iPad to replace Netbooks?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by k2spitfire88, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. k2spitfire88 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2008
    in your mind

    CNET claims the rumored iPad device may provide a new alternative to netbooks, confirming what many have already speculated here on MR. I would definitely be willing to drop 700 on such a device. Any thoughts on the success of such a device? And would you be willing to buy one?
  2. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Apple's got something up it's sleeve.

    I wouldn't go spend cash bucks on one simply because my MacBook Pro and an iPhone would do suitably for my purposes (except that right now I still don't have an iPhone and get along fine).

    If, IF IF IF, Apple is making ready for something 'netbook-like' it will not the netbook everyone thinks of when they hear "Netbook." I have no doubt Apple will do something different, if they do bring a product to market.
  3. k2spitfire88 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2008
    in your mind
    Yea, agreed. The only reason I would buy one is a serious case of iWant. :p
  4. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
  5. diemos macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    Ipad? that sounds dirty, lol.
    I hope that's not the real/final name.
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Am I the only one that finds touch screens to be a huge pain in the rear to do a lot of work on? Ugh.
  7. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    It either needs to be $599 or less, or they'll need to seriously drop the price of the white MacBook to make this make a lick of sense.
  8. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Pretty much what I've been thinking…

    This gap is bigger than the one between the Mac mini and the Mac Pro, and after reading that and one of the links from the page, I'm even more convinced that this "iPad"/"iWrite" mini-tablet is the mythical device between an iPod touch and a MacBook.

    For pricing, I think $499 is possible depending on the capacity and display size (and other specs), but if so, then other models would go higher.
  9. Dr.Buzz macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Not for work

    I fully agree, but take into account that desktops will always be the "work horse" for long hours of typing and designing.

    An iPad would be used for brief messaging/emailing and internet. I don't know about you, but 90% of my computer time is just that - email and searching for information. That's why since I bought my iphone, I never use my home computer (24" iMac) unless I have some reason - want a big screen, going to use specific software or a game. If I'm reading my online magazines or books or whatnot, I would rather have a tablet to be on the couch with me or in the car with me or at the coffee shop with me. Something less than a laptop, but not as useless as a netbook. (Personally, I think netbooks are stupid. If I really want to work, I'll use a desktop, otherwise iphone-tab-pad me)
  10. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    If it is just a tablet I won't be interested. I don't want fingerprints all over what I'm trying to read.

    If they made it more like a larger version of the Nintendo DSi I'd be very interested. Touch screen for trackpad / keyboard / gestures and a regular screen for the main display. Definitely would spend the $700 or more in that case
  11. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    there is no way i would pay anything more than $499 for these type of stuff.

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