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08-24-2010, 03:52 PM #21
Bandwagon doesn't have to be the majority of people - it just means that people get on with something before they know anything about it, just so they can be in line with other people that don't know what they're doing or the envy of their co-workers and friends. Besides that, I'm sure the iPad outsold every netbook on the market it's first week or so that it was out, seeing as how they sold 2 million of them or whatever it was. So your argument is flawed, my friend.
I love Apple's computer and tolerate their phone, but you can't convince me that the iPad is useful to anybody wanting to do anything other than browse the web at their local coffee shop (non-flash sites only, of course). Why buy a device that can't do half of what every laptop on the planet can do?
I'm not saying the iPad will always be useless, but until Apple adds a real hard drive of some type, connection ports, and a real operating system on an open platform I really don't want to hear about it. I would have said the same thing about wireless stuff 10 years ago when you could only move two and a half feet away from the base station and deal with speeds 1/3 the rate of wired connections.
08-24-2010, 04:20 PM #22
Why does every thread liike this have to degenerate into an argument for or against the iPad? This thread was to introduce a peripheral for the iPad. If you have an iPad, then you may or may not want this. If you don't have an iPad, and you don't want an iPad, and if you don't think the iPad is for you - then don't bother commenting in this thread, because quite obviously, if you don't like the iPad, you won't like anything made for the iPad.
But, back on topic... I have an iPad. I use my iPad nearly everyday. In fact, I am posting this from my iPad right now. I could go on at length about the reasons that my iPad is extremely useful for me, and why I purchased it - not to jump on any bandwagon, but because I knew what it would do , and wanted it for that reason. That being said, I can see that there would be times when a keyboard/case like that would be nice to have. I wouldn't want it all the time, and so I don't think I would purchase this. But, I can easily see the appeal for it.
08-24-2010, 04:32 PM #23
08-24-2010, 05:27 PM #24Really?
08-24-2010, 06:34 PM #25
the iPad is selling well because it fills a niche. a portable device that you can easily carry around with you or take to bed.
you can watch movies, play games, read a book. it turns on immediately. it's easy to use. has long battery life. i'm amazed by how many non-tech folks come up to me saying they want one but just can't afford it right now.
if i had to wait for the ipad to boot up or come out of hibernation, i wouldn't have bought it. period.
08-24-2010, 07:59 PM #26
08-24-2010, 09:49 PM #27
Not bad at all, I'll have to look deeper into it !!!
08-24-2010, 09:52 PM #28
08-24-2010, 09:56 PM #29
I'm all about the ClamCase!
08-25-2010, 12:12 AM #30
Sad thing is it still can't even do some of the things that the "notebook of yesterday" can... ROFL.
There is an ACTUAL definition of "bandwagon". Making up your own definitions of bandwagon simply to fit YOUR argument doesn't really work (except maybe in your own mind).
It has nothing to do with a majority. What data then, do you have to show that people who bought Microsoft platforms were simply "sheep/followers"? If anything, I would say this is more the case with OSX. Their average users "know" OSX is "better" because of what they have been told in a commercial or from a friend and not actual data.
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08-25-2010, 08:12 AM #31
[inset 'raspberry' sound]
This is the same specious argument that people who don't like the iPad give -- it's like me dissing people who buy one of those noisy, monster, Dell/Alienware 'laptops' with the massive power supply and annoyingly bright lights. Anyone who bought an iPad thinking they were getting a 'Mac tablet', were fools. That was never the intended purpose.
I bought the 64GB WiFi iPad for all those things I was using my iPhone for that was really too small to use: (including, but not limited to) video, websurfing longer than 'what was the name of that guy in that movie', email, blogging/FB (I'm so glad that iPad doesn't support flash -- no stupid FB games), reading (iBooks/Amazon Kindle/PressDisplay) and playing a number of games.
I also use it for things my iPhone really couldn't do (airmouse/tablet for my MBP, Webex presentations) or do well (show Powerpoints, edit MS Office documents.) I've also found that not only do I now mostly do those things I used to do on my iPhone, but my other 'standard' computers are used about a third less, which means I'm carting around less junk and I'm unchained from my desk. I've gone to classes with nothing but my iPad and keyboard. I've taken notes, and hands-on lab stuff I've done using the iPad with ssh/telnet. And when lunch comes, and other guys are chaining theirs to a desk or hauling it around, I pop mine in my bag (the Indiana Jones Mark VII respirator bag is perfect -- and it does look like a man-purse) and weighs about the same as a laptop power supply
The only ***** I have about the iPad (or iPhone 4, for that matter) is when it can't do the things it was designed to do, like working out on a nice sunny day when it gets too hot: that's BS. Or that it still doesn't have iOS 4, because I'd really like the multitasking (running Skype or Beejive in the background.)
But I have never tried to make it replace a laptop/notebook -- it wasn't designed to do that and that path is filled with pain and misery. Mostly, it does what it was designed to do very well.
So, I can really see this product filling a very good niche in the educational market and anywhere else where a substantial amount of typing on an iPad is required. I could use it in my classes without hauling a separate keyboard... but I like being able to move my keyboard around... so I probably wouldn't get it, but others may find it perfect.
So, people, if you are tempted to post another 'diss-the-iPad' reply, don't bother: you aren't adding to the discussion and you are hijacking the thread. This thread was about the clamshell keyboard for the iPad. Discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of that device and not using it as yet another reason to diss the iPad.
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08-27-2010, 10:08 PM #32
What's the point? if you want it to look like a notebook and have a physical keyboard then why not by a macbook? Duh. I don't get people
08-27-2010, 10:13 PM #33
Because this is far lighter and less bulky than a notebook. And has a longer battery.