Impressed w/ the iPad?

  • Yes! - I'm gonna go buy it

    Votes: 207 43.5%
  • Nope! - Not impressed, not gonna get it.

    Votes: 269 56.5%

  • Total voters


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Jul 13, 2008
Los Angeles, Ca
Simple poll here. Impressed or not?

So far it seems there is no flash on this device, which sucks.

10 hour battery life is awesome though, but no flash?

I was considering ridding my MBP for this...but now, hah!

doug in albq

Oct 12, 2007
Macbook, iPod Touch, and a Dell Mini 10v running 10.6.2....

I have no need for this, and i would not trade my iPod Touch and my Dell Mini Netbook, which combined prices are cheaper than an iPad, for this new device.


macrumors 68000
Jan 28, 2009
I'm on the fence right now. I think it looks really good, because since I got my iPhone I've wanted a bigger one, but I certainly won't be buying until I play with it in the flesh. I want to make sure the form factor is conducive to use. It almost looks as if it's impossible to type two handed while holding the thing landscape, and I'd hate that. :(


macrumors member
Jun 12, 2009
Not really....i was hoping it would offer more and im not that keen on the price either.

I thought it might be a good alternative to my kindle. But i cant see that so far.


macrumors member
Jan 20, 2010
New York
I would have gone out and bought it if it could run OS X, but at this point, it's just a big iPhone, but without a camera and a phone.

below sea level

macrumors member
Sep 27, 2009
At that price ($499 for 16Gb), I see it as a great alternative to the Kindle.

I've been thinking about eBook readers for a while now, and held off until today in the hope that Apple would release an eBook reader that also had email capability.

I want to watch the keynote podcast first, but it may be everything I hoped for, plus more.


macrumors 65816
Oct 21, 2009
Tampa Area, FL
The only really cool thing about it is the new iWork apps. Other than that it's basically just a bigger iPod Touch. Who needs one of these if you already have a MacBook and an iPod Touch?


macrumors P6
Jun 19, 2009
Where bunnies are welcome.
The only thing that separates it from an iPod Touch is that it's bigger and has 3G capability. So, it's way too expensive, IMO, and you still have to pay for the data use. I was hoping it would be auto-tethered to the iPhone. It's definitely not "magical."

Jimmy James

macrumors 601
Oct 26, 2008
Impressed? Yes and no.

There IS room in the market between smartphones and laptops. That's why we see so many netbooks. They're one version of an in-between device. This is another version.

Price and [apparent] battery life of the iPad are its saving graces.

Video: Being able to watch hours of video while traveling, on something bigger than an iPhone and less cumbersome than a laptop, is a HUGE plus. That alone would have been worth the asking price when I used to travel a lot.

Ebook: Backlit, glossy screen. Not a chance I'll read a whole book on it.

Internet: Way better form factor than a netbook and hardly more cumbersome. Still, the iPhone is sufficient for me while traveling. But the pay-as-you-go connectivity makes this a winner.

Apps: Running native iPhone apps is a stop-gap measure. There's going to be GREAT apps for this.

I guess I'm impressed. It's just that I don't need another device.


macrumors 603
Jun 4, 2007
Simple poll here. Impressed or not?

So far it seems there is no flash on this device, which sucks.

10 hour battery life is awesome though, but no flash?

I was considering ridding my MBP for this...but now, hah!
No flash isn't a problem.

If this device becomes popular, along with iphones and touches, no sane website will rely on flash any longer unless they want to seriously limit the number of people who can see their website.

Ultimately it looks like Steve will win this war, and flash will be used by few people and the newer standards will be used instead.


macrumors 68020
Aug 27, 2004
Too early to say really, but my initial reaction is that it's a lame missed opportunity. But I said that about the iPod ;)


macrumors 68000
Nov 9, 2008
Kansas City
Based on the price, and the fact the 3g data is $29 I think that was the biggest surprise to me. I expected low end $799 and up from there. The OSX vs iPhone OS really wasn't a big deal as I already use my iPhone for a ton of things on the road. I think people want to be perceived as a "power user" when in fact this device will more then do what they want.

Outside the tech forums the general consumer will eat these up as well. Toss all the blog/forum users together and were probably less than 1 or 2% of the consumers buying Apple products.

Like it or not this will sell like crazy.