[maemo-users] iPad

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Thu Jan 28 02:51:40 EET 2010
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Brad Midgley <bmidgley at gmail.com> wrote:
> Mark
>> The Apple iPad: Yawn... a huge iPod Touch/iPhone that can't possibly
>> fit in anyone's pocket. Really?
> It should set a decent baseline for a good looking tablet with nice
> battery life. We know android and maemo could move into this space and
> deliver a great experience with something that is more generally
> useful than iPad (multitasking apps, background processes, no need to
> jailbreak, usb host, etc.)
> --
> Brad Midgley

Nobody has yet been able to successfully market anything with that
form factor. They've been trying for many years now. The problem is
that it's _far_ too much of a compromise; they don't have the power of
a laptop (or even a netbook), and they don't have the portability of a
smartphone. Battery life is far from the most crucial issue. It's just
never going to happen. Sure, just because it's an Apple there are a
lot of fanboys who will buy it initially, but it will never have the
compelling attraction of the iPhone in the overall market. So _let_
apple dominate a market that nobody wants, and let Maemo and Android
concentrate on what they do well, not a market that will never be very

...Although there was one similar product at CES that shows a little
promise: stuff a full netbook into a keyboardless tablet form factor,
then give it a clamshell housing with keyboard that turns it into an
actual netbook. Then if you _really_ only need the tablet form factor
for a given situation that's all you would have to take, but if you
need to actually type and/or have a full netbook you can have that
too. I guess someone could come up with an aftermarket product that
would do the same thing for the iPad, except it would still be
crippled by its smartphone-equivalent innards and couldn't compete
with the real thing. I can't imagine that there will be a huge market
for that either, but it seems more realistic than the iPad alone to
me. (I realize that the Apple bluetooth keyboards are very svelte and
usable, but transporting separate pieces is always a hassle, not to
mention having to replace or recharge a second set of batteries.)

IMO the upcoming crop of slim netbooks with convertible touchscreens
have a much better chance of success. They aren't giving up anything
while actually adding functionality/usability.

Whatever.... feel free to pursue the cumbersome tablet market, but I
think it's better to master the current project before striking out in
a new direction.

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