Talkabouts: The Apple iPad Reveal

Posted: January 28, 2010
Talkabouts: The Apple iPad Reveal
Patrick and Andrew give their initial reactions to Apple's new tablet device, the iPad.

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  • AngelsandDemons

    In the Book of Eli, Eli could really have used one of these...oh, hold up..wait a minute....

    Posted: January 28, 2010 6:06 PM
  • incredibilistic

    Interesting review. The tone of segment changed a couple times from "this isn't all that great" to "this will be awesome" to "well, maybe it's not THAT great".

    What you guys failed to mention, however, was the book, newspaper and magazine reading market and how the iPad will ultimately bust up Kindle and Nook reader sales. Media outlets will find a way to make this device sing with rich media that will be exclusive the iPad. Most likely through an app like the New York Times.

    I imagine an app that allows you to watch a sporting event but see it from different angles using the iPad or other interactive content that will be "easier" to view on the iPad with different modes and views based on the orientation of the device.

    As for a camera: I can't imagine holding this thing up in front of my friends and taking pictures. And why does EVERYTHING have to have a camera? Shouldn't you buy a REAL camera if you want to take pictures?

    Posted: January 28, 2010 4:04 PM
  • Ressard

    I'm frustrated. Frustrated that this amazing company is consistently and consciously making these foolish decisions. Apple has created great technology. Their operating system is so fluid, it's almost "other wolrd-y". Yet they stay with a company (AT&T) that, in my opinion, is holding the company back. With the climate of the smart phone world being shaken up with Google steppin up to the plate with it's impressive Nexus One device and dominating the number 2 spot behind the iPhone with it's Android OS, you would think that Apple would hit harder with it's next outing. They DECIDED to not have a USB port ( I know you can by attachments to help tht out, but the interaction with the device has limitations and I shouldn't have to go get something to help my fancy new toy do something it should obviously already do out of box), they DECIDED not to have a camera, they DECIDED not to have Flash support, they DECIDED not to have GPS. Im using "DECIDED" bc to decide something you have to be aware of the options you have infront of you. Apple's been doin this way too long to not be aware of the things the iPad is lacking that it doesn't have to lack at all. Why do all of this when you know Google is gonna want one, too. And it'll have all of those things the iPad should have AND be rooted. Just how the Nexus One and Droid were what the iPhone should've been, the Google Tablet will be everything the iPad should have been as well. This "baiting" everyone along to buy each generation of a device, is like following a trail of bread crumbs to the thing you wanted in the first place. It's foolish on Apple's part to continue this trend when it's obvious that the game has been changed.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 3:39 PM
  • bash422

    Mr. Pike,


    The elderly aren't going use this device as much as one would hope because they do not adopt new technology as fast as the rest of the population. If the new device evolves over the years, I see the elderly start to adopt this new device, but they are one of the last segments of the adult population to do so. My granddad is still running Windows 98!

    Doctors can just as easily include all records on any laptop as they can with this new device. A lot of patient records are still done on paper so they can be shared easily with coworkers at that medical facility.

    In this economy, I don't see any company investing money in a new device for warehousing, especially 1st gen. How many companies out there actually use Apple computers instead of PC's besides ones focused designing, photography, graphics, etc.? Not many because they are not as affordable. I do not see this device having a real advantage over having this device over what is currently used.

    What can students do on this device that they can do on their parent's home PC or laptop? They cannot even view a flash movie on dissecting a frog or on the science of cloning! It is untapped because most parent's do not shell out that much cash at one time when their children can use what their parents have already. I seriously doubt their schoolbooks will be available to read on this device as well. Not all classrooms are like the ones shown in the Cisco commercials with the latest technology at their disposal.

    As the G4 guy Patrick Klepek said, there is not a need for this device as of yet. I'd consider buying it if the 2nd generation device has enough added features like 1080p, HDMI out, camera, GPS, flash support.

    I wish Apple would have just gone all out tablet device instead of a bigger ipod touch...

    Posted: January 28, 2010 3:21 PM
  • Reedo2000

    I think Apple is forward-thinking with the iPad, but I can't see how it will function in my everyday life. It may have a fast browser, but it has no flash support at the moment. It may be great to watch movies on, but can I watch any of my dvds and blu-rays? I completely agree with Andrew and Patrick about how the Apple developers will bring innovation to the iPad through new applications. But until that point, I feel no incentive to buy an iPad.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 2:56 PM
  • mcgrottys

    once this has flash and can play WoW ill get it but for now im just going to stick with an ipod touch
    also a lot of people are going to get this espically alot of girls in my school are just going to get itbecause they don't understand it like getting the ipod touch and new $300 phones that they don't use for anything that the extra 200-250 dollars were the just use them for texting and to call people and the same with macbooks they could have easily gotten a $500 laptop because all they do is surf the internet but the spen ove $1000 on a mac they only use for internet and not making movies or songs like they are supposed to.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 2:53 PM
  • Memu

    It is an iPod-big. ie., an "iPig".

    Posted: January 28, 2010 2:44 PM
  • EntropyMu

    What does this offer to people who already own a laptop and smart phone?

    Posted: January 28, 2010 2:30 PM
  • fatman2008

    I will most likely be interested by something or another in a generation or two.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:56 PM
  • davepyke

    Hi, And thanks for your input.

    What is not mentioned here is the fact that there are many people have a need for a product like this:
    The elderly, who may not know how to use a computer now can email, read books and play music.
    The medical community - for example, Doctors can now have one chart that they can check on all their patients. Doctors can update records on the fly and get the information passed on accordingly.
    Any company that does inventory, now it's a breeze with a "GOOD" tablet. Not some clunky device that is difficult to use.
    A great tool for students of all ages to use for their schoolbooks, homework assignments and projects. (This alone is a billion dollar untapped market)

    I appreciate all the things you guys (and I want) in a new product like this, and then there are those that can benefit greatly from the convenience of a lightweight tablet, with all the simplicity that is Apple.

    I still have my Mac and my iPhone, and don't plan to give those up any time soon. I'll just add a new member to the family!


    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:56 PM
  • vinny87

    I think it sets a nice table, (for the future), but I think I'll wait 2-3 years before I purchase the tablet. By then what we wanted it to be will probably be the reality.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:51 PM
  • TKEmysterio

    There doesn't seem to be anything revolutionary about this device. Not the soon to be here Microsoft Courier looks like it has potential:

    http://gizmodo.com/5365299/c ourier-first-details-of-micros ofts-secret-tablet

    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:39 PM
  • nvserg

    People want something simpler???? ITouch and IPhone already sold by millions, the people that want it already got it. How would this attract people that don t have ITouch nor IPhone? No flash, 16GB is a joke, no camera, I don t see how people would watch 720P on that at a coffee shop or do I see them doing it at home when they can watch it on their own TV. Too heavy to move around while playing games, and finally I could buy a nice i5 laptop with 500GB hard drive for $799 compared to the 64GB IPad. I hope they do OK, cause I would hate to see Apple start to lay people off.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:18 PM
  • DravenCross

    I will not purchase it, until Apple realizes they need to support flash

    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:13 PM