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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIic04tXkRw&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Fry Unpacks iPad[/ame]


    The people who were lucky enough to receive early preview iPads have begun writing about their first impressions of the new device. And it's little surprise that they're mostly positive, and in some cases positively excited about their iPads: Apple chose mostly writers who were already Apple fans. However, some of the most prominent reviewers - such as David Pogue from the New York Times and Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal - have not shied away from criticizing Apple when they fell short in the past. The computer maker needed those high-profile pundits to come out positive for the iPad, and so they have.

    Pogue calls the iPad "fast and light,' and extols its "bright and responsive" touchscreen. Saying that the new device is a "goof-proof computer for technophobes," he notes that it's not as good for creating content as it is for consuming it. He says that the iPad is "so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget." For techies, though, Pogue pointed out that you can get a lot more power for a lot less money with a laptop.

    Mossberg, for his part, claims that the "wicked fast" iPad could "change portable computing profoundly." He found the interface, which he called "a pleasure to use," to be so good that it might "propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades." He agreed with Pogue that the iPad is lousy at content creation, though, and had some major problems exporting documents created in Pages to Microsoft Office and PDF formats.

    British actor Stephen Fry is such a fanboi that when he did the cover-story interview with Steve Jobs for TIME, he forgot to turn on his tape recorder while he asked his first question, "a nervous babble that lasts five minutes." After the interview, Fry got ten minutes alone with an iPad, and appears to have bonded with the device in a somewhat creepy way. He describes his reaction from switching it on, noting that "a little sigh escapes me as the screen lights up." Fry managed to get an iPad of his own after the interview and "it goes with me everywhere… like a gun lobbyist's rifle: the only way you will take it from me is to prise it from my cold, dead hands."

    The emotional responses seem to show that the device is good enough and fun enough to use to make it worthwhile for people who either don't need to create stuff, or are fine doing it on another device. For the large segment of consumers that don't have an opinion, though, and would just be using this as a sort of plaything, it's quite possible that reviews like these from friends and other people they trust will be enough to make the iPad fly off the Apple Store shelves.

    We'll see in a couple of days.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Previewers Love Their iPads started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      how did Stephen Fry get his hands on an iPad in the UK??
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Which area?
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    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Oooohhh....so lucky.....
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Some of the current Apps look amazing and different and as time goes by we'll see developers getting more creative with the interface. I was disappointed at the unveiling, but now realize that what will make this device amazing is the great Apps that will come out tailored to it.

      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      i can't wait till saturday! i will read books all day!
      makes reading fun, doesn't it.

      Quote Originally Posted by jordanemmet; View Post
      really? does everyone NOT know that the netflix thing was an april fools joke??
      what do you mean? the App is on itunes.
    1. isanta's Avatar
      isanta -
      Quote Originally Posted by jordanemmet View Post
      it just got really deep, really fast.
      That's what she said!
    1. randelljack's Avatar
      randelljack -
      It's so exciting to wait for a device that comes first in your generation. Not to mention netflix is a go.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PlatoTheForms View Post



      makes reading fun, doesn't it.

      makes reading "magical", when it "exceeds your expectations"
    1. Vathgol's Avatar
      Vathgol -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickybobby View Post
      you are right it is a want and people will shell out big bucks for a impulse want only APPLE product i have is a iPhone and its gonna stay that way
      100% agree with you... You have your "apple fans" who are quick to go to bat for APPLE as to why this is a must have.. You hit the nail on the head and thats bc ppl will shell out money just to say they have one..... ppl will go to extreme measures...

      I just laugh at all the ppl who paid tons of money for a basic computing system... On the home page of this site, you see the youtube video of the person unpacking the ipad.. you're looking at over $1000+ (if he bought wifi and 3G)

      I just can not comprehend how ppl follow apple like a kid in a candy store and will pay whatever it takes.....
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      If you got the money to spend then why not. Why do people pay for a porsche when a audi can do the job. Or you could keep moving down the bar; why pay for a audi when a vw can do it; why pay for a vw when a bicyle can do it. Why have an iPhone when a cheap free phone can do the job.

      If someone has the money the go for it. It is not fully about "Apple fanboys" all the time. I see this as a great living room device. It happens to be the first out the door in the slate area. JooJoo arrived today but that is 500$ too but has limited use. If the "courier" device actually came out people may flock to that. It is not fully Apple like I said but more of limited slate devices that are actually here now.


      Nobody cared for laptops as much because they were not practical back in the day unitl Apple busted the scene.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      I think after a year or so when these are getting out for sale used I'll be getting one. I'm cheap like that
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      I think it's funny and a little sad how people complain how other people spend their money. All points to jealousy to me. Because unless the iPad cost you that big promotion and ran off with your wife, I can see no other reason why you troll around and attempt to piss on something we all are excited about and came here to discuss...*
      That's like if I were to go to the android forums and sign up for an account just to say the droid sucks. Pathetic. And that's how we all see you. Pathetic. As much time and passion you put into hating this product makes me beleive, deep down you want one really really bad. *It's like the nerdy guys in high school wondering why that hot chick is going out with that dumb jock... He hates the jock... But he would trade places with him in a heartbeat...[/RANT]

      FYI, you missed the point. People are complaining that the iPad is an oversized iPod touch. If the touch gets you already from point A to point B, what is the point of getting an iPad that does the same thing? Now the car analogy was introduced saying a ford focus can get you to point A to point B, so why buy a Porsche? Simple answer, because although it's true that both with get you there, but one will be more pleasurable to drive than the other... As is the iPad.

      The one life to live story was basically saying to not complain how other people spend their own money, that what is money good for if we don't get to waste it on unnessesary toys and gadgets? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I get no sexual themes from that message... Not sure how you do.
      Point of both messages, worry about how you spend your own money and don't complain how others spend theirs.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      If the touch gets you already from point A to point B, what is the point of getting an iPad that does the same thing? Now the car analogy was introduced saying a ford focus can get you to point A to point B, so why buy a Porsche? Simple answer, because although it's true that both with get you there, but one will be more pleasurable to drive than the other... As is the iPad.

      Perfect interpretation of what I was aiming for.
    1. Cow_King's Avatar
      Cow_King -
      Quote from jordanemmet
      it just got really deep, really fast.
      That's what she said!


      LOL awesome I lol'd so hard my wife looked at me funny
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      I just can not comprehend how ppl follow apple like a kid in a candy store and will pay whatever it takes.....
      Have you considered, for a moment in your constant, non-stop whining, that perhaps, just perhaps, some of us are fortunate enough to be living lifestyles where, frankly, $499 isn't really a ton of money?

      The list of things I've dropped more money on over just a matter of a couple of hours (gambling, strippers, concert tickets, etc. etc. etc.) is really quite lengthy. Not to mention the 10's of thousands of put into lesser computing products over the years. Christ, it's the same price as my first iphone, less than my first "smart phone" and like 1/4 the price of my first computer.

      So for me, and I'd imagine many others, saw some previews, liked what I saw, wanted one, and the price point isn't exactly breaking the bank for me, so I bought one.

      That this is a problem for you, and your need to waste so much time whining about it is what's difficult to comprehend.
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      i cant wait to get it on saturday,and for all you haters i have one advice for you people.you only have one life to live so if you work hard and your bills are paid for the month of march and you like this device go out and get it.tomorrow is not promised to you or me,or to anyone in this site. i have been on this planet for over 43 year and i have yet to see anyone take their money with them when they die,so my advice to you all is life is short and saving all your money wont do you any good. at the end you will leave it here for someone else that did not work hard for it to spend it for you.take it from me i know, recently my aunt pass and left some insurance money for her daughter. well this girl is been spending money like there's no tomorrow well that could be anyone of us here hahahahahaa, so enjoy life and stop crying about other people's money and how they spend it.
      Try selling CRAZY somehwere else....we're all stocked up here.

      Just kidding...i'm not even gonig to bash the thing anymore. All i saw was a guy busting out more accesories from his bag than anything else. I think between the keyboard and everything he spent the same money as a 23" iMac would cost. <\----does that count as bashing? I love this game!

      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      Have you considered, for a moment in your constant, non-stop whining, that perhaps, just perhaps, some of us are fortunate enough to be living lifestyles where, frankly, $499 isn't really a ton of money?

      The list of things I've dropped more money on over just a matter of a couple of hours (gambling, strippers, concert tickets, etc. etc. etc.) is really quite lengthy. Not to mention the 10's of thousands of put into lesser computing products over the years. Christ, it's the same price as my first iphone, less than my first "smart phone" and like 1/4 the price of my first computer.

      So for me, and I'd imagine many others, saw some previews, liked what I saw, wanted one, and the price point isn't exactly breaking the bank for me, so I bought one.

      That this is a problem for you, and your need to waste so much time whining about it is what's difficult to comprehend.
      Talk about slapping somebody in the face with a 10 stack!!! Easy Bill Gates....lol
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      for the people who own iphones and ipod touch's kno that the screen is small and the iPad has more screen luxury, is faster then any iphone or ipod touch...so clearly, for the people that is doesnt suite their lives and have negativity towards it, should only share it with themselves and leave the people that will actually enjoy their device alone from such negativity.....

      right now there are rumors of the iPad getting netflix which i kno people would really want! and that alone on that device will kill! all...
      Yes screen is bigger than iPhone, but it does not make calls. It is bigger than iPhone/iTouch so it does not fit in your pocket, got to put it in some kind of a pouch you probably have to purchase separately. Yes it is faster than iPhone but if I want faster and a more versatile device I would go to my netbook/computer/notebook. If I want Netflix I would just stream it on many blueray players/Tivo that already does this on a large screen where you really want to watch it, not a small device like this thing. Even if I want netflix on portable device I can already do it on my netbook/notebook.
      So again what is your point on how versatile this thing is?


      BTW Apple can not take criticism and only give preview iPad to its devoute followers, no wonder they are getting good reviews. Wait until it gets released hope people really start taking apart this thing, expose its weak points like a real review should be.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      you know, at first i thought the ipad was stupid, but now i really want one! i am so mad that i dont have enough money to go get one!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Wait, Wait. This is not April 1st anymore. Pyro turning to actually wanting one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      cant wait to get mine. im stoked
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      We are only hours away from getting our hands on one!! I can't wait either.

      (Those who do get Sat. deliveries.)