Discuss: Apple Tablet

October 2, 2009 at 12:16:25
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.9 GHz / 2812 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about how Apple's rumored tablet computer. Discuss here whether you think about this device, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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October 2, 2009 at 13:02:01
Oh my, back to the future once again.

Anyone remember the Apple Newton OS? Anyone ever own a Newton MessagePad? There are rumors out there that Apple hired back one of the original developers of the Apple Newton to work on the tablet. The Newton OS was pure technological genius at its best with its handwriting recognition and ability to run on a small form factor.

Sadly, the Apple Newton is a fine example of how not to design and bring a product to market. It was forward technology with as many features as the kitchen sink at a price-point only tech gadget freaks would pony up. So it never 'crossed the chasm' to penetrate the mainstream consumer as our erudite friend Geoffry Moore would probably agree. The Newton OS and its product line withered on the vine at the hands of Apple's then CEO, Gil Amelio. A savvy and small crew from the Newton team broke off and went to Palm. That group got the product right for the market by stripping out the bells and whistles and by launching the hugely successful Palm Pilot - may it rest in peace.

And now it seems that the mainstream market is ripe for such a product and Apple has successful experience in launching smaller form factor appliances (iPod and the like). And these days, consumers expect the bells and whistles.

Is Jobs upset that the Amazon Kindle is wildly successful when Apple had the technology decades ago? He should be.

Would it cost more than the inevitable copy-cat clunky knock-offs from Korea? Probably.

Would I attempt to read 'War and Peace' on it? Probably not. That piece by Tolstoy is a bit long-winded and would fry my eyes out reading it on an electronic form factor.

Do I need a tablet appliance? Nope. Nobody really needs an electronic tablet if they already have either a desktop or laptop (or pen and paper for that matter).

I saw some artistic mockups of what the Apple Tablet could look like. If the product turns out to be similar to what I've seen, then it's quite slick and I want one.

I also want an Aston Martin.

Doesn't mean I could afford one or would go out and get one.

But one can dream, perchance...

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October 2, 2009 at 13:40:11
"Would you get an Apple Tablet Computer $900 iPhone?"

Nope. Apple blows. :-)

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October 2, 2009 at 18:36:30
Great ... we get another avalanche of noun, verb, incredible ... noun, verb, amazing ... noun, verb, awesome conference speeches all over again.

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January 28, 2010 at 08:52:54
Kudos to Apple. Me likey.

Oh Apple iPad...shiny object...so mesmerizing and sweet...

I was reading Tom's Guide coverage on it (I subscribe to the newsletter) and found this picture quite appealing:

This photo is compelling--it captures the geek love for this new generation...a symbolic and a true nod to the zealots and new generation (iPod and new generation Trekkie fans) that sprung from an old story (Newton OS and the original Star Trek fans).

Ok, now that the tablet is out of the bag, I have to say that the pricing is not as bad as one would think...it could have been worse. See pricing:

As for the lack of browser support for Flash, that's downright annoying. If you own an iPhone and tried browsing a website that has Flash, you'll understand why that's annoying...you can't see anything. This has happened to me many times when I needed to lookup on the iPhone store hours or an address to a site that was in Flash. So if you were on the go and needed some quick info from a Flash-based website, you're hosed. See here:

All of the optional attachments (e.g. keyboard) are so reminiscent of the Apple Newton OS approach. But this is so much more evolved and relevant. Yes, at last, there is redemption for Apple for the failed Newton product line. The albatross is off from Steve Job's neck (yep, this was an intentional nod to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

I predict that it and the copy-cat knock-offs will quickly become as ubiquitous in the consumer space as cell phones once the price drops.

I heard on national news that Steve called this his most important life's work. The cynic in me says, "That might be an overstatement in his effort to obtain coverage for the iPad Tablet." But in many ways, it's understandable why he may actually believe that it is his opus magnum. He's a man who has defined innovation in technology, music and communication. And this device marries all three revolutionized areas that arguably improves mankind's condition and is an important legacy in the history of technology from a man who has thus far beaten the odds from pancreatic cancer and resurrected his company once more.

Pity the product name, iPad, sounds more like a product that competes with Kotex, Always and Carefree. Doh!

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January 28, 2010 at 14:13:04
The device is not bad & I'm sure its captivating to many, especially, to folks that already use the iPhone & iTouch extensively & possibly some ambivalent Kindle users. Personally, it's not for me & I won't criticize the device, but I don't know if I dogmatically agree with Jobs' declaration:

"What this device does is extraordinary. You can browse the web with it. It is the best browsing experience you’ve ever had. It’s phenomenal, to see a whole web page right in front of you, that you can manipulate with your fingers. It's unbelievably great. Way better than a laptop. Way better than a smartphone … And again, to see the whole web page is phenomenal. To be right there holding the Internet in your hands. It's an incredible experience ... a keyboard pops up that's almost life-size, it’s a dream to type on."

Regardless, one thing I like about Apple is: They know how to put their exclusivity & "brand" capital to maximum use when designing devices. Consequently, average = good ... good = great & great = unparalleled brilliance, if Steve Jobs is behind it.

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