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July 27, 2010

Now i get it.

Filed under: technology — danylmc @ 5:38 pm

I was amused by this story in Wired in which a study revealed iPad owners were ‘selfish elites’ that ‘scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness’. My experience over the last few days is that iPad owners are people who can’t rationally explain why they own an iPad or what the device is for.

I went into a computer-shop at lunch-time and played around with one: I think I get it now. It replaces a laptop for most home entertainment and travelling purposes. If I didn’t have a computer at home (and wasn’t a gamer) I might buy an iPad and use it to organise music, look up maps, browse the net, order pizza and so on. If I still travelled a lot I might buy one and not carry a laptop for most trips because my books, music, work data and e-mail could be accessed through the iPad, which is a lot more convenient to use than a laptop.

I guess my iPad owning friends found this hard to communicate because they already had an iMac in their homes and travelled everywhere with their MacBook and/or their iPhone. I can see myself buying an iPad (or a similar product) in five or six years when the price comes down and and the technology improves. It seemed like a natural progression from the modern day laptop.

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27 Comments »

  1. “critics-who-are-a-test-drive-away-from-being-fans”

    Aye. I touched someones iPhone. Then I felt a little sick as the desire began to creep into me. The fact that I cannot afford the price tag leads me to conclude that, indeed, I am a “self-directed young person who looks down on conformity and is interested in videogames, computers, electronics, science and the internet” who is not so young. Nor interested in video games.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — July 27, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  2. yeah I’d buy a touchpad if I could run flash on it. No chance with apple so I’ll wait for an android.

    Comment by Alec — July 27, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  3. yeah I’ll buy a touchpad if I can run flash or similar drawing app on it. No chance with apple so I’ll wait for an android.

    Comment by Colin — July 27, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  4. I made the mistake of buying my partner an iPod-Touch for her birthday a year ago… since then we’ve both had buyers remorse that I should have gone for the iPhone.

    It’s just so… pretty.

    Comment by Phil — July 27, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

  5. The generic term is “tablet” (and they did exist long before the iPad). That said, I can’t imagine how something the size of a netbook, but with a touch screen instead of an actual keyboard, can possibly be “more convenient”, unless you meant to exclude netbooks when you said “laptop”.

    Comment by derp de derp — July 27, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  6. It’s just more…gay.

    Comment by davy crockett — July 27, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

  7. in other news, people who can spend a minimum of $800 on a gadget are most susceptible to lust and gluttony. And haters are just Linux using geeks.

    http://mytype.com/blog/?p=109

    [I use the term gadget because I don't think the first Generation iPad is functional enough to be useful for work but is great for non work activities, I still want one, precious....]

    Comment by andy (the other one) — July 28, 2010 @ 7:52 am

  8. A typical conversation that may go on inside an Apple store.

    Comment by Stephen — July 28, 2010 @ 8:42 am

  9. I can totally see the point of this sort of device. After using a PC all day, I’m pretty ready to stay away from another box + screen + desk when I get home. Sitting on a couch browsing websites or reading email? Yeah – I could do that.

    BUT – $1,000 (more or less)? It would be a piss-about-on-the-couch device. There no way I have $1,000 to spend on that sort of thing. Come back to me when it’s $300-$400. As you say Danyl – lets see v2 (or v4…whatever).

    Comment by Adge — July 28, 2010 @ 8:53 am

  10. Come back to me when it’s $300-$400.

    And is not beholden to the bloaty F^*kin sh$t house piece of crap that is iTunes. itunes is possibly the only thing stopping me buying apple products, having to constantly update just to run a bloody 2 year old ipod (remember them?) for the missus is a nightmare.

    Android, google or windows 7(lite) are not the most convincing options either yet.

    Comment by andy (the other one) — July 28, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  11. I just bought a smaller (7″ screen) tablet, running Android, and with similar functionality (including wireless, GPS, etc)to an iPad (although fewer available apps of course) – for under $200. I believe it has crap battery life, but I’m willing to bet that once past the stigma of not being an apple, the device will be just as useful (if not more-so in that it is half the size, has built in stereo speakers and microphone, is not proprietary, etc). I should get it in the post today… can’t wait…

    Comment by Sam — July 28, 2010 @ 9:41 am

  12. @ Sam

    Sounds good… got a link with details on this product?

    Comment by Phil — July 28, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  13. I am not endorsing it as an iPad killer btw, and have set my expectations fairly low, so as I am not too disappointed by what arrives – given its price and I think it is a recently superseded model (although reviews are fairly positive)… But am sure it will meet my rather basic requirements – I really just want a cheap e-reader that I can also surf the web with.

    sella.co.nz currently have a couple of the same models listed (e.g. see: http://www.sella.co.nz/general/computers/laptops/laptops/other/67fl08/ ), although both are $50 more than what I paid for mine (also via sella…

    It’s an Eken if you want to look up reviews etc…

    Comment by Sam — July 28, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  14. Having had my ipad for a few days, I’m surprised that no one talks about the feature that kicks the arse of any laptop or netbook: the portrait format. Seriously.

    It’s a much, much better way to read and (with the keyboard dock) write than a conventional laptop screen. And then you can flip it around and watch videos in landscape.

    Oddly enough, most of the dedicated editorial apps aren’t (yet) very good. But I do enjoy browsing the Guardian website with it.

    Comment by Russell Brown — July 28, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  15. Also, if you use the free Kindle app, you can buy new eBooks direct from Amazon, which isn’t possible from New Zealand via other devices.

    Comment by Russell Brown — July 28, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

  16. *cough* fan boi *cough*
    ;)

    Comment by che tibby — July 28, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

  17. Fair call Andy, iTunes is definitely being extended beyond its abilities. I was pretty irritated the other day when I went to play some music while friends were round and ended up having to wait 15 mins whilst iTunes updated itself and my library – all for no apparent reason. And it did exactly the same thing a month ago.

    That said, the iTunes thing isn’t a killer for me. I’m only browsing the web and emailling – I don’t really care about having to hook it up to my PC. All I care is that the clever people out there have suitable access to be able to create the great apps that will make it worthwhile. I can live with a few irritations if there are genuinely useful apps available.

    Comment by Adge — July 28, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  18. There are hundreds of cheap chinese android based tablets, just search android tablet on alibaba, problem is they’re all running something crap (be it bad processor, low memory, old version of android). HP”s recent palm acqusition should be good though. If there’s anyone who has the reach to take a format like the tablet, segment the product line, make one for every market segment possible and make them cheap and easy to acquire. Watch this space

    Comment by chris — July 28, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  19. *cough* fan boi *cough*

    I prefer to think of myself as someone resigned to having to endlessly justify my consumer choices :-)

    Comment by Russell Brown — July 28, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  20. It’s a much, much better way to read and (with the keyboard dock) write than a conventional laptop screen. And then you can flip it around and watch videos in landscape.

    Main reason I owned Portege tablets from 2004 – 2009. Those were even more of a luxury item than an iPad, but they were at least usable as computers and they didn’t have Mr Jobs telling you what you could do with them and what you couldn’t. Can’t afford one these days, unfortunately.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — July 28, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

  21. So just received my tablet (EKEN M001), and is just as chris has described it three comments up. The old version of Android means that it can’t use all the sexy new apps (I think – I can’t seem to find them anyway), and it is slowish, and I’m having some trouble getting it to pick up my wma files (might be easier to convert them)…

    I can surf the net, and I can read major document file types sweet as – so in all, pretty much what I expected… (+ at $161, not feeling the need to have to justify my consumer habits so emphatically!)…

    Comment by Sam — July 28, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  22. “BUT – $1,000 (more or less)? It would be a piss-about-on-the-couch device. There no way I have $1,000 to spend on that sort of thing. Come back to me when it’s $300-$400. As you say Danyl – lets see v2 (or v4…whatever).”

    That’s one hell of a rounding error. Try $799 ($800 more or less).

    Comment by mathmatica — July 28, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

  23. “I prefer to think of myself as someone resigned to having to endlessly justify my consumer choices”

    the good news being that you don’t have to sneak this choice out of the shop in a paper bag.

    Comment by Che Tibby — July 28, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  24. “BUT – $1,000 (more or less)? It would be a piss-about-on-the-couch device.”

    Well, there’s email, web browsing, e-books, comics, Twitter, maps, the Wikipanion and PubMed apps, playing video, etc. In all these things it has advantages over a similarly-priced netbook. For me, I hasten to add.

    Comment by Russell Brown — July 28, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

  25. Touchbook! Though I believe there’s something of a backlog of orders.

    Comment by derp de derp — July 28, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

  26. not only is there an “i” in iPad, there’s also a “P”.

    Comment by NeilM — July 28, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  27. “That’s one hell of a rounding error. Try $799 ($800 more or less).”

    The prices are $799, $979, $1149, $999, $1179 and $1349 (at least at Dick Smith). I stand by my comment. More or less

    Comment by Adge — July 29, 2010 @ 7:09 am


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