Ah, but Penny, it’s the other way around. 🙂 The iPad is like a bigger, better iPod Touch. It’ll be able to do everything my Touch can do, and oh so much more—and on a screen big enough not to murder the eyes. You can pop up a full QWERTY keyboard which (they claim) is almost as big as the one on a laptop. One of my only frustrations with my Touch has been the difficulty of typing on it.
The (stupidly named) iPad will be about the size of a hardcover book (only so much thinner), meaning ebooks will be that much more booklike.
I don’t know when I’ll get one, but someday…I figure by Christmas they’ll have the kinks worked out from the first release. My December birthday may be an advantage this year… 😉
Melissa- you and I both love it for the same reasons- it is a giant iTouch 🙂 I have an October birthday, AND DH seems to like the idea. And I think of all the digital art I could make on it with the huge screen…
You climb the Empire State Building; I’ll scale Canary Wharf. Yes, giant iTouch. And if I had an iPad, I wouldn’t need my Touch any more, and could justify an iPhone. Oops … this could get out of hand.
My husband, the Mac geek, has panned the iPad and is not interested in the slightest. That surprised me. (We both use Macs for business and personal use.)
Me…trying not to drool too much. I have an iPhone, but I love the idea of the bigger screen. But honestly, the whole Flash integration thing with Apple is really starting to bug me. So many sites are tremendously Flash driven- making them down right unviewable on the iPhone. Not happy! Why make something *this* cool when a huge chunk of the web is left in blue lego of doom land?
Joy, I know, the lack of Flash support is a big downer. And I think I read somewhere there’s no external speaker? But that may have been speculation. I’m enjoying all the pro/con posts everywhere. Since it’s so dang expensive (though actually not as much as I’d feared), it’s solidly in the to-drool-over category for now. But by Christmas, who knows? 🙂
So have I over-milked the topic? Because I had a whole big post in the hopper about the parallel between the iPad and the Primer from Stephenson’s THE DIAMOND AGE.