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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 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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