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That mystical unicorn we knew as the Apple tablet is here. But will you be purchasing an Apple iPad? After reviewing all of the specifications and pricing, I’m personally not sure it’s right for me at this point. In fact, I’m thinking this is more of […]

That mystical unicorn we knew as the Apple tablet is here. But will you be purchasing an Apple iPad? After reviewing all of the specifications and pricing, I’m personally not sure it’s right for me at this point. In fact, I’m thinking this is more of a smartbook than anything else. ;) Perhaps I’ll change my mind after giving it some thought — and there’s plenty of time for that since the device won’t be shipping for at least 60 days.

That gives us a chance to pick your brains and see if you’re planning to purchase an iPad. Have at it in the poll! And if you’re not yet sure, just see what everyone else is saying in these comments — there’s quite a few interesting opinions there!

  1. My family expects me to buy one. I can’t let them down.

    1. how about you ust tell them this:

      GET OFF THE BANDWAGON AND STOP BEING A MACMANIAC! THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL I AM GETTING ONE, BECAUSE IT SUCKS! IT ABSOLUTELY UTTERLY SUCKS! YOU CAN WHINE AND CRY ALL NIGHT AND DAY, ALL WEEK AND INTO NEXT MONTH AND BEYOND, BUT I DONT CARE HOW MUCH YOU WANT IT. 1ST GENERATION IPAD’s ARE FOR IDIOTS. SO STOP CRYING AND THINK SERIOUSLY, DO YOU WANT THE OTHER FAMILIES TO CALL US IDIOTS? OF COURSE NOT! NOW YOU KNOW WHY WE’RE NOT GETTING ONE!

      1. wouldnt you call what you just said “whining”.

  2. No one would be surprised to see that I voted Not a Chance. However, I anxiously await HTC or Google’s device in response to this. Hopefully something more than a really big Nexus One.

  3. The iPad is NOT designed for people that create content (written, audio or video). It is designed for the majority of us who consume content. You’re right to compare it to a “smart book,” (I never did figure out the difference between a netbook w/mobile connection and a smartbook).

    Hi Res video, ebook reader, web browsing… for the bulk of us, that’s total connectivity. It will never replace a portable computer, it will never replace the mobile, but it will go to war with the netbook, the MIDs, tablets, UMPCs, JooJoo, eBook Readers and more.

    1. ‘The iPad is NOT designed for people that create content (written, audio or video)’

      I’d disagree a bit with that. Clearly, content consumption will be where the device excels, but it will be possible to do a lot of content creation through existing Apps. iWork is available for it, there’s blogging Apps, you can record audio onto it, photo editing, video editing – all are possible to greater or lesser extent now, and no doubt capability will be extended through further App development.

      And let’s not forget everything you can currently do in the cloud and with webapps.

      1. Photo and video editing, really?

        I must have missed that part.

      2. Audio/Video editing? Really? Are you sure? Every review I’ve seen today has indicated the opposite.

      3. http://www.redmondpie.com/top-video-editing-apps-for-iphone-3gs-9140089/

        http://blog.taragana.com/index.php/archive/top-10-iphone-apps-for-image-editing/

        Remember guys, the real driving force behind the iPhone has been the Apps. Devs will no doubt update their Apps and have iPad specific versions.

        Disclaimer: I know the video editing apps are for the built in iPhone camera but there’s no reason why imported video from a camera can’t be edited on the go with the right App.

      4. Also, there are plenty audio recording and editing Apps which if they don’t work just now with the iPad mic, I’m sure will be updated.

      5. The iPad will do creative art of the graffiti sort: horns, beards, bat wings etc… but creative work in terms of color pre-press workflow? No.

        They are still going to sell these things by the container load.

        My question though: what do I do with my iPhone? My current thought is to declare my Google God Phone as being dumb enough to use with an iPad. :)

        But one thing I know for absolutely sure as a result of today’s announcement: I’m calling Barnes and Noble tomorrow morning to find out if that Lady was wrong about having until Jan 31 to send the nook back!

    2. The iPad will also lose the war to netbooks, UMPCs, MIDs, etc. Let’s see this thing play 1080p .mkv’s @ 20 Mbps with subtitles. Any device with the Intel GMA 500 can do that. How about Flash? A lot of sites use Flash not just for video but for actual UI elements too.

      I won’t be buying this oversized iPhones with its limited mobile OS.

      1. Exactly. I always hated transcoding all my videos so I could just play them on the go. It’s such a waste of time.

  4. Definately on the fence, but likely to end up getting one!

  5. If I didn’t recently get the Kindle 2, I would absolutely buy this thing. But since I have the Kindle 2, I’d have to pass. Anyone want to buy a Kindle 2 … ?

  6. I won’t be buying one too big, I like the portability of iPhone/iPod Touch. I could see my wife, who is a photographer, using one to proof photos away from the studio — they have a camera connection kit for the thing.

    1. You could proof photos on a notebook…

  7. I’m leaning towards getting one. But Ineed to put me hands on it first.

  8. The no multitasking is rough. I’d love to be able to listen to Pandora and surf or read.

    1. How long before it is jailbroken and we have multitasking? :)

    2. The multitasking bit does not bother me one bit on these kind of mobile gadgets because Apple has addressed this problem by making sure that when you go back to an application that you have quit before, you will always start at the point when you last quit it. This gives you the continuity you need without consuming more energy than in multitasking.

  9. It’s too big to carry everywhere. I would have preferred it to be smaller. OR if the same size, more usefulness.

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