Originally Posted by DMB
I don't have an iPad and in fact haven't had an Apple computer since about 1993, so can someone please put me right if I've got it wrong, because I'd quite like to get a tablet some time in the next 12 months and was vaguely thinking of an iPad.
Here's what I think it would give me. Please correct me if I am mistaken.
- It's a nice platform for a huge variety of apps, mostly the work of third parties.
- Basically, it works like a laptop without a lid but with some bells and whistles.
- I can use it to browse wherever I please on the web without extra charge from Apple.
- I can, if I feel so inclined, use the browser to go to an Amazon website, download Kindle for Mac (or some such) and buy ebooks for Kindle, all without extra payment to Apple.
If that is correct, I don't think I'd be too worried about iBooks, unless Apple also bombards iPad owners with lots of publicity about iThis and iThat.
2- No, it is not as flexible or powerful as a laptop. Think of it more as a PDA on steroids. It is very good for games and great for media but substandard for productivity apps.
3- Yes, no charges from Apple; no on surfing everywhere as the iPad doesn't support Flash-based sites.
4- Yes, you can. It is the only way to buy ebooks, aside from Apple's iBook app.