I returned my original MBA and opted for a Mac Book Pro. About 6-8 months later, I saw a refubished first gen with an SSD and figured I'd take the plunge again. I'm glad I did. The first non-SSD MBA suffered from beach balls and general sluggishness when opening apps. The SSD model has been great. So much so that I sold my Mac Book Pro. The true test was CES, where I used the MBA to live blog the Palm event. I tethered my Nikon DSLR and ran a Photoshop script to batch resize images on the fly. At the same time, live blogging and uploading images. Laptop performed like a champ.Haven't been here in a long time. I thought you had sent back your MBA because it didn't meet your needs... I left some time after that. What made you keep it (or get a new one?)?
I know what you mean by "a little Apple store". I even have a working Newton pad among its big siblings.
Thanks for the welcome.
I haven't posted here in a long time, because I've been hanging out more at MacRumors. But I got so sick and tired of the iPad bashing over there I thought I'd check out this board. Unfortunately the bashing seems to be happening here also.
i agree with your sentiment regarding the bashing. now that I've tried to step back and see the bigger picture I'm not *quite* as disappointed. However, you are still very much in the minority on multitasking. A non multitasking computer (or smartphone) in this day and age is laughable and what irks me is Apple is only doing it to protect their interests. They let the iPod run in the background because it is running music you probably bought from them, but they don't want to open the door up to you streaming music from slacker, pandora, etc. That is the ONLY reason they don't allow multitasking. Same with flash, they don't want you streaming Hulu, they want you buying TV shows through the iTunes store! It is pure, selfish greed and they are totally crapping on the customers who bring them all this money by not considering their needs in an effort to force you to spend more money through Apple. The reason I felt let down is that this device has so much potential and seeing it run the same OS as the iPhone I think people were expecting great changes in store for the iPhone.I haven't posted here in a long time, because I've been hanging out more at MacRumors. But I got so sick and tired of the iPad bashing over there I thought I'd check out this board. Unfortunately the bashing seems to be happening here also. I just don't understand the phenomenon. To me the iPad is exactly what I was hoping it would be plus some. I had always thought that if I could get a portable device that does everything my iPhone does (except for the phone part) but in a larger form factor I'd be very happy. Apple did that plus some. I had no idea they would allow an external BT keyboard. I have an Apple wireless kb I don't even use. I love that you can get iWorks also for it. The price is fantastic. I was expecting a much higher price. The only thing I wish it did have is Flash. I do like to watch Hulu. But I'll live without it. I could care less about multi-tasking and camera. Basically the iPad will replace my Mac mini except for one funtion - I do use Quicken. Other than that I won't be touching my mini very much. I plan on getting the 32GB non-3G version on Day 1. Frankly I don't understand why people are complaining so much. They must have thought they were going to get a MBP in tablet form for $299.
wouldn't hurt my feelings if flash went away completely and html5 became the standard. but right now i sure wish this thing had flash. if it did and it multitask i wouldn't even be doubting buying it. now i'm kinda 50-50i will get , the wify+3g 16gb one,,, i will use it in my couch andmaybe to go outside if the net don't reach where iam i will be on the 3g
i will miss flash cause i like to play my facebook games,, and hulu would be cool,, but i can only hope flash or html5 comes soon
ya.. i wasn't saying that i would use it to edit my photography.I'll definitely be getting one and so will my wife. I don't see it as a replacement for my MBP, but as a device to consume media. We both have Kindles but think the iPad will be a superior eReader so the Kindles will probably get sold or given away. I also see the iPad as a great device to watch video and surf from the couch, which is what I do with my laptop now.
I also do a lot of photography but I don't see the iPad as a great device to do photo editing. From what I can tell, there is no provision for using a mouse or digitizing tablet (USB or Bluetooth) and much of the editing I do may not work well using a finger. I may be wrong about that so some hand-on time with Brushes will be needed.
My wife will use it in her voice-over businesss as a way to read scripts during recording. Currently, she prints them and takes the paper copies into the recording booth to read from. With the iPad, she'll be able to bring up the script and read directly from that, saving time, paper, and ink.
True, there are some shortcomings, but for what it was meant to be (and not be), I think it's a big hit.
yes, it CAN be added with a software update, just like it CAN be added to the iPhone but hasn't. won't happen. that's why there is so much disappointment negativity I think.Many of the issues we have with the device are software. Multitasking and flash can be added as a software update for the iPad. For me, that's the most glaring omissions from the iPad. I'm excited about it as an e-reader, video/movies and games...the other stuff is bonus. I don't have a problem with the LED backlit screen or the 30 pin connector. I had a Kindle, but returned it today to make a decision when the iPad comes out. Once I can play with it, I'll either get an iPad or get the Kindle again. I love an e-reader to read...just don't know if the extra cost is worth the iPad. I'll know in late March!
There are justifiable reasons why the iPad doesn't support flash. It opens the door to many security breaches. apple-hating hackers would love to see flash on the iPhone/iPad. Plus, it's one of the few components in Mac OS X of which Apple has no direct control.Many of the issues we have with the device are software. Multitasking and flash can be added as a software update for the iPad. For me, that's the most glaring omissions from the iPad. I'm excited about it as an e-reader, video/movies and games...the other stuff is bonus. I don't have a problem with the LED backlit screen or the 30 pin connector. I had a Kindle, but returned it today to make a decision when the iPad comes out. Once I can play with it, I'll either get an iPad or get the Kindle again. I love an e-reader to read...just don't know if the extra cost is worth the iPad. I'll know in late March!
honda, i am sorry for the poor guy comment i made in the other thread. this link you provided does show some true facts against what i believed about the new ipad. i just wanted to say thanks because now im more neutral towards the ipad rather then completely against it. but I still believe it was hyped up way more then it should have been and is over priced. it is still a good product tho.Cool article, plus links to all the negative press when the 1st iPhone came out.
That is exactly why I see this product not doing well. If you cannot immediately come up with lots of good uses for it, it's not worth it. For those that saw it and knew exactly how they would use it, fine - enjoy it! Seriously. But if you find yourself digging for ideas on how you'd use it: Um, you probably shouldn't be wasting $500+ on something you don't know what you're doing with it.I think folks have had a bit more time to analyze what is good about the iPad. It is a niche product and if you think hard enough you can find some uses for it.