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Sounds like Maps needs to hook up with Google Earth data to provide elevation data for bike routes - pretty obviously important info for real-world bike rides.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2010 on Google Bicycle Maps at Berkeley Blog
Reb - thanks for the response. Not sure what you're talking about with ref to your background. Never tried or intended to imply that you somehow don't know what you're talking about. You clearly do. However, I also try to avoid the fallacy of argument from authority. Actually, I can't recall the last time either my netbook or my larger laptop had to be rebooted because of some Windows failure - yes, it can and does happen, I just don't recall when that was last. Windows is far from perfect, for sure (and far from my favorite operating system as well). Boot time - ah, finally, an answer to something that could be seen as innovative and useful! OK - that is definitely an advantage - do you have any information on what actual boot time is? Your cable TV example is actually an example of something that absolutely was new (and innovative) when it was created. Yes, you could go to the cinema and watch a movie, but that is absolutely *not* the same as staying home and watching a movie that you order on your television (in numerous ways) - it's just the same content. The experience is vastly different. As a related example, I could listen to the radio and hear a song I like (if they happen to play it), or I could buy the song digitally and copy it to my iPod and play it when I want to. Same content, different experience - and digital music delivery absolutely was/is innovative and was a *new* way to do something. Comparing your cable tv example to the iPad then - How is it changing the experience? How is it changing delivery of content? It's not, really. It's got a slightly different form factor from any number of devices that deliver the *same* content in essentially the same way. Now, that form factor is very nice for a number of applications - as an ereader, a slate/tablet like device has obvious advantages - but again, it's not actually new or innovative - the form factor has been done before (and =strictly for reading text= I'd argue the Kindle is better b/c of it's display technology). (This is kind of an aside, but speaking of the form factor - why on earth did they make the iPad a 4:3 ratio screen when all new video/movies are 16:9? That one really has me puzzled - but it has nothing to do with my stance on innovative/not.) As for lugging books & magazines - you've mentioned that a couple of times, but I'm failing to see why I'd have to do that with my netbook and wouldn't with my iPad. I don't do that now - and I have both software and Amazon's Kindle software installed to read books & magazines on my netbook. Will the iPad's software be better? Possibly - even probably - it is Apple, after all, and they are superb at UI, for sure. I'm not trying to make any argument that the iPad will not be successful, or that some people might find it useful (you obviously will), or even that anyone who wants one shouldn't buy one. I'm just failing to see how something that's being claimed as innovative actually is. I could certainly be proved wrong in the future - and I'd kind of like to be, I *want* innovation after all - I just haven't heard any valid argument for how iPad is innovative *right now*. (OK - I take that back - if it really is essentially an "instant-on" booting device, that is an innovation that a number of companies have been striving for.)
You also mention managing the OS and hard drive on my laptop - you do realize the iPad has an OS and stores apps locally also, exactly the same way? Yes, you can access cloud apps (as long as they don't depend on Flash, that is - and as long as you don't want to be running anything else at the same time), but again - I can (and do) do this on my lovely little netbook. I'd love to know where the innovation in the iPad is - really - I'm not being facetious - if someone can show me any actual innovation, I'd be glad to see it.
Rebel - my netbook weighs a whopping 2.5 pounds. And if you want to see real innovation in accessing shared content, wait for the Google Chrome OS devices that should be out later this year. You still haven't addressed how anything the iPad does is actually innovative. Innovative would be new - and it doesn't do *anything* new - along with *not* doing a great deal of what can already be done. Again - where exactly is the innovation? I'm not anti-Apple by any means, but this reminds me a great deal of all the "innovative" features that were added to the latest generation of iPhone on release.... every single one of which already existed (many for *years*) on other smartphones.
I don't care about the name. Let's just take a look at the claim that Apple delivered any kind of innovation with this product: You wrote, "I can access anything I want on the web, watch videos, write a blog post, create a presentation, run a spreadsheet, read my book or magazine and email as I like. I can carry one small iPad onto the plane or in the car and do everything I need to do." Later, you write that this "obsoletes netbooks". Um, no. How exactly? My netbook does everything you've mentioned - oh, and I can 1. do more than one thing at once (listen to Pandora and write a post, for example), 2. use an actual keyboard without having to "dock" anything, 3. *actually* access *anything* I want to on the web - this means Flash - you know, the thing that powers about 90% of all online video plus countless elements of other web sites (oh, like Pandora, again), 4. actually plug something that uses USB into it without having a bag full of adapters, 5. use the built-in webcam, 6. not have to put the thing in a case because I'm afraid of scratching the shiny surface, 7. run apps on it that don't have to be approved by some mysterious, seemingly arbitrary process controlled entirely by a single company. Oh - and I could even by another one with a nice multitouch screen (my current one doesn't have that, but they're out there). Innovation? I don't think so. The only innovation Apple _might_ have actually unveiled here is their battery - if it lives up to the hype.
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