To be honest, it would just make more sense to purchase a cheaper, 85% as functional iPhone at this point or just be satisfied with whatever functionality my current phone/smart phone brings to the table. Keep in mind, the iPad cannot make calls. If you are a real genius and know how to jailbreak your iPad and use a sweet combination of Google Voice and Skype, you could probably fix that but, for most normal folks, the iPad is just a big iPod touch, not a big iPhone.Scenario 3: Laptop only. Even given a $599 price point for the non-3G, 32GB model of the iPad, I could literally go buy a $299 32GB iPhone 3GS and a $259 Kindle and have $41 left over to take my girlfriend to go see Avatar in 3D. To boot, I’d have a better, truly mobile device and a better, e-ink-based eBook reader. Assuming I own pockets and a bag for my laptop. I’ve sacrificed nothing in terms of convenience. The only thing I’ve ignored so far is gaming, which, apparently, some crazy people would plan on doing with their iPad. Most gamers would probably agree that this is a joke. Also, if I saw a guy holding his iPad at “ten and two” with his arms outstretched, twisting at the shoulders as if he were driving a Formula 1 car through a series of chicanes, I would walk up and slap the device onto the ground out of principle. Really? You’re going to use a $700+ piece of equipment as a virtual steering wheel in public? That’s just unacceptable. Wait until you get home and play Xbox like an adult! I love Apple. It’s up there with my favorite brands: Google, Pixar, Alberton’s Generic Oatmeal, etc. I’m loyal to them because they almost always get it right. I still hope that I’m proven wrong about the iPad, however, unless I’m missing something big, it looks like it’s poised to be the biggest flop since the last Apple tablet: the Newton. The only way I could imagine someone justifying purchasing this thing is because it’s worth the price to them as a status symbol alone. If that happens and the iPad succeeds, the good news will be that the recession is officially over and Americans are ready to start irresponsibly burning cash again! [See a review of Apple’s presentation at Engadget]
[Edit: Additional, damning review from Gizmodo]
Man, that’s gross… and hilarious.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Maybe Bill Gates doesn’t care that his blog shows up below impostor blogs. After all, Google is his enemy!” That’s cool, that makes sense. Unfortunately for Bill, his blog doesn’t even show up on Bing’s first page at all! If you’re in the search engine marketing business, that’s high comedy. If you aren’t, then this is probably the most boring blog entry you’ve ever read. Sorry about that! [SearchEngineLand]
Fla. woman just out of prison allegedly steals car Perhaps the best part of these stories is that the woman in both cases is in her forties. Most women I know who are in there forties are too busy working and/or taking care of their kids to be stealing cars and/or drunk driving in pajamas. Not in Florida! I would have loved to post a picture of either woman, however, no picture was available. Instead, I posted a picture of what appears to be a dachshund mix in pajamas because dogs wearing sleepwear is hilarious. My friend Marissa got a Snuggie for my dog but he hates it, so, in order to check out dogs wearing hilarious sleepwear, I have to go to the Internet. I'm not sure if a Snuggie counts as sleepwear (I guess it's more "loungewear") but what's the point of even owning a dog if he won't wear one? By the way, if you don't already, start listening to Uhh Yeah Dude from which this bit was stolen. [Yahoo News]