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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Bill Loguidice
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From Engadget:

Whether you love or loathe Apple, you have to be happy with the company's aggressive upgrade of the iPad. It has led to Samsung, purveyor of an Android 3.0 tablet by the name of Galaxy Tab 10.1, to look more closely at its own hardware and pricing model and, according to executive VP Lee Don-Joo, "improve the parts that are inadequate." We don't know what those are, specifically, however he notes that "Apple made [the iPad 2] very thin" and also goes on to say that Samsung will be rethinking its pricing strategy with the Tab 10.1. It was originally going to cost more than the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, but in light of Apple's new product, Samsung might have to cut into its profit margins... or maybe even forgo profits altogether to make its new Tab a success.

Awesome. It's funny, but true. All the other competitors to this point have been targeting being at least a little better than iPad 1. That was fine when the competition was iPad 1. However, Apple took advantage of its time-to-market lead and unleased iPad 2, thinner, lighter and same killer battery life. That makes competing tablets like the Xoom - which looked pretty good in comparison to iPad 1 - look downright obese in comparison to the iPad 2. That's why it's going to be very, very tough for the competition to distinguish themselves. Though iPad 2 is necessarily less of a dramatic unveiling than iPad 1 was, Apple did enough - and perhaps rather subtlety in some cases - to really throw a monkey wrench in competitor's plans. As can be seen from the quote above (how long before Samsung will issue a statement that that was "taken out of context"), competitors will have to step up their game. Like I said, between what Apple did with the iPad 2 and their lead in apps - and "useful" apps at that - it's going to be very difficult for ANY of the competing products to gain a significant foothold before Apple is ready with iPad 3 in 2012, and then the problems start all over again...

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Don't worry about attacking

Don't worry about attacking Apple, I think they'll be OK.

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Innovation? Invention? How about "Kicking Butt!"

I've never been an extraordinary fan of Apple, to say the least, but you cannot deny that they're doing SOMETHING right!

Perhaps the "innovation" aspect of Apple's approach is in the whole "cool" factor they manage to achieve with their products. From the ground up, the iPhone and iPad are sleekly designed, from hardware to software. Apple is probably unique in its ability to synergize technology and "sexy." Pretty much everything the iPhone/iPad does is done in a "cool" manner, yet without (necessarily) subverting the function intended. They "entertain" the user, even in strictly functional applications. While other companies have caught on and are trying to play catch-up, they can't seem to replicate the formula of tech+style+hype=sales! And just when you think the competition has caught up, Apple manages to leapfrog them again with even better tech, style, and hype!

Thanks to Mr. Steve Jobs, every release of a new Apple product treats us all to an amazing, Earth-rattling circus of glitz and hype. And that's a good thing, in my eyes.

It's refreshing to see an American company actually kicking butt in the consumer hardware marketplace. Heck, the iPhone is (last I heard) the number one selling phone IN JAPAN, of all places!

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Well as Anti Apple as I am..

Well as Anti Apple as I am.. with 14 of the 64GB models sitting here in IT as nobody used them... and (I LOVE THIS PART!!!!) they are ordering the NEW ipad2!!!!!! for all 15 of them... talk about awsome marketing!!! They didnt like the IPAD and quite using them, now they want the IPAD2 (same people)... we are unloading the original ones and I grabbed one for $150 (hey, dont judge me, I set the price) the rest are going to office employes in a raffel system for $300 each (we already have 400 people interested...) I know Im an impulse buyer.. but we just unloaded 150 Laptops this way (we ended up giving them away for shipping and handling ($30 each) I imaged all of them with Ghost and all the activations where up by the time they got shipped.. of the 150 we mailed. we have had 7 total calls on how to activate (they have to call us). sad how people want but never use. (myslef included).

Bill Loguidice
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Pretty good piece on tablets

Pretty good piece on tablets as productivity tools: http://lifehacker.com/#!5779982

Certainly tablets are used for lots of productivity things, and certainly in specific fields like medicine and what-not. Lots of limitations, but then that's true of every device...

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Bill - Are you picking one of these up? I think I have finally written off the rest of the tablets and am going to try to pick up an iPad 2.

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Bill Loguidice
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Just a matter of when I guess...
Chris Kennedy wrote:

Bill - Are you picking one of these up? I think I have finally written off the rest of the tablets and am going to try to pick up an iPad 2.

I 100% plan on getting one, it's just a question of when. I figure it will be a few years out from now before Honeycomb tablets mature and we really see what becomes of the Playbook, webOS and Windows 7 tablets. So since I want a tablet now, I feel comfortable that it will be a valuable addition to my portable arsenal since I should get at least a few good years out of it before I may or may not be tempted by another (and by then, we may be looking at a pending release of iPad 4, for goodness sake). In any case, I need a few things on my end to fall into place before I can consider getting one, but hopefully it won't be too long.

I want the 64GB model, no question, but I'm going back and forth on whether or not to get the WiFi only model ($699) or the WiFi plus 3G model ($829). I actually won't need the 3G, since I can hotspot my iPhone 4 on AT&T now once my Verizon MiFi contract expires in May, but only the 3G model has built-in GPS functionality, which is important for location aware software.

What model are you interested in?

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

What model are you interested in?

It's interesting - I have always figured that I would get the 16 GB model if I buy an iPad. This is mostly due to saving money since I would be getting my feet wet with a tablet. However now that the date is approaching, I wonder if 32 GB would be better. I'll try to explain -

My primary (and possibly only) use is casual, around the house type use. For this reason, wi-fi only is fine for me. I doubt I will store much on the tablet, so I figure the 16 GB version is acceptable. I don't see myself storing music on it. I will probably put movies on it, however I will do that on an "as needed" basis. Though I have a good handful of apps on my iPhone, I barely scratch a dent into the 16 GB of storage on it. Granted, I expect to *do* more (perhaps a lot more) with the iPad compared to the iPhone.

I know you are committed to what appears to be the most space you can get. How do you see yourself using the storage on the iPad?

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Bill Loguidice
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Decisions, decisions...
Chris Kennedy wrote:

I know you are committed to what appears to be the most space you can get. How do you see yourself using the storage on the iPad?

Well, I was debating this factor of it as well. Like you, I was thinking I might only do things on demand, so a lower memory unit might work just fine. I have a little over 16GB of total data on my iPhone 4, which is a 32GB model. I had a 16GB iPhone 3G and ran out of room. I'm more concerned about usage that I won't anticipate and running out of room and being frustrated like I was the last six months of owning the 3G. I also think even though it's not necessary, it would be convenient to mirror all of the data that's on my iPhone.

I anticipate using the iPad for three major things--Netflix, e-books (and some periodicals), and reading very large PDF's (some hundreds of MB's), which again in theory shouldn't need a full 64GB. Naturally I'll want to play games on it and also do productivity things, like write, use Evernote, use Dropbox, take and modify video, etc. I'd rather pay the extra now for a device I anticipate keeping for several years than be disappointed and frustrated for an unanticipated storage need. Certainly this is the iPad's great failing - no SD card slot, no storage expandability. The x factor of course is how quickly and how deeply Apple does the cloud storage thing. Once they move to that, then 16GB - 32GB will be just fine, and 64GB will be pretty unnecessary.

In any case, based on my experience with the 3G, I wouldn't touch 16Gb--that can fill up too fast. If I didn't go 64GB, I'd probably be comfortable with 32GB based on my experience with my 32GB iPhone 4. It's also $100 more each time you double the memory, so $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB (all wi-fi only). In my case, I'd also need to add in the price of one of the magnetic cases, the camera connectivity kit and the HDMI kit. Ugh, it adds up... At least engraving and shipping are free from the online Apple store. That's a nice "thank you" after violating your wallet...

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Chris, maybe not an option

Chris, maybe not an option you would consider but i see a metric ton of Ipads for sale used all over right now, my guess price will even drop more once the new one actually comes out as the people replace them. It sounds like for your use it would be a very cost effective way to go. My local craigslist has several 32gb for the $300 mark (or did a few days ago).. I noticed ANANDtech had several in the last few days too all fairly cheap.

I have been reading on hacks for mine.. maybe I will actually do one soon :)

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