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    • CommentAuthorForsaken
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2010
    I get the feeling that this item, if it actually catches on will be very niche in the near term. SOrt of a computer that you have in the living room, to throw out the occassional email and may be use as a digital photo album. Give it a few years when its faster and maybe more memory. Until then, I think it will be a novelty in that it does quite a bit, but so do web books, for less. I think if you buy this to read books only you are probably a fool with a lot of spare lolly.

    The only intriguing thing about this could be if comic companies get off their arses and start making comics a bit more interactive. Sound effects, animation, narratives could all come through the iPad with its color monitor and decent sound system. I think that may be very interesting.
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    Sorry, but this looks like the kind of thing that we'll be laughing at in hindsight.

    "Look at the size of that piece of shit, and it couldn't even do most things a standard laptop could do in those days! Damn we were stupid in the past."

    It's a chunky abomination that'll be nothing but a burden to carry around with you.

    Of course, that's just me. Maybe I'm not seeing the bigger picture.
    • CommentAuthorJEFFSJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2010
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    For designers, artists, architects, etc:

    Portable Interactive Digital Portfolio.
    Leave a USB flash-drive containing a slide-show adaptation of your portfolio and contact info.
    Email/file-share/whatever the same with a thank you note for the interview later.

    That's probably the only reason I would get one.
      CommentAuthorThom B.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2010 edited
    No Flash, no multitasking means it fails for me. It's nothing more than a media consumption device without multitasking and I don't need my tendency to waste time on teh intertubez to be any more portable than it already is.
    What I would dearly love would be something with the same form factor and a dual function screen; Wacom/capacitive touch. Finger tips for object handling, but with a pen that could override the CT for sketching and drawing. I would freaking love that thing if it worked as a genuine digital sketch book.
    Man alive, I cant think of anything I want more that Cintiq sketchbook right now....
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    @Thom B. - you and me both. :P And it would be AWESOME.
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    And just for amusement:
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2010 edited
    Penny Arcade summed up my reaction pretty well, I thought.

    I don't know...personally I wasn't blown away at all by the presentation and felt that unlike the presentations for the macbooks and iphones, it didn't have one definitive thing to present that made my pants wet and got me to open up the 'ol sacrifice alter again in the hopes of getting one before it ships. With no multitasking and no flash, and internet capabilities being summed up as "a portable safari", I feel that what amazing potential it had was wasted.
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2010
    Oddly today — we fielded many requests for it. I'm clearly not the target market. The griping from folks was interesting. Lack of iSight camera was key complaint. More women than men seemed to want it.
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    More women than men seemed to want it.

    That’s because they’ve already got bags full of shit to carry around.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2010
    I'm willing to spend 1/2 of the cost of a MacBook Air (which I'm no fan of) to buy the wife a supercharged iPad with all the perks. She'll have my gear if she wants to video chat with her mom in Japan. But damn - maybe some women see the possibilities we don't. The screen might be the thing that makes it worth looking at. I'll play with one before making my decision.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2010
    If there was more space available I could download quite a bit of media to watch. Good for long trips and such. but even the 64G one would limit if I wanted to store, say, Seasons of TV of a particular show. I'd be constantly changing the media on it. I'm not sure I'm in the market for a high-end media viewing machine. I need more efficiency for work, school, and my own writing. I can sort of see where this could be used but my android phone does quite a lot for the portability issue. And I don't watch too many movies or TV on the go so....

    It does seem like just a few more small features would have made it much more sexier in my opinion. utilizing a more Macbook style of software than iPod Touch. Multi-tasking is a must for me as well.

    I don't hate it. I'm not a huge Mac fan, mainly because their toys tend to be pricier than I can afford. But I can't see the use/benefit to it for me. It really does seem to be geared towards a very niche market, at least until they revamp a later version.
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    Wow, I can't believe everyone just ready to shove this thing back into Apple's hands and say "Not interested". The truly great thing about this is it's a platform to CREATE things out of the box. Remember all those cool apps that people created for the iPhone/Touch? Expand the power and size of those devices and that's what this thing really is. 6 months from now when the guy/girl who jumped on board right at the beginning shows you what this thing will do, you will want one.

    Examples; Board games will make a comeback. No camera? Please. Bluetooth your pictures from your phone or camera onto it. Not every device needs a camera. Multitasking is rather over-rated for such a device too, considering it's not a laptop. You can create an app that expands the desktop of your Powerbook, allowing a textile interface for Garageband, Photoshop, etc.

    It's I think since so much information was leaked about it, it's just not spectacular to look at and a rather terrible name, no one is thrilled about it. Give it six months. You'll be riding the bus I bet...
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    . No camera? Please. Bluetooth your pictures from your phone or camera onto it.

    So long as they haven't locked that level of the bluetooth stack, requiring you to buy a camera connection kit...
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    Oh, wait.

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    That's not good on their behalf, considering everything they shoved inside the new Nano. I guess it's 'Wait and see' on the Bluetooth aspect, when someone actually has it in-hand and plays with it...
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2010
    Apple likes to withhold things on a generational level. My 2nd Gen iPod touch has a hole covered by plastic that is just big enough to fit a camera in. I guess they wanted to develop one case for three gens of Touch's!
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    I speculate that Apple not only hold things back under generational level for the sake of marketing and sales but also for the fact that they might leave room for technology that hasn't quite arrived yet. In regards to a camera, this may be because they've designs to implement a camera behind the glass center screen for programs such as Skype etc. the camera as that which is equipped in an iPhone/Blackberry/etc. is already in her hands every day at our Beck and call, so I'll add to Mr. Ellis's Bluetooth speculation and say it might only work with the iPhone, if they truly want to be evil (DRM) about it.

    The lack of an SD Port is a bit unsettling. Perhaps they view it as they once viewed CD drives. My netbook does not have a DVD drive and I do have to have an external drive ready in case something truly happens with the machine. 95% of the time this drive is at home, sitting unused as it is not needed. The confusing part is the fact that it takes up such a small amount of space and does not use any power unless you're reading/writing to an SD card. Again, maybe just a matter of room? A matter of cleanliness?
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2010
    Apple's Design VP Jony Ive seems to think universal I/O is inelegant. He twice dropped FireWire from the entry-level MacBook. As Apple owns the standard - there was no good reason. Not a one. The impact on our stores was ridiculous as it doubled our quoted turnaround for personal setups. Ah well.
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    Firewire never caught as well as it should because of a ridiculously high licensing fee. I don't know if it's still in place but 'first impressions', as they say. With a higher power supply and faster transfer rate, USB should have never stood a chance against it...