i would prolly own most of the apple line if it was half the price, no way in hell i'm dropping $2k on a laptop that i can walk into any best buy and pick up something with the same internal hardware for $800.
Price for what you get is one..... and software interface for technical programs is the second. An apple is great for media consumption, video editing, pictures, web, etc. But running games, design software, etc..... I found it lacking. For my desktop, I want to be able to swap drives, video cards, memory, etc. Customize it or upgrade it to exactly what I want. An Apple desktop, doesnt really allow for that freedom.
So what is the reason for the large memory on the ipad and iphone? Is it so that you can have your full inventory of music, pictures and movies with you at all time or am I missing something? How big is a typical hollywood movie file?
Thanks in advance, I am/was an apple hater, but the ipad has been intriguing me for a while now.
The small iPad is 16Gig, middle is 32Gig, the big one is 64Gig. I would not recommend the small iPad. I have flight software with maps, then assorted games and other programs. WITHOUT video and music, I'm using 16Gigs of storage.
Take out the flight software, and its significantly less, BUT a good GPS software with downloadable maps will chew up storage.
I got the 64Gig, because without a special order, I couldn't get the 32Gig. Low def movies run about 800meg. HD movies up to 10Gig. You can also pull movies over the air, off your computer at home, etc. But assuming your going to be flying and want it all with you...........
Load up your music collection, a few movies, pictures you want to show your relatives, some games, and misc. You can fill 64Gb pretty fast.
A thing to note about some of the other Tablet computers that are coming out. I've seen a few that are claiming 8gig or similar onboard storage, but you can increase it with an SD card. That's great and all, but an SD card is slow for one. In addition, the solid state memory of an SD card is not meant for constant read / write. So if your playing games, watching movies, or working to documents on an SD card, you will literally burn it out.
The Flash-drives are - in my opinion - not really suitable as a HDD replacement, depending on the manufacturer, the number of write cycles is limited. Cheap stuff probably only hast 10k cycles until errors appear. 10k sounds a lot, but it isn't - the directory data is stored at a certain offset and each time you write (or erase) data, the directory is updated; so it's only 10000 files written or deleted until the drive fails. A-Grade chips (Samsung etc.) will last much longer, probably 10-100x as many write cycles.