News Apple Announces iPad

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  1. fitz

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    I'm sure there will be plenty more info later as it develops..

    Source: ArsTechnica.com

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    ArsTechnica Hands-on first impressions
    edit: and Apple's product page is now live

    Apple - iPad - The best way to experience the web, email, & photos
     
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  2. fitz

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    Pricing and availability is out
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    Wi-Fi models shipping in 60 days
    3G models shipping in 90 days

    3G service plans through AT&T
    No contracts required
    $14.99 for 250MB/month
    $29.99 for unlimited
    Free use of AT&T hotspots
     
  3. Bman

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    I think the prices are ridiculous. And even the device, why is it so amazing?
     
  4. fitz

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    The $499 Price point is the same as the Crunchpad/JooJoo fiasco for what looks like a much sleeker device and closer availability.

    Will be interesting to see where the HP Slate comes in around price wise.

    Pricing wise, you can't really price it at the same price point as an iPhone and you can't get too close to the macBooks.. i think they priced it where they could
     
  5. Electronic Punk

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    Will wait for the iPad Nano.
     
  6. Admiral Michael

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    So it's just an oversized iPod touch with the option for 3G?
     
  7. Jewelzz

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    Whatever it is it's too pricey for me. You shouldn't have to pay a mobile provider for service or for a data plan. You should be able to just hook it up to your existing ISP.
     
  8. fitz

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    Jewelzz, it does do Wi-Fi which could be used on any home Wi-Fi ISP connection, as well as various Wi-Fi hotspots.. also, it is technically, unlocked 3G so you dont' necessarily HAVE to use AT&T.. just need a 3G provider that uses micro-SIM cards and supports the the 850, 1900, 2100 MHz frequencies that the iPad supports.

    All this being said, I agree that it is probably something I won't really be looking to purchase anytime soon. The iBook was actually fairly slick from what I saw and the fact that they ported iWork over was a bit of a surprise for me.. but, nothing that I really want to be buying right now.
     
  9. American Zombie

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    I think it is too big and people will not want it.
     

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  10. fitz

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    It's smaller (length/width wise) than a piece of paper.. ~7.5" x 9.5"

    I don't think it's too big really.. (obviously your opinion is different :) )

    Technical Specs
    I do kind of agree with Adm. Michael - it's basically an oversized Touch in a lot of ways with some added capability. I would have liked to have seen something that blends more computer into the iPod/Touch form
     
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    Theres nothing bad about the iPad (not really)

    But theres nothing great about it either. Theres no reason to buy it over a laptop for the same price
     
  13. Khayman

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    Thats an iPod Touch
     
  14. Jewelzz

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    Yah, realized after I said that, that it's WiFi capable and you don't need to use AT&T or other cell service to use it.

    The name is bad. They could have come up with something that doesn't remind you of a sanitary napkin :dead:

    I'll take a MacBook Air over the iPad any day.
     
  15. Perris Calderon

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    I have it;

    i-laptop!

    I have no idea what this i-maxiphone does besides have a kewl accelerometer
     
  16. Jewelzz

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    Not a phone perris
     
  17. American Zombie

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    All I know is at this moment if I had to choose between the iPad and a netbook I would choose the netbook.

    At least a netbook has ports you can use without an adapter...iPad even needs an adapter to plug in USB items.
     
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    I want to play with it a little bit before I decide .. It has a resolution of 1024x768, and there is a full keyboard dock for it; as well as touch keyboard. So technically, it is a netbook ...
     
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    It's an iPhone for old people like me who can't see the display or work the buttons on the tiny iPhone.

    Of course oldfarts like me won't waste $700 dollars to replace a $200 netbook, $20 cell phone.

    Which means it should be a great success.
     
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