Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by sastark, Jan 27, 2010.

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  1. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    Bingo! I think Tom hit the nail on the head with what it really is. I can't see any reason to own this.
  2. TheDow

    TheDow Puritan Board Freshman

    I bet if they made it do these things the 10 hour battery life would be more like 2. :)
  3. Narnian

    Narnian Puritan Board Freshman

    If someone is using it over 10 hours a day they probably need a life. Recharge it every night and you will probably do fine.

    I am interested in a reader, but I do not want a one trick pony hence I have avoided the Kindle and am attracted to the iPad since it can do more (e.g. it can run applications, I can more easily upload manuals and books I have as well as get Internet content). The iPad is very attractive in many ways.

    However it is, in typical Apple fashion, a closed system - no USB or firewire connectors, no external video connectors, no removeable battery, etc.. You have to but the Apple docking station. They eliminated a lot of third-party add-ons. This is one thing I do not like about Steve Jobs approach to products.

    So I will wait for the HP Slate and other vendor offerings using Windows 7 hoping the touch interface is decent.
  4. Skyler

    Skyler Puritan Board Graduate

  5. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    The iPad looks like it'll be a really viable alternative to folks who are in the market for a netbook. It's not a replacement for a full-on PC (or Mac), but a good supplement.
  6. CredoFidoSpero

    CredoFidoSpero Puritan Board Freshman

    I think it's just an iPhone on steroids, or a notebook/laptop on...estrogen? (What does the opposite of steroids?) Personally, it's worthless to me since I just got an iPhone (which nicely replaced my phone-iPod-PDA) and I very rarely use my laptop.

    And I love my Kindle. The e-ink matters a lot to me - I work on a computer all day, I don't need to do any more 'backlit' reading in my spare time. And it's not replacing most of my books, especially reference books. It's great for fiction or lighter nonfiction, and the stuff I love the most I can generally get for free or just a few dollars so it's at home AND always with me (e.g. the complete works of Jonathan Edwards for $2, most bigger reference works for a fraction of the real book cost (I think I paid $6 for a good copy of Calvin's Institutes), and anything out of copyright (pre-1923) for free). I don't care that it's a one-hit wonder, I can carry as many books as I want in my purse wherever I go, and it's already paid for itself.
  7. Gord

    Gord Puritan Board Freshman

    I have over the years collected a large quantity of pdf books, iPad will be my new home for that collection when it's for sale. At the moment it's really difficult to curl up on the couch to read my iMac.
  8. George Bailey

    George Bailey Puritan Board Freshman

    Chance that someone will steal your ipad? HIGH
    Chance that someone will steal your paper, Puritan-written book? ALMOST NIL
  9. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    The struggles between innovation vs. free market capitalism is affectionately known as the iTunes Store. :D
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