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Three things the iPad is, and isn't

Apr 05, 2010, 22:02 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I've been playing with the iPad for a while now, and I quite like it. But, I've also noticed that there's a lot of misconceptions about what the iPad is, and isn't.

"1. The iPad is the greatest new tech device ever! / The iPad is an ancient idea. Some would claim that the iPad's concept is 38-years old. Sure, the idea of an iPad is ancient. I've been using Fujitsu tablets off and on for over a decade. And, I've been fiddling with touch computing for even longer. So what?

"You can argue that cars go back to 1769. And, if one-off experimental vehicles don't work for you, by the 1880s two guys named Daimler and Benz were producing cars. But, it wasn't until Henry Ford combined advanced technology and the production line to start turning out Model T Fords in 1908 that cars become commonplace. The iPad, ladies and gents, is the Model T of tablet computing."

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