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No, I bash Micro$quish equally.
Apple has always been form over function.
Eye candy. It has a small flock of zealots who worship
any product rolled out.
This one has a list of things that it can't do, longer than the list of things it can do.
It's a pretty paper weight. Wait a few more generations and then it will have the functionality that will make it 'special'.
It was rolled out to market before it was ready. Simple as.
Yes, there are devotees who gladly stand in line and pay a higher price, just to say they have one, but...
I think both now make good products, Win7 is actually on a par with OSX for me now.
I agree that Apple has problems with implementation of new devices but at least they are cracking on and doing it. The only reason HP wanted to do a "slate" was competition. If apple hadn't brought us the iphone, we'd still be raving about the latest non-touchscreen phone from nokia. Until that, the only thing that made phones competitive was megapixel rating on the cameras, even though no one focussed on the lens (which is really what matters!)
Paperweight is a little harsh, I agree that future revisions of the device will bring refinements like better OS, camera but to hammer them for marketing it as a big thing is wrong in my opinion. It is a big thing as it is a "first". Not perfect but a benchmark to be beaten by competition. I for one hope it is beaten (Open OS, Divx etc.) for the simple reason that it will force Apple to up their game.
Was it rolled out before it was ready? Yes would be my answer. I think that multitasking is a HUGE drawback on it but apparently it is going to be addressed with Iphone OS4 soon. It looks like apple are becoming victims of their own success. Get the Ipad out before the competition before releasing IPOS4.
I'm reluctant to kick Apple about Multitasking (because I believe it will be fixed with IPOS4) and wifi issues (again a firmware update). The only issue I actually have is that the oleophobic surface (ala iphone 3gs) is supposed to be on this too but I can see streaks.
Just my observations but on a whole, I believe this is a winner if you are geared towards apple content and delivery being a part of your life. If you're more of an open source type of guy and like control over your devices, it isn't for you (and probably wasn't anyway). I fall into both camps, I like the overall delivery of Apple/OSX/IPOS3 but also the freedom that WIN7 offers.
If only Microsoft could get their shit together I would be delighted. WIN7 is a huge step towards that after Vista.