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Curse those Icelanders and their volcanoes. I wasn’t surprised when Apple delayed the iPad's UK launch, as friends in the US had told me that the initial shipments in their local Apple Stores had sold out very quickly. Apple iPad iPad: touchy-feely like only Apple can make 'em Unfortunately, my cunning plan to get one …

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          1. Mark 65 Silver badge
            FAIL

            Wrong

            Er, that's a dock connector. Not a USB socket for a printer connection, mouse, keyboard or external storage. Nor is it a connector to, say, a video display device such as a monitor or TV.

            So no, they don't come FREE.

            Epic fail sir.

            http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad

            Read the "what's included" part.

    1. Ted
      Boffin

      It's easy to add Safari to AppleTV

      just download "ATV Flash" from a torrent site and it will easily add Safari to any AppleTV...

    2. CS3000

      BBC iPlayer missing

      You did read the whole review didn't you?

      Perhaps you missed the page where the reviewer laments the lack of iPlayer on the iPad until the beeb update their servers to recognise the iPad like they do for an iPhone / iPod touch and instead of Flash serve up H264 goodness.

      Cant really blame the Beeb for this though.... the iPad wont be here officially until 28 May and if you were trying to access iPlayer from the US (no matter what machine you are using) you would find you were blocked anyway.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        FAIL

        You did read the whole review didn't you?

        Nope. thought I'd just grab a stick and poke them there hornets!

        many many years ago there was this guy called Steve Gibson, he had a mantra that went along the lines of 'Its MY Computer' for some reason the corporates thought differently. wonder why?

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        But what about other players?

        Do the ITV/CH4 equivalents work?

    3. jai

      re: Stuff I like to do

      1. apparently printing is coming. but why waste the paper? just take the iPad with you and they could scan the barcode straight off the email on the screen, surely?

      2. get yourself Handbrake (or similar) to convert those individual xvid files in a directory somewhere on your hard-drive, then use an Automator script to tag them with all the ID3 tags you need and load them in iTunes where it'll group them all nicely by show and by season with funky mini covers to speed your browsing. set up iTunes to sync only the oldest unwatched ones and then, each time you hook up the iPad, it'll remove the ones you've watched and load new ones. if you watch them on your iPhone too, it'll keep track of which ones you've watched and to where each time you sync each device.

      3. get the camera connection kit and you can either browse the flash card directly, or hook the camera up via usb and do it that way. import the images and they're ready to show off in a sildeshow within the Photo app, or build into a presentation with Keynote, drop into an email or letter you're writing in Pages, etc etc

      4. i'll give you this one. the iPad is not a recommended piece of kit for freetards. at least, not unless you jailbreak it and install some 3rd party homebrew s/w. if you spent two seconds googling you'd find some. Torrentula is one. surely with the iPad's file storage being easier to access by different apps than it is on the iPhone it's only a matter of time before some piece of homebrew will get the torrent address, download and unrar the files for you and pass them to a media player.

      5. Eliminate Pro is a pretty good multiplayer FPS. I hear NOVA is quite awesome too. there will be more on the way soon

      6. you download them on your pc/laptop, you drop them into iTunes, and then the next time you hook up the iPad, it'll sync them over for you. it's not very complicated or difficult. if for some reason they won't display in the default ebook app, get something like Stanza for the iPad and that'll read anything. and it's exactly the same process to load the files onto it.

      7. you tag mp3s and then you delete them? you have nothing else better to do with your day? surely you're best bet would be to leave a script running to do all that for you on your desktop/laptop while you are outside enjoy the summer weather with a portable tablet device, listening to your much-tagged mp3s or watching your pirated pr0n

      anything else i can help you with?

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      RE: A gadget you don't need?

      While I'm thinking about it... I don't *need* a computer.

      I won't die if you take my computer away...

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Stop

      RE: Stuff I like to do

      I've got a laptop and there are things I can't do with that either, so what's the point of creating a list of things that the iPad was purposefully designed NOT to do?

      If you want to do those things then an iPad is not for you. Let's put things a different way - my dad is 71 and doesn't do any of the things you listed - an iPad would suit him fine...

      1. JEDIDIAH
        Linux

        Apple is all about artificial limits now.

        > I've got a laptop and there are things I can't do with that either,

        > so what's the point of creating a list of things that the iPad was

        > purposefully designed NOT to do?

        ...because those of us that aren't content to just blindly follow like sheep have poked and prodded this thing and discovered that it is just another Unix box. It's not even as limited as a Tivo. Get to the point where you can log in and an iThing is pretty mundane really. It looks a lot like MacOS under the covers. Getting a shell prompt on the thing isn't even terribly hard.

        Easy doesn't have to mean castrated.

        The closed nature of the iThing is self serving. It suits Apple's long term interests much more so than the end user.

    6. JEDIDIAH
      Linux

      Spirt will set you free.

      Spirt is a nice jailbreaker that will unlock iphones and the ipad. This will let you install an ssh server and do desktop style file sharing with your phone or iThing. This will let you put things on the device at will and install things like VLC.

      I've got a flash video file of the 1984 commercial that I put on my iPhone after I jailbroke it.

      It may look like an appliance. It might try to be an appliance. But you can still write shell scripts on it.

  1. Muckminded

    For those against being for it

    Is it true that holding an iPad close to open wounds make them heal more quickly? Even so, I could buy a sh*t ton of bandages for the price of one.

    As to the people who want to claim that the device has no specific purpose not achieved by existing devices, you are correct. So go get rid of your cell phones, laptops and Real Dolls.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Mixed Feelings

    A few colleagues at work have the iPad and really like it for a variety of reasons. It does seem though that there are a bunch of problems with the form factor and device:

    1) Wi-fi - this is well known and may well get fixed. But just like the problems with the network on the iPhone it goes to show that Apple definitely have some quality problems that we should watch out for.

    2) As an eBook reader it is definitely limited. Personally, I can't stand the idea of reading eBooks since I love the smell and feel of print. But problems as an eBook reader are primarily: way too heavy; and way too short a battery life. The friends of mine who have eBook readers all push the same points. When you are reading for a length of time, you want something you can hold easily in one hand without aching. You also want a device you can take on holiday for 2 weeks without recharging. We already have too many things that need recharging all the time whilst on holiday (phones, laptops, cameras, etc.) and each new device ends up needing a new power adapter for each country we are going to be in.

    3) Multi-user. It has always struck me that this form factor should be perfect as a coffee-table device. Something you leave on the coffee-table and pick up to check e-mail, look things up on imdb, and other things. Unfortunately, unless everyone has their own device (which at £400-£600 is a bit expensive) there really isn't a multi-user capability. And I don't want someone else in the family picking up the device and seeing my e-mail. If someone gets this form factor out with a decent multi-tasking and multi-user OS then I think they will clean up. At the moment though, this device is flawed.

  3. John Molloy
    FAIL

    Lack of Flash...

    "Of course, Apple’s anti-Flash stance doesn’t seem to have harmed sales of the iPhone, but it’s a shame the company couldn’t come to a more grown-up compromise on this issue."

    Adobe still haven't got Flash running reliably on either android or iphone.

    Don't believe me? Read here:

    http://jeffcroft.com/blog/2010/may/08/android-flash-demo-flashcamp-seattle/

    "Then, he pulled up the same thing on his Nexus One. The site’s progress bar filled in and the 3D world appeared for a few seconds before the browser crashed. Ryan said (paraphrasing), “Whoops! Well, it’s beta, and this is an intense example — let’s try it again.” He tried it again and got the same result. So he said to the audience, “Well, this one isn’t going to work, but does anyone have a Flash site they’d like to see running?” Someone shouted out “Hulu.” Ryan said, “Hulu doesn’t work,” and then wrapped up his demo."

  4. Jared Earle
    Thumb Up

    Mine arrived today

    Mine arrived today, but I got the 3G version. I chopped up an old Three.co.uk SIM and shoved it in. A tenner a month for 1GB of data will do nicely.

    1. Another Phil

      Hulu doesn't work because the website blocks the player

      Hulu doesn't work because the site blocks the version of Flash that's being worked on for Android (10.1 IIRC). Nothing to do with the stability or lack thereof of Adobe's offerings.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      RE: Lack of Flash...

      "Adobe still haven't got Flash running reliably on either android or iphone."

      Or OSX for that matter!

    3. JEDIDIAH
      Linux

      Let Adobe hang itself.

      In truth, Jobs probably could have had a permissive stance on Flash without any "strategic" loss. It's likely that Adobe would have dropped the ball in the same manner it has dropped the ball on just about every other platform (and even Windows to some degree). Jobs really didn't have to be a jerk and a tyrant about the situation. Jobs is going above and beyond what's really necessary given the situation. He's playing his hand as a jerk and a tyrant when he doesn't really need to. This is a interesting parallel to Microsoft in the 80s and 90s.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    3g vs no 3g window

    "If only the Wi-Fi only iPad (left) both had the 3G model's wireless window"

    Why? If it's cosmetics, I think it looks worse.

    I've ordered a 3G, and I wish it *didn't* have the window doo-hickey - I'd have preferred the solid back, but I know that would interfere with the radio reception (but why does the wifi not need it?).

    Also - when will Apple get a proper itunes "server" running? Being able to stream my itunes library to this natively would be a killer app for me (instead of having to sync a limited playlist); I'm resorting to uPnP which works but just isn't "polished".

    @ Tom 38: Kudos - good laugh. +1.

  6. Andus McCoatover

    And..

    ..the Jobsworth does what, exactly? Forgive me, I'm old and smell of pee, but....

  7. blackworx
    Heart

    What I want to know is...

    ...where on earth is Webster Phreaky? Never a dull moment when he was around.

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  9. dave 93
    Thumb Up

    While you're at it...

    ...changing your opinion, based on finding out the facts, that is. Maybe you could take a closer look at Google, all the stuff they provide, the price they ask, and decide whether it's good value, or not?

    1. MCG
      WTF?

      JooJoo?

      Er... are you aware that the JooJoo has in fact turned out to be more or less crap? It doesn't run Flash, it has a 2.5 hour battery life, and (hahaha) it only works when wifi is available since it's browser-based...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      joojoolololol

      Right, and how many of those were sold? 64 was it?

    3. Rolf Howarth

      joojoo?

      I can't work out if you're being serious or facetious. Isn't the joojoo the tablet that sold a grand total of 90 copies, of which 15 were returned by dissatified customers? (That's 90 TOTAL, not 90,000, or 900,000...). Weighs nearly twice as much and has nearly half the battery life and half the speed of the iPad. And costs exactly the same as the iPad anyway?

    4. Steve Hodson
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      'Jobsworth' ...

      ..simply brilliant use of words.

      I don't necessarily agree with your opinion but had to upvote ya for this. :-)

    5. jai

      lol

      in a strange kinda way, i almost miss him

      1. Andus McCoatover

        Compliment appreciated...

        ...and returned an upvote!

        -Andus

    6. Player_16
      Happy

      joojoo

      JooJoo? HooHooHooHooHoo!

    7. max allan

      Or, wait for a wetab

      Wait for a wetab (was wepad until I expect Apple threw a hissy at them and they realised that the English name made it sound like something for incontinents).

      I was showing the demo video to colleagues and one chap went "look, he's running that app in a window".

      "Wow, a window on a display, that contains a single program and you can run other programs at the same time and interact with either just by selecting different windows. That's like something straight out of the "30 years ago" sort of future. It even does multi tasking and allows you to use standard USB devices.".

  10. Arms Control Poser

    Good old fashioned books

    "It's the first digital device that strikes me as a genuinely attractive alternative to good old-fashioned books and newsprint."

    Looks awful to me, and to this chap:

    http://fontfeed.com/archives/ipad-typography/

  11. Richard Jukes

    The point?

    The point of these things became obvious when I read that a keyboard is to be released soon. Its a huge decent apple PDA with attachable keyboard. It will be popular among mobile proffesionals. Capable of doing what they need. Lightweight, always on...

    They will sell them, but this wont be the best version. Im waiting for the one with a pico projector!

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Halo

    oh dear oh dear

    Poor Cliff.

    80% for a device that is kickstarting the mobile computing space. Yeah genius, well done.

    You will have to live with this article mate, bad move!

    Flash won't be with us for long, haven't you heard?

    Narrow minded, ignorant, short sighted review.

    As for you ignorami and your comments, read your comments again in a year when you are all gagging for an iPad and all your richer better looking friends already own them. Fools.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      re: kickstarting the mobile computing space

      I didn't think there was a problem with sales in the mobile computer market. I can only guess you've not heard of laptops and netbooks?

      They come in every shape, size, colour and configuration you can think of, loads of OS choice with them too... Oh, and you don't need to dock them into anything to connect a keyboard, they come with one built in... How cool is that!

    2. Loyal1
      Flame

      Object of Desire?

      I love the irony. Unless you actualy believe that a glitzy toy from corporate America, may make one appear to be more wealthy and at same time more attractive to opposite/same sex.

      One would be better counting one's Facebook 'friends' as an attractiveness quotient.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        FAIL

        RE: re: kickstarting the mobile computing space

        "I didn't think there was a problem with sales in the mobile computer market. I can only guess you've not heard of laptops and netbooks?"

        When cars were invented, I'll bet you wrote:

        I didn't think there was a problem with sales in the transport market. I can only guess you've never heard of horses or penny-farthings?

        The point you're *really* missing is that the iPad is NOT supposed to be a replacement for a laptop or netbook. It's a whole new thing. My elderly parents can barely cope with keeping their windows laptop working properly. All they use it for is checking email and browsing the net. An iPad would solve the problem perfectly.

    3. Andus McCoatover

      Partially agree with Flash comment..

      Oddly, my Asus eeepc running eeebuntu/Firefox won't let me "F11" to full screen on a page containing flash. I have to navigate to another tab, "F11", then back to the 'flash' tab. Maybe it's firefox, maybe it's a flash bug. Just a 'buggerism' rather than a nuisance.

      But, your statement "As for you ignorami and your comments, read your comments again in a year when you are all gagging for an iPad and all your richer better looking friends already own them. Fools."

      Gagging on a Jobsworth, I reckon...

      -You'll get a Jobsworth real cheap on e-Bay soon, 'cos I reckon folks will shortly realise their true value. I.e., √FA.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Pots & kettles

      "Narrow minded, ignorant, short sighted..."

      Wow. The irony is positively delicious.

      "As for you ignorami and your comments, read your comments again in a year when you are all gagging for an iPad and all your richer better looking friends already own them. Fools."

      Troll on....

      If you are a genuine fan of Apple, then this is hardly the evangelist way to go about it, slating everyone else for having a different - and therefore inferior - opinion to yours. Comments like this are the reason Apple's "Fanbois" get such a bad name.

    5. Giles Jones Gold badge

      80%

      I'm sure the 80% is related to the fact that it has glitches like the Wifi problem.

    6. blackworx
      Paris Hilton

      Re: oh dear oh dear

      Brilliant - you're actually serious!

      Congratulations on being the first of the "I came to this review after it got linked in my favourite mactard forum and now I've descended from on high to let you all know how stupid you are" comments.

      You are of course absolutely correct - we'll all be gagging for iPads once every braindead facebook junkie and their dog has one. We will look back and rue the day we ever posted these misguided comments mocking true disciples such as yourself. In fact I can feel myself turning already! Hallelujah! I might not even make it as far as clicking Submit. Gnnnn!

      Oh no look, here we go... >CLICKETY< ...easier than I thought.

    7. Andrew James

      what??

      When did The Register start reviewing products based on what they might become in 12 months time? This seems to be a pretty fair assessment of a product based on what it is right now, in the reviewers hands. An expression of an opinion formed at the time.

      Right now the internet is full of Flash, and yes, it does leave annoying holes in websites when you're browsing and cant see it. In 12, 24, 48, even 72 months time, we might not have flash all over the internet... but until then, making the point that the iPad doesnt support it seems perfectly valid.

      80% seems fair. Good first impression but it doesnt do printing, doesnt do usb expansion, is a bit expensive and doesnt do flash. Hardly worthy of a near perfect score on a review is it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        FAIL

        RE: what??

        "Right now the internet is full of Flash, and yes, it does leave annoying holes in websites when you're browsing and cant see it."

        Really? I've got a plug in that blocks flash and I haven't missed it at all... Its absence hasn't annoyed me in the slightest, in fact it's better this way. Less data to download, pages load faster...

        "In 12, 24, 48, even 72 months time, we might not have flash all over the internet... but until then, making the point that the iPad doesnt support it seems perfectly valid."

        Umm, it doesn't support ActiveX either... oooo!

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    Dreadful article...

    180degrees view? I doubt it as you'd be able to see the image when the screen was perpendicular to the line of sight. Or is this the new 3D iPad?

    "If only the Wi-Fi only iPad (left) both had the 3G model's wireless window" eh????? If only 1 thing both had something ???

  14. CS3000

    Its just a big iPod Touch

    Yes it is.... and thats brilliant!

    Anyone having trouble with that as a concept should go check out some of the ultra cool apps that exist in both iPod and iPad incarnations. Surely you can see how much more you can achieve with the extra screen real estate, drop down menu's, file system, etc....

    Then there are apps which are just mouth wateringly delicious... Check out something like Korg's iElectribe or Looptastic HD

    There are real world apps out there that will use the iPads main strength... it does not have a keyboard and can be used like an instrument... try doing that with a netbook!

    1. cliff 2

      180-degrees

      <<180degrees view? I doubt it as you'd be able to see the image when the screen was perpendicular to the line of sight.>>

      I actually said 'virtually 180 degrees'.

      You can indeed see the screen clearly from just above the perpendicular.

  15. A 31
    Flame

    re:AC torrents

    "Aren't torrents either pr0n, warez or pirated movies? There's no legitimate use for them, surely?"

    not sure whether to call you a muppet or a bigot

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Ahoy there shipmates!

      I may well be a bigoted muppet, but I notice that you fail to answer my question.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      re: A 31...either way...

      I won't go into the well-trodden politics of why, but even you have to admit that at end the end of the day, the legitimate users of torrent is heavy outnumbered (or "out-publicised") by the "illegitimate", whether you want to believe that or not. So his argument has some basis.

      Perhaps naive, rather than a bigot or muppet per-se.

      And no, I'm not the original AC poster.

      1. JEDIDIAH
        Linux

        Legal use of BT

        Ironically enough, one interesting legal use of BT is Project Gutenberg.

        You can donwload oodles of ebooks for your shiny new iThing using BT.

        A number of the books bundled with the iBook app are from Project Gutenberg.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Flame

      RE: re:AC torrents

      Didn't the original poster say something about the downloads being TV shows...?

      That surely makes them illegal copies, doesn't it?

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