[geeks] iPad - a 'Miss' for me I'm afraid
jp at celestrion.net
Wed Jan 27 15:46:24 CST 2010
On Wed, 27 Jan 2010, Mark Benson wrote:
> So it looks really nice, and it's not a bad price either, but... nope sorry.
I can't figure out if it's trying to be giant iPhone that won't fit in
your pocket and won't function as a phone, or if it's trying to be a small
Mac that doesn't have a keyboard and won't run Mac applications.
If it ran Mac OS with some sort of Front-row-like interface to all the
media and web stuff, that would be useful. Imagine sitting on a flight
with a tablet you could affix the seat in front of you at eye-level, with
a bluetooth or USB keyboard sitting on your lap. Even if the performance
is crap, you can get Real Work done without the discomfort of using a
laptop in coach.
> Oh and it's a netbook size device with a 1GB ARM CPU and it likely won't
> multitask... GET REAL!
Ever seen ARM at 1GHz? ARM Cortex isn't a toy; it's a very swift CPU.
This device seems to echo back to the first PowerPC Macs: Insanely
great hardware, pity about the system software.
 Yeah, there's the keyboard-dock thing, but I still can't run MS
Office, XCode, or Mathematica on the silly thing. It's probably a
even pain just to get Vim on there.
 And the name! AUGH! Nevermind that there are several dialects of
English where short-A and short-O are indistinct. I can't wait to see
the following ad copy: "Macs, iPads. Now available at the Apple
Jonathan Patschke ) "Science is what we understand well enough to explain
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