03/02/2011, 11:19 PM
Actually, I was talking about generally. The iPad 2 does not blow the competition away, then I picked one area -- "tech wise" -- and started off there.
Originally Posted by mikah912
Don't start talking about an ecosystem that Apple has and then bash HP trying to create one. When Apple forces you to buy into MobileMe to take advantage of those features -- which is a yearly subscription and not free. And when iPad 2 has a feature to stream video to your TV using your Apple TV -- and ppl on this forum stating they love this feature -- which requires you to buy another device. Please, be fair as I have been fair, and continue to be fair.
So a feature that is dependent on someone buying another $199 piece of equipment and signing another service plan - for a device that they may or may not want and may or may not be out on their carrier of choice if they do - is a "killer feature"?
There is limited touch-to-share already on Android and iOS already with Bump. NFC will only increase this in the next 6-12 months.
And by the way, it's not only me who want these features. I was surprised when I went to MacRumors.com and AppleInsider.com and saw how post after post they wanted Apple to adapt these features. And I am not even kidding. Nor am I making it up.
And I feel obliged to list more features that make the TouchPad better for me. Wireless charging stand mixed with Exhibition. The possibility here are endless. Flash. How it handle's flash (the fact you can choose to ignore it is a plus). Although not an exclusive to TouchPad -- Skype Video calling -- is a great feature and all tablets should have it (so they can talk together). Beats Audio. I am a guy who loves music. My best friend and I became friends simply because of the music we shared together. Having a tablet with Beats Audio means not only better music, but also better games and movies. This may not be a big edge -- I'll have to wait till I can HEAR BOTH devices, but it's at least worth a mention. The ability to change the keyboard size. Thats a HUGE feature as my biggest complaint using the virtual keyboard is it takes room from my screen and I like my room. These are features that make the TouchPad great.
Feeatures that make the iPad 2 great, that the TouchPad lacks, are ...
.... smart case. I love that case design. It's amazing. March 11th is a pretty damn good feature. Excuse my french. But being here before the others is a feat that only Apple could accomplish. The second camera paired with iMovie. Absolutely love this feature. Garage Band. Thats a cool feature, hopefully it's more useful then the desktop version (I never found a use for it, sure others have). HDMI. It's overall design. It's really a polished device.
In the end, do I think the TouchPad blows away the iPad 2? No, of course not. They are both GREAT and WORTHY devices -- and a heck of a lot better then what I have seen from Google so far. Google will have to Xoom away to catch up with HP and Apple, and even with the product named Xoom Google still doesn't come to the close.
So there you have it. Thats really my lists. I still am choosing the TouchPad, you obviously think the TouchPad is inferior (by the way, I really don't think you think that -- but by reading your reply, it DOES SOUND that way).
And I don't think -- as Apple alluded to -- that HP merely copied Apple on the tablet. They went to the drawling board and added some nice functionality and of course some features over lap. That always happened. But HP did bring new ideas and new features worth mentioning, and has done a great job in a small time creating a wonderful device. With that said, Apple did a great job going back to the drawling board -- which is what they needed to do. I still was expecting Apple to reveal iOS 5.0 with iPad 2 -- and I hope that when iOS 5.0 comes it brings new features and functionality to the iPad 2. Because Apple really needs to fix their notifications. Why has it taken then five generations to do something so simple is beyond me though.