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  • Bill Gates Isn't Impressed By The iPad

    Well, that makes one of us.

    It seems Bill Gates isn't too impressed by the concept of Apple's forthcoming iPad tablet. But instead of pointing out some possible reasons why Mr. Gates would be apathetic about the iPad (insert cough that sounds like "jealous" here), let's focus on what the Microsoft founder actually said:

    You know, Im a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that.
    Bill Gates did, to be fair, muster one compliment for the iPad with a reference to the tablet being a "nice reader."

    Awe, he shouldn't have.

    Mr. Gates, however, made it clear that there's nothing about the iPad that makes him wish that Microsoft had developed a similar device first. Instead, Gates stressed his view that inexpensive netbooks will remain the prominent trend in computing. And while the iPad could possibly lead to the creation of new forms of content, Bill Gates made it known to the world that he isn't immediately jumping on the iPad bandwagon hailing the tablet as the proverbial "game changer."

    While it's easy to joke and point to suspicions of jealousy, many believe Bill Gates is being honest in his assessment and genuinely lacks a great deal of zeal in regard to Apple's newest product. In the past, Gates has been willing to give credit where credit is due. In some cases, Gates has practically gushed over the iPhone. But the iPad is at least provoking a wait and see attitude from Mr. Microsoft himself.

    But chances are, Steve Jobs isn't going to lose too much sleep over Bill Gates' comments. Are you?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bill Gates Isn't Impressed By The iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 69 Comments
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Bill Gates being jealous of the iPad is like Obama being jealous of not being able to see Russia from his backyard like Palin.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      I'm not impressed either. But, I still might get one.

      whenever they integrate that forward-facing video camera.
    1. mr_greedy's Avatar
      mr_greedy -
      You're all still missing the point..

      The iPad isn't designed to be a Macbook or a Netbook.. It's designed to do a FEW core functions. Browsing the web is one of em.

      It's all I use my old Netbook for, so I'll be getting one of these forsure.
    1. VipFREAK's Avatar
      VipFREAK -
      No, ahh... yeah... no... No points missing here...

      Maybe take off the CrApple glasses?
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Okay. The iPad is a giant iPod touch. Yes. We have established that. But what you guys fail to see is the Big picture. Your close minded and see it as a big iPod touch that will only run the app store apps we see today. And I can see where your disappointment stems from when you think of it That way. but Once the ipad hits the market the AppStore will start up a new market for ipad specific apps. I know the format and all around quality and usability of the apps is going to drastically improve... And they will be something that will give your osx apps a run for their money. Genious really. He will design watered down ipad versions of all the apps you already own on your MacBook and make you buy them again. And a lot of us will.
      I think this will be a big suprise to everyone.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr_greedy View Post
      You're all still missing the point..

      The iPad isn't designed to be a Macbook or a Netbook.. It's designed to do a FEW core functions. Browsing the web is one of em.

      It's all I use my old Netbook for, so I'll be getting one of these forsure.
      Thats why it is useless
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      only because he hasnt had another tech company develop it for him yet. to where he buys the rights to its ownership. a sad state of affairs microsoft is.
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      ^Regardless, they've purposely fitted it with state of the fart technology so they have something to upgrade to into the forseeable future, then call it a "revolution."

      It's pretty pathetic.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by addictedto3gs View Post
      He's just jealous that he didn't come up with the product first.
      This simply pisses me off...for God's sake, stop pulling out the jealousy card.
      Gates and Jobs have given credit to each other where credit is due. This time, Gates isn't impressed... Is it that bad that the former CEO of Microsoft doesn't like it, just because he's the former CEO of Microsoft? I'm not impressed by it that much either. Am I jealous too?
    1. evolasme's Avatar
      evolasme -
      The thing that is funny about all this is, few years ago there were PC tablets.. notebooks that you could fold the screen over and use it like a tablet... i think HP had them and well.. years later i still see loads of notebooks. The Ipad is just the MAC version of htat .. but like the iphone the possibilities are watered down. Like having a Bugatti Veron but it only comes with first gear and a top speed of 60 mph. Not until Apple lets go and releases a product that gives you all the "standard" features will i be impressed. Ipad is just another example of apples short sidedness. And i know these simple things are possible casue my Iphone is jailbroken and it 1000 times better then the "standard" Iphone. Ill buy a Macbook before id buy a Ipad
    1. Tenspeed123's Avatar
      Tenspeed123 -
      He's totally right, if you think about it what's actually new in the iPad?
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      I certainly am NOT impressed with the ipad ...bring the price down and add the double sided cameras, a usb port (or mini usb connector), increase the capacity, add an expansion slot for additional memory, and then you can count me in
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I agree with Dale. People aren't freaking out because most of us are unimpressed, but let the former Microsoft giant say something and then it is boo hoo...boo hoo.
    1. xrisis's Avatar
      xrisis -
      Quote Originally Posted by TranceField View Post
      I'm not impressed with it either....
      that's right
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      A Dell mini and snowleopard combined gives you more power than the ipad at a lower price.
    1. jimmydee's Avatar
      jimmydee -
      I don't agree that Bill Gates is jealous because that is based on money and Bill gates is one of the richest men in the world. Envy is more likely because he he didn't create one first.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      I'm sure Apple is holding out half of the tech they could be putting in the iPad. Look at how the iPhone gets updated every year. They're keeping the camera, OSX capability etc. for an update further down the road.
    1. organik's Avatar
      organik -
      The iPad WILL be a game changer, and netbooks DO suck. I have one, seriously - unbalanced, hard to type or use tiny trackpad. Horrible experience.

      Just my opinion - but wait until the apps specifically for iPad start rolling out...you'll want one.
    1. KooLLaiD's Avatar
      KooLLaiD -
      who cares about the iPhail. I want an update on courier!!!
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post

      Bill Gates Isn't Impressed By The iPad

      Well, that makes one of us.
      lol, nope... at least 2 of us! I have no use for an outrageously expensive bigazz iPod Touch! I realize you "Steve Job's disciples" who empty your wallets and max-out your credit cards for every stupid overpriced device Apple makes, will never agree, but this thing will NEVER replace a netbook for the masses! Especially at over 3 times the price of a netbook!!