NPR–Apple's iPad: The End Of The Internet As We Know It?

The obsession of the tech-savvy this weekend was the release of Apple’s iPad. The tablet computer, which looks like an oversized iPod Touch, is being hailed by many as a revolutionary device. But there are some critics who say it’s a sign that the Internet revolution could be coming to an end.

On its Web site, Apple boasts that the iPad makes you “feel like you are actually holding the Web right in the palm of your hand.”

Paul Sweeting, an analyst with GigaOM, sees it differently. “With the iPad,” he says, “you have the anti-Internet in your hands.”

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5 comments on “NPR–Apple's iPad: The End Of The Internet As We Know It?

  1. rugbyplayingpriest says:

    I cannot see the point if one has an iphone and a laptop!

  2. Hakkatan says:

    I do not have a PC net-book yet, but that is my choice – more accessible, a real keyboard, and the screen is protected when you close it.

  3. William Witt says:

    I am reading this story on my Acer netbook on which I have installed open source operating system OpenSuse Linux. I own a cell phone on a pay as you go plan, which I use perhaps once a month. I own an mp3 player, which I almost never use. So am I ahead of the curve or behind it?

  4. RichardKew says:

    The IPad has been marketed as an alternative to eBook systems, but I don’t really get it. I am a very happy Amazon Kindle user — which is light and convenient, uses ‘digital ink’ so there is no backlit screen, has a seemingly endless battery, and I have found is comfortable on the eyes for hours on end. Put with my laptop and BlackBerry, what else do I need?

  5. RichardKew says:

    PS The Kindle is a lot less expensive!