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iPads are still toys essentially. These are not computer replacements.
Apple and Many Others Would Have Believe You Do
No, no, no, and no. I've tried out the iPad 3, compared it to the iPad 2, and honestly the difference is not something you to get stressed out about.
Yes, Apple will try to convince you that you and your little iPad 2 will soon be lame and obsolete. But you're not, and it's not. You still bought something that cost a heck of a lot of money, and works just fine for what it is. iPads are still toys essentially. These are not computer replacements. They're useful for some travel, and nifty to sit around and peck at while checking out videos, articles, email and goofy games. But, come on'these aren't true computer alternatives just yet. Until a truly useful data input system is discovered, I just don't see tablets overtaking PCs, not in their current form.
The iPad is too closed. It doesn't provide a smooth framework for people to ease into. No SD slot? No USB port? Give us a break, add some functionality here, so everything doesn't have to be Bluetooth. Make that back of the iPad more friendly and easy to upgrade. Add a solar panel to it or something '3D would have been amazing, HTC did it on the phone and looks fantastic.
Where's the "new" in this iPad?
Maybe a future tablet will be able to read lips, track your eyes, read your mind or do something better for data input than mediocre voice control, a huge on-screen keyboard, or a clunky attachable keyboard. But for now these are consumption devices. There's nothing wrong with consumption devices, but let's not pretend something is more than what it is.
Matt Sky, Activism Editor: Matt Sky is a journalist, commentator, tech expert, comedic personality and performance artist. He has interviewed some of the most influential newsmakers in the world such as former President Jimmy Carter, Arianna Huffington, Russell Simmons and Larry King. He has appeared as a commentator on HuffPo Live, Sirius XM and has been a guest on a number of radio programs and podcasts. Matt’s areas of expertise include technology, public policy, foreign policy and philanthropy. Matt Sky can be... (more...)