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Joe Fahs

Hi Cole,

You may be interested in this article by Joshua Kim: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology_and_learning/an_ipad_for_my_students


Derek Morr

Except that it's too big to fit in a pocket, has limited internal storage, has low-resolution video output, has a glossy, emissive screen, and can't multitask. Also, it's tied to Apple's arbitrary app store approval process. All of those are a deal breaker for me.

The pad could augment existing computing devices, but I doubt it will replace very many of them.

Cole Camplese

Hi Derek ... I've been thinking really hard about just those points. I think it will hit a sweet spot for people unlike us where we need all the things you mention. I will say that multi-tasking is a bit over rated on some types of devices. I only say this because my iPhone doesn't multi-task, but the UI of the OS allows for multi-taking-like activities. For example, if I am composing a blog post using the TypePad app, I don't have to leave the app to add the pictures I want ... I just tap insert image and it gives me full access to my pictures -- almost as if I've left the app, gone to the photo app, and exported the photo to the desktop. I know it isn't "real multi-tasking" but it supports some interesting work flow.

The people I see it replacing a "real" laptop are folks in a totally different compting space than us. My Father in Law, my parents, maybe my 8 year old, and a whole bunch of other people who rely on their computer to do email and web browsing.

Derek Morr

I suppose one could call it WebTV 2.0.

Often, when I'm spending a Saturday morning parked in a comfortable chair in my living room, I've wanted a bigger iphone or kindle. But I inevitably reach for my laptop because I want to do several things at once. The other day I was streaming news in Hulu in a background window, bouncing back-and-forth between RSS and email, running two IM clients, and reading several web pages. That sort of activity just isn't possible on the ipad today (with the current rev of iPhone OS).

I share your concerns about the lack of content creation tools on the iPad. I'm also concerned about data input. There's no video camera, and I'm not optimistic about the on-screen keyboard for much beyond twitter/facebook updates and (very) brief emails.

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