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Ah, contestant number one. No, here you're wrong. I have owned a laptop, a PC, and an iPod touch. The iPad beats all of them in web browsing, games, photos, presentations, music, and others (but I think I've made my point). I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you've never even held an iPad, much less owned one. Don't bash something until you've had extensive time with it.
web browsing- nope, iPads are worse at that. Aside for pages not being designed for them, they don't have flash, which is used extensively on many sites. This alone makes it worse at web browsing than a laptop. You're trying to say it's better at games? really? Even a $200 netbook can run a massive number of games on it (for free might I add). These include arcade games, countless pc games from the early 90s to now, and Internet flash games. If you get a higher end laptop, it can pretty much run any game ever made. Photos? presentations? music? For photos there are so many different programs (many of which are free) you can get which give you more control over your images than anything you can do on an ipad. Saying presentations are better on it is just ridiculous. PowerPoint alone outdoes anything the iPod touch xl can do. Music? I guess the ipad should be better here, since it's made by the guys who made the iPod. But even then it isn't. If you got a $200 netbook, you would get a far bigger hard drive (to store more music) and you could download one of multitudes of great media players for free, such as VLC or Winamp. As you said, 'I'm going to go out on a limb'. I would bet you don't even know of a good image sorting program, I bet you don't even know what a good game is aside from novelty touch screen games, and I bet you've never tried to use the ipad to anything but browse a couple of sites and look at your music and pictures. All of which you could do with a considerably cheaper computer. Anything you could do on an ipad you could do better on a laptop that costs $300 less.
Your limb has snapped. Again, I reiterate: do not bash it until you use it extensively. You are wrong on all accounts, aside from the exclusion of Flash. Even this is not nearly as big an exclusion as you seem to believe. I have only come across one Flash game, ever, that I enjoyed for more than thirty seconds. Even for that game, there's a free app. I've only come across one video that was exclusively in Flash, and even then, there was a free app for that. I have used my iPad for everything from making documents and presentations to playing a casual game or two (for free, I might add). It was not difficult at all, and I find that, with the help of the predictive text and autocorrect, I can actually type faster than on a regular computer. You have clearly never used one, so, like I said, don't bash it. Your assumptions have become very banal to me by now — early adopters always are criticized — but please don't objurgate the iPad when you have no experience. People laughed at GUIs, the iPod, the iPhone, and the Apple TV (actually, that's a bad example — people, including me, are still laughing at that one). Games are irrefutably better on the iPad than any other device, besides, of course, dedicated gaming devices like the XBOX 360. The multitouch screen combined with the accelerometer provide for a better gaming experience than a computer, and the added screen size opens up new possibilities in comparison to the iPod touch. PowerPoint does not at all blow away anything the "iPod touch xl" has. Keynote for iPad is very powerful, and far easier to use than PowerPoint. At this point, calling the iPad an "iPod touch xl" and blatantly stating things of which you have no experience, you look ignorant and maladjusted. If you can come up with a legitimate point, then I will concede that one and that one only. Any others I will continue to refute. I don't, contrary to what many, and possibly you, think that all owe total obsequiousness to the supreme Steve Jobs, but rather that the iPad is a great new product, and it fits rather handily into my life. I am the only one of the two of us that has claimed to own all of these devices, and thus, I'm the only one with the experience to compare. The iPad is not without its faults, but it is not at all what you seem to think. I'm up for further debate if you are. Thanks for reading this dissertation (yes, all written on my iPad). Cheers, boopityboppity
But that's the thing - I have used an iPad before. My next door neighbour got one and I messed around with it for a couple of hours. Nowhere did I find anything that a normal computer could. The fact that you say you don't like any flash games is completely subjective - I've found many which are great. Also are you trying to say PCs aren't a gaming platform? They are easily on par with the 360 and ps3 with current games, and on top of that, you can play virtually any game made in the past. Many would argue that they're a better gaming platform than the consoles. There's nothing new that the ipad brings to the table at all. There's nothing you can do on it which you couldn't do on a netbook for several hundred dollars cheaper. Sure, the ipad is alright, but it's really overpriced when in reality, the easy to use touchscreen interface is all you are paying for. Maybe it's worth that to you, but in my opinion, that alone isn't worth $500 ($800 where I live).
Oh, I forgot one thing - you're saying you are refuting my points, but all you're doing is saying 'you're wrong' and calling me ignorant. All of your points are a mix of subjective anecdotes and personal attacks. The reality is that though it isn't a bad platform, there's nothing you can do which isn't available in some form on a netbook. If you believe that a touch screen interface is worth the price tag, by all means be happy with your purchase, but that isn't the case for me.
No, I paid for the iPad because it does every single thing I want it to, it does it better than a computer, and it cost the same (netbooks do not factor into the equation. They are awful), at least where I live (I agree with you — $800 is steep). Saying the iPad brings nothing new to the table shows that you really haven't spent a lot of time with the better apps on this device. Yes, it runs a modified version of the iPhone OS, but the apps are entirely different, and they're inherently different from PC executables because of the touchscreen. Also, when you say the web is not designed for the iPad, I can easily and simply say that the iPad is designed for the web. Even my friends who think of the iPad in the same manner as you admit that the web browsing is better than anything that they've ever experienced (a few, like you, believe Flash is important, however). You may not want, need, or have a use for the iPad, but that doesn't mean that it's useless for everybody; just look at the astonishing sales numbers. Cheers again, boopityboppity
I haven't personally attacked you; I did say that calling the iPad the "iPod touch xl" is an ignorant statement, but I never attacked you. Also, personal anecdotes are basically what reviews are. I don't see how else you can relate the experience of a product than with personal anecdotes. If I offended you, or my wording made it seem like I'm attacking you, I sincerely apologize.
Hmm, I guess we can agree on your point that people want different things out of what they buy. My laptop already effectively does everything I want it to, so i have no real need for an ipad. I'm hesitant to accept sales figures as an indicator of quality, though, especially with products which have had plenty of hype.