Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shameless Breathlessness, Here -- O/T (Mostly)

Yep. I wanted to see what the hub-bub is all about -- per the New York Times BitsBlog:

. . . .The touchscreen keyboard takes up half of the screen when the device is used in landscape mode. . . .

Update | 1:10 p.m. All of us use laptops and smartphones now. The question has arisen lately: is there room for a third category of device in the middle?

The new device will have to be far better than the laptop and smartphone at doing important things: browsing the Web, doing e-mail, enjoying and sharing photographs, watching videos, enjoying your music collection, playing games, reading e-books. Otherwise, “it has no reason for being.”

Apple’s answer: the iPad.

It looks like, well, a big iPhone, pretty much as anticipated. . . .

1:01 p.m. Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, has taken the stage. He looks disturbingly thin, much as as he did when he took the same stage in September to introduce new iPods. But there’s a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face as he gets a big standing ovation.

“We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and revolutionary product,” he says. . . .

"Half of the screen?" For a keyboard? Yikes. Ahem. I, for one. . . am. underwhelmed.

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