Alex: Dan re: your "Apples dominant market share". Better qualify that statement a little. I guess it depends on what geographical area you are looking at, but apple is flattening out, and android gained 7% in a month in the US.You mean like I did in the next sentence, "This may change with the rise of Android." ;-)
Alex: World wide, apple "only" has a market share of about 24%, where RIM has 55%Yes, but handset marketshare isn't particularly relevant. What matters to developers is the size of the market for apps. In this area Apple is clearly dominant. iPhone App sales are projected to exceed $1 billion this year and the download count recently passed 3 billion. Do you think RIM will see numbers like these for apps? Not a chance. Android might in 2011.
Would those lifetime memories be made even more memorable by having an iPad at your side capturing every moment?I agree about experiences being more memorable than possessions. However, possessions do provide us with experiences. I really liked the Microsoft Courier digital journal video. This is the kind of functionality I would like to have in my future Pad. I also want my Pad to auto sync with my online account - over the air. The whole cloud thing will define my choice, I want my portable hardware to be in auto sync with my cloud identity, whether it's a smartphone, a Pad, a car port, etc.. iPad is slick, but lacks cloud integration. They could have partnered with Google cloud, but chose to sue instead. Go figure.. Anyway, I think once the shine luster goes away, it's all about functionality, and whoever connects personal devices with a cloud in an intuitive an automated way is a clear long-term winner in my book.
Brian Russo: But even moreso - I think we've been sold this false dichotomy that computers have to be either easy to use but limited (Apple) or very extensible with a higher learning curve (PC). What I see in a platform such as android is the best of both worlds - something with smart defaults that works out of the box but I can also do whatever I absolutely want to. Why wouldn't I want the best of both worlds? Usability and extensibility are not mutually exclusive - I believe we can have both and that it's critical we do.On this, I absolutely agree. Apple needs to re-embrace the concept of expert mode. You can be easy for novices and flexible for pros. These things aren't mutually exclusive or even competing interests. In fact, Apple used to have an expert mode for many of their user interfaces prior to OSX, but for some reason they abandoned this paradigm.
Brian Russo: I've already seen reviewers cite how apple has (not will, has) revolutionized mobile computing with the iPad. This is for a device that has just been released and does not yet exist in a 3G version. It's just FUD pure and simple.I agree its too soon to say "has", but there is a very good chance it will. Although other tablets have existed in the market for years, iPad will probably be the first to enjoy wide adoption by the average Joe.
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