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Posted 05 April 2010 - 02:11 PM


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Posted 05 April 2010 - 02:36 PM

whats an ipad :P? if i had $500 id rather spend it on something a little more useful like the slate.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 02:49 PM

whats an ipad :P? if i had $500 id rather spend it on something a little more useful like the slate.

:withstupid: Now if it had a slide out keyboard..... Oh wait you can connect one to one of the available USB ports.... Silly apple.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 03:49 PM

whats an ipad :P? if i had $500 id rather spend it on something a little more useful like the slate.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:17 PM

The Ipad = downgraded version of my Iphone with a big screen lol.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:19 PM

If i was in the market for something like an ipad, I'd get the slate even if it didn't have USB ports, Etc just because its not made by apple

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:36 PM

the slate looks like a really cool device actually. I would probably buy that before i bought a laptop/netbook

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 06:07 PM

I like it!

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 06:31 PM

"Useful" means different things to different people.

+1 I agree.

I used to bash apple all the time, I still do on occasion when it is warranted.

The iPad is what it is, overlooking no flash support it will do what 75+% of the population wants to do on a computer.

That being said there are some issues that aren't very good. (that a lot of tablets suffer from)

  • It's Awkward
    You can't carry it on your hip like a phone, so it presents the same portability issues as any laptop - you'll need a case of some sort to protect it and carry the power cable. Even around the house, there's no simple way to carry the iPad. It's too thin, heavy, slippery and expensive to put under your arm. Several of our testers were seen carrying it like a dinner tray, as a butler would, to go from the kitchen table to the couch. Portability, shmortability.
  • It's slippery
    We might ignore the awkward size and weight, but the iPad is also slippery, and its aluminum back is ever-so-slightly slightly concave. You feel as though it'd slip right out if you try to hold it under your arm. And on the kitchen counter, it slides and twirls as you try to type or swipe the screen (required for navigating). It needs rubber feet, but of course then it won't be near as cool.
  • The screen has too much glare
    The iPad has the same glossy screen as Apple's Macbook Pro laptops and iMac desktops. Unless you're reading in a very dim room, the glare will be noticeable and can be distracting. Outdoors, even in the shade, the glare is really annoying.
  • It's heavy
    To be sure, at 1.5 pounds and with all this functionality, the iPad is an impressive feat of engineering. But it's simply not light enough (a Kindle ebook reader is about 10 ounces) and that heft adds to the awkwardness. Holding the iPad in one hand for more than a few minutes to watch a movie or read an ebook results in tired wrists. Even holding it with two hands to read an ebook is tiring. Reading an ebook on a smartphone is ergonomically much more practical.
  • It does not multitask
    The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPhone, and as a result has all of the iPhone's limitations. The most obvious of these is the inability to multitask - or do multiple things simultaneously. The iPad can't run more than one app at a time (with the exception of a few Apple apps, such as iPod, the iPad's music playing app). While this is may be acceptable in a smartphone, it's a major handicap in a device that Apple expects people to spend hours at a time on.
  • The virtual keyboard stinks
    While the virtual keyboard on the iPad is much larger than the iPhone, it's still awkward to type on glass. Even those who've used tiny, cramped netbook keyboards will be disappointed by the lack of real keys and likely reduced to one-finger typing. The iPad can be paired with a physical keyboard, but even this is awkward, because the actions normally done with a mouse or a trackpad on a desktop or laptop have to be done with your finger on the iPad.
  • There's no USB port
    The lack of even one USB port - the universal means of connecting just about everything these days - means you can't connect the device to a printer or other computer peripherals, such as an external hard drive. The iPad can be connected to cameras, but it requires the purchase of a separate accessory from Apple.
  • iPhone-only apps look horrible
    Apple boasts that many of the 150,000 apps already available on the iPhone will also work on the iPad. What the company doesn't tell you is that when enlarged to fit on the iPad's screen, these iPhone apps look horrible, with images and text very pixelated. For this reason, many people will opt to buy apps that are made specifically for the iPad, which tend to be more expensive than their iPhone counterparts.
  • The price is just too high
    $499 is just the beginning, that gets you a low-memory model that will fill up too quickly for anyone with a big music library and/or an appetite for video. Toss in ample memory and a 2-year warranty at Best Buy, and you're out about $1,000. Given the iPad's weight, awkwardness and slipperiness, we think the warranty is smart.


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:35 AM

If I had 500 to spend I would buy the Hp mini 311 with a Atom 280 and overclock it and put 2-3 gb of drr3 in it.