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kodos wrote:Tech nerds don't really seem to see the what the big deal about the iPad is. It's a computer, but it's an idiot proof computer. It's not for us. It's for people who don't like fiddling with things, but want something to surf the web with, check email on and use for Facebook. It is just an iPod Touch, but it's also large enough that it can be used as a computer for everything that 90% of the world uses a computer for. It's a completely closed computer, which is both somewhat frightening and somewhat interesting. Like it or not, I think this is the direction much of the industry will be moving in the next decade. Less open, more secure, almost impossible to f*** up.
I have no use for one, but it will be a big hit.
cprice12 wrote:They are also selling add-on mini-keyboards, which resemble a cell phone keypad where there are three letters on each key. How horrible would that be to write emails with?
No USB ports...no multi-tasking...no ethernet port...no flash support...no video out...no widescreen option for watching movies (WTF?)...no phone...no camera...no OSX (pretty much the iPhone OS without the phone)...high price tag.
Adobe on Flash and the iPad: 'Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices'
Adobe's been trying to get Flash on the iPhone with zero success since Steve Jobs first held the thing in the air in 2007, and it looks like the tension is only going to grow as the iPhone OS moves onto the iPad. We noticed that the iPad doesn't have Flash support almost immediately when Jobs was demoing the browser, and the Adobe Flash Platform blog picked right up on it, saying:It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers. Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple's DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers. And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web.
If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab -- not to mention the millions of other sites on the web -- I'll be out of luck.
Yep, that sounds about right -- and Adobe goes on to point out that the Open Screen Project is bringing Flash to all sorts of other devices. Considering the Nokia N900 runs Flash 9 extremely well on a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP 3 processor (and the Palm Pre, which uses the same chip, will be able to run Flash 10.1 when webOS 1.4 comes out) we don't see any reason other than politics that the iPad can't do it on that fancy new 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9-based A4 chip. Turns out people might think "the best way to experience the web" might involve a little Hulu, you know?
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