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I had the misfortune to have to use one at work yesterday. I nearly threw it out the window (about once a minute for an hour). Never have I wished so fervountly for a normal laptop.

Wild horse would get me to part with my own money for this piece of crap. 100% triumph of trendiness over substance.

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The first web connected windows smartphone came out in 2001, many years before Apple even though of the iPhone. Touchpads were again commonly available eight years or so before the ipad. They were not very successful due to the crippling limitation of not having a keyboard, Apple have added a few more limitations with the result that it to is a flop, except with the zombie suckers.

Similar comments were made when Apple launched the first iPod - that you could buy MP3 players with higher specification for less money etc. -

The point is that few people outside the very technologically literate understaood what an MP3 player was, or why on earh they would want one. Apple made this crystal-clear by ramming home the message "1000 Songs In Your Pocket". The development of the iTunes store also helped make Apple the dominant player in paid-for music downloads. This is what they do very well.

To say that the iPad has been a flop is laughable.

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I had the misfortune to have to use one at work yesterday. I nearly threw it out the window (about once a minute for an hour). Never have I wished so fervountly for a normal laptop.

Wild horse would get me to part with my own money for this piece of crap. 100% triumph of trendiness over substance.

Powerful statement. What on earth were you trying to do with it that got you so wound up?

The majority of my family use the laptop/netbook/ipad for surfing the net (assuming we are a normal family). In this department quite frankly, the ipad is second to none. Yes it does have limitations even in this area. However, I only seem to require flash player for the odd late night porn session but that's a different discussion altogether.

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How many actually needed to buy a new computer.

The pad concept (tablet) was a flop about 8 years ago, mainly due to poor MS products and a much less capable internet environment.

but, without exception, all the people Iknow who wave an Ipad in my face have a notebook, a PC and a Iphone....

I suspect that gadget envy is the main driver here rather than need.

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Has nothing to do with being an idiot or not......all I have to add is; I have no desire to own one, use one or borrow one...I do not want one and certainly do not need one.... ;)

yeah,but you would impress your friends....you know you want to.....

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Powerful statement. What on earth were you trying to do with it that got you so wound up?

Work (connect to internet, stay connected to internet, actually respond when I poke the screen 'for the 34th time so hard I thought something might break' on what, on a PC, would be 'click here hyperlink'. Oh, and most importantly. type and be generally productive. I am a trained touch typist and have a very, very low tolerance of the virtual keyboards 'once every three keystrokes missing something or getting something wrong' foibles.

As I said, just the normal stuff that constitutes work and which I would have had no trouble with on my own netbook lying unused in the corner of the room for that hour because someone wanted to look all trendy and make us use ipads for that work session.

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How many actually needed to buy a new computer.

The pad concept (tablet) was a flop about 8 years ago, mainly due to poor MS products and a much less capable internet environment.

but, without exception, all the people Iknow who wave an Ipad in my face have a notebook, a PC and a Iphone....

I suspect that gadget envy is the main driver here rather than need.

In my own case, I bought the ipad because of the positive experiences I had with other Apple products (shuffle,iphone & imac g5), rather than gadget envy. If it makes you feel any better, I did sell my imac in order to justify the purchase (I'm a tight sweaty sock). On a more serious note though. None of us knows when our time is up. If you can afford something, can find a use for it (justification is a bonus) & it won't hurt anyone, then why not indulge your desires from time to time.

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Most of the concerns voiced on here seem to be more to do with the tablet format rather than ipads in particular. I don't have one, but I can see that they make sense as the majority of people's interaction with the internet is passive consumption rather than creation, so a keyboard is less of a requirement.

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Work (connect to internet, stay connected to internet, actually respond when I poke the screen 'for the 34th time so hard I thought something might break' on what, on a PC, would be 'click here hyperlink'. Oh, and most importantly. type and be generally productive. I am a trained touch typist and have a very, very low tolerance of the virtual keyboards 'once every three keystrokes missing something or getting something wrong' foibles.

As I said, just the normal stuff that constitutes work and which I would have had no trouble with on my own netbook lying unused in the corner of the room for that hour because someone wanted to look all trendy and make us use ipads for that work session.

My old aunt was a medical secretary. I also rub shoulders from time to time with telecommunications operators. It never ceases to impress me when I see them speed type & strike keys with their pinkies. I can understand your anguish then. However, I have to say I do incur difficulties when typing on the netbook, compared to a normal laptop.

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In my own case, I bought the ipad because of the positive experiences I had with other Apple products (shuffle,iphone & imac g5), rather than gadget envy. If it makes you feel any better, I did sell my imac in order to justify the purchase (I'm a tight sweaty sock). On a more serious note though. None of us knows when our time is up. If you can afford something, can find a use for it (justification is a bonus) & it won't hurt anyone, then why not indulge your desires from time to time.

Did you just type that paragraph out on the iPad? Could you do it as easily as on a laptop / PC? If so, you have really dextrous fingers. That's the thing that Apple have understood, most people, most of the time, use the Internet in its full passive banality, rather than actually type anything, much less do things like Photoshop or spreadsheets.

For pure quick passive surfing, like checking bus/train times or the latest Jo Yeates voyeur news, I can use my phone - the screen is big enough. I just don't get the whole iPad thing sat on the sofa, my laptop does it just as well and is cheaper. That being said, I can understand the business argument - Apple understands people and what they want, and makes it into something that they desire and therefore must have.

Edit: How do you hold it up whilst surfing porn?

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Did you just type that paragraph out on the iPad? Could you do it as easily as on a laptop / PC? If so, you have really dextrous fingers. That's the thing that Apple have understood, most people, most of the time, use the Internet in its full passive banality, rather than actually type anything, much less do things like Photoshop or spreadsheets.

For pure quick passive surfing, like checking bus/train times or the latest Jo Yeates voyeur news, I can use my phone - the screen is big enough. I just don't get the whole iPad thing sat on the sofa, my laptop does it just as well and is cheaper. That being said, I can understand the business argument - Apple understands people and what they want, and makes it into something that they desire and therefore must have.

Edit: How do you hold it up whilst surfing porn?

I have to admit I'm on the laptop tonight.

Typing on the ipad isn't as fluid as a normal keyboard. However, it's adequate for my speed (assume normal person).

As for porn. Many sites seem to treat the ipad as a moile phone. This usually involves paying for the good stuff (instant impotence in my case). So If I'm feeling especially fruity of an evening, I make for the good ole trusty laptop.

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I also rub shoulders from time to time with telecommunications operators. It never ceases to impress me when I see them speed type & strike keys with their pinkies. I can understand your anguish then.

That's how I learnt to type - summer job as a student, back when most undergrads could afford to spend the summer inter-railing around Greece. But I got paid to learn to type and spent a summer working with 100 ladies (of various ages). Happy days.

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In my own case, I bought the ipad because of the positive experiences I had with other Apple products (shuffle,iphone & imac g5), rather than gadget envy. If it makes you feel any better, I did sell my imac in order to justify the purchase (I'm a tight sweaty sock). On a more serious note though. None of us knows when our time is up. If you can afford something, can find a use for it (justification is a bonus) & it won't hurt anyone, then why not indulge your desires from time to time.

Its a computer FFS...not a sex aid or a trip round the world.:lol:

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That's how I learnt to type - summer job as a student, back when most undergrads could afford to spend the summer inter-railing around Greece. But I got paid to learn to type and spent a summer working with 100 ladies (of various ages). Happy days.

YOU PAID for it? Sucker.. :lol:

I learnt to touch type after a few weeks on forums arguing with idiots.....

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I think many on here are as guilty of 'making a statement' by not buying as some of the people buying them.

Probably.

I bought an iTouch for my wife and expected it to quickly find a home in the sock draw only to be removed in case of long-haul flights.

Actually, it's fantastic and it turns out we use it daily. Everything from reading the news, checking the temp outside in the mornings, little games to play while you're having your morning constitutional.. stocks, rightmove, maps, videos, sport, calculator, internet, unit conversion.. A really handy little piece of kit.

I won't say I'll never get an ipad, but I still can't see the benefit of having one in addition/over an itouch is really worth the £500 odd price tag. Seems it's the worst of both worlds.. it's not small and handy like the itouch/iphone, and not capable like a laptop.

It'll be interesting after the novelty wears off to see what use people actually get out of them.. and then whether it's worth the money.

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I think many on here are as guilty of 'making a statement' by not buying as some of the people buying them.

For some reason, people seem to have very strong preconceptions about apple products in general. Probably because they're seen as 'cool'.

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I had the misfortune to have to use one at work yesterday. I nearly threw it out the window (about once a minute for an hour). Never have I wished so fervountly for a normal laptop.

I've played with an iPad a few times in John Lewis and I find it great fun. I haven't bought one because I simply have no need for one.

Credit to Apple for releasing a solid product, many of the "me too" Android based tablets still haven't caught up with it in terms of build quality and user experience (but they will).

A smaller 5 inch type device like the Dell Streak would be more my sort of thing, something I could slip into a coat pocket.

Either that or buy an iPad and a Scottevest coat.

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I won't say I'll never get an ipad, but I still can't see the benefit of having one in addition/over an itouch is really worth the £500 odd price tag. Seems it's the worst of both worlds.. it's not small and handy like the itouch/iphone, and not capable like a laptop.

It'll be interesting after the novelty wears off to see what use people actually get out of them.. and then whether it's worth the money.

It was my positive experience with my iPod Touch that prompted my to buy an iPad. I found I was rarely using my desktop anymore, preferring to use the iPod on the sofa. Doing all the things you mentioned are just more comfortable on the larger iPad screen. Photos especially look great on it. But yes, it's a luxury, a bit of a treat.

I dont have a laptop, and I bought the iPad abroad for £100 less than the UK price. If you already have a laptop I think it would be hard to justify the purchase. Similarly if I was paying the UK price I would have considered the purchase more carefully, but at HK prices, they're a bargain.

A couple of friends of mine also have iPads and are delighted with them. The only downside to them is reading articles and forum posts implying I'm some sort of idiot or fashion victim for purchasing and using something I like...

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A couple of friends of mine also have iPads and are delighted with them. The only downside to them is reading articles and forum posts implying I'm some sort of idiot or fashion victim for purchasing and using something I like...

It's almost a religious argument! :blink:

I have a laptop which does for me, so I don't need one!

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