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Jeff Campbell
02-01-2010, 09:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.macworld.com/article/145999/2010/01/ipadworld.html?lsrc=rss_products_mac' target='_blank'>http://www.macworld.com/article/145...ss_products_mac</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Apple speaks of the iPad as an in-between device-a digital media, Internet, and communications tool-that fits somewhere between an iPhone and laptop. And that makes sense. But where does it fit in your life's locations?"</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1264960943.usr105634.jpg" /></p><p>And to end the day, take a look at this article, one persons ideas on how the iPad would fit into their life. For me, after thinking about it a few days, I can see several of the same uses, if not more with some business angles fit into the mix. All except for the use as a GPS as I'm thinking this might be quite large to have hanging off of your windshield, but it certainly would be easier to see while driving! If you are still not sure if you should get an iPad, just riding the fence so to speak like I am, check out this article at Macworld titled <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/146020/2010/01/ipad_faq.html?lsrc=rss_main" target="_blank">"The iPad: What you need to know."</a>&nbsp;</p>

Macguy59
02-01-2010, 09:27 PM
I need to wait until I can play with one to say for sure but I can see it replacing my unibody MB. When I really look at what I'm using it for, the Tablet can do those same things. The key is how usable it is. Will it be awkward to hold for more than 20 or 30 minutes ? Will the differences in multitouch between it and my 3Gs cause frustration ? (Anyone else get angry because hitting the spacebar twice doesn't insert a period on your Mac?) Questions questions :p

doogald
02-01-2010, 10:08 PM
(Anyone else get angry because hitting the spacebar twice doesn't insert a period on your Mac?)

Actually, I'm more angry that my Android phone does this when I hit the spacebar twice by mistake.

Well, knowing that I will actually not be buying an iPad for quite a while, what would I use it for?

Surfing/email while watching TV
Watching movies
Taking with me on weekend trips/vacations instead of my Macbook
Probably load it with some recipes and use it instead of trying to search through the impossible to find recipe index we have now.
MLB @Bat!
iTunes Remote for our Mac Mini/Remote Play for EyeTV from the Mini

That's a good start, I think ...

Macguy59
02-02-2010, 01:13 AM
Actually, I'm more angry that my Android phone does this when I hit the spacebar twice by mistake.


No idea about Android but you can turn that off in iPhone OS. I prefer it though. I would have most of the same uses (sans recipes :p ) but I would add newspaper subscriptions and ebooks to that. Plus I think we need to wait and see what developers are able to come up with to use that big screen ;)

Macguy59
02-02-2010, 04:32 AM
A little OT but as Arty used to say "veddy veddy interesting"

Well what do we have here ? (http://www.cultofmac.com/did-steve-jobs-ipad-have-an-isight-camera/28696)

possmann
02-02-2010, 10:26 PM
OK - in so much as use of this device as stated in the article, the one thing I would really like to use that I hope someone comes out with is a handwriting notes application - or even better yet - an ability to write notes via hand writing over documents (and text books - or just book in general) and the ability to create a hand written note.
This would be great to take in to a meeting and be able to hand write notes, draw sketches that depict a workflow or when reading an article/book that I downloaded via iBooks, jot down a reference note on the page.
Sort of a digital ink application. I would love to pull this out of a bag and capture a cocktail napkin discussion rather than capturing the discussion on said cocktail.
Also, for some reason, if people see you using a "pen" to capture notes as opposed to typing notes, they get the impression that you are actually paying attention during a meeting - I know I work in the banking software development side so there is a lot of "old school" to deal with - sigh...

Sven Johannsen
02-02-2010, 11:17 PM
OK - in so much as use of this device as stated in the article, the one thing I would really like to use that I hope someone comes out with is a handwriting notes application - or even better yet - an ability to write notes via hand writing over documents (and text books - or just book in general) and the ability to create a hand written note....
It's supposed to run iPhone apps, and that exists for the iPhone. Problem is with the capacitive touch screen, you aren't writing notes, so much as finger painting notes. The cue-tip stylii that exist aren't much better IMHO. The technology mash-up that has impressed me is what HP puts on their tablets. It reacts to a capacitive stylus (you don't need to touch the screen, just hover over it) which lets you do fairly fine selection, as with a mouse, and writing, but is also finger touch sensitive for those finger friendly UI opportunities that exist.