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ANON1237925156805
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3/12/2012 | 5:57:12 PM
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Far and away the most balanced and useful comment I've read on this apparently controversial subject..

One does not have to be a fanboi (I'm surely not) to say that in the tablet universe iPad sets the standard. This isn't surprising really. Apple was the first to try to introduce a tablet into the PC spectrum with its failed Newton. Realizing the potential of such a device has been in Apple's DNA for 15 years. Mr. Jobs was resistant when he rejoined Apple, but we're now reading that what became the iPad was proposed prior to the iPhone and the work on what became iOS was at least partly targeted at a potential tablet. Thus once the iPhone proved itself and in particular the app market proved itself, they moved on quickly to the design and development of what became the iPad. No one else got serious about tablets until after the iPad hit the marketplace and sales took off. So even discounting the lessons learned from the Newton flop, Apple had several years head start on the competition. Frankly that shows in the finish, polish and maturity of the device and the total user experience. Competitors will most likely catch up; in fact given Apple's stubbornness they may even leapfromg the iPad over time. Software and hardware will mature. Manufacturers will find a way to work in harmony with the chaotic upgrade patterns of Android and the Android market. Windows will be more stable than Android and a bit more open thaqn Apple. Etc., etc. We're just not there yet.

Unless one goes with the inexpensive recreational devices like Fire or Nook, a tablet is a weightier investment than a smartphone, both literally and figuratively. Tablets are replacing laptops in the enterprise and PCs in the home. It only makes sense that Apple is the preferred choice at this point.

That doesn't mean that the iPad is everyone's cup of tea or that it's the best choice for everyone. There are specific features that it lacks; if other devices have those features and those features are critical to you, well then your decision is made. Likewise if you oppose on principle the tightly integrated Apple environment your decision is made. Rock on with your Playbook or Galaxy or Xoom or Fire. . .

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3/12/2012 | 2:26:29 PM
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What? Where have you been?

Adobe has lost that war. A couple of months ago they said that after this Flash update they won't be supporting it on mobile anymore. MS doesn't support it on anything using Metro either. It's dead and gone.

In addition, all iPads use an LED backlight. Really, you should know something about what you post about.

Please try to keep up.
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3/10/2012 | 9:48:54 PM
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Where did you get that idea from? Most iOS apps use DropBox or their own wifi or Bluetooth sharing or now iCloud to exchange data files.
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3/9/2012 | 9:56:36 PM
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Still no flash supported for iPad HD... What a disappoinment.. And again like its predecessors the new iPad HD is missing an LED backlight..
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3/9/2012 | 9:53:44 PM
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Transfering files or pictures still have to be done through itunes, where as android os provides simple drag and drop like a USB drive. I think that what he means apple gateways is iTunes.
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3/9/2012 | 9:49:25 PM
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LOL apple fans... Have enough apples today brother?
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3/9/2012 | 9:23:07 PM
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The entire concept of your article is laughable. Apple is so far ahead, comparisons are no longer possible.
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3/9/2012 | 8:44:20 PM
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You're telling me something new. I had never heard this.
But that said, as an artist and a 40-hour-per-week photoshop user, I never felt like the displays on my Android tablets looked as nice as the iPad display. I even had a salesman tell me the specs proved me wrong. My answer was "well, if the iPad's display isn't as good as the Android, Apple sure pulled some amazing trick to make it look better." He thought I was crazy.
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3/9/2012 | 7:32:21 PM
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I'm running iOS 5.1 on both my original iPad and iPad2. Not really sure what features of it I'm missing out on other than a severely disabled Siri
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3/9/2012 | 7:29:18 PM
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Charts comparing hardware specs are useful, but they don't really tell you anything about the user experience... which is really what consumers are interested in.

The iPad is more than just its hardware. It is also the operating system, the apps, the build quality, the related services, and everything else that makes up the user experience.

Just comparing the iPad and its competitors based on hardware specs alone is the same as comparing a garbage truck to a Ferrari, based on hardware specs alone.

The garbage truck's engine is a much bigger capacity, and produces much more horsepower than the engine in the Ferrari. Yet, the Ferrari is faster and much more fun to drive. It's the better user experience that makes the Ferrari the choice of vehicles most people would opt for.
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