

E-ink is great, but color and embeded videos will appeal more to the average magazine/website reader.

RE: Have to admit
By Akrovah on 3/29/2010 4:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
I actually do understand that the iPad is not for heavy productivity. That was actually part of the point I was trying to make. Having a device that is limited only to light productivity situations makes it more or less useless for a good deal of people. Why have a laptop/netbook for high productivity situations (books reports for school, finance reports for work, etc.) and then pay another $400 for a second device just for light productivity? Escpecially when said first device can do everything the "light productivity only" device does and is only slightely less portable? You are basically paying twice for the same capabilities.

RE: Have to admit
By themaster08 on 3/30/2010 4:38:53 AM , Rating: 2
I read the Newsweek article you posted.

I found it to be extremely small-minded and quite ironic actually.

A fairly large bulk of the article focussed on the closed platform. Basically saying that Apple has reinvented ancient ideas that were apparent with early computers, such as closed platforms and vertical monopolies, stating that these were eventually wiped out by their open platform counterparts.

This is where I found most of the irony to be -
If at some point you want to buy another brand of device—some newer, faster, cooler gadget we can't yet imagine—you won't be able to take your Apple content with you. Apple could also decide to block the applications of rival technology—as happened last year, when the company wouldn't approve Google Voice, a telecommunications application, for the iPhone.

It's a dangerous path, according to Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School and cofounder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. "The price is you are giving up the freedom to choose what code you run and what content you see or experience," on a device you own, he says. "The fear is that we could be charmed by platforms that turn out to be not very good for us."

Of course, bacon isn't good for us, either, but it's pretty tempting.

That says a lot. A platform that couldn't be any more locked down. Stifling competition by filtering out their applications from the App Store.

The iPad may not be very good for you, but still, buy one anyway because it's "tempting".

The main thing to know about the iPad is that right now nobody, not even Steve Jobs himself, really knows how this device will be used.

That just says it all. We don't have any real use for this device. Productivity is non-existent. Buy it 'cause we're Apple and we know what's best.

The few developers who did get iPads have to keep the devices in secret rooms, chained to a desk. These folks all live in fear of Apple.

Welcome to your fascist closed platform. It's only a matter of time before someone comes along more welcoming to it's developers, more inviting to it's customers, an overall better product and sees the end of Apple's closed platform reign of terror.

Oh, wait, sorry. Android is already here!

While the iPad may or may not be a huge success for Apple, that doesn't make it a useful product. As even the article says, no one really knows what the use of this device is. So why do people buy it? Because people like you exist.

RE: Have to admit
By Luticus on 3/29/2010 10:35:07 AM , Rating: 2
What about a, you know... book. Instant boot time, instant shutdown time and can't be shorted out by... water. Even has a low investment cost. Very pooper friendly.

Sarcasm aside, in my opinion there are better options for reading than this over priced locked down POS. Gonna hold out for something better to come along.

RE: Have to admit
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 11:12:24 AM , Rating: 2
It would just be for basic browsing, watching videos etc etc..(not just myself, but my GF whom lets just say is not technically inclined) I'm not going to use an LCD based display to read books.. I value my eyes...

The GF aspect is also another issue, I had to limit her to her own laptop as she somehow defies gravity and physics as I always end up with a virus, regardless of AV software. Its sad really considering I never used AV software before she started using my machines and never had a problem..

RE: Have to admit
By Akrovah on 3/29/2010 11:48:43 AM , Rating: 2
Your GF needs to stop going to social networking sites.

My mother in law did that to me. I walked her trhough getting a new laptop. One that would suite her needs for a good cost. I made sure it had a stand alone Windows disk and we took it home, blasted the hard drive, re-installed Windows without all the pre-loaded junk. Her machine was the lightest it was possible (within reason) to make. OS, Drivers, AV, Office, and her school stuff. The NEXT DAY she called me panicking because her AV was firing off warnings. Where was she? Some shaddy social networking site.

RE: Have to admit
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 12:10:54 PM , Rating: 4
Your GF needs to stop going to social networking sites.
Trying to stop my spanish tempered GF from doing anything = futile..

Fighting a freaking Rancor with my bear hands would probably end up better for me!!!

.. its not the social networking sites, its those stupid game demo's I can't get her to stop playing..

RE: Have to admit
By theapparition on 3/29/2010 12:31:03 PM , Rating: 4
While I appreciate your honesty and love your analogy, I must offer some words of advice that may seem harsh.

Any women who refuses to listen and fights back needs to be dropped. Strong will and independent women are great, don't get me wrong, but when they stop listening to all reason, see ya.

Ride the train until the fun stops and then move on, just don't knock her up or worse, get married.

RE: Have to admit
By Akrovah on 3/29/2010 1:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
Virus laden game demos? Where the heck is she getting them from?

Your GF sounds like my sister. Never listens to anybody when she is about to do something stupid, she just has to fall on her face and learn it for herself.

RE: Have to admit
By chick0n on 4/2/2010 11:20:18 PM , Rating: 2
There is something called User accounts.

Limit her to Guest level access. Problems resolved.

Thats if you know how to configure it properly of course.

I know I did that to my public computers. never had a problem with Virus/backdoor/root kit :)

RE: Have to admit
By sweatshopking on 3/29/2010 11:47:30 AM , Rating: 2
what the ipad isnt but could have been:

notion ink's adam looks badass. tegra 2, MUCH better screen. this thing looks like a game changer. too bad the startup company cant market like apple can. apple will sell more of an inferior product.

RE: Have to admit
By themaster08 on 3/29/2010 8:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
If I was in the market for a tablet, this is one of the tablets I would consider. I would also consider the Archos 9.

RE: Have to admit
By invidious on 3/29/2010 10:36:49 AM , Rating: 2
You can get a touchscreen laptop for the price of an ipad and just use the sleep feature.

As is often the case the solution to your need was engineered long before you even realized you needed it. But without Apple cramming it in your face i guess you didn't notice it.

RE: Have to admit
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 11:03:37 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for your completely bias comment, you've added so much to the conversation. As though power suddenly ceases to drain when you go into sleep mode.

I have never owned a single Apple product, they have crammed nothing down my throat. If I see a product that suites my needs within an acceptable pricepoint, I will be more inclined to buy it, I don't base my purchases on a brand name. In fact aside from my laptop, I have never bought a brand name computer. I have been making my own machines since I was 13 years old. (Well I owned an Apple II with an amazing monochrome monitor(not black and white, but black and yellow!) that could play the best game in the world.. ghostbusters!, but I did not buy it ;) )

I already have a computer, I already have a laptop that I HAVE to use for work. Another full fledged computer does not make sense for me, if I did not already have a laptop then it would be a different situation.

RE: Have to admit
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 11:15:40 AM , Rating: 2
A **** sorry man, I can't read, I thought you were responding to my post on the other thread...

*goes and sits in a corner*

RE: Have to admit
By inighthawki on 3/29/2010 7:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny because I've left my laptop in sleep mode for 2 days straight once and it wasn't even under 60% power yet, and batteries have improved since my laptop was released. I'd call 120+ hours of battery life pretty decent.

RE: Have to admit
By crystal clear on 3/29/2010 3:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
Although I'm an Apple hater,

Why do you start your comment with this ?

Are you scared ! you will be rated down & put under the red carpet.

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