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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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I enjoy all the anti-Apple Post Today
By hiscross on 4/5/2010 10:53:13 AM , Rating: -1
Of course non of the negative comments came from anyone who actually tried a iPad, but hey, spitting is easier than thinking.

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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