The iPad is not a tablet, don't think of it as one!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by theinstructor, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. theinstructor macrumors regular

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    Look, I have owned various "tablet" PC's since they came out and I love them although I am dying to get a Mac version designed by Apple, this isn't a tablet. It has no stylus as far as I can tell and you cannot write on it. This is pretty useless to the masses who do not need a gigantic iPhone without the "Phone".
    I have read the vast quantities of posts on this forum and there are indeed many problems with the design or lack-thereof but it remains to be seen what 2.0 will bring to the table...hopefully a real tablet. I wouldn't be proud of this current release in this form.
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Thank you for your "contribution". A Mac version designed by Apple. :rolleyes:
     
  3. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    As someone who has owned several PC tablets, I'm looking forward to getting the iPad. Personally, I hate using a stylus, and I've found the overall experience of previous tablets to be a bit clunky and inelegant.

    For what I need to do, I can replace my laptop with the iPad. I can't wait.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It is a tablet, and I am thinking of it as one.
     
  5. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    You know Apple are in the business of making money. I don't know if the iPad will be a big success, I just know that I plan to buy one. But the sort of tablet that you are suggesting that they make have pretty much been a failure. Why would Apple emulate that?
     
  6. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    A Mac Mini and a Mac Pro are both desktops, but they serve different niches. However, you'd never really "compare" them on the same level.
     
  7. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    You do realize that PC tablets have been an unqualified disaster in the market, yes? Quite sure that "the masses" won't require a stylus and that the iPad will be a smashing success (which i define as several million sold in Year 1).
     
  8. sassenach74 macrumors 65816

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    Add this to the list of pointless threads.
    What does it take to make people realise they dont have to make a new thread for every thought they have? Add your rant to the other ranting threads. Stupid and pointless waste of space.

    Oh and I'll call it a tablet, because it's tablet shaped, don't need you telling me what I'm allowed to call something. What's good for the Goose isn't always good for the Gander.
     
  9. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    :)

    It also occurs to me - Moses' 10 Commandment tablets probably didn't have a stylus either and I'm pretty sure that the zillions of Catholics in the world still call them tablets.
     
  10. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

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    Agreed. The OP's definition of a tablet has been a failure for at least 10 years. Why would Apple enter a failed market?

    I will agree that an optional stylus/pen would be nice to take notes with I'm glad that the UI does not require one.
     
  11. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Out of curiosity - when and where does Apple actually call the iPad a tablet?

    It might be tautological, but the iPad is an iPad. It's not a supersized this, or a hamstrung that, so much as: it's what it is.

    OP wants a Mac OS on a tablet PC. And the iPad isn't that. You can get your own stylus at leisure. You can use your finger to write, where that's applicable.
     
  12. theinstructor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your input, I will add your contribution to the pointless comments database as well. What a waste of pixels!
     
  13. vincebio macrumors 6502a

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    yes, what a waste of pixels
     
  14. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Googling site:apple.com tablet
    There aren't that many hits for Apple calling the iPad a tablet... I'd say Apple isn't really saying it's a tablet at all. If you want a tablet currently, get an Axiotron Modbook.

    Even in v1 the iPad is ahead of the game in some respects. Yes, future versions will be better. But for now, upon release, there won't be many like it in terms of OS, apps, hardware quality, speed etc.
     
  15. Bytor65 macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest you learn to adapt.

    I suggest you learn to adapt beyond your narrow definition. The iPad is a tablet and I am going to keep calling it one.

    Just as this is a tablet: Where we laboriously carved characters into the stone.
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    Just as this is a tablet: Where we laboriously hunt and peck with a stylus on tiny interface elements.
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    Just as this is a tablet where again we change the input paradigm to one where we use our fingers to more directly interact with the interface.
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    They are all tablets. Just input paradigm has moved from Chisel, to stylus to fingers.
     
  16. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    What's become increasingly interesting to me is how the iPad has gotten people to really rethink what it is they *actually* do with their computers. Since the feature set is "limited" from a certain POV, it sort of forces us to ask the question: is it enough for me?
     
  17. firewood macrumors 604

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    I am reminded of a cartoon comment from many years ago said by someone looking at an Apple II. "That's no computer, this is a computer." (pointing to a huge room-sized machine with hundreds of flashing lights on a raised floor beside a row of cabinet size spinning tape drives, noisy punched card readers, line printers, plus a few white coated operators.) Except for IBM, Cray(reloaded), and a few others, most of the companies that manufactured those museum pieces are long gone.

    y
     
  18. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    It's a slate, then. Whatever you call it, it is what it is, and represents what it represents: the computing platform of the future.
     
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    LOL... Its just a big-ass iTouch, with some new content.

    Oh, and its a tablet.
     
  20. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    Using the word "just" really misses the point.
     
  21. raremage macrumors 6502a

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    Limited market penetration - some success in the medical space, otherwise very limited. Having said that, I love the concept of a tablet.
    This is one of the things I find disappointing - I want to be able to use an iPad for note taking without the need to use a keyboard (whether physical or virtual). A stylus for note taking (not navigation) would be great.
     
  22. MacAttraction macrumors newbie

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    I see no reason why a stylus/ePen can't be used on an iPad if there is a handwriting recognition app available/made. Just like a number of apps that have dedicated peripherals that you may need to use for it, like the remote control apps, the said app that needs a stylus may make one or third party manufacturers may sell them. Just because Apple is not shipping one with the iPad does not limit this function, if needed.
     
  23. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Just or not, it is a big iTouch.
     
  24. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    Steve Jobs referred to it as a tablet; it's a tablet.
     
  25. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    And if it's "only" a big iPod Touch, that will be more than enough for a ton of people. Dismissing the capabilities and potential prematurely would be a mistake I think.
     

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