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Old May 1 2010, 07:22 PM   #31
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

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No need to have to flip it over!

http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/03/v...d-at-computex/

I don't think they're in any shipping products yet, but Pixel Qi has been ramping up their production lines so hopefully soon. Essentially it's an LCD/e-Ink hybrid... when the backlight is on, you get a full color LCD. When it's off, you get black and white, low-power e-Ink.
I just watched the whole video - HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! E-ink like screen with no refresh or speed problems and switching between regular LCD. Why hasn't this hit the market yet?
The video states it still a work in progress. So I would expect several months still at the very least.
Apparently they had some production problems which were recently cleared up. But they say they're now ramped up to full production.

It is a little... worrying, as the company has been promoting this for a while now and a real product using it has yet to appear. But I'm still hopeful!
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Old May 1 2010, 07:39 PM   #32
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

I'd really like to see a working example 'in the field.' The concept is tremendously exciting!
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Old May 2 2010, 05:52 AM   #33
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

I just got my second one in the mail this weekend. We use them pretty much like most people would use a laptop (and then some).

I hate laptops, have to work with them every day. Compared to any nice desktop they ain't good at anything. They are a major pain in the butt, in fact. So, in our house there are no laptops, but there will be even more iPads (or comparable devices).

Unfortunately, there won't be any competition from MS or HP in the near future, but I hear about Android based devices might be coming out.

Today, I found the Captain's Log app - it has an LCARS interface.

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Old May 2 2010, 11:01 PM   #34
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I've recently downloaded the Marvel App. Best app ever!
It is very cool. But for myself I can't wait to start editing my scanned comics into a book format (probably start next week when I have a bit more free time), currently just reading them as images (which is till works great as you can still easily expand the page (or even just a panel), and unlike a laptop (or desktop) its orientation can display the book in a proper manner.

If you are a comic fan, as far as major players there is nothing out there that beats the ipad as a comic reader.

For just that, it was worth my money.
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Old May 2 2010, 11:04 PM   #35
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I'd really like to see a working example 'in the field.' The concept is tremendously exciting!
Very true, and I want to actually see how it handles colors and there gradients.

I also am very hesitant about trusting video's (and this includes apple, as I waited to actually use one before making a purchase) as a my primary source of opinion about a product as it's so easy to manipulate.

But if it does what they say as well as they say, and it doesn't take a lot of power or size then thats huge.
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Old May 7 2010, 02:23 PM   #36
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

The video made it sound like it wasn't actually e-paper but rather 'e-paper-like' when in "full reflection mode." It just looked like an old B&W LED screen essentially.
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

Net browsing, email, eBook reading, and MLB.COM At Bat are my favorite uses for the iPad.
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Old May 10 2010, 03:11 PM   #38
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

What's better? Wi-Fi iPad or 3G iPad?
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Old May 10 2010, 06:14 PM   #39
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if you don't ever plan to use it as a navigation device, get the Wifi only version. GPS is the only other difference between the two. And if I don't turn off the celluar connection while I'm on wifi, then I lose about an hour of battery time.
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Old May 11 2010, 09:16 PM   #40
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What's better? Wi-Fi iPad or 3G iPad?
Well uh, depends on whether you want to pay $30 a month for internet access many places (I didn't say anywhere b/c ATT's 3G service misses a lot of parts of the country).

Other than the 3G monthly fee, they are both the same device.
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Old May 11 2010, 09:34 PM   #41
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^ Almost. The wifi only does not have the GPS chip.
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Old May 12 2010, 03:34 AM   #42
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I see it as a netbook, but without the convenience of being able to do what regular computers do. It seems to mainly focus on videos, books, games, and a crippled internet experience. I'd get it if I traveled more, but I'm happy with my computer and netbook.
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Old May 12 2010, 05:58 AM   #43
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I see it as a netbook, but without the convenience of being able to do what regular computers do. It seems to mainly focus on videos, books, games, and a crippled internet experience. I'd get it if I traveled more, but I'm happy with my computer and netbook.
I sold my netbook after 6 months. I had the Dell Mini-9. Sure, because it runs XP it can do anything a regular laptop could do... but not well. Those cramped keyboards are too small to type properly, but too big to thumb type. Netflix and youtube would cause it to overheat and freeze up, so no videos for me. also, since you'd have to hold the screen a foot from your face to make anything out on a 9 inch screen, I could never get physically comfortable using it. The only games I could install (which had to be done through an external disc drive, which is a major pain-in-the-ass) were pretty old... like Starcraft. Oh, and lets not forget that it only had a 3 hour battery life, so it was tethered to a damn power source.

For what I actually used it for and would have liked to use it for? I'd have been much happier waiting a year and buying iPad for the same money.

I'm waiting for the next generation hardware, which will hopefully have the front-facing camera iPhone HD is getting in June; and, again hopefully, start at 16GB for the $500, as opposed to the offensively small 8GB you get now. Those changes, teamed up with the multitasking from OS4.0 = ultimate portable machine for my needs.
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I see it as a netbook, but without the convenience of being able to do what regular computers do. It seems to mainly focus on videos, books, games, and a crippled internet experience. I'd get it if I traveled more, but I'm happy with my computer and netbook.
I sold my netbook after 6 months. I had the Dell Mini-9. Sure, because it runs XP it can do anything a regular laptop could do... but not well. Those cramped keyboards are too small to type properly, but too big to thumb type. Netflix and youtube would cause it to overheat and freeze up, so no videos for me. also, since you'd have to hold the screen a foot from your face to make anything out on a 9 inch screen, I could never get physically comfortable using it. The only games I could install (which had to be done through an external disc drive, which is a major pain-in-the-ass) were pretty old... like Starcraft. Oh, and lets not forget that it only had a 3 hour battery life, so it was tethered to a damn power source.

For what I actually used it for and would have liked to use it for? I'd have been much happier waiting a year and buying iPad for the same money.

I'm waiting for the next generation hardware, which will hopefully have the front-facing camera iPhone HD is getting in June; and, again hopefully, start at 16GB for the $500, as opposed to the offensively small 8GB you get now. Those changes, teamed up with the multitasking from OS4.0 = ultimate portable machine for my needs.
Besides not having the disk drive and not being able to play newer games, I have not had a single one of those problems with my Acer Aspire One. Works great with streaming video, plays most of my old games that I've tried on it, and the battery lasts a good 5 hours with wifi around 8 or so without. The keyboard took roughly a day or so to get used to and the screen isn't bad. It looks perfect for video.
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Old May 12 2010, 07:34 PM   #45
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Re: What can the iPad be used for?

I already bought the iPad mini last year, so really don't see much need for this one on my end. When the fiance's laptop dies, will probably replace it with a netbook, as it usually stays upstairs for browsing the internet while sitting by the TV, checking email, or putzing around with spreadsheets or Word.
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