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Comment Re:Makes sense. Somebody is buying Nanos still. (Score 1) 193

they never compete on price

Really? I was under the impression that they did just that with the first iPad. There were no ~10" tablets in "Android land" at that price at the time.

"Tablet PC makers shaken up by iPad pricing - Surprised by iPad's low $499 price tag"
Apple iPad: The Low-Price Leader?
Apple iPad Cheaper than Notebook Vendors Would Like

Comment Re:He's always had my respect (Score 1) 287

You say 'walled garden' as if it's a bad thing for regular users. You and I can jailbreak if we want full portable computer functionality.
The way it is now: stock iPhone means no malware, stock Android means you can get malware since Google doesn't check any apps unless they get complaints, and by then lots of damage has already been done.
So, iOS walled garden=good for regular users, Android apps-from-anywhere=malware=fine for us, but not for regular people.

Comment Re:Lameness (Score 1) 1613

The first MP3 player with a hard drive?


As far as I remember, those were laptop-sized drives. The iPod used the smaller 1.8" ones. I should have been more clear. It was the whole reason it was as small as a deck of cards, and if we're being honest, the Nomad wasn't shirt pocket-sized. But yes, the Nomad did have a 6 GB hard drive-based monstrosity available in 2000.

The first MP3 player that had a faster connection than USB 1.1 to transfer your music?

Nomad and iRiver both had them before the iPod, and the Nomad even had wifi.

And what was this "faster" connection you mention? Serial port? USB 2 wasn't available on anything at that point. Remember, wifi at the time was 802.11b. 802.11g was just on its way, and certainly wasn't in any Nomad or iRiver product in 2001. The very first iPod had firewire, and the wifi and USB connections on the others couldn't come close for transfer and charging speed.

Comment Re:Lameness (Score 1) 1613

It wasn't Apple's innovation? The first MP3 player with a hard drive? The first MP3 player that had a faster connection than USB 1.1 to transfer your music? You say the scroll wheel interface was genius, yet that doesn't count as an innovation?

Very convincing.

Comment Re:Live? (Score 1) 392

the same way as nVidia, Samsung and Ti have been doing

It's clear (battery life tests and real-world use) that Apple has done a far better job of getting those components to work together than Samsung or any other competitor. It would seem that it's not as simple as you make it out to be to "merge them and add some memory" if all these competing tablets can't run for more than a few hours vs. iPad's 10+.

an iPad can't take SD cards, which naturally require power to operate

You are sorely mistaken about SD support. Apple sells a box with 2 adapters, USB and SD, with no power source required other than the iPad's internal battery. In other words, the iPad supports SD.

Hopefully you're not spreading this lie elsewhere.

There is a reason the iPad 2 only has a 1024x768 screen, rather than the 1280x1024 or higher on similarly priced competing models

What is the reason, in your carefully considered opinion?

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