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ok ok guys! you're derailing this way too much! there's too much fire everywhere!

Point is, us tech geeks (let's face it, we know much more about tech than others ) don't like the iPad because we know that it could have packed better specs, both hardware and software wise, and because it's overpriced, yes it's true.

However, what most of you are failing to understand si that these devices, even when they're overpriced and have less computing power than others, or more software restrictions (like we've seen on the iPhone, like no bluetooth file transfers amon other things) is that these devices ARE TOO EFFIN EASY TO USE! That's Apple's selling point after all.

Both my dad and stepmom swtched to iPhone's 3GS from being heavy Blackberry users because it's just too damn easy to use and made their lives easier, and it packs a lot of tech power. Whether we like it or not, they're revolutionary because of that. Think about this: we've seen this kind of tech in movies like Avatar, Minority Report, The fifth element and other hollywood movies and sci-fi stories, guess what? Apple is taking advantage of people's dreams and futuristi fantasies and making innovative products that appeal that sci-fi desire from people, presenting them not also with innovative things, but also very intuitive and with a great design that, let's face it, we all like it and in the end we do care about design, some people more than others.

Apple is successful because of this:

* Innovation (maybe they don't design their tech from the bottom, but they do know to improve it and pack it into something pretty that people get amused with).

* Intuitive and easy to use interfaces.

* Great marketing team (let's face it these guys are geniuses).

I find myself not wanting an iPad because it's not what I expected from it, yes it IS an oversized iPod touch, speaking from the hardware side, just with a more powerful processor (let's see it as an iPod touch with some models packing a 3G receiver lol), it HAS a better and bigger screen, then again, some people like it and have a use for it, what can you do about it? it's marketing, it's free market, and average joe just wants something easy to use, shiny and pretty, and sometimes it just doesn't matter if it's more expensive than the competition's offerings. And another reason why I don't want to buy one is because I'm waiting for the iPhone 4 lol.

Speaking of the iPhone, if it only had the following, I'd buy it:
* Bluetooth file transfer
* Flash LED for the camera and digital zoom (there's no reason to not have this)

And... I can't think of anything else really, maybe a FM Radio tuner like the Zune HD?

Point is, average Joe doesn't care if there's something better, they'll just buy it if it's easy to use, Average Joe doesn't care about learning something regarding to computers because he thinks it's too nerdy for him, he wants to hang out with friends and have fun, and wants to improve his life by using technology! As simple as that.

EDIT: As long as people a) are kept being ignorant regarding to technology b) they don't give a damn about tech and just use it 'cause it helps them and they don't care more companies like Apple will keep making a profit, and unfortunately there's not much we can do.

See it this way: there is people who work on the medical industry, right? but just a few of them are medics and have the knowledge to practice medicine. People get sick, and want to get cured, they're not going to read thousand books and go to med school just to learn what is wrong with them, they'll go to a doctor to see what's the problem and get it solved, same with computers.
Edited by Icekilla - 6/1/10 at 9:54am
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My mom owns a couple of pads too.
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the only reason i dont like the ipad is the price and the lack of flash.
other than that its a good device for simple computing even though it has no USB ports
and that 10 hour battery rapes my hp laptop with a mere 3 hour battery wen set on power saver mode.
    
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The iPad will sell because face it: a lot of people know crap about computers and technology. Apple knows this so they are selling a brand and a lifestyle. As long as people are dumb, the iPad will sell.
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It's a great thing, it brings computing to a whole new level, and makes it accessible to everyone in a user-friendly setting and device.
Great for who exactly?
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Thats two million people wishing they should not have spent $500 on a giant Ipod Touch
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The iPad will sell because face it: a lot of people know crap about computers and technology. Apple knows this so they are selling a brand and a lifestyle. As long as people are dumb, the iPad will sell.
That's what I tried to say in my previous post, and other thing: common people don't care about computers as long as they can do basic stuff, they don't have either the time or interest to get into them.
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Great for who exactly?
Not you obviously.
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No, its people like you that cause threads to end in bickering.
Ahem...your comment in the original post was basically baiting said bickering, so you can't avoid taking blame yourself.
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OK. Let's settle this.

iPad="I don't want to bother knowing about technology. As long as it looks pretty and does what I want I'll pay for it." Kind of people(98% of the time). It was also propped up by a lot of print/magazine companies as their new messiah(Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal). Even scarier is the fact that some schools were getting it to test it out as a way to go paperless.

The iPad is nothing but a consuming device. That is what the industry wants you to have. That is why it has been so heavily pushed. We can all admit that for this end it is a fairly good device(far from perfect our what it could be). But, most of us on here don't want a one purpose device, especially one we see as an affront to our wants.

So, it's a perfect example of one part of modern capitalism:As long as you make the customer want it and misguide them enough they will pay for it. Oh and don't forget to smother out any mention of competitors.
     
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