Originally Posted by berry120
There's one big reason why I think the ipad doesn't stand a great chance of taking off.
Let's look back at the iphone - it was great because it trounced all available competition at the time. It was a few years before android caught up and started to offer a viable alternative, by which point every other person seemed to have an iphone anyway! I thought it was a brilliant idea at the time - and yes, it's enjoyed a great success.
Fast forward to the ipad. And compare its specs to these
beauties, all due to come out sometime in the near future. Quite frankly, they're pretty much all better...
rewind a little there...
2002, apple registered trade marks for iphone.
2007 the iphone was actually released.
five years in development and it was entirely lacking from the start in the first gen, I mean it didn't support 3g, blue tooth, multimedia messages. hasn't had proper gps until 3g versions either, (2008)
yet windows mobile phones in 2003 supported all of these things. I saw windows mobile phones with built in gps in 2005... -before the iphone was even announced... in 2005 my windows mobile phone had stereo speakers as well. (and media messaging)... in fact it would do everything that the iphone I have now (3gS) does, the only exception being the multi touch feature.
the iphone isn't the most popular phone because it's brilliant, or revolutionary, or has loads of features, or even loads of apps, because windows mobile phones have had all of these for ages...
the reason that the iphone succeeded is the same reason that the ipod succeeded, and it'll be the same reason that the ipad will likely succeed, apple are very (very) good at marketing.
has it not occurred to anyone that since Apple started using intel processors they are essentially selling a standard PC, (not even a high spec one), running a free OS, (BSD), just packaged in a shiny box with an apple logo on it. and they are charging between 2 to 3 times as much as it'd cost to buy a similar machine and install BSD...
most of apples products have no intrinsic added value in their function or use compared to competition... they are just extraordinarily well marketed.