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Instead of constant media consumption devices, we need more ways to interact with the world. I see the benefits of social media, twitter, and portable computing, but we're not quite there yet. Maybe this new iPad will get us closer, because we aren't there yet. This is not coming from some jealous guy wishing he had an iPad, I've had both the first and second iterations of this device and enjoyed them to a degree, but I'm realizing the limitations more and more. It also scares me to see so many computer developers failing to innovate and just emulating the iPad, thinking the tablet is the personal computer replacement when it's really just not there yet.

The iPad's popularity makes sense in many respects. It finally offers a way to do computer-like things in a way that feels like you're not using a computer. It's kind of fun to peck away at a screen rather than have to open up a big laptop, but in reality, the whole thing is so limited - even still. Yes, many argue you can keyboard attachments and countless other accessories, but by then why didn't you just get a laptop - notably an ultrabook, or just some slim laptop? The iPad 3 is exciting people because of a higher pixel density screen and a faster processor. Frankly, its graphics are already fantastic, the screen looks great. This is not what iPad needs. It needs options to actually be more useful.

I worry that we are becoming a society of numb, Angry Bird flinging consumers more than dynamic contributors to the internet. Same goes for Twitter. While it's ability to topple regimes came as an unexpected and incredible surprise, the current world of social media still lacks so much. Who would think a goofy name like Twitter could be the driving force behind such powerful political revolutions?

We need to enter an era where instead of just taking in mass information, we learn to dissect and get the info we need. We need true simplicity and the devices need to reflect that. If the tablet is going to revolutionize computing it will need to do the following:

a) Revise the software to be more robust. This idea of needing little apps for what should just be web sites is getting old. Millions of apps that you pay for that should technically just be web sites. Well played by the media companies. Get someone to pay money to get to use your web site. Ridiculous.

b) Better data input. Maybe the stylus will make its great comeback. I hope tablets in the near future have integrated detachable keyboards that are really well integrated. Right now, most of them are pretty clumsy. The biggest innovation the iPad 2 came out with was a magnetic cover. Not exactly the mind-boggling step forward we needed for these devices to truly offer new opportunities in productivity. Looks prettier, but... So what? That thing fails to clean your screen by the way. Ooh microfiber!

c) True integration with various devices. While I know people want to move beyond USB ports and move into full-on cloud computing, these devices can't compete as real business machines unless they gradually move out with the old and in with the new. iPads and their complete lack of ability to integrate with USB devices is incredibly limiting. You film a spectacular movie on  your HD camera, not some goofy camera on the back of the iPad and you have no way to transfer it easily. In an ideal world your camera can get online and transfer the data, but until we get there these devices should increase their popularity and usefulness by not being afraid to integrate backward compatibility. That was the case as we weened off the floppies, and it is the case for computers as we ween off CDs. Same with WiFi. Good laptops tend to still let you connect directly, even though technically, WiFi is better. But you'd surprised how you sometimes find yourself in need of old tech. Traveling around Tokyo, Japan, last year, I was shocked to see how little WiFi was available. The hotels kept having old-school plug-in connections. This could be different, a year in the tech world is enormous though.

d) Better shelf life. You buy a device only to find it obsolete months later. For the sake of loyal customers shelling out hundreds of dollars, businesses like Apple should make sure not to abandon previous customers in its drive to sell the next product line.

All in all, when I look at these things, I love the entertainment component, I see why tablets are fun time-wasters and a bit more engaging than just staring at a little smartphone screen, but when it comes to making the leap from toy to revolutionary device we're not there yet.

Surely, the devices will better, but it might get worse before it gets better. Too many of us are drooling over, idolizing the beauty of iPads and convincing ourselves these things are making our lives better when in reality, they're doing nothing but making us into zombies. I believe citizens of the world deserve better tech that gives them more credit. Given what we have look at the incredible uses people have found through mobile computing, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Wikipedia, YouTube. It's just time the tech companies catch up to the demands of the people instead of trying to turn us into nothing but movie-buying blobs. iTunes is still trying to get you to pay $1 or more per song in a world where you can get Spotify - unlimited music and just flat monthly rate. These big companies are playing us for fools.

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    by mattsky on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 01:41:50 AM PST

  •  I don't entirely disagree, but... (6+ / 0-)

    ...I don't entirely agree, either. I use my iPad in my work - I work outside as a vendor in Central Florida. It's lighter and more easily portable than a laptop, and allows me to keep tabs on the weather (very important here, especially with the summertime afternoon thunderstorms) as well as track my inventory and sales in real-time. I don't agree that "most" of the Apps are just glorified web sites. Numbers and Pages, just to give two examples, are full-blown applications that just a few years ago would have cost $100 for a desktop computer. On the iPad - $10 each. I've also found some pretty sophisticated paint, CAD and mapping Apps, and I have an excellent GPS Navigation App that eliminates the need to shell out money for a Garmin or Tom-Tom in our family's two cars.

    As for accessories, when I'm working outside, I usually just use the on-screen keyboard, but I don't see how you can describe the Apple Wireless Keyboard as "clumsy."

    That said, I agree on two counts - USB connectivity and backwards compatibility. I would love to be able to connect my iPad to an external hard drive to immediately export or import photos, spreadsheets or word processing files. Also, I have an iPad 1, and the main reason I'm considering the 3rd generation model (I skipped the second) is that my iPad is now noticeably slower on iOS5.1 - but then, that's the idea, isn't it? They stay in business by nudging you into buying the new models.

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:03:45 AM PST

    •  I was really frustrated with my Ipad at first (1+ / 0-)
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      But I found this great app that solves a lot of the issues.
      It is called awesome reader.
       It has a manage file wich allows me to upload download and stream with any server. It streams and plays avi mkv mp4 from my nas without conversion, I can read pdf, mobi, ebup ebooks directly with its reader or choose to open them with another app on my ipad.  

  •  This is the reason why I don't have an iPad. (0+ / 0-)
    iPads and their complete lack of ability to integrate with USB devices is incredibly limiting.
    I have an Android based tablet with a USB port. I can carry it in my handbag, create files, copy them to my removable storage through the USB port, then from the removable device to my laptop.

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    by Kimball Cross on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:31:19 AM PST

    •  um, wrong. (0+ / 0-)

      You use an adaptor. I agree a USB slot would be an improvement but it definitely has USB, microUSB, HDMI and VGA connectivity.

      The Apple docking connector is actually very versatile since the bandwidth exceeds the above. Some people argue Apple should ditch it and add multiple USBs but I think retaining it for universal connectivity with adaptors and adding a microUSB port would be more flexible.

      Pads are not notebook PCs. How most people use them is different. But people who want lots of connectors and slots have other choices, although I might question how long some of the competitors will last with the meager profits they have to work with given the lack of an ecosystem, an advantage Apple, Amazon and Barnes and Noble enjoy and is their greatest advantage.

      So for a non-Apple tablet I'd probably chose Samsung Galaxy, which has some great features and is a big enough company to sell it as a loss leader. Or maybe Zoom, if Google does not kill it. Or Sony, if it gets back on it's feet (the Experia smartphones are pretty nice and a 7" tablet based on this line might be nice).

      Others make some nice pads, but I just don't see them lasting in the market.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 04:12:27 PM PST

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  •  Well since (0+ / 0-)

    I am about to Purchase the iPad 3 to replace my Powerbook that has become a door stop more than a computer. We shall see how it goes. Fortunately I also have a desk top that I do most of my work.

    And since the iPad will hook directly to your Mac or PC via a USB I am not sure what the issue is with lack of USB connectivity, but I will see shortly whether I find it a problem.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:40:26 AM PST

  •  the ipad isn't a good tablet, get a better one (0+ / 0-)

    I have an ASUS eee transformer prime.

    It has a micro SD reader and HDMI out built into the tablet itself.  Unlike the ipad2 it has a quadcore proc rather than a dual core.  It also has a fithcore to keep battery life going strong and another for nvidia graphics.  The amount of 3d it can push is vastly better than anything else out there.  It comes with double the amount of memory as well

    It also has a keyboard that makes sense.  It's not aftermarket it was built as part of the plan with it.  This adds in another card reader for full sized SD, a USB port, and a second battery that takes battery life up to 18 hours.

    As for "old school plug ins" I take it you mean ethernet.  Fun fact, wireless sucks, it blows.  It' slow as hell and it's not secure at all.  Ethernet is much faster and more secure.  That's just the reality of things.  

    Here is the problem with your issues.  It's a matter of physics.  Laptops, even the fastest ones, are no where near in the same class of power as the fastest desktops.  Likewise, the fastest thin and light laptops are nowhere near in the same class as the heaviest laptops that get no battery life.

    This holds true for everything.

    Tablets did exist before the ipad, and with more functionality.  They didn't take off all that well.  Because what people wanted, was a media consumption device.  Something they could sit on the subway and read from, or sit on their couch and browse the net while they watched their TV.

    Also higher functionality, though fatter, largerly, and uglier, industrial tablets have been around and in use for ages.  And they are for people that get things done, not waste time on facebook.  But these are items that cost a few thousand dollars and are typically used by military types.

    "Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools."

    by overclocking on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:56:06 AM PST

  •  You completely miss the point (14+ / 0-)

    the iPad does not replace the computer. The iPad replaces the notebook, the pen, the briefcase, and more. I've been trying to go paperless since 1992, when I bought my first notebook computer. I'm there now, because of the iPad. Just to give you an idea how paperless, I conducted two expert depositions, out of town, covering more than 100 different hospital patient charts and billing records, over a dozen peer reviewed articles, several other expert opinions and more, all with the iPad. On paper, that would have taken at least 20 bankers boxes of paper.

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    by dhonig on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:59:50 AM PST

    •  Egg.Zack.Lee. (9+ / 0-)

      I use the Pulse app to aggregate news feeds. I use the Evernote app to take notes that I can later email to myself or just grab from the web interface on any computer.

      I have also used it to give presentations - the backlit screen is perfect for low-lighting situations where it's hard to read notes.

      It's way easier on my aging eyes than my iPhone when I'm reading in bed before turning in and don't want to lug my laptop around.

      YouTube videos are amazing on the iPad.

      I love mine and don't see it as making me dumber at all. In fact, it makes me more efficient and allows me to scan a LOT of information quickly and efficiently.

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      -- Dr. Peter Venkman


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      by Eclectablog on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:10:47 AM PST

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      •  His gripe seems to be.... (0+ / 0-)

        That the ipad isn't all that good at content creation or human interaction, and that it's focus is on content consumption.  Which is a point and valid.  Outside of an opening to buy movies, songs, and other items, there isn't a single thing the ipad or other tablets do that a laptop or a desktop doesn't do better.  I've got the fastest tablet out there, transformer prime, by a mile and it's still leaps slower than my work laptop which is an HP designed for autocad and goes for about 6k once upgraded fully.  Which again is a mere toy compared to the dual hex core, 48gb of memory desktop that I'm typing from right now.

        But the thing is there is no way to fit the power of the larger machines into the smaller ones.

        The best way to think of the ipad and most tablets are just a screen you can carry around, that's it!

        I don't get the griping about games and movies though.  I like games and movies.  I play games at home all the time.  I've got a few emulators and some games loaded on my tablet.  I've also pulled in a lot of movies via an SD card.

        It's nice on the plane and it's nice on the subway.  And with HDMI out, it's great on the hotel TV.

        "Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools."

        by overclocking on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:32:19 AM PST

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        •  You wanna meet me atop Mt. Whitney with (0+ / 0-)

          your desktop or laptop and tell me that there's nothing that my tablet doesn't do better than them? Let's get serious, taking information and computing power anywhere (above water) is a huge plus.

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:44:20 AM PST

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          •  True that (1+ / 0-)
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            Try typing on a laptop on a crowded commuter train. It's an exercise in either frustrating yourself or annoying your fellow travelers. With an iPad, it's a trivial task.

            "Given the fact of servitude, the feudal relationship is the only tolerable one." (George Orwell)

            by sagesource on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:47:22 AM PST

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  •  Our iPad 1 is so indispensable that… (2+ / 0-)
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    we will probably get a second when the 3 comes out. Beats toting a laptop around everywhere, it holds our books, we're artists and it sports our portfolios and records, keeps us connected to the world without having to strain our eyes on the phone, syncs via iCloud to the computer at home, scrabble (not a dumb-down game), has other games for keeping kids entertained - books for reading - etc. when they're stuck with a bunch of us older folks, increased interaction between kids and adults, and I could go on and on if I didn't have to grab it and get out of the house right now.

    Without heroes we are all losers with nothing to aspire to.

    by qua on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:25:38 AM PST

  •  The human mind was not created to store its (0+ / 0-)

    information in "the cloud".   The iPad does make us dumber.

    Living proof that hard work can raise your apparent skill level.

    by SpamNunn on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:34:33 AM PST

    •  This incomprehensible comment.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....proves its own negative. What on earth does it mean?

      "Given the fact of servitude, the feudal relationship is the only tolerable one." (George Orwell)

      by sagesource on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:48:48 AM PST

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      •  Google it, genius. (0+ / 0-)

        Simple version:   Today, virtually no one obtains a classical education, where you gain knowledge in diverse areas, which you can draw upon to form a rational thought without resorting to looking it up on the Internet.  

        Today, people keep that kind of diverse knowledge in "the cloud", not in their brains or in their personal libraries.   We are becoming empty headed idiots, who will be totally effed if the Internet ever goes down.  

        I am ready for the Apocalypse, baby.  My mind is keen, my survival skills are sharp, my ammo cans are full and I have enough supplies laid in to last until the next harvest.  

        Living proof that hard work can raise your apparent skill level.

        by SpamNunn on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:52:05 AM PST

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        •  iPads are huge in schools (0+ / 0-)

          And a great educational tool. This is probably the largest non-consumer market of the device and makes great sense because   e-textbooks and learning games can be distributed and updated   in a flash.

          My 4 y/o used to hog the iPhone until we got a iPad which she now pretty much owns.

          BTW, numerous companies that are adopting iPads for work use are doing so exactly because so much knowledge can be stored in the cloud and managed better there than with physical documents.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:14:34 PM PST

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  •  Completely disagree about these things becoming (2+ / 0-)
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    obsolete. They only become obsolete if you buy into the premise that you must have the newest bestus device out there and replace a perfectly device you already have.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:53:03 AM PST

  •  I avoid Apple products and most tablets (0+ / 0-)

    for many of the reasons you stated. My brother just gave me a gift certificate for an iPad 3 the other day and I said I'd rather have something else, either a smaller android tablet or a netbook.

    That said...I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy player 5, which bypasses many of Apple tablets limitations. For what I use it for it is wonderful - a toy par excellence. The 5" screen is big enough to read and manipulate with ease, yet small and light enough to carry around everywhere. I actually programmed apps for the iTouch so have a lot of familiarity with it and the Galaxy Player blows it away, imo.

    What I use it for is reading books using my (free) Kindle app (very readable), playing a wide assortment of podcasts - including most of the leftwing programs out there :), listening to music and talkshows from around the globe, playing my CDs and videos stored on a 32GB microdisc, looking at my photo albums, recording lectures, watching Youtube, using GPS, and checking my email, calendar, and to-do list. Pretty impressive functionality for a such a small device. All apps I'm using were free, except for one which I paid $2 for.

    I don't see the advantage of websites over apps, esp since the Android apps are FREE versus Apple where everything is precious and proprietary. Also, The web browsing is my least favorite usage, given that the screen is only 5" and  it redirects most of the time to the awful "mobile" sites.

    When it comes to Apple products, it's best to be approach them with a high degree of skepticism, as the marketing never matches the hype - similar to Obama. Steve Jobs and Obama are in the same Reagan generation and reflect the same precious image-conciousness and marketing orientation...content is always a distant second.

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    Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
    Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

    by Sanctimonious on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:54:01 AM PST

    •  Living up to the screen name, eh? (1+ / 0-)
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      Just don't think it's original or anything, please. There have been anti-Apple snobs around since 1984. Popularity doesn't just produce people who are dumb enough to buy products for their popularity. It also produces people who are dumb enough to avoid products because of their popularity, and, er, sanctimonious enough to expect a pat on the head for it.

      "Given the fact of servitude, the feudal relationship is the only tolerable one." (George Orwell)

      by sagesource on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:52:06 AM PST

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    •  There are thousands upon thousands (1+ / 0-)
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      koNko

      of free apps for the iPad including Kindle and ibooks. I use both. I also have about 20 gigs of music on my ipad, none of which I purchased from Apple via iTunes. All the stuff that you mentioned can be done on the ipad without paying for apps (I don't use GPS, so that may be the exception).
      Are there some things the iPad could be better at? Yes. A smaller version would be great, though I would have no use for it. The thing is, when I got my iPad there really was no other options. Competition is good for all of us, keeps these companies on their toes.

    •  Interesting... (0+ / 0-)
      What I use it for is reading books using my (free) Kindle app (very readable), playing a wide assortment of podcasts - including most of the leftwing programs out there :), listening to music and talkshows from around the globe, playing my CDs and videos stored on a 32GB microdisc, looking at my photo albums, recording lectures, watching Youtube, using GPS, and checking my email, calendar, and to-do list. Pretty impressive functionality for a such a small device. All apps I'm using were free, except for one which I paid $2 for.

      I don't see the advantage of websites over apps, esp since the Android apps are FREE versus Apple where everything is precious and proprietary. Also, The web browsing is my least favorite usage, given that the screen is only 5" and  it redirects most of the time to the awful "mobile" sites.

      This sounds like a great argument in favor of an iPad. I do all this and more on a larger screen. Most of my apps to do what you list here were free. Pretty impressive for a device I slip into the inside pocket of my jacket!And I agree about those "mobile sites" although reading websites is not to bad using the old two finger zoom to look at the details!
  •  What I fear most (3+ / 0-)
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    is that I follow my father into the dark hell of Alzheimer's.

    I try to find new ways to exercise my brain every day, and my iPad has been part of that quest. While I spend most of the day on a conventional laptop, the alternative user interface on the iPad (finger driven, rather than mouse) and my ability to read news, find information, and contribute to political discourse at a moment's notice make this my favorite gadget.

    I don't use it for games other than a few involving music, but have downloaded and read books, uploaded photos and reference materials, access e-mail, and keep myself entertained on long flights.

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 06:00:42 AM PST

  •  I think the diarist is longing for punch cards and (1+ / 0-)
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    paper tape, ASR-33's (teletypes), JCL cards, fan-fold paper, and 4 AM spontaneous rubber band fights.

    Because content creation (before the video terminal, much less the laptop!) was so much easier back then.

    Cry me a f'ing river.  I've been programming for almost 40 years.

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    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:37:06 AM PST

  •  There is proof iPads improve reading comprehension (0+ / 0-)

    not just the ability to read, but also the ability to understand what kids read.

    And shortens the time it takes to do so.

    So while I may beat them up from time to time, the evidence suggest it aids in learning.

  •  Uh, social media and twits and all that are only (0+ / 0-)

    one side of the coin, and only for those who are into that crap. I have a tablet - a Xoom. Why? I wanted a color e-reader that would also have computing power. As the aps and resources improve, so does its functionality.

    I have two bird references that are interactive with sound, much more than a paper based or e-reader resource. I have google sky which will serve as star charts and a planetarium. I also have google-maps and google-earth and they read from the built-in GPS, as does google-sky to get accurate location information. I am accumulating references on other matters as good ones come out. I can carry the equivalent of 40 pounds of travel guides for country x (or state or county x) when I travel. I have light reading and general references and some games and amusements as well as roughly 16 gigs of music.

    This is all without connectivity. I don't need no steenkin' web sites. This is good, because out in the CA desert or up in the Sierras connectivity is pretty iffy, no matter who your provider is. The same holds true for parts of other states and nations. If I have a connection, then so much the better, but I don't need it.

    What I have isn't some mobile web browser, I have a general purpose tool. This is what computers started out as, general computational and data processing machines, updated to be portable, to contain libraries, and to allow but not require on-line search and retrieval.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:40:45 AM PST

  •  This diary is an opinion piece (1+ / 0-)
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    which is fine, but the writer does not back up his assertion with fact. Just what research shows that ipads are making us dumber? None that I have found.

    i have an ipad. Not a 3g but a wireless iPad2. I am a graduate student and have over 400 journal articles stored on it.

    i use dropbox( flawlessly with gigs of photos and documents that I share with collegues all over the country) photobucket, GoodReader is essential for my lit review, I do mindmapping for research concept design, I watch Netflix movies and entertain myself with music and games.

    Apps are not like little "websites". Indeed most of my frequently used apps I would pay 5 times more than I did and call it a bargain. $2 for a robust pdf reader which allows me to annotate, collborate, sort and organize hundreds of docs is  a steal.

    Many apps work off line (most of my ipad time is offline).
    A "miniwebsite" would be useless to me.

    An external keyboard would be too bulky and awkward (I don't use one). i have many apps i can share between my laptop, desktop and iPad. i seamlessly go from my PC at work ,my Apple laptop and my iPad with no hitch or slowdown. I will be conducting field research  using surveys on the iPad. I used it as a camera to document damage to archeological sites.

    An iPad is not a computer, It supplements a computer. heck, i'm entering this comment on my iPad.

    i've had my iPad a little over 8 months and am thrilled with it.

    •  one last anecdote... (0+ / 0-)

      i took my iPad out in the field. Stuffed it into the back of my waist band, climbed up some remote slickrock canyons, boated aroung Lake Powell, climbed in and out of kivas and archeo sites, got back to town, took 5 minutes of prep time and before I could get teh dust off my jeans was in a conference room giving a slideshow to management types....all using just my iPad and my fingers. No wires, no USB, no external anything. knocked their socks off. Now there is the value in a quality tablet...:)

  •  Different tools (1+ / 0-)
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    are needed to do different things. Different people use their computers for different purposes. Even when the uses overlap, everyone has different preferences and priorities. This should be unremarkable.

    In a personal vein, if I had the money, I'd have a desktop and a tablet. I don't, so I have a laptop which feels like an uneasy compromise, so much so that I'm toying with the idea of ditching it and going back to using a desktop. I almost certainly won't be able to afford both that and a tablet. If I have extra money, I'll go for a dual screen setup.

    In any case, I think it's good to reflect from time to time about how our tools affect our work. That applies to all tools, not just electronic ones.

  •  paying for content (2+ / 0-)
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    soundfreak, koNko

    I think one of the greatest challenges facing internet users is the preference for free content. I can't imagine the challenge of software producers, trying to make a profit, while producing actual productivity software. Everyone wants free content.

    We're going to have to become willing to pay for the content we want. Once we overcome this hurdle, I expect the tablets and other devices to become far more useful.

    •  Pad/Phone apps (0+ / 0-)

      Are very reasonably priced. The business model is based on the huge user base of phones and pads and most developers are small businesses or even individuals. Question is if they will get pushed out of the market as more large firm focus development on this segment. 99 cents for an app or book? Cheap.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:20:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I completely disagree (0+ / 0-)

    iPads are a great educational and working tool and the adoption rate for knowledge based uses are the largest non-retail growth segment.  Schools love them because they solve many problems related to access to, distribution of and maintenance of knowledge, and also enable teachers to individualize for students more.

    And as I have found, it's a great working tool. Since introducing them to our lab last year productivity has increased and working satisfaction improved because we don't have to run back to the cubicles as often since they are highly portable.

    Use the right tool for the right job: our environment is a mix of smart-hones, pads, notebooks (including paper) desktops and Linux based blade servers.

    BTW, my daughter started playing with smartphone apps before she was 3 and pretty much owns the iPad in our house. Some of the Chinese educational apps are really great and I assume the same is true elsewhere. Pads are great for small hands and old hands.

    As the market matures and there are more pads available, I think this technology will rapidly improve and become more dominant than PCs (although PCs will also continue to grow).

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:37:44 PM PST

  •  Time for an update? (0+ / 0-)

    iPad / iWork / iLearn.  Kool.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 03:51:58 PM PST

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