p2pnet view P2P:- Once again suggesting (proving?) Macolytes have lots of dollars but not much sense, 300,000 iPads were sold on its first day, says Apple.
The company is great at coming out with fantastic numbers and statements without ever backing them up, knowing the lamescream press corpse will parrot them just as though they’re real.
“It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world — it’s going to be a game changer”, Macworld says, quoting both the 300,000 figure and Steve Jobs.
And “make no mistake”, the story states, going on, “both apps and e-books are going to be a big part of the iPad’s success. In addition to the iPad sales number, Apple said that iPad users downloaded more than a million apps from the App Store and more than 250,000 e-books from the iBookstore in the first day alone. Said Jobs: ‘iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad’.
Hyping it insanely
“The mainstream media as functioning, effective systems for telling us what we need to know are dead, dead, dead”, said p2pnet recently, going on, “The $500 Apple iPad proves it.
“It’s a computer, for God’s sake. Not a cure for cancer. But even before the thing was officially released, the lamescream press corpse was hyping it insanely, inspiring hundreds of thousands of articles around the world.”
Truly, we said, there’s no tribe like the Apple tribe, adding, “You can’t even joke with owners of Apple computers, iPod, and so on. They get all upset.
“The iPad resembles a big iPhone, which is itself no more than a touch-screen computer with a cellphone on board.”
If you want to live in the “creative universe where anyone with a cool idea can make it and give it to you to run on your hardware, the iPad isn’t for you”, said Boing Boing, adding:
“If you want to live in the fair world where you get to keep (or give away) the stuff you buy, the iPad isn’t for you.
“If you want to write code for a platform where the only thing that determines whether you’re going to succeed with it is whether your audience loves it, the iPad isn’t for you.”
Now, in TechNewsDaily, Ker Than and Robert Roy Britt disassemble the iPad.
Is it worth buying?- they ask, answering, “Given the cost, and a slew of drawbacks, the answer boils down to how much you’re willing to pay for a toy”, going on, “our overall conclusion is that while the iPad is fun to play with, it’s hard to figure out what role it fills that some other device doesn’t do much better.”
Here are their first three drawbacks >>>
You can’t carry it on your hip like a phone, so it presents the same portability issues as any laptop – you’ll need a case of some sort to protect it and carry the power cable. Even around the house, there’s no simple way to carry the iPad. It’s too thin, heavy, slippery and expensive to put under your arm. Several of our testers were seen carrying it like a dinner tray, as a butler would, to go from the kitchen table to the couch. Portability, shmortability.
To be sure, at 1.5 pounds and with all this functionality, the iPad is an impressive feat of engineering. But it’s simply not light enough (a Kindle ebook reader is about 10 ounces) and that heft adds to the awkwardness. Holding the iPad in one hand for more than a few minutes to watch a movie or read an ebook results in tired wrists. Even holding it with two hands to read an ebook is tiring. Reading an ebook on a smartphone is ergonomically much more practical.
We might ignore the awkward size and weight, but the iPad is also slippery, and its aluminum back is ever-so-slightly slightly concave. You feel as though it’d slip right out if you try to hold it under your arm. And on the kitchen counter, it slides and twirls as you try to type or swipe the screen (required for navigating). It needs rubber feet, but of course then it won’t be near as cool.
The remaining 10 summarise as >>>
- The screen has too much glare
- Forget reading in the sun
- Fingerprints are annoying
- It does not multitask
- The browser is limited
- The virtual keyboard stinks
- There’s no USB port
- iPhone-only apps look horrible
- The price is just too high
- It doesn’t replace anything
The Black Screen of Censorship
The Simpsons lampooned Mapple and p2pnet posted the slightly-more-than-four-minute YouTube video.
Now, sadly, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Twentieth Century Fux Film Corporation”, says the black screen where the video used to be.
Hmmm. Wonder if Apple had anything to do with that?
But no worries. This is the net and once something goes online, it stays online, thus the flick is now two flicks, to wit >>>
..… and identi.ca
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
fantastic numbers and statements – Apple owners ‘leery’ of buying an iPad, March 29, 2010
Macworld – Apple Sells 300,000 IPads in First Day, April 5, 2010
p2pnet – The Glory that’s the Apple iPad !, January 28, 2010
Boing Boing – Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either), April 2, 2010
TechNewsDaily – 13 Glaring iPad Shortcomings, April 4, 2010
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