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    I think the ipad needs to be evaluated in the consumer space/market it's going to be competing in in the near future (in short, the HP Slate device and similar). The upcoming (June) Windows-based devices are going to offer infinitely more out-of-the-box flexibility, with no need to jailbreak, more available peripherals, more flexible storage solutions (USB/user-serviceable SSD ftmfw), more display output options (Slate in the dash with a USB touch in the back/passenger space anyone?...dunno if this is possible with planned display processing hardware for the slate, but it might/should be), better (exists out of the box) multitasking, more available front-ends (there's already a smorgasbord to choose from right here), high-performance GPS exists and is cheap, input devices are plentiful, music services are better (Zune Marketplace > itunes), will tether to your existing phone or can be had with variety of services with superior 3G and 4G coverage...all those things that jr4284 points out wrt pricing are the same for the Slate, but would be further enhanced for the slate with regard to expansion, selection, flexibility, performance, etc.

    I'm sure there's a reason to buy an ipad, but provided a little patience, I can't really think of one (especially for in-car)...battery life? You can buy a fat battery with what you'll save in storage alone...$200 for 48 more GB on the iPad LOL

    The fact that the Slate has a USB 2.0 port basically results in several deal-breakers for the Ipad, for me. I love Apple's interfaces, and I love their product design, but there's just too much of a premium attached for not enough flexibility. For me, it's about choice...
    I have too much time and too little aggravation in my life, so I built a carPC. ;)

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    Well said and all good and compelling reasons for not going with the iPad, although I have to take issue with this one:
    Quote Originally Posted by hithere View Post
    music services are better (Zune Marketplace > itunes)
    The slate isn't a Zune, so purchases on the marketplace aren't designed to run on the slate. I guess the music and video might, but the apps won't.

    In any case, hopefully the slate and other similar products will drive some wicked cool innovation in this category. That's good for everyone.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Some potential here...

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...interface.html

    Those familiar with the design of iPhone 4.0 said that the user interface will resemble Apple's desktop Expose feature, in that a key combination -- reportedly hitting the Home button twice -- will trigger an expose-like interface that brings up a series of icons representing the currently running apps, allowing users to quickly select the one they want to switch to directly. When a selection is made, the iPhone OS zooms out of the Expose task manager and transitions to that app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Well said and all good and compelling reasons for not going with the iPad, although I have to take issue with this one:

    The slate isn't a Zune, so purchases on the marketplace aren't designed to run on the slate. I guess the music and video might, but the apps won't.

    In any case, hopefully the slate and other similar products will drive some wicked cool innovation in this category. That's good for everyone.
    I was looking at itunes/ZuneMP as competing music services only...itunes' aspect as an app store for the iPad doesn't really matter a hill of beans compared to the millions of apps available for the PC everywhere, so I didn't compare that aspect...maybe I should? That aspect comparison doesn't exactly work out in the iPad's favor, either.

    Comparison:

    DRM'd Music download services running on the device:
    iPad has iTunes, others?
    Slate can has iTunes too, and all others
    = tie? can I subscribe to ZuneMP on the iPad?

    App Stores:
    iPad has iTunes, jail break for more apps, I suppose
    Slate has *.* places to buy apps
    Slate wins.

    Books:
    iPad has iBooks, probably more sources available
    Slate has every ebook service vice iBookstore, included drm'd mobi, pdf, and epub
    Slate wins (?...remains to be seen if Apple will allow other sources of drm'd material, correct?)
    I have too much time and too little aggravation in my life, so I built a carPC. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hithere View Post
    I was looking at itunes/ZuneMP as competing music services only...itunes' aspect as an app store for the iPad doesn't really matter a hill of beans compared to the millions of apps available for the PC everywhere, so I didn't compare that aspect...maybe I should?
    I was actually talking about the idiotic method of forcing consumers to purchase an artificial Microsoft currency - points in advance. The iTunes store - and all the other stores, for that matter, don't require you to part with more cash than the songs cost but at Zune market you have to purchase a synthetic currency in designated Microsoft amounts.

    If they raise the price ---er, POINTS for a song, the dollars you spent for those points suddenly got a lot more expensive. Don't get me wrong - it's brilliant to have the option to raise prices on consumers AFTER they have given you their money. Plus you can use the unused points --er, MONEY to finance the development of the store without it costing you a dime. Brilliant.

    As for millions of apps, well, that's exactly why the iPhone leads the pack. Lots of software for their smart device makes it the leader in the category.

    Dude - no need to take a single point of disagreement personally. I *think* I agreed with 99% of your post. More choice = better for us. ALL of us.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Dude - no need to take a single point of disagreement personally.
    Oh, not at all, I hope I didn't sound like I was being retaliatory or defensive, that was certainly not the intent. My posts here are only a subjective comparison done based on my own needs, and a lot of what I type is to sort out advantages/disadvantages for myself. My wife wants an Ipad desperately, and I certainly don't fault her for valuing certain of its features that I don't find attractive for my needs.

    Some advantages I didn't list for the Ipad:

    EVERY app is tested against uniform hardware or a small set of standard hardware - "just works" is the norm.

    Design is very attractive.

    Devices supporting the Ipad (docks, cases, peripherals) will be hardware-specific and therefore more likely to integrate more fully/be more refined, both aesthetically and functionally.

    Access to IBookStore may be a boon, depending on prices/selection.

    One place for apps, landscape of apps is less demanding at decision-making time.

    Battery life looks to be leagues better than any Windows 7-based device will be in the near future.
    I have too much time and too little aggravation in my life, so I built a carPC. ;)

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    Ok so im holding this right now, and its awesome. I'm gonna put a video up later today

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    Quote Originally Posted by optikalefx View Post
    Ok so im holding this right now, and its awesome. I'm gonna put a video up later today

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    Quote Originally Posted by optikalefx View Post
    Ok so im holding this right now, and its awesome. I'm gonna put a video up later today
    Yes it is! I'll have some video for the forum tomorrow some time. Glad to confirm that Rev2.0 works on the Ipad. Can't wait for Dashcommand 2.0 . Bring on the Jailbreak!

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    I thought people here would be waiting for the 3G version. The lack of AGPS seems like it would hinder full use in a car. The wifi version still has a compass so maybe combining that with tethering could still prove useful for navigating. I'm currently trying to figure out if a 16gb or 32gb would be smart.

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