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iPad facts Steve Jobs forgot to tell you!
Posted January 29th, 2010 2 Comments
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ipad-touchBased on Steve Jobs presentation you’d think the iPad is a MUST HAVE thing. Most of you know that I’m not a big apple fan and I don’t mind bashing the ‘apple monopoly’ every now and then, but is the iPad really that good?

CNet took a closer look at the iPad functionality and it’s specifications compared to some of the regular netbooks on the market.When I read through their arguments it became more and more obvious that the iPad may not be the perfect couch buddy after all. Read below and share your thoughts :)

Video chat

Most Netbooks, even low-end ones, now have webcams enabling basic video chat over Skype or any other program. The iPad, however, does not. We wish the iPad had a camera and iChat, especially since it would make the tablet a unique communications device to rival the iPhone. Perhaps cost was a factor, even though most Netbooks manage the feat in a package under $500.

Run Flash

While Steve Jobs called the iPad “the best web experience you’ve ever had,” there is a big missing piece right now, and that’s the whole web. Browser-based apps and Flash-driven content are a huge element of cloud computing and of many websites, and right now it’s not even clear whether the iPad can even run Hulu or Netflix. Atom Netbooks can be slow and stuttery when playing web video, but at least they can.

Program

Most people aren’t programmers, or anything close to it, but most Netbooks do run on a full Windows 7 OS that can be used for programming or modification. Linux-based Netbooks are even more hack-friendly. You can even install Mac OS on a Netbook, should so you so wish. For the friendly hackers out there, that’s a dealbreaker on the iPad.

Upload photos or video from a camera

No USB ports on the iPad mean no connecting cameras or other peripherals, which can be a drag if the iPad is meant as a portable computing replacement for bloggers. Netbooks have at least 2 USB ports standard.

Store more than 64GB of data

We expected a little more memory on the iPad. Even the most basic Netbook has a 160GB hard drive. Cloud storage can assist with data, but it’s still no replacement for onboard capacity.

Swap batteries

Sure, the iPad is slim, attractive and very showy. But its battery is fixed (just like the iPhone), while a Netbook can not only swap its battery, but upgrade from a three to a six-cell or more.

Install CD media (or any media other than from an App Store)

With the addition of a simple USB DVD/CD-ROM drive, disc-based software can be installed on a Netbook even without an optical drive built in. Netbooks can also install files off USB drives, or via any other input method. The iPad wasn’t designed with this flexibility in mind, but it’s still nice to be able to do.

Type on your lap

Yes, the iPad has a virtual keyboard, and even a cool keyboard dock that turns the tablet into a quasi-desktop device. But the dock can’t be used for lap typing, and the Apple demos didn’t make iPad typing seem as comfortable as pounding away on an old-fashioned hinged Netbook. For long-term writing on the go, a physical Netbook keyboard with an attached angled screen still wins.

Upgrade

Netbooks can upgrade their RAM–albeit slightly–and with a little effort that hard drive can be swapped too. The iPad is a fixed entity, so there’s no going back once you’ve picked 16, 32 or 64GB.

Credit for this post goes to CNET. They put these facts together.

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  • On February 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    Nuff Said wrote:

    The iphone and all it’s users are overrated. – Nuff said

  • On February 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    Thorsten wrote:

    NS – I don’t know if I agree with you on that, but I think a small portion of the Apple users are somewhat “brainwashed” by the shiny apple logo hehe

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