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Friday, February 19, 2010


Apple, not too long ago, released the latest addition to its sleek line of mind blowing technology, the iPad; a high resolution multi-touch screen device that can run almost 140,000 apps, connect to Wi-Fi, is half of an inch thick, and weighs in at 1.5 pounds. This thing is insanely cool, but apparently a lot of people don’t seem to think so. Beneath almost every video that discusses the iPad on YouTube, there are a plethora of comments that say, “This is just an overgrown iPod touch, not that impressive.” Or, “I don’t see what all the fuss is about over this stupid thing.” And what is most sad about this, a lot of these comments aren’t just coming from kids who grew up with a flat screen monitor and an Xbox 360. Negative feedback has come from the mouths of people in their forties and fifties who clearly don’t remember 1987 and the Commodorf Amiga 500. Before continuing on please take a minute to watch this promo video of what was then “innovative, advanced, and groundbreaking.”

Now take a minute to watch the ad for the iPad. My point will make a much bigger impact if these are watched back to back.

After viewing those two, you can’t possibly tell me that the iPad isn’t impressive. Even if it is just an overgrown iPod touch in your opinion (which by the way, the iPad is far more advanced, do some research), that doesn’t make it any less awesome, because the iPod touch is also quite revolutionary. That’s like saying “LeBron James is just a taller Cobe Bryant” and completely writing him off. People have just become so technologically spoiled its unreal. Is HD-TV not cool because it’s just like regular TV only clearer? Are laptops not cool because they’re just like normal computers only more compact? We seem to be so unimpressed with these advances in technology, taking them for granted, and viewing them as small steps forward. I bet people in the 1940’s would have killed to watch Gone With the Wind in full color, on Blu Ray, via a 52 inch Panasonic plasma TV.

Okay, Okay. I’ll admit it, at first I wasn’t that impressed with the iPad either. But after I came across the ad for the Amiga 500 I became really disappointed in myself, thus the cause for my explosion of thoughts on America’s technologically spoiled culture.

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Blogger Zach Gardner said...

I think what really gets under people's skin with the iPad, aside from the annoying "iSomething" nomenclature, is that you can't download any software and run it. With a HP laptop, there isn't a HP App Store with the only applications you can run on it. People view the iPad as a possible paradigm shift towards restricting what applications people can and can't run on their home computer.

2/22/10, 11:35 AM  

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