How about if you live in the People Republic of Cambridge Massachusetts you have to have one.
I have never understood how a institution supposedly dedicated to learning, would ban the iPad. But then, universities are not about education. They are about taking large amounts of money to cram a lot of information into thick skulls so they can claim to be qualified for a job. I shouldn't be so sarcastic, but the traditional college is going to have to change. More is needed to produce thinkers, but there is not enough time to create trained experts and to create well rounded leaders.
Israel is more about politics than anything else. A lot of their people make a living writing apps, but if they do not buy from the political connected Apple distributor, they are not allowed to have iPads. And do not forget, that Apple will not train technicians on the iPad until the stores are selling them. So if something goes wrong, like some overseas buyers have mentioned, they could be out of luck in getting them fixed. At least until the May international launch.
Forces you to move to a new email app because it will not support Outlook, which the vast majority of users know and love
Will not play any of the vast family of online games for windows
Our netbook is well made, has run 24/7 for over a year, connects via internal wireless N, runs Win XP and all the apps you want. Its a tiny laptop.
Its not an IPAD but then the IPAD is not a real computer yet, let alone netbook.
The IPAD is directed at NON computer users and early adopters. If it gets too much like a real computer then it will loose its target audience which is the market that do NOT want a real computer and it will steal sales from other Apple computers.
The genius of the IPAD is that it is NOT a netbook let alone a real computer.
If you go with either Android or Apple that common interface lies strongly with Google for Calenders, Contacts, Groups, Chat, and Email. Open Office works well on Mac and Windows.
The Mac is by far my favorite OS now. I dread using Windows 7 and refuse to sit and provide help for any previous version of windows. I don't have the time for that crap any more. I still have MS Office, I simply avoid using it if at all possible.
Instead of One Note, I use Evernote etc.
Instead of DOC I use PDF which is strongly supported by the Mac OS. PDF is a strong replacement for paper now for me. PDF files work every where.
Did you see my drift?
The iPad will gradually impact others in a similar manner.
A big plus no one seems to pick up on is the iPad is very safe for using the Internet. I can not feel easy with all my anti virus, system monitors, anti crap ware scanners etc running on Windows 7. Anyone who buys a netbook buys this pile of garbage too. Then you spend a good part of your life running system updates from Microsoft and even Adobe.
The only ones who have problems with the iPhone OS are the ones who choose to jailbreak it and live on the dangerous side.
Not having to run an antivirus and all that other crapware is a big plus for iPad. That is an huge advantage to a closed system, it is closed to all the bad guys who want to harm you or your family.
Last edited by 4phun; 04-19-2010 at 02:52 PM.