The iPad Will Not Save Your Life, Nor Will It End It

Everybody just calm down. Shhh. Breathe easy. Here, towel off with this pair of old underpants I found under my desk chair. Let it absorb all your sweat and stress and… well, whatever other fluids are seeping out of you right now. Are you calm? Are you better? Don’t relax so much you void your bowels. I don’t want that. Nobody wants that. I just want you shhh. I just want you easy like Sunday morning.

Yes, they announced the new Apple Tablet.

Yes, it’s called the iPad.

No, it isn’t Jesus.

No, it’s also not the Devil.

Shhhh.

Let’s talk about it like two rational human beings. I know! I know. This is the Internet. This is not the place for rational discourse. I get that. We could be executed for this transgression by the Overlords of Protocol. But this is a safe place. This is a temple.

Now, please to meet the iPad.

iThink That’s A Shitty Name

The iPad.

That… that is not a great name. I concede that point. Didn’t anybody ask anybody? Sure, the first thing that comes to mind is a lady’s, ahem, *points with swirling finger toward crotch and whistles* — y’know. Her monthly red algal bloom. Right? Know what I mean? Algal bloom? Red tide? Hm?

Really, though, the name comes with a world of connotations, few of them good. My mother’s dogs pee on puppy pads. Girls with bee-sting booby bumps might go ahead and “pad” their bras. “Pad” is an aging term for one’s home or hangout. To pad along is to walk quietly. A synonym for “pad” is “wad,” and if you put “dick” in front of that, well, c’mon. (Though does that mean I have a new insult? “Dickpad?” “Hey, Bill, you were a real dickpad last night. That thing with the snack bowl? Not cool, bro, not cool.”) Pad is just so passive. It isn’t even nice to say. Paaaad.

The only two positive connotations I get are “notepad,” which is a fun thing in which to write, or Pad Thai, which is the delicious national dish of Thailand.

I assume that Apple is going for the former, but really, “notebook” is far cooler than “notepad,” and right there they have the answer: iBook. Name it the goddamn iBook. It’s what they’re going for, it’s the name of the book service, so just port it right over. It’s okay if the meaning isn’t perfect. The term “iTunes” refers to software that sells a shedload more than songs. The term “iPod” is… basically meaningless.

The iPad?

Really?

You Do Know It’s Not A Computer, Right?

A lot of the early complaints coming out about this thing is that it’s not a robust computer, and that you can buy a netbook for like, fifteen cents and some bottlecaps or something. I get that. My mountain bike is also not a car. My dog? Not a duck. No matter how much I bemoan the fact that my dog is not a duck, it doesn’t make the comparison a reasonable one. It’s just how it is. Things are not other things.

Yes, some netbooks will do more than the iPad and it’ll do it with an equal or lesser price.

My desktop wasn’t very expensive, and it punches the shit out of my laptop, which punches the shit out of my netbook. I didn’t buy them so they could exist as one another. (Actually, full disclosure: I don’t own a netbook. Shut up, you.)

Yes, it’s a giant iPod-slash-iPhone.

Did you… expect something different?

Why would you think that?

What did you think was going to happen? Did you think you were getting a PC, maybe? Because this is Apple. This is what Apple does. It designs efficient, often aesthetically-pleasing devices that do experiences very well. Not necessary tasks, but experiences. And that’s okay. Maybe that’s not your thing. It doesn’t have to be. But don’t be angry at it. Just don’t buy it. It’s not government mandated. Obama isn’t outlawing other tablet computers. You will not be executed for owning a Windows-based netbook. I promise. Scout’s honor.

Did you think you were getting a robot? A spaceship? What?

Sure, It Has Its Problems

No camera: For me, not a problem, because I don’t give a shit. You do, and that’s okay. I expect a camera is a 2.0 kind of thing, but yes, it should’ve had it right out of the gate, just like the iPhone should’ve had cut-and-paste out of the gate. But it doesn’t. Go cry about it.

Big border: Yeah, it needs that, though, otherwise my clumsy, greasy ape fingers will fuck up the touchy-touch.

No multitasking: An odd choice, but part of me wonders what this really means. I can loosely multitask on my iPhone — if I go back to my browser, it and the many sub-browsers I’ve opened are still there, on the pages where I left ‘em. My music plays in the background, unless it’s Pandora (grumblegrumble). Yes, I have to close and open apps, which takes me approximately two more seconds than if I went to click on a tab. I can see why that might be annoying in the total, but ultimately, multitasking usually just distracts me from what I need to be doing. So, yes, it’s silly, but I also don’t know that I care.

The keyboard: I can see it being awkward, because I can’t hold it while I type. That could get goofy. I don’t know what the solution would be, though, outside an external keyboard, which you can do with the iPad. And from what I hear, a Bluetooth keyboard is good to go. More revolutionary solutions might also be more annoying and particular.

3G, AT&T, Blah Blah Blah: I wouldn’t get it with 3G, because that’s largely overrated. The 3G service doesn’t let you do everything that Wi-Fi does on the iPhone, so I dunno why I’d expect differently with the iPad. People seem to think the Wi-Fi alone is useless, but most places I’d be carrying a big ol’ piece of technology is likely to have Wi-Fi. Like, say, my house. Where I live. If I really needed it, I have AT&T. Silly, but again, not an issue for me.

No Flash: Ah! Finally one that actually annoys me. Annoys me on the iPhone, annoys me here. Well, technically, I think it supports Flash, just not in the browser, which is… kind of where it matters, so that sucks. A big brown poop mark for sticking with that hobbled version of Safari Mobile.

It Ain’t No Revolution

This isn’t a rebellion against the old. This isn’t the full-bore future. It’s not a new version, but rather, a sequel to an earlier version. A zero-point-five iteration, maybe.

Does that disappoint me? Sure. I was hoping that it would really pop, that this fucker would hum and sing and fly and give me oral favors and cast spells against my enemies. I really wanted it to kind of be the Giant Remote Control of my life and software. Walk to one room, carry my digital persona with me — organize, entertain, update, inform. Play, learn, experience. From here to there. Boom. Bam. Masturbate. Yeah.

Not so much.

It’s basically a big iPod Touch.

The question is, just because it’s not a revolution, is it worthless?

I kind of like the iPod Touch. Actually, I really like it. So a bigger version with deeper functionality… isn’t… the worst thing ever. Especially when you consider…

That Price Ain’t Half-Bad

Hey, I was expecting $1000 or more. Apple overvalues its products a lot of the time (in my humble opinion). But this? This is priced pretty well. Think what you want. I can get a big Kindle for $489, and an iPad for not much more. The Kindle is 4GB and basically does one thing. The iPad (at that price) has 16GB and does… my guess is, a whole fucking lot.

Now, to be clear, I would rather they charge more and offer a bigger, more revolutionary product. But I’d also like a pony, and that ain’t happening anytime soon, so I’m going to go ahead and try to match my expectations up to the reality and go from there.

(Though, if anybody has a line on a really cheap pony — no biters, now — I’m waving around some cash. Waaaaving it around. Just between you and me. Don’t tell the wife. She can’t read this thing, right?)

Things I Like

Nice e-reader, from what I can tell. Big screen, and it looks like a book. Further, from what I can see, you actually get an image of pages and pages left, which answers part of my problem with e-readers (in that they offer me no context regarding the book I’m reading). Plus, non-proprietary format (epub, pdf). The iBooks store should be easy to use. I prefer buying my music on Amazon because it’s cheaper, but browsing the iTunes store is more fun, so we’ll see how it ends up here. Of course, it may not matter — one way or another, the iPad is going to read Kindle books. My iPhone does. Why wouldn’t the iPad? So that’s a win, and that may be where this device has its most value: as a really amped-up e-reader.

I like that it has iWork. That intrigues me. And I think for $30, as opposed to the $80 version you’d get for a Mac computer (but my info might be wrong, there).

The battery, provided it’s not a callous lie, sounds robust. I assume since the device has more real estate, it gets bigger battery voodoo.

Users say it’s fast. Twice as fast as the iPhone. Cool.

Things I Don’t Like

As said, no Flash.

Too many adapters makes Baby Jesus kill lepers with hand grenades.

Big exposed glass screen is bad for clumsy crap-fingers like me.

It isn’t a revolution, but rather, a slow evolution.

What I Want To Do With It

I want to do a transmedia novel. A real one. A tablet-specific app with a novel bound to it that functions by itself, but used properly branches out into audio, video, game screens, graphic novel elements, and social media connections. That’s what I want to do. I think it’d be pretty cool. Anybody want to help me develop it? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

Give me a ringy-dingy.

The Verdict: Buy Or Die?

Will I get one?

Well… no. Not right now. I don’t have money just blowing around the room like windswept leaves. (And if I did, c’mon, we’ve been over this. I’d buy a pony.) That’s not to say I won’t get one eventually — I do a lot of my main work on the desktop now, and find my laptop clunky, and if that takes a dirt-nap I may go for an interim, aesthetically-pleasing solution like the iPad. (Gads, I really hate that goddamn name. iPaaaaaad. iPeed. iPood. Paaaaah. Duh. Ick.) And, if on a lark I actually get someone to help me develop this transmedia novel, then wham, I’ll get one stat.

But to be clear, I don’t think it’s a bad deal. I think it’s a good deal. Not great. Not revolutionary. But squarely in the “B-to-B+” range of potential. It certainly isn’t the second, third, or fourth coming (despite what you may have heard), but it also isn’t a plague of frogs or locusts. It’s an Apple product. It’s quirky and imperfect and cute and it will have its sycophants just as it will have its froth-lipped detractors.

I’d suggest not being either.

I’d say — y’know, just relax.

Just — shhh.

It’s time to sleep, now.

Time to take your pills.

Shh.

50 comments

  • Chuck, you’ve taken the words right out of my mouth. It’s like you were talking to me when you wrote that.

    I was just hoping for the fourth coming. For something revolutionary. Even though it sure didn’t sound like it would be from all the rumor flying around, I wanted them to pull something out of their big, fat a$$es that made it awesome!

    But no. Not this time.

    But really… iPad? Blech. Change the name, at least!

  • So far, I don’t see the iPad as a sublime product release. I see it as a stable, solid one — a line drive, not a home run.

    Though, Stephen Fry points out that it’s the type of thing we need to use rather than read about to “get.” Normally, I’d snark off about that sort of comment, but that’s exactly true regarding the iPhone — I was never impressed by the iPhone specs. Reading about it didn’t really excite me. What excited me was seeing one in action and using it.

    I played with an iPhone for about 30 seconds and suddenly had this irrepressible urge to possess one, to melt it onto the flesh of my hands so that its preciousness never had to leave my bodily space.

    So, the iPad may have that going for it — it may also end up a “must use” device.

    — c.

  • Oh, and the iPad / tampon jokes are going to get tired in about… mmm, t-minus 45 minutes.

    Hey, I’m a sucker for a needlessly profane joke, but it’s now a joke that EVERYBODY is making. It’s like everybody’s telling the same “Knock, Knock, Interrupting Cow” joke, and it’s draining the funny right out of it.

    — c.

  • I think we covered the tampon comments yesterday, so need to repeat. iAm growing as a person, see?

    My wife and I were going to get a Kindle after we get our baby bonus for the new youngin’ (only a month and a half left!) but I think we’re going in the iPad direction instead. I decided to push back upgrading my computer (for the fifth time) so we can get the 64g model, but screw the 3G. We don’t leave the house much as it is, and most the places we go to have wireless we can pick up.

    This is assuming, of course, they start selling the damn thing in Canada when we get the funds for it. Otherwise I’ll be hitting someone up to ship us one.

    I really think this type of tech is going to be good for periodicals and table-top roleplaying – like, really fucking good. Yes, it is insanely expensive compared to the traditional means, but when the price starts dropping in a few years these gizmos (and their knockoffs) will be just about everywhere.

    I agree with the problems with it; no flash just motherfucking-goat-punching-with-a-fistful of napalm sucks, but I assume that will change in time. It’s going to be weird not having multitasking in a modern computer – almost a nostalgic trip back to Geek War I, between the allied forces of DOS and the evil OS/2 coalition.

    The wife and I are really looking forward to it though. The iBook store looks fantastic.

  • As I think I’ve said elsewhere, it’s not really a viable e-reader, since it’s not using e-ink. It’s pretty, very pretty, but it’s really just a very (very very) cool Personal Media Player.

    Now, it’s pretty clear that this is the beta product. iPad 2.0 will have a few more of the features we’re looking for, maybe.

    But no Flash, ever. Let’s hope that the html 5 standard works out for Apple. I think they are obstinate beyond reason, here. I know it’s to keep their technology secure (Flash is wide open to abuse) but still.

    • Well — e-ink is fine and good, but I’m hesitant to put final judgment on the iPad’s e-reader without seeing it. My iPhone doesn’t have e-ink, and outside the lack of context provided by the Kindle software, the screen is very easy to read, actually easier on the eyes than a standard book. So, to suggest it’s “not viable” is a little extreme.

      — c.

  • I am going to take exception there: it is a viable e-reader. It has the capability to read and display the files. It just may not be a good e-book reader.

    There is a world of difference in those two statements, and for those of us without an e-reader or a decent media device, this is perfect.

    I take that back, an iPhone would be perfect – but my kids need to eat.

  • Okay, I guess technically you could read a novel on an ordinary cell phone, but that doesn’t make it a good experience.

    Likewise, I’ve used my iPhone to read novels. It wasn’t a great experience. A bigger screen isn’t always the answer.

    But yes… perhaps I was too harsh. Scionical’s adjusted statement, that it might not be a good e-reader, is probably fairer.

    I would not want to read another novel on my iPhone, and I don’t think I would want to on the iPad either. I’m not a Kindle apologist, either – it’s just so much kinder on the eyes and feels better than any other electronic experience I’ve had.

    I’ll get back to you when I’ve tried to watch a movie on the Kindle, though.

    • Look at it this way:

      My computer monitor does not use e-ink technology.

      And what I do all day is read things on the screen.

      So — where’s the problem?

      — c.

  • You know something?

    I’m wondering if there’ll be an SDK for this thing.

    If there is, and I manage to crack it open, I think we can seriously examine some transmedia awesomeness. I doubt it’s any more hideously complicated than putting something together in Flash or AfterEffects.

    Further bulletins as events warrant.

  • Well, I also stare at (several) monitors all day, and I can’t honestly say it does my eyes much good. Just because you’re used to something doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Also, hopefully we’re sitting a little bit further away from those screens, and not nestled into a comfy chair with one much closer.

    I’m not saying I don’t like it, I’m just saying that for reading books/magazines, it’s not really a step forward yet. I am looking forward to color e-ink technology, but that might not happen as people settle for the Betamax of e-reading rather than developing a truly promising technology.

    Hmm, I think that’s what’s annoying me, actually. I think that this is the easy way out, and e-ink really is probably done for. It had so much potential.

    • I sit about 16″ away from my monitor.

      It’s probably not great for my eyes, no.

      But, neither is reading a book all day. I can only sit so long with a physical book before it starts to wear on my eyes. I’m not saying e-ink isn’t superior. It probably is (I’ve never used it); what I’m saying is, I’m not ready to dismiss the iPad’s e-reader tech simply because it doesn’t have it. Until I hold it and see, I won’t know, nor will anybody.

      I don’t think it’ll kill e-ink, though — that’s a technology found in the majority of e-readers. The iPad won’t kill those e-readers (though, my hope is it will put a nail in the coffins of those e-readers over-exaggerated price points; cool as the Kindle is, it was always too expensive for the *one* thing it does well).

      — c.

      • I should further add that my post and the comments are meant to engender something you don’t see much on the internet — patience and moderation of opinion. We’ve become super-polarized in our opinions, because it’s easy to be. Everything either SUCKS or is AWESOME and we don’t leave any middle ground open. It’s too easy to stand at one end of the field and yell an opinion to the other end of the field. The Internet facilitates extreme notions far too easily, I think.

        — c.

  • Trying to find a video clip of the New York Times app, but no luck yet… maybe too soon?

    I hope you’re right about e-ink. And yes, it would be great if it reduces the price points for e-readers, especially the Kindle DX, which is really, really good and can no longer survive at its current price.

    When Apple drops their beautiful pebbles into the pond, it does force everyone else to keep up. That’s a very good thing.

    • Here’s what I figure is the truth: the PC as we know it is dying, as is the personal computer. What we’re going to see come out of this is the same thing we see with phones — we’ll see two or three major players, and in the “e-reader / tablet” market it’ll probably be Apple, Android (Google), and maybe Amazon.

      The Android may play with e-ink, especially if it’s a vulnerability with Apple.

      — c.

  • I think what you say is mostly right. The netbook flirtation is still going on, but the iPad will shake that up. Android hasn’t had the impact Google probably wanted it to have, and Amazon need to pick themselves up, shake themselves off, and get realistic in order to stay in the game.
    But yeah, the desktop PC’s days are numbered. Except for hardcore gaming. You get World of Warcraft working on the iPad and that’ll be a huge game changer.

  • What I want to see is the iPad app that does this:

    – Take an image from my photo library
    – Overlay a grid on it
    – Let me place markers on that grid and move them around
    – Let me broadcast that image to other iDevices on my same network (touches, phones, pads), along with sending updates, whatnot. Maybe let those devices send me updates for moving the whatsises around.

    Battle map wherever you go, right? Or a chess board that feels like a decently sized chess board? I’m then truly, truly carrying my game library around with me — I’m not just talking about PDFs and eBooks and whatthefuck, I’m talking board games and all, of any stripe.

    Given the incredible robustness of apps like Dicenomicon, which didn’t take THAT long to come along after the iPhone’s launch, I’m strongly optimistic about the potential explosion of creativity that can happen with the same technology fused with a screen size that’s actually usable by more than the individual.

    • Fred:

      That is awesome.

      You’re hired.

      I want to see these things networked together — a chain of tablets, linking up real-time info and imagery.

      I dream.

      Of ponies.

      — c.

  • I just like to watch the drama unfold whenever Apple announces a new product: the devout start vying for the curious consumer, the curious consumer is partialy won over, the critics come in and sway his opinion and eventually the curious consumer chooses right and all’s right with the world. It’s like Goethe’s “Faust”, only I’m not sure whether Steve Jobs is or isn’t Mephisto.

    I’m never excited about apple products, but I’m a man of very simple needs – laptop to do computer and office things, paper notepad to organise myself. Throw in a cell-phone with an mp3 player that I won’t be afraid to break and I’m set.

    What I am angry over is how people get angry over these things. I think we geeks have lost a certain solidarity with one another.

    I blame it on the hip-hop and the casuals.

    • Oh, and Minstrel —

      Geek solidarity is a myth, I think. Geeks are tribal, and there exists many flavors of geek. Many who will stab each other in the neck to prove a geek-specific talking point.

      — c.

  • As a rule, I do not purchase brand-new technologies. I wait for the first couple of waves of bugs to get worked out, prices to come down, and new features to get added, THEN I join in if it’s something I want at a price I can afford. Seriously, I do this with absolutely everything. Cell phones in general. The iPhone in specific. The iPod. Still don’t have a flat-screen TV. As desperately as I want an ebook reader, I still don’t have one because I don’t like the quality-to-price ratio yet.

    The iPad (gods what a horrible name—I realize they were undoubtedly trying to riff off of iPod, but couldn’t they have floated the name by even one woman?) is the first thing I can think of in ages that’s even tempted me to break this rule. Maybe I’ll get the lowest-end one with the expectation that I’ll need to replace it later.

    What I love:

    1. A gorgeous ebook reader, as far as I can tell. The ebooks I’ve played with in the stores have all been surprisingly annoying. Screen flash when turning pages; low-quality screens; no color (not often necessary, but useful); not the best speed. This appears to fix a whole lot of those problems.

    2. The ability to play some games on the go without having to have a separate hand-held gaming system, with a screen a bit bigger than that on the iPhone. I want to be able to play Bejeweled 2 or Plants vs. Zombies anywhere.

    3. The ability to work on documents easily on-the-go. I could read a book on my iPad and then write up my review on it.

    4. The size & weight. I prefer a larger screen than that of the iPhone for playing games or working on things. However, I have tendonitis and my laptop is thus not something I actually want to carry around with me. This looks like a great compromise in terms of nice size at a low weight.

    Honestly, I don’t really care that much whether ultimately, such a device comes from Apple or anyone else as long as it does what I need. It’s just that this is the first thing I’ve seen that has the combination of features I most desire.

  • I have the SDK now, but I haven’t had a chance to really dig in. It’s identical to working on the iPhone, so… Objective-C is generally the order of the day.

    Keep in mind, anything written for the iPhone works on the iPad: Amazon’s Kindle app is already iPad ready, though they can certainly update it to take advantage of the extra real estate.

  • I’m happy to see multitasking left out. These multitasking obsessives need to read the psychological studies that demonstrate that while they’re doing two things at once, they’re doing them both worse and less efficiently than if they spent the same amount of time doing one thing, and then doing the other thing.

    Flash can go fuck itself. If every Flash widget and page on every website in the world disappeared and left behind a greasy wodge of snot, the world would be a better place.

  • Like I said yesterday to someone who said they were glad that Flash wasn’t on the iPad/iTouch:

    If I hate youtube, quicktime, and websites, does that mean your iPod touch shouldn’t have them?

    I mean, sure: I’d love a better, faster Flash, or a web-dominant total replacement of it that gets me the same things.

    But I want access to *all* content on my net device way, way more than I want that.

  • Spot on everything I believe (to date). My two main annoyances with everything is 1) people comparing this to laptops (which is silly because, as you pointed out, it’s not a laptop…it’s more like a hyperactive kindle) and 2) Those who believe that everything Jobs touches is absolutely phenomenal. Sight unseen. I like my iPod classic, I don’t like the touch. I like to feel buttons. Others don’t care about that sort of thing. It’s preference. But I surely evaluate each product based on it’s merits alone. the iPod does not make me want to go out and by a macbook. It does not make me want to go out and by an iPad. The iPad doesn’t impress me as something I need right now…so be it. I think the fanboys need to learn to think – this is not an autonomous collective, and we are not borg. Not everything Apple does is a must-have item.

    Great thoughts. I am, of course, really enamored by your comparison to the monthly “gift”. Since reading that line, I have already referred to it as the iBloodyShow. Awesome.

    Cheers,

  • I will say, with the Writeroom iPhone app, the keyboard and Writeroom’s ability to synch to Scrivener… This is a perfect mobile writing platform for me.

    The lack of multitasking is actually a plus, since I have the attention span of a… What was I saying?

    • Further, one wonders that — since the iPad is a little more robust in size and processor — if we’ll see something like Scrivener hop on over to an iPad-only app.

      — c.

  • I agree that the myth of geek solidarity is just that — a myth. Also Chuck’s assertion that geeks will stab each other in the neck to prove a geek-specific point.

    Hell, I’d do it for a Klondike bar.

  • Word from the creator of Scrivener is that he has no plans to work on an iPad version… This seems like a perfect niche for an enterprising developer to dive into….

  • January 28, 2010 at 4:22 PM // Reply

    I think a lot of people are missing the point. Apple invents new shit. What they introduced yesterday was a flaming pile of failure. It will bomb like Apple TV, and LISA. It is nothing new. It is nothing innovative. If this wasn’t Apple introducing this product, the entire world would have let this thing launch without much notice. There are far more products in the queue being made by other companies that will do everything that the iPad can do, and far more.

    I have an iPhone. I have no need for a bigger iPhone…that isn’t even a phone. I honestly can’t think of 1 thing I would do with it. Hell…it isn’t even heavy enough to be a paper weight.

    It is a backwards step for the technology and for the industry. I didn’t expect them to reveal Jesus. What I did expect was something revolutionary and game changing. They introduced a glass and plastic joke.

    It’s not even good at doing what it’s made for. I’m glad it has bluetooth so you can use a keyboard…but you still have to prop the damn thing up. But that defeats the damn purpose! I may as well use my PC at that point.

    I’m disappointed in Apple. Once again they had a chance to pull the rug out from under the tech industry, but hey decided to inflate their egos and pander to the fan boys. I really don’t believe in Steve Jobs anymore. For fucks sake…they named it the “iPad”. A Google search would have taken them to the MADTV sketch that made fun of that exact name!

  • January 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM // Reply

    @Travis: No, not everything that Apple does is must-have. They decided to have a giant press conference and 2 hour long love fest for it. The iPhone didn’t get this much press. It really looks like Apple bet a good portion of the farm on this thing.

    Oh…and the investors don’t seem impressed either. As of right now Apple is down close to 5%.

  • Hahahahahaha! Just totally loved the beginning of this. Like you’re going to ‘put us down’. The newb bumbling into the assassin’s den and his putting us out of our misery! lol.

    • I want one, but probably won’t buy one until a later iteration. (Though, I don’t think this is *exactly* a beta product — given that it’s more or less an iPod Touch sequel, I’d say the tech here is generally proven.)

      As for this not being a revolution, well, no, it’s not. I don’t know that a product needs to be revolutionary for it to qualify as a good deal, though. If this was $1000+ then I’d balk. But it’s not.

      A new car model is rarely a revolution.

      The next processor on a PC is rarely a revolution.

      And this is like that. It’s a next step, not a leap forward.

      Heck, look at the Wii. Yes, the “control scheme” is revolutionary, but every other part of it is in essence just a Gamecube. And yet, the Wii is super-popular, sells very well, and has a far reaching “casual” audience.

      — c.

  • @Paul: Looking at Apple’s stock price is never a good indicator. Their stock ALWAYS goes up before an announcement and down just after. It’s just the way AAPL traders work. Went down just after the iPhone announcement, down after the iPod announcement, down after the announcement of the move to Intel…

    People buy in the rush up to an announcement and short it just after.

  • Interactive media book/thing/like a CDROM on steroids project: You need a whole team and probably some seed money to develop a project like that. That means you have to go to meetings and there will invariably be a guy in a tie who might try to hide the fact that his head is a giant calculator but everyone knows it is. I’m just saying.

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