So who's getting an iPad?


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HairyArse
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For my sins I think I probably will be...
#1 at 14:53:35 - 01/04/2010
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I see the appeal, and I think the apps will make it, just like the apps made the iPhone/iTouch.

But not getting it because:

- Don't want to be that guy, dragging it out in public
- Don't want to be mugged
- It'll only get cheaper
- The first iTouch was missing a volume rocker: what's the first iPad missing?
- The first iPod sucked compared to the iPod Touch: I waited for the Touch, I can wait for the "real deal" of the iPad :)
- It won't fill any gaping hole in my life :D


But, long term, I think a purchase of some later, better, cheaper model (even if it's an iPad rival) is inevitable. I know it would be ideal for my mother, who will never get her head around a proper computer.
#2 at 15:04:40 - 01/04/2010
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If I do end up getting one it'll never leave the house.

I want it to use for casually browsing while sat on watching TV on the sofa.

I want one for playing pass and play multiplayer games with friends.

I want one to use as an awesome touch screen media center.

And of course, seeing as I have iphone-gamer.net - well I want one for 'research' obviously. :)
#3 at 15:06:42 - 01/04/2010
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I am interested in one, but it all depends on how it feels and whether or not you can actually type (fast) on it. In any case I will wait for the second generation.
#4 at 15:26:28 - 01/04/2010
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I'm also still waiting for official confirmation of the UK pricing. I'm fully expecting $1 to equal £1.
#5 at 15:28:07 - 01/04/2010
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Chalk up another 'Probably, but it'll never leave the living room' brigade.
#6 at 15:28:30 - 01/04/2010
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Dual core snapdragons are due out later this year, they're likely to be in the 2nd gen Ipads. I'll probably wait for a 2nd gen, with all the features they've purposely left out :)
#7 at 16:43:23 - 01/04/2010
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No doubt I'll end up getting a 2nd/3rd gen one too eventually, but it's not like I'll struggle to sell a first gen one, if I do buy one and they improve on it almost immediately. :)
#8 at 16:44:21 - 01/04/2010
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Well, my current iPhone is my first ever Apple product, and as thrilled with it as I am, the iPad seems hugely expensive for what it is.

If later generations overcome its inevitable shortcomings (battery life?), the iPad specific Apps are sufficiently interesting, I can see myself getting one for use as an on-my-lap websurfing media player.

I also travel by train a lot (10-12 hours a week) so something like this could be a great travel companion. The price would have to be pretty compelling too - for me it'll be up against the latest hardware from Sony and Nintendo...
#9 at 16:51:58 - 01/04/2010
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What'd be killer for me is true widescreen and a dual display: normal and e-ink (I don't know if such a thing is possible but that'd do it, for me).

I don't want to have to choose between an e-ink reader, missing out on all the cool features, or an iPad-like device, missing out on e-ink. Want both :)
#10 at 16:57:43 - 01/04/2010
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I'll pass, at least until it can multitask.

/ponders how much Couriers will be
#11 at 17:26:18 - 01/04/2010
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Multitaksing is apparently part of the next firmware update (is that the right word?) for iPhone.

@F_P: Read a review today saying that the iPad had a battery life of 12 hours.
#12 at 17:47:44 - 01/04/2010
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I'm a Mac-whore of 8 years vintage, but even if I had the money, I wouldn't. Everything about it is in the "Want" column and nothing about it is in the "Need" column, as far as I can tell.

The amount of storage is puny too, a competent netbook with an HDD ten times bigger is half the price.
#13 at 19:32:09 - 01/04/2010
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NewYork said:
I don't want to have to choose between an e-ink reader, missing out on all the cool features, or an iPad-like device, missing out on e-ink. Want both :)


The Notion Ink Adam is coming out sometime this summer, and has a Pixel Qi display, which can switch between normal LCD and what is comparable to an 'e-ink' mode - making text readable even in direct sunlight.

What's more, it's also much more powerful than the iPad, comes with HDMI output and USB ports, a swiveling camera, support for open OS as well as Android, 16 hours battery life for video - and will definitely be cheaper. Just one of the many tablets out there that, on paper at least, are far superior to the iPad.

Now, I'm an Apple fan - I've got a Macbook, and I love my iPhone - but I really think they are stretching things somewhat with the iPad. It is, quite simply - in its current state - nothing more than a massive iPod Touch. There is not a single new feature in there.

I'm also rather pissed off with it because many iPhone developers will now focus on the iPad instead. For example - Geometry Wars HD was announced as a launch title. Where the fuck is the iPhone version?

The inevitable yearly model updates might add some decent features that'll make it worth getting in the future, but not now. Sure, it looks really nice, and for the first few weeks everyone will coo over it - especially with heavy app store support. But after that, I honestly believe those who already own an iDevice will end up regretting the purchase.

In short - yeah, not interested. :)
#14 at 14:48:40 - 02/04/2010
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See if these other producers would market their products a bit better I wouldn't have to come to iPad threads to know about them.
#15 at 16:20:51 - 02/04/2010
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That Norton ink Adam sounds pretty good. Might keep an eye on that. I've got some reserve budget for a tech expenditure and have been looking for something interesting. Cheers for the heads up :)
#16 at 16:27:01 - 02/04/2010
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It's between either this or a laptop for me - like HA said I think it's perfectly suited for casual browsing whilst sat on the sofa. But I still think a laptop could be better.

But this would be awesome for controlling any Sonos equipment too, and would also be nice with LogMeIn to control another PC in the house too... but still, I can't help but think some kind of cheap laptop (like a Dell) would be a better option.
#17 at 18:00:04 - 02/04/2010
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Yeah, I'm sure the rivals will be better in terms of hardware, but again it's the apps which will make the iPad.

Speaking of which:

Barrage of iPad app reviews (constantly updated).

Including a ridiculously sweet video of Geometry Wars - a game I don't care about in the slightest, but wow does it pop off that glass screen, and it (gasp) actually looks like it controls well, even if the iPad itself looks like a bitch to hold.

Some apps are just bigger versions of their little brothers, but some apps show exactly how much more can be done with more power and more screen space, which in turn shows that this isn't just a bigger iPod Touch.


Why the frick do you have one, you little brat?!
#18 at 20:49:22 - 03/04/2010
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I'm almost certainly getting one, if only because I'm running out of space for books (I'm trying to ween myself into liking ebooks - takes a bit of getting used to) but the web browsing and apps are perfect for lazy use. Certainly having games like Civ Rev HD and Sam 'n Max helps.

Years ago I enjoyed dicking around with a PC but these days it bores me so I only do it if I have to. I can't see that this loses any real functionality that I want for casual use. I can use my desktop/laptop for those things.
#19 at 02:39:46 - 04/04/2010
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Oh, look a iPad review that is neither praising it like the second coming nor demonizing it.

Link. It's rather long.
#20 at 11:16:56 - 07/04/2010
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Not getting one but I get to spend some of today with one. I have a horrible feeling that the hypnotic device built into the screen will work its magic on me and I'll end up wanting one though, despite having absolutely no reason for needing one.

My wife would probably kill me where I stand if I brought one home.
#21 at 10:24:37 - 08/04/2010
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So, what is it like?
#22 at 19:03:12 - 08/04/2010
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UK pricing has been announced, hasn't it?

Anyway, at that price it's a no. I *love* some aspects of the ipod Touch but if I hadn't been able to pick it up for £110 I wouldn't have gone near one. The iPad being more limited in abilities and the price of 1 full laptop or 2 netbooks means I'd be very very hard pushed to justify it whatsoever.

That's not to say I don't want one. Warpgate HD is a must-have IMO and the iPod has been an amazing "first computer" device for Rheya, so having a full tablet to use would be great, but that price is prohibitive to say the least.

One thing that always puzzled me about the iPod Touch or iPhone is the inability to play video. Does the iPad do this?
#23 at 21:24:08 - 08/04/2010
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Rhythm said:UK pricing has been announced, hasn't it?

Nope. Nor a release date.


One thing that always puzzled me about the iPod Touch or iPhone is the inability to play video. Does the iPad do this?


What video do you mean? It doesn't play flash video and none of them ever will but it plays quite a few video types.
#24 at 21:33:14 - 08/04/2010
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Weird, just looked at the iPad page - I could have sworn that there was a price there when they first announced it :-/

Mine only plays low-res, crappy framerate Youtube stuff in the built-in app. nothing else downloaded from iTunes ever plays (although I've only tried TED Talks, Gametrailers and Co-op.tv)
#25 at 21:37:12 - 08/04/2010
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It sounds like something odd is going on with that then. Youtube on mine is fine, not choppy (over wi-fi) and I have loads of videos that work fine, maybe try one from the iTunesU bit (free education stuff). If they don't work then something is definitely off.

Video playback formats about halfway down in the middle. Touch is the same as iPhone for that.
#26 at 21:42:00 - 08/04/2010
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OK, that's a little odd then. Mine's never played video and I've gone through umpteen updates :-/
#27 at 21:43:29 - 08/04/2010
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Yeah mine plays video just fine and the quality is really good.

I encode a lot of my own stuff using WinAVI 3GP converter.
#28 at 22:31:38 - 08/04/2010
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Syrok said:So, what is it like?


Slippery, extremely uncomfortable to use in a lap or in the hands (not too bad on a tabletop if you've got something like a sponge mat underneath it). Lack of multitasking's a fair argument to make about the thing in its ideal role (having to quit, say, mail to go and do something else, but then re-open mail to check your mail is a PITA - beats me why they didn't do something Expose / Spaces-like with the thing).

Yet...it's a gorgeous piece of kit. Beautifully put together, and though I only got to try one game (C & C Red Alert which worked well enough but looked AWFUL) I could definitely see me wanting one as a mobile sketch pad.

My boss's off today so I doubt I'll get to play with it again but I really do want a longer play with one, and if work were daft enough to offer me one I'd bite their hand off. But I wouldn't spend my own loot on one :)
#29 at 10:10:10 - 09/04/2010
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Rhythm said:OK, that's a little odd then. Mine's never played video and I've gone through umpteen updates :-/


COuld be that you need to encode the video to the right dimensions for the iPod. I think they're a bit fussy about that kind of thing.
#30 at 10:16:03 - 09/04/2010

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