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  (Source: CBS via Engadget)
Newspaper critics were pretty kind to the new Apple product

The iPad goes on sale this Saturday in Wi-Fi form only, priced starting at $499 for a 16 GB model.  In time for the release, some of the nation's top newspapers have been lodging their opinions on the device.  And overall most who received hands-on iPad time seemed very enthused.  One editor called it "one of the best computers ever".

Andy Ihnatko of 
The Chicago Sun-Times writes, "The most compelling sign that Apple got this right is the fact that despite the novelty of the iPad, the excitement slips away after about ten seconds and you’re completely focused on the task at hand ... whether it’s reading a book, writing a report, or working on clearing your Inbox. Second most compelling: in situation after situation, I find that the iPad is the best computer in my household and office menagerie. It’s not a replacement for my notebook, mind you. It feels more as if the iPad is filling a gap that’s existed for quite some time."

The Wall Street Journal's Walter S. Mossberg writes, "For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades."

Tim Gideon, an editor at
PC Magazine, was slightly more critical, but overall positive.  He gave it 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars and writes:

Aside from Apple enthusiasts, many of us wondered who would drop hundreds of dollars for this not-quite-computer. But having used the iPad for some time, I can tell you that the device just makes sense. When you combine basic-but-essential work tools with iWork, an improved browser, e-mail, iPod, and photo applications, a well-executed e-Book platform with iBooks, and throw in thousands of downloadable apps and games, and package it all in a gorgeous, slim slate with a beautiful 9.7-inch touch screen, you have yourself a winner. Is the iPad cheap? No. Is it flawless? Not at all. Omissions including support for multitasking, a built-in camera for video chats, and Flash support in Safari leave room for improvement, but otherwise, the Apple iPad is a very convincing debut. And it will undoubtedly be a driving force in shaping the emerging tablet landscape.

In other iPhone news, Netflix and ABC TV shows are both coming specially designed for the iPad, in app form.  The Netflix app promises to allow you to manage your queue, download movies, and even includes the ability to pick up where you left off in a particular movie at home.  The ABC app will offer free episodes of its most popular TV shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives.  And as we previously reported, CBS is going an alternate route, streaming HTML5-delivered TV episodes on a special version of its homepage, designed for the iPad.

About the only downside for Apple in the media's iPad love-fest is the hit the iTunes Store will likely take from all these free TV offerings.  Apple will now have to compete against free television episodes from ABC, CBS, and likely others; thus it is unlikely to add a significant amount of revenue from TV episode sales from the iTunes Store (of course we're guessing iPad users will buy plenty of music and apps to more than make up for it).

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RE: El Stupido
By hiscross on 4/1/2010 9:44:40 AM , Rating: -1
You clearly don't know what has caused our current economic situation so I am providing all liberals an clear answer ->

Another point that should made clear is the US is leveraged by people who invest in our Bonds and stock market. Once it was clear to those investor who would lead the US in September 2008, they pulled out of the market in droves. They haven't come back. The iPad and similiar products won't save the US until it stops supporting socialism and returns to a free and open market economy. Socialism and it's stronger brother communism have always failed. It is true that Capitalism only rewards the Thinkers and that is the way it should be.

RE: El Stupido
By Hiawa23 on 4/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: El Stupido
By HotFoot on 4/1/2010 10:01:55 AM , Rating: 2
And of course the housing bubble and gigantic trade deficit have nothing to do with it (sarcasm). The economy is shipping boatloads of money overseas. Just look at the cities we're paying for in the middle and far east.

I'm not disputing that what you brought up is a factor in it. Certainly big money is uneasy with more tax-friendly regimes.

RE: El Stupido
By Hiawa23 on 4/1/2010 10:07:19 AM , Rating: 1
It is true that Capitalism only rewards the Thinkers and that is the way it should be.

Seems that many of these co called thinkers screwed over the rest of us hard working average Joe Americans, & have done this for decades, & I suspect that will continue. The thread I thought was about Apple. Can we get away from the political posion for a minute?

RE: El Stupido
By NubWobble on 4/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: El Stupido
By Hiawa23 on 4/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: El Stupido
By sebmel on 4/1/2010 12:08:02 PM , Rating: 3
I think many misunderstand what the US has done:
It has overspent, yes.
Why, and with what consequence?

China has sold goods for which the US has paid with paper. At the same time the US has accused China of fixing its exchange rate (low) by buying the dollar.

The US economy had difficulty competing and the US couldn't force China to revalue the renmimbi.

What will now happen?
The US has spent so much that they have undermined confidence in their currency. The Chinese want to offload dollars but they can't because that would cause a run on it's value and undermine their asset.

The Chinese are stuck continuing to accept a slowly de-valuing currency... the result the US wanted.

The US debt becomes cheaper as the dollar devalues and the US economy becomes more competitive.

At the same time all those companies and rich individuals that have hidden dollars in offshore accounts are finding that it is devaluing and they are having difficulty reinvesting it without being discovered.

As for the iPad... consider the product and make your choice. I just don't understand the anger here against Apple, a great American success story. Over 5000% growth since Steve Jobs returned. If only the US car industry was run so well.

RE: El Stupido
By Aberforth on 4/1/2010 12:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Just want to say, I am not against Apple or Steve Jobs. But I am against creating artificial demand using subliminal technique of brand marketing, also market restriction through contractual agreements between companies- like Apple and AT&T. Meaning, it's not a free market, now you know what socialism means. If people don't know the difference between capitalism and socialism then you know the country is at a crisis. Education is the only hope people have got, read more books not just pretend to read.

RE: El Stupido
By invidious on 4/1/2010 2:30:06 PM , Rating: 3
Who says it is artificial? No one thought we all needed personal computers until the companies that made them showed us what we could do with them. I think that worked out pretty well.

Apple is taking a business risk on a new niche that they think they can fill and some of the reviews think it will be successful. A company using its own strength to create demand for a new product is not socialism in the slightest bit. If you think it is then your brain is the thing is crisis.

And getting to the offtopic point of you being a moron:
Stop pretending you are better than everyone else because you claim to read more than them. Education is about thinking not regurgitating buzzwords and acting superior. If all you want to do is rant please get off our boards.

RE: El Stupido
By Hiawa23 on 4/1/2010 1:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have no axe to grind with Apple or the head man, all I said was there is nothing they make that I have to have which is why I don't own any of their products. Great American Story, yes, but that doesn't mean I should get hosed by them just cause, well, they are a great american story. As far comparing what Apple has done to the auto industry, well isn't that like comparing apples to oranges? I mean, come on...

I don't think many have misunderstood what the US has done. Trade deficits, aging or very little energy plan to actually reduce the reliance of foreign oil consumption, many, many internal problems, wars started that not paid for, apparently many, programs not paid for, & the list constinues, so we have some problems but I find it almost hilarious when one side gets on tv then tries to blame the other side like they had nothing to do with this, decades in the making & contrary to what some say, these issues were here long before we ever heard of Obama.

As far Apple goes, I will always cheer for successful American companies doing well, that doesn't mean I have to buy their overpriced products.

RE: El Stupido
By Krotchrot on 4/1/2010 10:09:42 AM , Rating: 1
Wow, imagine that, the CEO of a large company saying that capitalism is the answer to all of our problems.
Corporate greed is what caused a large part of our problems.

Ayn Rand? Seriously?

RE: El Stupido
By hiscross on 4/1/2010 12:29:28 PM , Rating: 1
Actually if you spent the time listening to what he says Maybe just maybe you'll learn something. The banks and the like who have been bailed out all have close ties with the Fed.They didn't have to Think because they knew they would be taken care of. Too big to fail means you are in bed with liberals, who by nature, never have produced anything in their life. Do your research, even if you have a retention issue. I don't give a fip about who is in office or parties or certainly any news source. People who believe in those sources deserve what they get. I would also add I didn't start this thread, but a liberal did. My thoughts on liberalism is this, it is a poison that has always caused more harm than good. If my statement bothers anyone, then good because I don't care.

RE: El Stupido
By Aberforth on 4/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: El Stupido
By Ard on 4/1/2010 2:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, I seem to recall a conservative President and the Secretary of Treasury appointed by said conservative President shoving the need to bailout Wall Street down America's throat. I also seem to recall that same conservative President squandering the surplus established by the liberal/moderate President before him. I'll stick with liberalism since it brought us things like civil rights, voting rights, and privacy rights. Better that "poison" than the vile, hate filled bigotry and faux patriotism conservativism has created.

Typical conservative: you only selectively remember what benefits you. Guess the truth is too hard to deal with.

RE: El Stupido
By cmdrdredd on 4/2/2010 9:17:05 AM , Rating: 2
I'll stick with liberalism since it brought us things like civil rights,

Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican and had mostly conservative views.

RE: El Stupido
By Krotchrot on 4/1/2010 2:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, you are just too stupid to breed.

RE: El Stupido
By mcnabney on 4/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: El Stupido
By hiscross on 4/1/2010 5:16:21 PM , Rating: 1
So where did I ever say I bought into Rand? I had to use that link so people could listen to what he had to say. Interesting about Rand. She lived in communist Russia. Her father lost everything during the revolution Her family, liie all Jewish people where pursecured by thw communist. Her parents where very liberal, but Ayn didn't buy into it. She loved America for it's freedom that she never took for granted. She also didn't much use for conservatives either. She felt they played the game well,, but didn't stand for anything. When I read Atlas Shrugged I didn't know a thing about Rnd, but I knew she knew how bad socialism and communism was. When I learned more about her, her life confirmed my assumption. If you wan to understand Object programing, her books on Objectivism is quite interesting. No I don't follow her thoughts except for any society to survive, it needs Thinkers and Producers. Apple is many ways are like conservatives, they played the game of liberalism, but are truly capitalist. On another note, I don't believe I ever heard of a snuggle but does look like a well thoiughtout product.

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