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Using the iPad outside is a risky proposition on hot summer days as it will often overheat and die.  (Source: Say iPad)

A copy of the pending class action against Apple for the iPad overheating issues.  (Source: Apple Insider)
Well, I'm hot blooded, check it and see/ I got a fever of a hundred and three

What good is a book you can't read in sunlight? That's the challenge being posed in a new lawsuit against Apple, that claims that Apple falsely advertised the device as a book replacement, when in reality it overheats and dies in sunlight on hot days.  

The heat problems were noticed soon after the unit's release.  Summer weather isn't kind to the tightly-packed tablet, which appears to have issues dissipating waste heat.

The tablet heats up to 113 degrees F relatively frequently when used outdoors under a hot, sunny summer day.  The unit then shuts off to protect itself.  A trip to the fridge can often revive the units, but by then your opportunity for a noontime read may have come and gone.

The new suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the North District of California last week, complains, "Using the iPad is not 'just like a reading book' at all since books do not close when the reader is enjoying them in the sunlight or in other normal environmental environments.  The iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use either indoors, or in many other warm conditions, for a variety of common uses such as, but not necessarily limited to, an e-reader, e-mail tool, Web browser and/or game/entertainment unit."

The suit, filed on behalf of iPad buyers Jacob Baltazar, Claudia Keller and John R. Browning seeks class status, meaning that any iPad buyer would be eligible if the suit gets approved.  

Overheating devices may be unpleasant, but they generally aren't class action suit fodder.  However, Apple's claim that using the iPad is "just like reading a book" opens it to claims of misrepresentation and deceptive advertising. 

The suit accuses the company of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive advertising practices, intentional misrepresentation, breach of warranty, and unfair business practices under the Unfair Competition Act.  The group wants a trial by jury and wants to "punish" Apple with punitive damages, which they say will "deter others from engaging from similar misconduct in the future."  The group is also seeking standard damages.

Attorney Scott Edward Cole with Scott Cole & Associates is representing the pending class in the case.

Despite the heating issues and other minor problems, the iPad's promising concept has propelled it to some impressive early sales and it shows no signs of slowing down.

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Kindle Specs
By DougF on 7/28/2010 9:04:53 AM , Rating: 0
Anybody know the specs for the Kindle? I suspect they are the same as the iPad. I also suspect that if you check the operating parameters for most smartphones, laptops, etc, they are pretty close, if not the same as the iPad.

This is about greed.

RE: Kindle Specs
By SSDMaster on 7/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: Kindle Specs
By code65536 on 7/28/2010 10:16:59 AM , Rating: 4
High quality screen? Depending on what you want to do with it. Apple's screen is a glossy, glarey screen. Nice under the right circumstances, looks like hell outdoors or in bright situations. Not to mention, backlit screens of any sort are stressful to the eyes because you are, essentially, starting at a light bulb. Anyone who is serious about reading absolutely NEEDS e-ink like the Kindle, Nook, Pixel Qi, etc. Try reading for 4 hours straight and then tell me how "high quality" this screen is compared to proper e-ink when it comes to reading.

RE: Kindle Specs
By afkrotch on 7/28/2010 7:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad uses an S-IPS screen. It's a very high quality screen. By no means is it the screen to be using for something that would solely be an ebook, but neither would I want to use e-ink to surf webpages.

RE: Kindle Specs
By chick0n on 7/28/2010 1:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
high quality parts?

if your definition of high quality means some 5 dollar crap from here and there then yeah I guess Apple is using "high quality" parts.

RE: Kindle Specs
By nafhan on 7/28/2010 9:30:56 AM , Rating: 2
It's the same (95F). Check the last page of the manual:

It's definitely about greed. Apple shouldn't have said it's like a book, because it's not, and these people certainly realize a 9 inch LCD slate and a book are going to have some differences. In a perfect world, the class action suit would fail, and Apple would be more reasonable with it's marketing hyperbole. Oh well...

RE: Kindle Specs
By cjohnson2136 on 7/28/10, Rating: 0
"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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