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April 3, 2010
12:41 PM
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I just had to share. I got to the Apple store at 7:45 this morning and waited with over a hundred people (I did not pre-order). Probably more like 200 by the time the store opened.

The iPad is wonderful. Definitely worth it. Especially if you are already a netflix member there’s an app for watching stuff in your instant queue. I haven’t downloaded any books yet but the free Winnie the Pooh book that comes with iBooks looks just like you picked up a real book with color illustrations and all. I’m really glad I didn’t give into the temptation to get a Kindle last year.

April 3, 2010
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OMG! Which one did you get?

April 3, 2010
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Congrats on getting your toy! Waiting in line would be a drag, but it sounds like it was worth it.

Now, as is a habit of a lot of people on another forum I’m on a lot: “Can I have it?”

 

Lol!

Have  fun playing!!!

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April 3, 2010
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@Karen: Do you recommend the iPad to other people? I hear it doesn’t do anything special, in terms of functions (in fact it lacks some basic features like Flash); the real attractiion is its look and size. What do you say?

April 3, 2010
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@Ashraf:  If by look you mean huge bezel then yeah, looks.  Laugh (Why yes I don’t like the bezel.  How’d you guess?)

Other than that:

WANT WANT WANT WANT

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April 4, 2010
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Ashraf said:

OMG! Which one did you get?


The big one. 64GB

April 4, 2010
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I’m enjoying it so far. Video is incredible. Yeah it doesn’t have flash but lots of sites either have started changing over to html5 (CBS.com) or they just created a free app (ABC, NPR). There isn’t an html5 hulu yet or an app but I’m guessing one is coming soon. And I have lots off DVDs that I recently ripped that I could transfer to it easily. And Netflix has a free app so you can stream stuff from your instant queue.

I’ve only looked at the free book that came with it but iBooks looks good to. If you already have a kindle or the kindle app for your desktop or phone, there’s also an iPad kindle app that you can read your existing books.

But the looks and the size is great. I think my 17″ laptop will be getting less use at least for web browsing and video watching. The laptop was more of a desktop replacement than something truly portable though. In fact, I have the iPad in my hands right now while I’m watching my kids in the bathtub. I wouldn’t want to haul my laptop in here.

But can the iPad completely replace having another computer? For most people no. If you have existing media (whether photos, tv shows, videos, etc), then I’m not sure how you would get them on the iPad without a computer whether pc or Mac. Now if you didn’t have existing media and were willing to only get stuff from iTuneS or the app store then you might be able to get by with just this. Kinda depends on what you like though. This won’t replace my pc because I still really like messing around with various programs, etc. If you only use a pc for music, video, and games then the iPad might suffice.

The keyboard works pretty well. In portrait mode, I can actually type like I do on my iPhone using both thumbs. In landscape mode I’ve tried touch typing but that needs practice. I’ve never tried typing on the really small net books so I can’t compare the experience. It is cramped to try to touch type but the auto-correction works well. I wouldn’t try typing a novel on it anyway (except this post) :-)

I actually like the bezel. It makes it easy to see the content while holding on to the iPad and not having hour thumbs getting in the way. But I guess that is individual preference. It definitely feels very solid in your hands and not at all flimsy like some of the small plastic net books. I’m still debating a case for it but leaning against it because I think it would ruin the beauty of it.

I’ll try to do some screen shots sometime soon and post them.

April 4, 2010
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The iPad’s Hulu app is probably going to be subscription based…

http://gizmodo.com/5508290/nbc-wants-you-to-pay-for-ipad-tv-dammit-they-wont-be-the-only-ones

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April 4, 2010
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Locutus said:

The iPad’s Hulu app is probably going to be subscription based…

http://gizmodo.com/5508290/nbc-wants-you-to-pay-for-ipad-tv-dammit-they-wont-be-the-only-ones


Yeah, I heard that too. I like Hulu but I’m probably not giving up my fiostv service any time soon so I don’t use it a lot.

And I think I heard that it might go to subscription based for everyone regardless of device.

April 4, 2010
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But they just became profitable!CryCry 

The latest I heard on the rumors:

  • They might go subscription based for content not already on Hulu (IE, further past episodes)
  • They won’t go subscription-based for current content *IE, previous 5 episodes)

How’d I watch Stargate Universe if I had to pay for it???  Cause currently I can watch cable shows for free…

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April 4, 2010
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Locutus said:

……to pay for it???  Cause currently I can watch cable shows for free…


 Hey Locutus!

Wondrin’ how you are able to “watch cable shows for free…” ??

As BrotherWolf said:  Now, as is a habit of a lot of people on another forum I’m on a lot: “Can I have it too?”Wink

Not expectin’ I can too, but it (almost) never hurts to ask.

Al

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April 4, 2010
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karen said:

…….. haven’t downloaded any books yet but the free Winnie the Pooh book that comes with iBooks looks just like you picked up a real book with color illustrations and all….


 Hey Karen! (BTW That’s my only sista‘s name too!)
OMG Sounds like you also love Kiss the Pooh !!!Wink
Or, as I read in your other post, maybe its ’cause you have kiddies!

(I must astutely assume that at least a couple of kids are very young, as, ……um,…..well, you did mention about……”watching my kids in the bathtub,” &, like, by the time they’re in junior high, ya know, it would be, oh, quite a feat to get more than 1 in at the same time!)!! Laugh LOL

your pal

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April 4, 2010
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yourpalal said:

Locutus said:

……to pay for it???  Cause currently I can watch cable shows for free…


Hey Locutus!
 

Wondrin’ how you are able to “watch cable shows for free…” ??

As BrotherWolf said:  Now, as is a habit of a lot of people on another forum I’m on a lot: “Can I have it too?”Wink

Not expectin’ I can too, but it (almost) never hurts to ask.

Al


 

Well you see currently Hulu has shows like Stargate Universe on it, which is only on SyFy. That means, while I don’t have cable TV (but the cable company does do my high-speed internet) that I can watch it. They publish the episodes a day after they air and it’s a great way to save a lot of cash, especially i all the shows you watch are there. They have most of the popular content like SyFy and NBC and CBS.

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April 5, 2010
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Hulu also has FOX, i believe. I thought most CBS shows were on CBS.com, not hulu. If you are willing to wait a day or so after they air, you can watch a lot of shows for free (but not commercial free, hulu inserts commercials into the video stream).

April 5, 2010
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But you can download Hulu streams.  Laugh

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April 5, 2010
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I’ve tried a few downloaders and never found one that could get the hulu ones. What are you using?

April 5, 2010
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That’s a secret until I have all 10 seasons of SG1 downloaded.

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April 5, 2010
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*cough*Downloading Hulu vids is illegal.*cough*

April 6, 2010
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I tried to find that in their contract but I’m not too good at parsing those things… where is it in the agreement that I can’t download them?  (Also, I know this isn’t for dotTech.  Consider this tangent of this thread closed.  Don’t actually close the thread though!)

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April 6, 2010
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Never mind, I found the part where they only let you watch it on the Site, the Distributors, and authorized programs.  I don’t think VLC is authorized, and I especially don’t think my cell phone is authorized…

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