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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 Sonikku13 on 4/5/2010 5:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
The faster performance of the iPad compared to the iPod touch makes the iPad worth it. The iPad, compared to the iPhone 3GS, based on the AT review, generally gets a 50% to a 100% gain performance-wise. Looking at the iPod touch 32 GB, which is the cheapest 3rd generation iPod touch at $300, and has the same hardware as the iPhone 3GS, it seems worth it based on performance. 50% to 100% more performance compared to a 66% price gain for a baseline iPad or a 100% price gain for a comparable, 32 GB iPad. Lets compare these stats to the Core i7 line, using the 930 and the 975 as my examples for performance and price. The Core i7 930 is at $200, while the Core i7 975 is at $800, both MicroCenter prices. In the 146 CPU roundup cited at the end of this post, with the Core 2 Quad Q6600 as the control variable at performance of 100, the Core i7 930 gets 169.9 while the Core i7 975 gets 191.4 in average performance. At stock, the gap is 12.7%. The gap narrows down when overclocking is considered. So a 12.7% performance increase at 4 times the cost at stock, that isn't good. However, it looks like the price/performance is there for the iPad, with a 50% to a 100% boost compared to the iPod touch 3rd generation, and a 66% cost increase between the cheapest iPod touch 3rd generation and the cheapest iPad. The subsidized iPhone 3GS isn't considered in the price/performance comparison due to the required 2-year contract.

Many people seem to rant about the lack of multitasking on the iPad. This is because the iPad does something that is "pseudo-multitasking." When you hit the home button, you don't close the app, the app just runs in the background. This isn't true multitasking like on your PC. Of course, this is also on the iPhone and the iPod touch.

Now we, the people on DailyTech, who very likely build their own computers, would rather have the full functionality of the laptop or netbook compared to the iPad. I see it on the DT iPad poll, as 70% of voters don't give a crap about the iPad. But this also gives another pro for the iPad, it's ease of use for the majority of the populace. These people would rather make one tap to get to what they want rather than making multiple clicks. Relating it to cars, many of these people would rather go to a mechanic to have a car fixed than fixing it themselves. It can be said to be laziness, but it also can be said to be convenient.

Other people may criticize the lack of Flash. This is actually a good thing to ditch Flash. Since Flash is closed source, bugs do not get fixed as fast due to fewer programmers. In an extreme case, Adobe did not fix a known bug in Flash for over a year. Because of the lack of dependability for Adobe to fix bugs in Flash, Apple made a good move by pushing HTML5.

RE: My humble opinion
By Alexstarfire on 4/5/2010 8:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
And if you look at a netbook or cheap laptop that gets better performance than the iPad it's also cheaper. What is your point in trying to compare price:performance between iPad/iTouch and the i7 lineup?

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