Will you consider buying the new iPad?

After much fanfare and speculation, Apple introduced its new iPad tablet today.

“It’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Associated Press reported.

Jobs said the iPad will be better for reading books, playing games and watching video than either a laptop or a smart phone.

No price information was immediately announced, but it was later disclosed that the basic models will cost $499, $599 and $699, depending on the storage size. The models with pay-as-you-go data plans from AT&T will cost $629, $729 and $829, depending on the memory.

The iPad has a 9.7-inch touch screen. It is a half-inch thick, weighs 1.5 pounds and comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of flash memory storage, AP said. The device comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Do you think the iPad fits your needs? As more information becomes available, do you think you will buy it?

Or do you think you’ll stick with what you already have?

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48 comments Add your comment

Broke-as-a-joke

January 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

I LIKE IT! Can I borrow some cash…anyone…anyone?

anonymous coward

January 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

It depends on the content deals that Apple is working on, especially with the broadcast networks and book publishers. The iPhone is a great portable device with a thriving ecosystem of applications for it and works really well for its intended market. However, it’s too small for constant reading. I don’t buy newspapers or magazines preferring to read them online, and I’d be happy to pay a subscription fee to do so in some cases, but it depends on the content and the experience.

As in the iPhone, it’s not the device itself that’s the game changer, it’s the ecosystem around it and the overall experience. Oh, and the price tends to have something to do with it, but recent history shows that’s not always an indicator.

TooConnected

January 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

It’s interesting that Apple didn’t disclose any pricing information. I think I’ll just stick to what I have. I currently own the iPhone, MacBook, and iMac and I’m just plain mac’d out. Don’t get me wrong, I love their products, but I don’t think I’ll bother looking at the iPad…unless someone gives me one for free that is!

Mr. Dent

January 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

If they put flash on it, I’ll have it within a week.

love it

January 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

gonna trash my iphone and my laptop for this

Angel_Mom

January 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

I like what I see so far. I am a full-time working mother, wife, and part-time student. I go to the gym and ALWAYS have to have knowledge at my fingertips. The cost of an iPhone and changing cell carriers wasn’t appealing to me, an iTouch was next on my agenda, but THIS “could” be what I need to consolidate my technological world. Now I need to know price, and if there is a USB port (leaked photos appear as if there is 1), and a CD drive for software uploads, personal music uploads into iTunes, and more…

Waiting on more details but if those few pieces are there then my next hurdle is talking my husband into letting me buy one!!!

Big Daddy

January 27th, 2010
2:06 pm

I can’t see why someone would buy a big iPod Touch over a full fledged Mac. Put OS X on this, and it flies off of the shelves. But as it is, this thing is a niche gadget.

Name (required)

January 27th, 2010
2:06 pm

Nope. It looks like an iPhone for retards or blind people or something.

Randy Ohara

January 27th, 2010
2:08 pm

I agree with other comments that the success of the iPAD will be dependent on content and pricing. If Apple can get access to Amazon’s ebook catalog – then – given their marketing power – they have the ability to marginalize the Kindle. They can also do this as they did with music on iTunes, undercut Amazon’s pricing for books. Otherwise, as a dedicated “reading” device, the Kindle is better suited (e-paper is great in sunlight), runs longer (almost a week with the radio off), and is lighter/smaller than the iPAD. A browser or general purpose computing device, it is not, but I have my iPHone and Laptop for those functions, and I carry all of them traveling now.

Danny

January 27th, 2010
2:09 pm

It will be way overpriced!!! Rumor has it that the ipad is gonna cost you $899. Why would you spend the same $$ to get a laptop instead… they just keep finding ways to get your money…

john

January 27th, 2010
2:09 pm

Does no one car that THERE IS NOT A FREAKING PEN.. thats a major reason people like tablets, not a deficiency. Students would love to take notes in class on a tablet that has a pen… Apple would sell so many more too, bad business sense. typical apple probably thinks mankind is too stupid to handle a pen. Took them years to lets us have a 2 mouse button feature, wonder how long it’ll take them to add a pen…

EMMA

January 27th, 2010
2:10 pm

TooConnected: I totally agree with you!!!!!!

Jaye

January 27th, 2010
2:12 pm

I won’t buy it now – maybe next year when the price comes down. If it doesn’t, I don’t need it.

fgbrault

January 27th, 2010
2:17 pm

I own an Apple MacBook Pro and a Kindle. The iPad does not cut it. Not powerful enough to replace my Pro and not small and light enough to replace my Kindle, which I always have with me. I also suspect that the iPad screen will not be as restful to the eyes as the Kindle’s which I can read for hours.

steve

January 27th, 2010
2:18 pm

if using a bluetooth or usb keyboard/pointer is easy, I would seriously consider buying an iPad

Most of my computing needs are web based. if I had an “easy” email/web solution that I could also dock at home to do longer typing needs… I’d be happy as a clam.

For me it will come down to connectivity. If the iPad has a good wifi antenna, long battery life, and the ability to support peripherals (keyboard, mouse, external drive, printer?) then it has about everything that I want.

The iPhone almost has everything I need…. but using it for all my email isn’t a good solution.

FWIW: I assume I would also have a desktop system for more computing-intense needs. But 90% of what I do can probably be done on a tablet.

It’ll come down to pricing as well. I can by a netbook for $400. I don’t plan to spend $1,000 on the iPad.

Jenny

January 27th, 2010
2:20 pm

The name is horrible. Why not call it iTab or something. iPad is just … yuck.

Too expensive (likely) and too much of a niche product. I’ll stick with my laptop and smartphone.

Jason

January 27th, 2010
2:21 pm

If it’s in the $300 or so range, I’ll buy it. Otherwise, as Ron says, a notebook with a real keyboard and Windows 7 for about $600 or so.

marco

January 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

I think this might be the 21st century LISA… not the right product/price point for today’s consumer.

ugaaccountant

January 27th, 2010
2:39 pm

No thanks, I’d rather have a laptop running Windows.

Mr. Nobody

January 27th, 2010
2:46 pm

F*** Apple, Steve Jobs is a flaming lib-tard hippy

Jonathan C

January 27th, 2010
2:53 pm

At a glance,
A DEFINITELY NO!!!
I am definitely not buying an oversized iPhone/iPod touch !!!

My reasons:

What I like about iPad?
I was hoping to use iPad to play iWork Keynote presentations on a big screen instead of carrying my heavy MacBook Pro. I’m sure iPad will do this job very fine. But if it lacks the full function of Keynotes that can be found on a normal Mac, iPad will be a junk.

What I do NOT like about iPad?
1.CPU: 1ghz ONLY???
2.Sync with iTunes from Mac/PC???!! Thanks but No thanks! I am a person who likes to manage and modify files/folders by my self. Being ripped off this freedom REALLY ticks me off!!! I stopped using iPod touch and iPhone solely because of this.
3.It seems that Steve Jobs had been constantly boasting about the gaming experience of iPad. But if I am going to play games on a handheld console, I choose Nintendo DS.

Before I make my final decision, I need more info. More is to be discovered, including disk transfer rate, WiFi reception range, Photo/Music/Video formats supported (VERY IMPORTANT), and to which extend can an iPad user customize it.

anonymous coward

January 27th, 2010
3:15 pm

Looks like the non-3G model starts at $499, which is interesting. Keyboard compatible with bluetooth and has a stand that allows you to use it like a display with a keyboard.

The comments about the eye strain are interesting – that should be something to look at.

Book content is the same as the Sony and eReader/Barnes and Noble formats, from what I understand.

I can’t comment on the stuff about using KeyNote and other iWork apps – they are supported on the iPad but I don’t know what that means – can I use it to deliver a presentation? Not that I would do that, but I imagine that the dock connector could easily be connected to a projector…

The 3G data plans from AT&T are interestingly priced, and the iPad uses a microGSM sim card, so it’s not bound to AT&T like the iPhone.

Again – while reading media is an important content aspect, the use of the iPad for video content is what’s most interesting to me. I prefer not to use cable and I don’t watch television, but there are shows I’d be interested in downloading or watching over Hulu or whatever.

The comments about Windows 7 are interesting; I use Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 daily and they are rock solid and I like what MS has done with this latest OS. But we’re just talking OS here, and not device. While I could purchase a netbook with W7, it’s going to be underpowered compared to the iPad and can’t display HD content with an Atom processor in it.

At $499, I’ll get one and start writing some applications for it, probably.

Aunt Flo

January 27th, 2010
3:37 pm

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Aunt Flo

January 27th, 2010
3:37 pm

As soon as soak through this miniPad, I’m slapping on an iPad.

It’s a much “more intimate experience.”

Nadeem

January 27th, 2010
3:40 pm

This looks like a cool piece of hardware; BUT, if I can’t load software on it from any other place than the app store then I might as well own a iphone or ipod touch which I already have. I think the iphone OS will be the drawback for most people. The MAC OS would have been better for the folks that want more of a PC feel to it.

Gio

January 27th, 2010
3:59 pm

I think its great and innovative. I don’t own a TV or a Kindle. I currently watch movies on my laptop which is not that great. I have a feeling this will be a great product that will set the bar for others to reach. Yeah, I’ll one!

fishtales

January 27th, 2010
3:59 pm

Nothing but a bigger iTouch here. No multitasking, no OSX, no phone, no camera and most importantly if you are going to use it to surf the net…it STILL doesn’t have flash. An interesting device…but nowhere near the “gamechanger” Jobs wanted everyone to believe.

Lemming #32423

January 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

I can’t wait to get one. I wnat to be the first douchebag on my block!

john doe

January 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

Not really interested in this product for its price. However, I feel that while this iPad may be a huge disappointment to many consumers, it is a great step toward products say 5 years from now.

Bill

January 27th, 2010
4:17 pm

I didn’t see any mention of phone service on the iPad. I do most of my reading on my iPhone and would prefer a larger interface but won’t be buying an iPad if it can’t replace the iPhone. Seems the idea of this device was to accomplish all our media and information tasks with a single device, a great concept but I’m not going to duplicate by having an iPad and an iPhone and I’m not going back to a stupid cell phone for the phone part.

A

January 27th, 2010
4:30 pm

I have an iPhone 3G, so no I won’t be shelling out $500 or more on basically a larger iPhone, which doesn’t seem to have actual phone service. The e-book part of the iPad is interesting, but for an e-book (whether it’s this one or Kindle or something else) to be interesting to me, It’d have to be at a much, much lower price point, say under $200.

James Doe

January 27th, 2010
4:31 pm

I think apple is doing what it did with the iPhone and iPod touch, slowly steering the industry away from the norm. Like when i heard the rumors, some thought it was a Mac tablet and some thought it was a giant iphone, which it is. Maybe this thing is the first step away from Mac OS and Windows, and soon people will move from a mouse and desktop interface, to a purely touch one. Or maybe, this product will fail and be regarded as a nice, but unpractical novelty device.

James Doe

January 27th, 2010
4:33 pm

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KC

January 27th, 2010
5:10 pm

I agree that the iPad should be renamed — how about iFlop?

Overpriced

January 27th, 2010
5:12 pm

$500 for a glorified netbook? No thanks! When the price comes down to $150, maybe.

KC

January 27th, 2010
5:13 pm

or how about.. i_made_a_mistake?

jd

January 27th, 2010
5:30 pm

Hrmmm, $500 for a gigantic iPhone that doesn’t have a phone?? This will be for mac fanboys only.

Steve Job is the MAN

January 27th, 2010
5:35 pm

Heck yeah. I will the first in line at the Apple Store @ Perimeter to get the IPAD. Iphone/I touch is too small for games. The Ipad is perfect for me.

Steve and his engineers have done it again. Now I just need to some money to buy Apple stock.

Jenna

January 27th, 2010
5:36 pm

no flash. (1/2 the internet useless)
no multitasking (really? it uses the iPhone os, so really.)
1 ghz processor (I can get a netbook with more than that at 1/2 the price)
Glossy screen and backlit (eBook readers, get ready for headaches!)
you have to purchase a separate data plan from AT&T…in addition to any plan you have with your cuurent phone.

I call it an EPIC FAIL

Todd - Dacula

January 27th, 2010
5:49 pm

If it’s free!!! oterwise, NOPE…

Jim

January 27th, 2010
6:11 pm

f*ck apple and their shiny hipster douchebag crap. if you buy this goddamn thing you should be shot in the face.

SWAT Native

January 27th, 2010
6:28 pm

When I first heard about the IPhone, I thought, “I would never pay that much for that”. When I had a chance to see one up close and in action, I got one. I think when people get to see the Ipad up close and see what it can do it will be very popular. Look at it this way, people pay like $300 for a Kindle – the IPad will blow those out of the water.

Eddie

January 27th, 2010
6:56 pm

I wish people could see the cult like vibe all this stuff is giving off. You don’t have to buy a $500 device because you would be one of the first people to own it. More importantly, you don’t have to buy it because it’s name has a little “i” in front of it. People are simply buying Mac stuff as to say something to others about themselves, most are not truly informed as to what is under the hood of what they bought. I think the anti-open-source monster known as Apple can eat my iShorts.

richardson1311

January 27th, 2010
8:15 pm

Please compare the Always Innovating-Touch Book with the IPad.

atlantaguy

January 27th, 2010
11:56 pm

The lack of a web cam is the deal breaker for me causing me not to buy it.

I mean, Skype has an app in the app store. How convenient would it have been to be able to sit on the sofa with the iPad, and video-Skype with my family? Very. But I won’t be able to do that, because they failed to put a $15 web cam into their “magical” device. Who’s glaring fault was this?

For now then, I’ll stick to my netbook, which DOES have a web cam, and while not nearly as sexy as the iPad, does allow me to do what I need to do. Too bad, because my credit card was just itching for the Pad until I saw the stuff they left off of it. Boo.

SpecialK

January 28th, 2010
7:13 am

I’m a HUGE reader but couldn’t see spending the money on a Kindle when all it did was books. I have been waiting for this iPad! I can read books and do everything else it does. Now, if it only had a camera and a phone it would be perfect!

StinkyFinger

January 28th, 2010
8:04 am

If this had been loaded with OSX, then maybe it had a shot…but basically it’s a larger iTouch, with the addition of 3G (exclusive to At&t-BAD MOVE). I wouldn’t touch this iTouch! A netbook makes much more sense. Epic fail

Gusti

January 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

No, don’t plan on buying, especially after reading all the things it DOESN’T have… and what I’ll have to pay for in addition. I just don’t see the attraction. What real benefit does it have over other items already on the market?