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Research from the CEA indicates that 38 per cent of tablets were purchased because users wanted to own one,

rather than for an identified purpose. Link

It's not the Daily Mash, it's the Daily Telegraph.

But who cares about silly old research.

2011 will be the 'Year Of The Tablet', says Shawn DuBravak, chief economist at the American Consumer Electronics Association.

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It's not the Daily Mash, it's the Daily Telegraph.

But who cares about silly old research.

2011 will be the 'Year Of The Tablet', says Shawn DuBravak, chief economist at the American Consumer Electronics Association.

Where do people get the money from to buy things that cost hundreds of pounds when they don't really know what they want to do with it? Especially in the current circumstances.

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I had my first extended play with an iPad outside of a shop the other day and to be honest I'm not quite as cynical as I was at first. It's quite a nice way to browse the web (not sure it's better than a laptop, though), documents and images and the battery life is better than a laptop by some way. It could do with being a lot lighter as you soon feel you need to set it down somewhere.

BUT - it's £429.

£429

And that's for a low-spec model you probably don't want. Get the higher end £700 model and you may as well get the plastic MacBook, which is all round a heck of a lot more useful.

But enter an Apple store and there's always some flabby, slightly chavvy, middle-aged woman buying one!

I expect other companies would love to know Apple's secret. I expect Mulberry are wondering how they can get ordinary people to spend £700 on one of their bags.

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I had my first extended play with an iPad outside of a shop the other day and to be honest I'm not quite as cynical as I was first. It's quite a nice way to browse the web (not sure it's better than a laptop, though), documents and images and the battery life is better than a laptop by some way. It could do with being a lot lighter as you soon feel you need to set it down somewhere.

BUT - it's £429.

£429

And that's for a low-spec model you probably don't want. Get the higher end £700 model and you may as well get the plastic MacBook, which is all round a heck of a lot more useful.

But enter an Apple store and there's always some flabby, slightly chavvy, middle-aged woman buying one!

I expect other companies would love to know Apple's secret. I expect Mulberry are wondering how they can get ordinary people to spend £700 on one of their bags.

That's the problem for me too - and I am a complete Apple fanboi.

The only thing I can think of to use it for is sofa surfing and the odd e-book. Maybe if it was half the price or less.

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The only thing I can think of to use it for is sofa surfing and the odd e-book. Maybe if it was half the price or less.

Yeah I think it's too heavy for using much. It is perfect for spending half an hour browsing the net, posting here or reading the odd e-book. It's got some apps for browsing property too. (rightmove is good...)

BUT it's let down by not being able to play the games on facebook.

The kindle ad currently makes a good show of how light it is and how you can read it everywhere.

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Media hype, lemmings and being in with the crowd. Saturation advetising works, even if people ave no use for the item, cover it with a "cool" mystique - in Apple's case making it white, it works.

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That's the problem for me too - and I am a complete Apple fanboi.

The only thing I can think of to use it for is sofa surfing and the odd e-book. Maybe if it was half the price or less.

I'm also a long-time Apple user. I'd have preferred them to have made a netbook for the times you need minimum size and weight.

Now of course it's pretty easy to put Apple OS on any Intel Atom netbook. Much more useful and half the price of an iPad.

The original article was mainly about the launch of Google's tablet. I don't think a Google pad will have the same 'must have' cachet somehow. And it's bound to come full of nasty adware and spyware.

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They're good for web surfing and playing Angry Birds, not much cop for reading eBooks as the backlit screen is less than ideal, especially just before bed - the Kindle looks a much better option in this regard.

The biggest problem is the price. If someone released a lightish tablet for under £250, it would sell like hot cakes. As Android 3.0 nears release and the tablets based on it wait in the wings ready for release, there are likely to be numerous cheaper (and some more expensive) iPad alternatives this year.

The most promising option (that I would consider spending my own money on) is the Lenovo IdeaPad, an Android tablet and a Windows 7 laptop, at the same time:

http://phandroid.com/2011/01/04/lenovo-lepad-official-and-hybrid-ideapad-u1-combines-android-windows-laptop-tablet/

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I picked one up in HK last year. With no VAT it was a much more tempting proposition, with about a £100 saving. I'd struggle to justify the purchase if I had a laptop, but it fits in nicely between my iPhone and home computer. 

For browsing the web and email it's unbeatable. Photos look fantastic on it. I'm not keen on the idea of reading a book on it, but iBooks is a very convenient PDF reader, especially for manuals. And films and tv shows also look great on it. 

Although the memory seems small it's less of an issue than you might think. It's not intended to store your entire music and film collection, buts it's easy enough to add and remove stuff via iTunes. 

Given the number of apps I have on my iPhone, iPad apps have so far been a little disappointing. The only ones I use regularly are chess and scrabble, old iPhone apps that look adequate on the iPad. 

In the UK it is a little too expensive (but VAT isn't Apple's fault) but the price will come down and spec will go up with time. And again, for surfing, email, photos and video it's unbeatable. These things (tablets, not necessarily only iPads) really are the future. 

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I bought one a bit speculatively but have been really impressed.

I use it for web surfing, Google reader, watching movies on the move, Skype, email etc. Barely use my laptop any more.

I'm also a software developer in the day job and the time has come where you have to start taking mobile development seriously. Looking at Android and IPhone and IPad development.

You don't have to NEED everything in life guys. If you earn enough then buying something a bit frivolous which you gain some enjoyment from isn't a crime, no?

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I'm also a long-time Apple user. I'd have preferred them to have made a netbook for the times you need minimum size and weight.

Surely the Air isn't far off netbook?

The big bezel around the edge of the screen puts me off a bit though.

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Surely the Air isn't far off netbook?

The big bezel around the edge of the screen puts me off a bit though.

I wouldn't compare the Air to a net book. It's much more expensive, more capable and not aimed at the same market.

As noted above, I agree the iPad is a luxury and a bit of a treat. Then again I use it every day and enjoy it.

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I thought there for a second Apple were getting into sanitary towels.

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BUT - it's £429.

£429

No its not. Thanks to the VAT change its now

£439

And until I can test one in anger (sat down on my sofa with it) I'm not taking the risk of buying on.

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I bought one a bit speculatively but have been really impressed.

I use it for web surfing, Google reader, watching movies on the move, Skype, email, hard core bukkake porn etc. Barely use my laptop any more.

I'm also a software developer in the day job and the time has come where you have to start taking mobile development seriously. Looking at Android and IPhone and IPad development.

You don't have to NEED everything in life guys. If you earn enough then buying something a bit frivolous which you gain some enjoyment from isn't a crime, no?

Fixed that for you.

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And until I can test one in anger (sat down on my sofa with it) I'm not taking the risk of buying on.

Since you can't do anything meaningful with an iPad, I don't see how you can possibly test one in anger.

Really, the featured apps on the Apple Store page look just like the junk that came with my Texas Instruments home computer in the Eighties: a couple of games, some Fischer Price type educational ware, a sing-a-long programme, yet another diary thingy and a couple of magazines.

Oh, and the Weather Channel. Oh my goodness:

Viewing the Weather Channel on iPad regularly can help you plan your day or week accordingly. And you’ll never forget your umbrella.

And some things you can see in 3D - using 3D glasses sold separately. I used to get 3D glasses free with my comic when I grew up.

It's for retards, surely. Kids would get bored with it in five minutes.

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No its not. Thanks to the VAT change its now

£439

And until I can test one in anger (sat down on my sofa with it) I'm not taking the risk of buying on.

its a computer with a screen FFS.

course, bumper numbers are down to Government departments buying this "must have" aid to productivity.

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I'm yet to be convinced by the latest fad.

Tablets at all I mean, let alone a branded one (hence costs more for no good reason).

iPad, no flash player? No camera? No 3G!!! 3G missing is a major downer, I mean they are supposed to be protable nirvana, just so long as you are at home or a cafe with wifi Internet.

£400 to surf the internet, no thanks. My phone is better than that at the moment and is truly portable.

I will wait for the flexible screen tech to come out, like you see on films when a person unrolls a laptop. That will be more like it.

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its a computer with a screen FFS.

course, bumper numbers are down to Government departments buying this "must have" aid to productivity.

Well we have had

Ipod and Ipad

what next anyone care to take a guess

ipud sounds good especially in a brummie accent.

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Well we have had

Ipod and Ipad

what next anyone care to take a guess

ipud sounds good especially in a brummie accent.

Well the rumour was that an iPod Touch was being made sepcifcally for kids, but it was dropped when it was realised that iTouch Kids wasn't a good brand name. ;)

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Well the rumour was that an iPod Touch was being made sepcifcally for kids, but it was dropped when it was realised that iTouch Kids wasn't a good brand name. ;)

Well, at least they thought about it.

I worked for Wang Computers in the early Eighties.

They really did have a support programme called Wang Care.

:lol:

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Well the rumour was that an iPod Touch was being made sepcifcally for kids, but it was dropped when it was realised that iTouch Kids wasn't a good brand name. ;)

yes have you ever looked at that well known writing implement shop

www.penisland.com ?

there was another good one for a group of researchers studying moles too www.molestation.com !!

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Well, at least they thought about it.

I worked for Wang Computers in the early Eighties.

They really did have a support programme called Wang Care.

:lol:

Seriously ?!

My Dad worked for them about the same time, he never mentioned that !!!

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Seriously ?!

My Dad worked for them about the same time, he never mentioned that !!!

The Wang Care brochure was produced in Boston, Mass. It was early support material. No one would have originated it here of course.

It's interesting how words are more loaded in some countries. I remember I onced worked for an ad agency on Fairy (washing up liquid.) That really got Americans going, since it is (was) a really overtoned faggot word in the US.

But . . . O/T. We're supposed to be dissing the iPad on this thread.

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