I've been reading through this thread and it baffles me that people keep calling it either a 'netbook' or 'e-reader'.
It isn't either of these things, and is not supposed to replace either of them, or a laptop. You need to look at what is designed to do, and more
importantly who for.
I have a main mac about 6 foot away from my sofa, and also a small 13" laptop for work when I'm traveling. However if I want to quickly look
something up, or check my emails it's much easier to do it on my iphone than wait for the laptop or main computer to take it's time to start up. You
can literally open you emails in about 5 seconds, quickly view a web link etc on the iphone. Much easier, and much quicker.
This is the main point of the iPad. Speed and simplicity. The majority of netbooks I've used are horrible to use. Tiny screen, not really optimised
for anything in particular.
The iPad however is designed with these main purposes. To provide the quick and simple use of the iPhone platform, but at a size that is actually
useable. Its designed as a CASUAL entertainment device. If you need to do work, you use your main machine or laptop. This is designed to enable the
user to do the majority of day to day functionality as quickly and simply as possible, and the screen is optimised for web and reading in the same
manner. It will no doubt be used by huge amounts of technophobes and the older generation as it is so user friendly. turn it on click on icon ad
you're there, no having to find the program in menus and finders etc etc.
This is why it will work so well for newspapers and magazines. You don't have to wait for the content to load. you pick it up, click the icon and
there it is. All as quickly and conveniently as it would be to open an actual magazine.
I personally wouldn't spend the money one as I have no need, but then it's not really designed for people have a main pc/mac and a laptop (unless
they're very well off
However I can guarantee you this will be a HUGE success. I work as an iPhone developer and some of the possibilities for the platform are fantastic...
what's coming for the device will greatly increase it's appeal.
Oh and I have to add, comparing a hackintosh to a 'proper' mac just doesn't even come close. Yes macs are a sh*t load more expensive, but you are
paying for the reliability of them... as well as the sexy design obviously. Because they generally use only one or two hardware setups, you don;t get
any issues, crashes, hangs etc etc. I've tried several hackintosh systems that have been ridiculously well made... but they always have a lot more
issues than the initially designed hardware setup. I used to be PC user all the way, until about 7 years ago when I used OSX, and even a 4 year old
mac with massively lower spec worked so much better than a brand new pc with nearly double the specs. They just work better, it's as simple as that
really. I'd never buy a PC again, even windows 7 is still slow, clumsy and buggy in comparison (although I appreciate everyone will have their own
Anyway, just thought I'd chuck in my two pence