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    Well, i's only the first day. Give them time to come up with something functional. The first thing I noticed is that it requires a whole lot of constant interaction which isn't safe in a car. From cellphone handsfree laws to texting while driving, this is a bit further in the wrong direction. That's going to need addressing sooner rather than.. post mortem

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasNate View Post
    Still working out some details but here is a brief video.....
    That a great video. It show some potential of what this iPad could do in a car. I found this on one of my car audio forms yesterday. It shows the installer integrating the iPad within the dash. I would have to learn some more about iPad before I would truly consider using it as my car pc. The main benefit that I see is that it has an unbelievable touchscreen and power consumption might be really low. But I am such and Apple newb and pro MS that I don't known if my fanboyism will allow me to fully like this unit. I can tell you right now I hate the price points for all of them.

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    Wow that was fast...

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/05/a...ent-april-8th/

    Apple has announced an iPhone OS 4 event for April 8th. So if you're wondering about the future of the platform... your answers will appear sooner than you think.

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    Oh, man, why did they make that screen glossy? That is cheap.

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    The world appears torn; some people prefer gloss and some people prefer matte.

    Apple regularly change their mind about which they prefer, but whatever they pick at the time, that's the one that you get. What amuses me is that you can always tell who the zealots-to-be-ignored are, because they defend apple's choice every time. [the same holds true for multitasking, flash, and various other similar things]

    Sorry, I just felt in the mood to troll this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Oh, man, why did they make that screen glossy? That is cheap.
    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyks View Post
    The world appears torn; some people prefer gloss and some people prefer matte.

    Apple regularly change their mind about which they prefer, but whatever they pick at the time, that's the one that you get. What amuses me is that you can always tell who the zealots-to-be-ignored are, because they defend apple's choice every time. [the same holds true for multitasking, flash, and various other similar things]

    Sorry, I just felt in the mood to troll this morning.
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    Also think from a "Gloss" vs. "Matte" standpoint: you can sell a product that will make your glossy screen matte, but you can't sell a product that makes your matte screen glossy (at least not very well).

    I prefer the gloss personally, just because it will be a digital picture frame when not in use. My phone has a matte overlay on it, however.

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    I don't think it's a matter of preference here. Glossy is cheap for a notebook or a tablet, like the iPad. How can you compete with Kindle, which is gorgeous, papel like, outdoors?

    Here's some interesting info:

    "Glossy"vs. Anti-Glare

    Note the column labeled "Glossy" in the table above. All Sony notebooks use what Sony calls "XBrite Technology". This means that the LCD doesn't have any anti-glare coating, so it looks "glossy" or "shiny". Unfortunately, regardless of the marketing name, this has nothing to do with the actual brightness of the screen. When you're indoors in subdued lighting, the lack of an anti-glare coating actually makes the screen look better. Colors seem richer, the image seems sharper and the whole screen seems to "pop". This is highly desirable when you're watching a DVD movie. But outdoors, the lack of an anti-glare coating turns the screen into a mirror, which is highly undesirable.

    An anti-glare coating doesn't reduce the amount of light reflected by the screen — it just changes its form. A plain sheet of glass reflects 4% of the light that hits it. If the glass doesn't have an anti-glare coating, the 4% is reflected directly back at you and can see yourself clearly in the glass (it's acting like a dim mirror). If the glass does have an anti-glare coating, the 4% is reflected in all directions (scattered or diffused), and all you can see in the glass is an indistinct blob rather than a clear image. This is very helpful outdoors, since it prevents you from seeing a blinding image of the sun reflected in the screen. However, the light emitted by the LCD is also diffused a little bit by the anti-glare coating, which makes the image on the screen a little fuzzier and the colors a little less rich.* Like with anything else, it's a tradeoff.

    For mostenterprise notebook applications, an anti-glare coating is desirable, sincenotebooks are often used in brightly-lit conference rooms. As a result,glossy screens haven't yet penetrated into enterprise-class notebooks such asthe Dell Latitude. However, since the top application for consumernotebooks is entertainment, glossy screens have penetrated deeply intoconsumer notebooks. Sony's notebooks are all aimed atentertainment-oriented consumers, so they all have glossy screens.

    Unfortunately, there is no industry-standard term for the lack of an anti-glare coating, so every notebook manufacturer (except Apple) has created a unique marketing name for an LCD without an anti-glare coating. The table below shows the marketing name and the words that the manufacturer uses to describe the lack of an anti-glare coating. The term "(None)" in the third column means that the manufacturer never actually explains what the marketing name means. "Glare", the literal opposite of anti-glare, is a more technical and less-frequently used term for glossy.
    (RuggedPC review.com)

    For the iPad's role in a car, I'd rather have a matte, AG screen. For reading an e-book or magazine by the pool, I'd rather have a matter, AG screen.

    Instead, I got a mirror. Very strange choice. I'd like to see a picture of it outdoors, side by side with an iPhone.

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    Also think from a "Gloss" vs. "Matte" standpoint: you can sell a product that will make your glossy screen matte, but you can't sell a product that makes your matte screen glossy (at least not very well).
    Fixed that for you :-)

    The core of the argument is that glossy is better for watching movies and the like, and matte is better for getting things done. Personally, I hate gloss.

    I'm also never a big fan of covering screens in third party things. Again on the "make a list of your requirements", write down a list of your requirements. "Primary and sole interaction method with device must be what I want, out of the box" always seems like it should be fairly important, to me.

    Also, no matter how good it is, putting a layer of {whatever} between my fat fingers and a touchscreen always leaves a noticably [even if only slightly so] less functional screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasNate View Post
    Still working out some details but here is a brief video.....
    Amazing! This is exactly how I would love to have one setup. If I might ask, how is it floating up there and won't car tints prevent the occasional glare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyks View Post
    What amuses me is that you can always tell who the zealots-to-be-ignored are, because they defend apple's choice every time. [the same holds true for multitasking, flash, and various other similar things]
    It's called justifying or coping, i.e. "I can do so much more now without my right arm."

    A screen protector is probably a good idea anyway, and it should help at least somewhat.

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