Apple iPad

The Apple iPad. We knew it was coming. It was just a question of features and pricing.

Well, the experts think the pricing is aggressive. The jury might be out on features.

Here is Grandpa Richard’s quick view.

pricing = not sure
size = plus
colour = plus
touch keypad = good
no SD card slot = bad (although an optional card reader is available)
no phone = who cares
no camera = who cares
can’t play Internet flash movies = HORRIBLE

The simple fact is that I am in the market for a gadget that can play MP3, MP4, FLV, WMV, SWF, MPG, and PDF. I have licence to a large variety of training material. The most common file types in that genre are PDF, FLV, and SWF, along with some in each of the others mentioned. I spend a lot of time on public transit. My older iPod does a great job of playing the MP3 files. I am reluctant to spend $200 on a newer iPod that can play some of the video file formats. I’d like a bigger screen.

I have tried laptops and netbooks, but I do not do well with laptop batteries. The first 3 months I get the 2-3 hours, and then they degrade to 30-45 minutes. Useless. My iPod is over 2 years old and the battery is still doing well. The iPad is supposed to be good for 10 hours, which would be awesome for me.

What do you think? Is there a gadget that would fit my needs, or am I too fussy?

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