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iPad and Woodworking?comments (99) January 28th, 2010 in blogs
Apple unveiled its new tablet computing device yesterday: The iPad. Some (Apple CEO Steve Jobs) are calling it magical and revolutionary. What do you think? Will you be an early adopter? Do you want to find more woodworking content on the new device? Like eMagazines? Or is it being overhyped?
What is it?
The new product puts laptop-style computing in a smaller package and incorporates Apple's glossy touch-screen navigation. With it, Apple's also pursuing the eReader market in competition with the Amazon Kindle and other devices. Pricing starts at $499. Below are some of the pros and cons of the device.
- Full color: Can incorporate full-color photos into eBook and eMagazine content (good for our glossy woodworking photos). Other eReader are black and white.
- Web browsing: Lets you surf the net. Can access most FineWoodworking.com content this way too.
- Portability: More portable than a laptop. Ideal for taking into the shop--provided you get a nice cover to protect that fancy touch screen.
- Backlit: Harder on the eyes than the white-paper technology on devices like the Kindle.
- Needs a data plan: If you want the Web connectivity on the go, you must a buy 3G data plan separately. The iPad can also connect via wireless networks.
- No Flash: Doesn't currently allow Flash, a technology that we currently use to stream videos and animate graphics though that could change.
Does it sound like something that you might adopt soon? Maybe in a year when they've worked some more bugs? Do you want Fine Woodworking to provide more offerings for a device like this? Or more for smart phones like Blackberries or iPhones?
Vote in our polls and post a comment below.
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