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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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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!

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