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This is actually a post about the Apple iPad, but I thought that if I put that in the title, then people who are understandably hype-fatigued by the device might be put off.

Half the internet is full of Apple fanboys and fangirls gushing over the device.

The other half seems to be full of people pointing out the device's shortcomings. "It's nothing new", "It's just a big iPhone without a phone", "It can't multitask", "The battery life is too short", "It's too fragile" and "It can't cope with Flash-based websites".

"None of this matters" say the fanpersons, "It doesn't need to do any of those things. And anyway, Flash is an obsolete technology that nobody uses any more."

The BBC website has a huge advert, sorry "news story" about the iPad, with a gushing video review by celebrity fanboy Stephen Fry.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/maggieshiels/2010/01/the_morning_after_the_tablet.html






The video is in Flash.

Class.

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the_marquis
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Giggles at that irony ...
kargicq
Jan. 29th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Heh, I like that.

It seems to me that between my 'phone and my e-reader I wouldn't know what to do with an iPad, especially since the other two devices fit into my pockets.
philmophlegm
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
I doubt that the iPad's screen would be good for reading e-books on because it would be bright and eye-strainy. Also, it looks fragile (if the screen is like iPhone screens it will be very fragile - I know two people who dropped their iPhone and the screen shattered) so the idea may well be that you keep it at home anyway. As standard it has wi-fi but not 3G so that supports my interpretation.

As a sort of portable web browser, it looks quite nice. It would also make a nice handheld film watcher, but I don't think there's any way to watch your DVDs on it, so you'd be limited to watching films that you'd bought via iTunes.
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