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Amazon's been giving away "free" kindles to customers who buy a shit load of books.

haha, i imagine they almost have to. to be honest though, i don't know how reading a book off the ipad is going to feel. with the kindle it's like reading ink off a book and doesn't bother my eyes, but this thing looks like you'd just be staring at a computer monitor, which is a whole different experience.

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agreed...i've tried countless times to read books that have been formatted in PDF and the like on my macbook, and I just can't do it. It doesn't feel right or I feel like my eyes are being strained...the nice thing about the kindle is it is so matte and I actually think the black and white compliments the idea of it being for reading books.

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I think its worth 1k, if i had that much money to blow. Its new and cool, but i also think its the wrong price point to get the masses in to it beyond fanboys/girls.

They should be on some PS3/360 shit with this and losing money, not profiting per unit... make it all back on the app store or some shit, this price is alienating to a lot of folks, even if you can justify it... i would want one, but not at that price.

I also kinda hoped they would figure out some amazing shit with the keyboard that would impress us all to hell. Does not seem like thats the case.

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I think its worth 1k, if i had that much money to blow. Its new and cool, but i also think its the wrong price point to get the masses in to it beyond fanboys/girls.

What are you talking about? It starts at 499, the most expensive version is 829.

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agreed...i've tried countless times to read books that have been formatted in PDF and the like on my macbook, and I just can't do it. It doesn't feel right or I feel like my eyes are being strained...the nice thing about the kindle is it is so matte and I actually think the black and white compliments the idea of it being for reading books.

Nobody reads books anymore anyways.

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Oh yeah? where did they release prices? i was going off what i heard.

499 is pretty ok.

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forgivingness please.

EDIT: I think its cool as hell Jobs and the crew almost killed the whole skit with the Newton, and came back so hard and made this... dreams do come true.

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let's just hope microsoft decided to port office to iPad...

Apple seriously needs to develop a program similar to microsoft OneNote.

I've been using it on a tablet PC and it's insanely good.

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yeah the kindle is 'only black and white' but disregarding the security issues, it also has a ridiculous library of books at its disposal. That and the screen's brilliant visibility somewhat justifies the price I think.

The thing is though, the ipad is a literally a glorified iphone/touch. Most of the applications that will be available for it in the short term will be ports or extensions of existing apps you can use now, i'd even wager that this is the limit as far as its capabilities go.

For the price they're charging, surely you could get a netbook with ion or one of those ultraportable notebooks with CULV and have a for more practical option?

You're gonna buy an ipad, then the keyboard, then whatever else over-priced peripheral Apple is going to make necessary, and within another year or two you're going to have slates/tablets that will completely outstrip this thing.

That's what I think anyway.

i haven't slept for 36 hours.

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Fuck it, if I can easily read my PDFs on this thing without carrying around 100 lbs of paper every day I am sold.

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within another year or two you're going to have slates/tablets that will completely outstrip this thing.

Just like with what happened with the iPhone, right?!

Oh.....

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EDIT: I think its cool as hell Jobs and the crew almost killed the whole skit with the Newton, and came back so hard and made this... dreams do come true.

Technically, Jobs had nothing to do with the Newton; he was kicked out of Apple long before that, and axed it as soon as he returned.

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You can already go get a netbook with Windows 7 on it, multitouch screen, webcam, larger storage, faster processor, an actual keyboard, real web browser (with flash, which this doesn't support) for MUCH cheaper than this. I don't see the point. This does nothing an iphone can't do, it just does it a bit bigger.

Oh and while we're at it, not making it EITHER 4:3 or 16:9 is stupid, so no matter what video you're watching, it'll have black borders?

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I don't like that it doesn't have flash support. I'm sure it will sell very well. I don't really need one but i'll probably get it. Addiction to gadgets.

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if it does, would you really want to be this guy?

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chick magnet fo sho.

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Just like with what happened with the iPhone, right?!

Oh.....

erm, yes ?

*it wasn't even that far ahead of competitors when it was first released!

**and actually, i make my statement about the forthcoming tablets with great faith, hallelujah; considering this year's CES i'd say there's overwhelming proof that tablets/slates/whatevers are finally going to break into the mainstream.

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its like a bigger version of the iphone/ipod touch.

then again, it definitely seeks its purpose of work presentation with fun apps and web surf.

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This also can't replace a computer, you have to at least have a desktop machine to go with it, otherwise how will you get your music, photos, movies etc on it, unless it's going to be cloud based? (Which no one seems to want yet).

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was hoping for a webcam for skype, but on second thought, you'd have to hold i up to your face for a flattering angle, otherwise people would always be looking up your nose and shit.

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who is going to lug around this big old shit?

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This also can't replace a computer…

And it doesn't look like this product was intended to replace a desktop computer.

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And it doesn't look like this product was intended to replace a desktop computer.

My point is that it can't be used as your sole computer, desktop or laptop or netbook.

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who is going to lug around this big old shit?

Don't think size is an issue tbh, seems to be similar to netbooks/the kindle. I'm sure its build quality will be great but ostensibly it'd need protection. Prepare for a barrage of giant transparent cases/sleeves?

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And a case for the keyboard dock that you'll need to carry if you want to do any real typing on it...

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It's obviously not going to replace a laptop, but it easily replaces a netbook or macbook air...

I was thinking about getting about getting both an iPhone and an Asus netbook, but for way less per month I could pick up a new non-smartphone and get an unlimited data plan with an iPad...

despite the hype, I think apple is right to a degree, it does fill a (perhaps useless) niche between phone and computer. I'd consider one, for sure. (But hell if I'm going to be anywhere near the front of the line.)

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i wonder how many of these i'll see on trains in japan once it's released there.

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Any word on getting the bluetooth keyboard to work with this out the box? I kinda wish that they would get something going with that on the iphone, even though it would be super hard on the eyes...

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I just don't get how it will be comfortable to use if it's flat. You can't hold it and type like the iPhone so you've got to put it down and if I'm watching a movie I don't want to hold it or lay it flat on a table.

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