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#56902 28-Jan-2010 07:25
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"So all of us use laptops and smartphones... the question has arisen; is there room for something in the middle. We've wondered for years as well -- in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks... better than the laptop, better than the smartphone."


 "What kind of tasks? Browsing the web. Doing email. Enjoying and sharing pics. Watching videos. Enjoying music. Playing games. Reading ebooks."
 
 "If there's gonna be a third category, it has to be better at these tasks -- otherwise it has no reason for being."

Steve Jobs sums up the reason for the iPads existence.

What are your thoughts on the new device?


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  #293737 28-Jan-2010 07:42
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Some specs:

9.7" IPS ,Led Backlit, Display

1 Ghz Apple A4 Chip

Screen Resolution 1024x768 (unconfirmed)

16-64 Gb flash

Capacitive multi-touch

1/2 " thin, 1.5 pounds

802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 30-pin connector, speaker, microphone, accelerometer and compass

10 hours battery life (Video), 1 month standby!

Some models with 3G (AT&T),  iPad 3G models unlocked, they use GSM micro SIMs.

Runs most existing Apps. Can uprez them to full screen.

ePub format for books.

iLife, iWork Apps., compatibility with Mac

Overly large bezel has already attracted comment.

Pricing starts at $US499 (16 Gb) 3G models cost an extra $130, so $629, $729 and $829 for the 3G-capable. 32, 64Gb models $100 increments.

Shipping in 60 days, worldwide availability of Wi-Fi models.

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  #293738 28-Jan-2010 07:43
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I don't know why, considering you can't do that much with a tablet form-factor fundamentally, but I expected more from Apple in the design stakes.

Looking forward to hearing more about what its like to use.




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  #293742 28-Jan-2010 08:00
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But, seriously, what a name. I've seen lots of jokes already, related to some personal hygiene products...




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  #293743 28-Jan-2010 08:02
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64gb? Pah!

Apple are supposed to be ground breakers, thought i'd see at least an upper range of 256gb.

Even the ipod touch comes with 64gb.

probably still get one though.

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  #293745 28-Jan-2010 08:16
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Does it come with wings??

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  #293746 28-Jan-2010 08:19
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SIM unlocked, using micro SIM - so whatever NZ operator starts selling micro SIM first gets a lead.




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  #293752 28-Jan-2010 08:36
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freitasm: SIM unlocked, using micro SIM - so whatever NZ operator starts selling micro SIM first gets a lead.


Has anyone got a pic of what a "Micro SIM" actually looks like?, I thought the whole point about SIMs in WCDMA devices was their interchangability?, sounds like someone is trying to break this?, or are all devices going to move to a new card form factor in the near future??

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  #293754 28-Jan-2010 08:38
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These micro SIM were designed for embedded devices, not for mobile handsets... "Interchangeable" is not something they had in their minds when they created the micro SIM.




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  #293757 28-Jan-2010 08:41
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I laughed when I saw "unlocked, usable on any carrier" followed by "using a different type of SIM". Mixed signals, anyone?

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  #293761 28-Jan-2010 08:49
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There are three things that stop it from being a near perfect Gen I device..

Multitasking, 4:3 aspect screen and built in camera.

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  #293765 28-Jan-2010 08:56
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Wi-Fi + 3G model
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)

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  #293766 28-Jan-2010 09:01
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Very interesting release - I have to admit I wasn't expecting that many options with regard to memory size and 3G + wifi or wifi only. If anything, I thought there would be a 7" and a 10" model and they all would have 3G built in. It really is just a big iPod touch, with a bunch of extras thrown in.

Impressive, but the hype prior to release suggested more. No doubt will be a ground breaking device in the same manner as the iPod and iPhone.

Some good coverage going on here: http://live.twit.tv.../



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  #293775 28-Jan-2010 09:17
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First impressions are slightly disappointing form factor with bezel a bit prominent, lack of camera for what is surely a skypetastic form factor, impressed with the level of software development already in place and the pricing is pretty slick.


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  #293776 28-Jan-2010 09:17
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If the price dosent get hiked up once it arrives in NZ, Id be keen on one - even just the basic 16gb with Wifi would do me.





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