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29 May, 2010

a poor man's tablet

iPad packages

I received three deliveries from TNT yesterday. What are those? A poor man's tablet, and accessories.

And this poor man's tablet is better known as Apple iPad, the one our good friend Don from beautiful Boston and picturesque Quincy hates.

(as usual, more photos follow...)

It was true that I went to Apple Store Bondi yesterday for the opening, and I did not get an iPad there. Because I pre-ordered it. And as Apple promised, my iPad (and accessories) arrived on 28th May which was yesterday.

For some unknown reason, Don was damn certain that I am getting an iPad. He made that sound like an 'of course' thing. Actually, not just Don, most people who knows me expecting me to get an iPad. Okay, Don was right.

Here's the photo of the boxes. Sorry for the quick setup.

iPad and accessories

Besides the iPad itself, I ordered the iPad Dock, the iPad Camera Connection Kit, and the iPad Case from Apple Online Store.

Well, I have a feeling that Don is interested to know exactly which model I got.
iPad box back

Next GShortly after those quick photos, guess what I did? Applying the invisibleSHIELD of course. Yes, even before activating the Micro SIM. BTW, I got a cheap Micro SIM with Telstra's prepaid plan, so I can use Telstra's Next G Network.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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related blog entries:
no, I did not camp overnight (28 May, 2010)
Vodafone and 3 (THREE) finally released their plans (26 May, 2010)
some good news from Telstra (18 May, 2010)
'tis the night before the important pre-order (9 May, 2010)
invisibleSHIELD arrived today (7 May, 2010)
I can wait (13 March, 2010)
iPad, the tablet from Apple (28 January, 2010)

Posted by Antony on 29 May 2010 1:06 PM | iPod/iPhone/iPad, photos
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Well, even I didn't think you would buy the most expensive 64GB/3G model, but apparently you have the money to spend on it.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 29 May 2010 1:58 PM.
It's a cheap tablet. Many people agree with me that all models are cheap.
Posted by Antony on 29 May 2010 2:00 PM.
It seems to me that no poor man would call an A$1049 tablet "cheap".
Posted by Don_HH2K on 30 May 2010 7:14 AM.
Still, it is not that expensive. Especially when you compare it to a much heavier Windows tablet without the elegant design and interface.
Posted by Antony on 30 May 2010 12:29 PM.
You are forgetting that a full tablet is expandable/extendable as is any PC, whereas the iPad is dependent on specialty-made hardware and specialty-made software, hence a tablet and an iPad are two different things.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 30 May 2010 1:36 PM.
You insisted on calling iPod touch and iPhone a PDA, but now you refuse to call iPad a tablet?
And you haven't been listening to me. I am not Don, I don't need the most powerful device anywhere, I don't need full power with me when I am using it sitting on the couch, or during the TV ads. I am not an extremist.
Posted by Antony on 30 May 2010 3:39 PM.
No, now you are taking my words out of proportion. An iPad is a tablet, however in terms of compatibility and expandability, it is severely lacking when compared to other tablets.
I don't see anything wrong with having one fully-featured device to go around everywhere, instead of carting around several based on just how much you think you need at any given time. Hence I keep a laptop around instead of having a separate laptop, tablet, etc.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 31 May 2010 2:39 AM.
So, the iPad is now a tablet.
Clearly, it is designed for different market - those who want a thin and lightweight portable entertaining device. Unlike you, not everybody needs all the ports, and full power all the time.
Clearly, I couldn't afford a much heavier, much thicker, and with all the ports I hardly use tablet running the most powerful Windows. Hence, the title "a poor man's tablet" is justified.
Posted by Antony on 31 May 2010 12:04 PM.
I think you completely missed my point. It's the fact that you own the entire spectrum of devices, from the laptop to the tablet to the MP3 player, when in fact just your laptop would be able to do everything those other devices can do. Hence is why I have a laptop but not a tablet, not an MP3 player, or anything like that, hence saving money in the long run.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 31 May 2010 12:12 PM.
Many people who bought iPads also have MacBooks, iPhones, and pretty likely also own iPods. There's nothing wrong with getting another device for different need.
Most people would agree that they don't need the full power everywhere, unlike you. There are many situations where the appearance, the thickness, and most importantly the weight are crucial factors.
A thin and lightweight portable device that has enough battery power for up to 10 hours. I believe most people would be much happier with 10 hours of usage for only 680 grams (1.5 pounds), instead of 11 hours of usage at the cost of carrying 7.78 kg (2.58kg + 5.2kg).
Posted by Antony on 31 May 2010 12:46 PM.
I thought we were talking about what a poor man carries. A poor man would have one thing that does what he needs rather than be selective about what he wants. Regardless of whether the laptop was more expensive and heavier, a MacBook + iPhone + iPad + iPod costs much more than just my laptop.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 June 2010 8:51 AM.
We talk about everything.
Clearly, a poor man can't afford an expensive tablet running full Windows. And a poor man does not much energy to waste on carrying something that's damn heavy. Hence, a choice for thinner and lightweight tablet.
Posted by Antony on 1 June 2010 12:50 PM.
I think you missed my point, or are purposely sidestepping it. You bought not only the tablet, but an iPod, an iPhone, and a MacBook Pro. Hence you afforded your so-called rich man's thing AND your so-called poor man's thing. What more do I need to say?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 June 2010 1:10 PM.
I haven't mentioned any "rich man's thing" yet.
Having an iPod does NOT make me rich.
Having an iPhone does NOT make me rich.
Having a MacBook Pro does NOT make me rich.
Posted by Antony on 2 June 2010 2:07 AM.
Yet somehow, NOT being able to afford a $28 memory card makes me rich. I will never be able to understand that.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 2 June 2010 5:09 AM.
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