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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 heffeque on 4/5/2010 10:42:45 AM , Rating: -1
Well then it's not made for you, but I'm sure that there are a lot of people who'd enjoy browsing the internet without having to wait for the PC to start and without the "Hey, Danny! Come here! What is this that came out and what do I do with it? I swear I didn't touch anything! It just appeared by itself!"

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.

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