Apple's Amazing Keynote - Revenge of the iPad!

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Well, Apple did it, they actually lived up to the hype yet again. Steve Jobs coming out on stage and doing the presentation was a brilliant touch. No matter what you think of Jobs or Apple, good for him. As for the iPad 2, well, Apple didn't merely iterate slightly, they did actually make a true "2", no now all those silly rumors of an iPad 3 coming out in the fall can be put to rest. 1.3 pounds, THINNER than my iPhone 4, new A5 processor, improved graphics, dual cameras, available in black and white, AT&T and Verizon from day one, 10 hour battery life, $499 starting price (maxes out at $829 for 64GB with WiFi/3G), HDMI mirrored output up to 1080p, smart covers, etc. I think my hemming and hawing over what tablet to get was for naught as the decision has been made rather handily for me. Apple is just too far ahead of the competition at this point. Maybe that will change within a few years, but right now, all things considered, the iPad 2 is the only logical choice in tablets. It hits the US on March 11 and rolls out to 26 more countries on March 25. So, what do you guys think? Are you sold or do you think there will be better options in 2011?

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clok1966
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I found this pretty funny

I found this pretty funny (and agree with it completely, but Im a self confessed laptop/ipad hater) 3rd one from bottom should be tattooed on the forhead to 95% of the people with um :) 2nd one from bottom is pretty good too. And I didnt want to start another thread.. just thouhgt I would revive this one :)

http://dealnews.com/pages/10-Reasons-Not-to-Buy-an-iPad-for-a-College-St...

Bill Loguidice
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Disagree
clok1966 wrote:

I found this pretty funny (and agree with it completely, but Im a self confessed laptop/ipad hater) 3rd one from bottom should be tattooed on the forhead to 95% of the people with um :) 2nd one from bottom is pretty good too. And I didnt want to start another thread.. just thouhgt I would revive this one :)

http://dealnews.com/pages/10-Reasons-Not-to-Buy-an-iPad-for-a-College-Student-07-20-2011.html

Actually, I disagree with several of those points. OK, all of them...

Point 1, expensive is relative. Point 2, it actually can be excellent for taking notes, and you can even draw pictures on the fly while you record at the same time. Sounds like a good note taker to me. Point 3, is ridiculous, because that's true of every connected device, laptops included. Point 4 is it's too portable? No need to answer that one. Point 5 is again, ridiculous. Anything of value is of interest to criminals. Why should we alter our purchase decisions because someone might want to steal it? Point 6, is yet again, ridiculous. Point 7 is stupid, because I don't consider getting $1 for my used textbook a secondary market. Point 8 is stupid. Again, so what if it's a status symbol if it gets the job done? Point 9 is true of all tech, it doesn't mean it stops working. Point 10 is stupid, as they're different classes of devices, with very different functions. If you can't afford a sub-$500 laptop in addition to an iPad, you can't afford your kid's school. A tablet is far more convenient and practical to tote around and quickly pull out and use than the vast majority of laptops. Again, I'm not saying a tablet is for everyone, but I'd like to hear GOOD reasons. Those 10 are not.

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clok1966
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i think they (the list) where

i think they (the list) where a joke to start with.. but i must comment.. I know its been ages since i was in school but I paid about $60 each used for books and sold them for $30... (depending).. of course its been a long time :)

Matt Barton
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The problem with the

The problem with the textbooks goes a lot deeper than that. The obvious problem is that it's not a traditional market; students don't get to go out there and select the books. Instead it's the professors. The publishers market directly to the professors, usually giving them their copies for free and not telling them the price. As a professor, you have different interests in books, usually looking for something comprehensive (better to have one big book than lots of little ones, which takes more time to get ordered), colorful (to appeal to students, you think), easy to teach from, and "trendy" so that the other profs won't think you're outmoded.

But back to the iPad. It's the one device that I see a lot of my colleagues using. They really seem to enjoy them and have tons of apps already. Like most Apple stuff, there's lots of creative things they can do with it, such as finger painting, and they like being able to surf the net with a finger.

Expense is relative, and unfortunately I can't justify the price. As I've said before, if these things were in the $300 range, I might find a pretext in which I "must" have one. College students, on the other hand, are typically "rich" in that they take out huge loans with the idea that they'll be paid off sometime in the next twenty or thirty years. I could see them getting it into their heads that an iPad is a good investment, and they'd all agree that if you're going to carry something around, an iPad is a lot more convenient than a laptop.

I had to do the unthinkable last semester and actually forbid laptops in my freshman class. It had become Facebook central in there, and enough is enough. I'm curious if the temptation to do the social networking stuff in class would be as strong with an iPad. I think probably not, since it's not as easy to type or hide yourself behind your "shield."

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