Husky, when you see spam, hit the report button (little exclamation mark), then the message get's delivered to the moderators who can whack it outta the forum :)
That was quick..!
No flash is a huge let down. Basically, it is just an oversized iPod Touch. What a waste
Incompatible ebooks. All the relevant companies need to get their heads together and establish a single standard for ebooks, though I think pdfs do ok as a form of ebook. Lack of flash isn't as bad as no multi tasking.
Its a superb gadget and its price makes it more attractive at 500 usd i think its full value for money
Will the iPhone OS fight against web standards ? Seems like they have created a new proprietry system which they will control with a heavy hand.
I would probably choose the Google tablet if were more inline with the future of the web.
If you are talking about Apps, then I will say you can't install Windows app on Mac, Mac apps on Windows, Mac/Win apps on linux, linux apps on Mac/Windows. Are all these apps, including linux apps, closed?
By the way, Apple's take on the web future is open, pushing for HTML 5. Apple is shutting down the proprietary Flash. Why are people offended by this move and claim that Apple is moving towards proprietary system?
Care to explain?
I really don't like touch-screens.
I used to before I actually used one, and found it to be more like gently coaxing the device into doing what I want rather than just doing it. (Incidentally the same feeling I get while using a Mac.)
That added to my inner-OCD psycho who doesn't want greasy streaks on anything reflective.
I'll take a pass on this one.
The big difference is that Apple has created a new OS that has the ability to contend in the same place as these other OS's. I think you are underestimating what the iPhone OS is and how important it is for the future of software if you don't recognise this.
To create an iPhone app you need to sign-up for an expensive certification that is limited to the technologies and UI defined by Apple.
Apple has created some truly wonderful products that I enjoy daily ;) - but we don't need another platform. The web needs to win as the future platform and people who want to create content or applications for that platform shouldn't need to pay Apple.
If Apple use web standard for its iPad, we will have a "JooJoo". Good for internet and nothing else. We can do some simple google docs and that's it. Nothing more can be obtained from web standard compared to the rich environment given by modern OS.
Maybe $99 isn't expensive for you, but perhaps you might consider 3 wasted months of your life expensive when Apple decides not to publish the application you spent $99 for the tools to create.
That may be true Dan, but I assumed markbrown4 was emphasising the cost in terms of the actual physical expense rather than the time expense. :)
Arguments aside, If the browser becomes one of the prominent uses of the iPad and it really is a good browsing experience then this could be a good thing for the web. It could open up the web to a new user base. Personally, I find having to zoom in all the time to read text a pain in the ass - I'd have to play with one before I came down too hard on it though.
html5 isn't a standard yet, very few features are supported by modern browsers so it's really quite understandable that new features aren't seized upon the minute they are released.
You seem to agree that the future is the web, I think time and energy should be spent in moving this platform forward rather than creating a new one that is designed in the way Apple want it to work, pay Apple to develop it, send to Apple to host it, users to contact Apple to purchase it and so on..
One question I have - Can I install Firefox on Chrome OS? :)
Sorry about that, I thought by "web standards" you were implying the browser (as that's the only part of the device which would employ web standards, hence my confusion). The OS may be entirely closed and have a cost associated with it, but as far as the Internet side goes, it can be considered as doing a reasonable job, after all it's using a better mechanism (browser) than most other mobile devices. You won't be able to install Firefox, however I wouldn't complain with using Webkit, we're unlikely to be doing any web development on the device (which is where the FF add-on's come in handy) and Firefox has loads of memory leak issues as it is, I wouldn't want that thing ripping down the performance of the device, I expect neither does Apple. :)
Paying for a good proprietary system is ok. After all, people like to buy things if the things benefit them. This is same for computer systems.