The iPad is selling like ice in the desert

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  1. 4phun

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    I said it before this is only the beginning of a whole new market. Not a laptop with win 7 or snow leopard not a cut down net computer with xp or basic win 7
    It is a device the masses will buy because it is easy to use and so cool to use mark my words the ipad is a winner for Apple



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    I totally agree......we can be proud to be part of that development.
    In 20 years people will remember the year 2010 as the year, where Apple revolutionized the computer industry......



    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8]......wait, what did Apple do 1984 ?[/ame]​
     
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    I agree. The best I've done so far is not listening to my friends about not getting the iPad. They are really missing out this technology. I love this thing and it is easier to use and a lot quicker to do just basic stuff.
     
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    The iPad is what the public wants. Not what the techies thinks the public wants.
     
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    I would add that pirates don't like it either because the iPad is restraining to the easiness of their doings.
     
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    I spent the first fifty years of my life without a mobile phone. I spent the first forty-five years of my life without personal access to the internet. Before this iPad purchase, the most significant technological breakthrough in my life has been the universal application of remote control to every TV in my house. It's exciting to see new technology brought to consumer use.....but in ten years (maybe less) this iPad, to those in grade school now, will be quaint.
     
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    I bet it isn't. It'll be a niche product. Just like the iPhone (c.2.6% of total mobile phone sales in 2009)

    Those Chitika Labs numbers are total nonsense.

    I'd love for tablets to take off. My business would benefit enormously, but I don't think they will. They just have too many physical limitations for the average punter.

    Many of the new features found in iPhones and iPads had to be added in order to make up for their physical limitations. Stuff like touchscreens, internal gyros, a simplified OS make up for the limitations of the form factor.

    I suspect the spread of the tablet will be stymied by the appearance of devices that will have all of these goodies included within a package that doesn't have the physical limitations of a tablet.

    Something with the dimensions/weight of an iPad, but with a keyboard/screen protector attached that swivels to allow the device to be used in tablet or 'laptop' mode. The guts will be below the keyboard putting the weight at the bottom so the machine will sit up. The screen will be backed with carbon to create a stiff yet wafer-thin unit. It'll have 10+ hours battery life and enough processing power to allow you to choose between running a mobile phone type OS or a full desktop OS.

    The next MacBook Air (hopefully)
     
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    gentlefury iPad Guru

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    Ummm, touch screens and accelerometers and the OS are not meant to counterbalance flaws in the design!! They are meant to enhance the user experience. That's like saying a mouse is just a fad meant to enhance the user experience due to limitations in a keyboard. Touch screen is the new mouse and in 10 years will be the standard.

    As for swiveltops they have been around for years and have never really done too well...the keyboard is no longer needed for casual use. Remember...iPad is a netbook replacement...not desktop.
     
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    I have done quite a bit of editing to keep it compact, but this is where I think the iPad is going to shine. I rely on my desktop to complete a lot of work, but that is only a part of what I use a computer for. I rarely use my radio or CD player at home, my computer or iPod does what I want. I watch movies and TV on my computers as much as on my 42" HDTV. Mainly because I find better shows on HULU classics. With internet and books on computers, there is little media that is not available on the iPad. Yes a movie is going to be nicer on the 42", music better through my surround sound, and a book is always a good feel in my hands. But I can do all these things from one device that is easy to use, and easy to take with me anywhere. If I am lounging under a tree, I can read a book. If I decide to check my e-mail or look up the price of anything, or take a nap listening to my favorite music, I do not have to get up to do so. The possibilities are endless and traveling just became more bearable.
     
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    Actually the Chitka Labs numbers aren't total nonsense. Remember when they announced OS 4.0? The numbers on that website said just over 600,000. What did Jobs say in the intro? Yup, 600,000 units sold.
     
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    Their methodology of estimating the number of iPads is much better than version 1.0. I would not bet the farm on it, but you can rest assurred that it is pretty close.
     
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    Ummm, touch screens and accelerometers and the OS are not meant to counterbalance flaws in the design!!

    That's not what I'm saying. It's not about design flaws. It's about physical limitations. Mobile phones are by definition small. You can't pack much in there right now (computing power, buttons, etc). So a touchscreen, accelerometer, simplified OS liberates the form factor. Allows it to do more.

    They are meant to enhance the user experience.

    Not just that. They make that small, pocketable device more useful.

    When you make the device bigger (and so potentially more capable) why burden it with the same physical handicaps?

    That's like saying a mouse is just a fad...

    I'm not saying that anything is a fad. I'm saying that technology developed to make devices with physical limitations (size) more useful can make devices without those physical limitations even more useful.

    ...meant to enhance the user experience due to limitations in a keyboard.

    That's exactly what a mouse does.

    Touch screen is the new mouse and in 10 years will be the standard.

    I agree. They make a great mouse/trackpad solution (did you ever see those pictures someone made of a theoretical MBP with an iPod touch screen with an image of what was on the mainscreen where the trackpad is today), but for at least 90% of the population they don't make very good keyboards. Yet.

    And a keyboard makes a great scratch protector for a computer screen.

    As for swiveltops they have been around for years and have never really done too well...

    You can say the same about tablets. But new tech and hype have given them a bit of a boost.

    The same tech, plus some new structural thinking can do the same for swiveling screens, and cater to the mass's desire for a keyboard/screen protector/something-to-prop-the-screen-up-with (and aversion to buying lots of extras)

    the keyboard is no longer needed for casual use.

    But it's the preferred text input device by most right now. And if it has those other functions. And you can have one, and still have a super-slim, super-light machine then why not.

    Remember...iPad is a netbook replacement...not desktop.

    What's the difference between a netbook and a desktop these days? To your average Windoze user, very little. And in a year or two?

    To us Mac users (7.5% of the laptop market by volume) the iPad is a big deal. Our laptops cost on average $1400 and are all slick and shiny. But to a Windoze user their laptops cost on average $569 (that figure doesn't include netbooks).

    Cheap, powerful, 10 hour battery life, super skinny Windoze convertibles are already starting to appear. And they're going to get skinnier.

    I just have a feeling the masses are going to want the deluxe tablet with the multi-purpose screen protector already attached (and included in the price).
     
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    They are I'm afraid. They reset the number significantly downwards whenever Apple announces a figure (they were reading 620,000 iPads sold when Apple announced 450,000 sold - and have revised their number downwards at least 3 times to my knowledge)

    I'm sure that whenever Apple hits the million they'll send out a press release.
     
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    Apple will not send out a press release when they hit a million because they will not know for certain for several days. The main thing is that the estimates are much better now than they had been.
     

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