I simply don't understand why you would spend £400+ on a device that can't have any external drives to plug in to transfer data on and off.
I just don't see the love of the device when it can't do basic stuff. Its gorgeous yes but the functions on it are appalling.
Maybe we should have a seperate thread for people that don't understand what the ipad is.
Look at it this way... the ipad is not a pc/laptop. It is purely a device for surfing, music, movies, pictures, so essentially the easy stuff we do with our real pcs. The idea is to compliment a main pc, not replace it. I don't know if I would label it appalling.
I can happily say that I have no idea what the point of the ipad is either, but surely that can't be it? Why the **** would I need a computer to compliment my computer?
I just don't understand.
I was like this until I "got" the iPad. It's the very definition of a luxury item: over-priced, unnecessary, wasteful and it answers a question no-one was asking. Oh, and it's about £200 too expensive. If they ever hit the £250 mark for the basic 16g wi-fi model I'm there but until then it will remain a toy for the rich and frivolous.
I think my problem is that I've already been here before with my Pocket PC. I've gone through the tech-lust phase already and the "taking it everywhere" phase and am now into it's "collecting dust in a drawer" phase.
I understand the idea of why people may use it but for the cost it is a step backwards in technology.
6months time there will be an iPAd with all the functions it should have had in the first place, Usb, SD, & Camera support.
But you said looking at photos and movies well what if you on the move you have a penstick with your holiday photos and want to show friends wait you can't do that you have to go back to your DESK plug it in transfer them then show people. Well if your in front of your 19"+ monitor why not show them there?
It doesn't make sense.
Plus does the iPad have a stand at the back as whenever i saw Steve Jobs with it he always either had to hold it up at an angle or cross his legs so that he could use it.
Surely though a netbook compliments the PC and not at £700 for a decent model.
Surely the iPad to the non apple hardcore is like the Wii? Basically a device that sells millions but will only actually be used by the hardcore and is an expensive toy brought out when the family are around or in the iPad's case to show off?
I'm yet to genuinely see where it will be used in the business world, without simple input it will be frustrating, and the family world well it is an expensive toy that other devices do things better and cheaper.