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April 15, 2010

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M. D.

Full agreement on all points.

It is amazing how many people (mostly techies) call iPad just a giant iPod Touch - missing the whole point.

It is the first computer grandma/grandpa may be able to use. It will give them all they need - email, web, books, bunch of apps. All a single button click away. Bogged down? Just press the "home" button and you are at the top level.

The large screen makes all the difference in usability.

I have been telling people for months Apple will not be able to build these fast enough. The pick-up will speed up over time, turning into a frenzy around Xmas time. Just like the iPhone.

BTW, OS4 (multi-tasking) on iPad will help make it an even more compelling value proposition - you can fire up Skype and leave it in the background while doodling with other apps. When a call comes, in, you switch to Skype. The implications are tremendous, basically meaning that an iPad is also a Phone - if you have a Skype-in number.

Being an experienced techie, I got my hands on an iPad on day one. So far, I am very impressed all around.

Now that Apple has shown how it can be done, I am hopeful the rest of the industry will finally start building viable, more open tablets. I have high expectations of Google Android and Ubuntu on open slate computers.

After all, we don't want Apple to have a monopolistic rein on this market, as they always had a totalitarian approach to managing their developers and users on their platform, as the forthcoming Adobe law suit will demonstrate.

Summary: Giant leap forward for the mobile computing industry. Thanks, Apple!

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