Serious question, but how does anyone have time, unless they are retired, to get a good level of understanding of this stuff?
Music wise, it takes me all my spare time to choose and listen to some CD's.
Please somebody, tell me you just buy the first laptop you see that fits your budget, take whatever software they throw in, and hope it does the job, (which it usually does, but does drive you a bit bonkers from time to time).
the apparent level of tech knowledge hereabouts worries me.....I think I must be a 50 years old luddite !!
(The fact that other computer manufacturers claimed to be unable to manufacture their 'Ultrabook' copies of the MacBook Air at a price that would match the Air suggests that they aren't overpriced.)
They don't skimp on the little things. An example of the attention to detail would be the USB ports; the USB 2 ports on a PC will deliver at most 500mA at 5V (if you're lucky), which is in keeping with the spec. Those on a Mac can negotiate with attached devices and, though it starts out at 500 mA, for something like an iPad they deliver 2,100 mA, which is used to usefully charge it.
Presumably £60-70 tablets are limited to specific tasks, such as Kindle e-book readers, so aren't directly comparable with general purpose tablets.
The things that set the iPad apart from other devices would be the screen, which is second to none, and graphics processing power (mainly of interest if you like playing games but that, coupled with intelligent OS design, makes for generally smoother operation - prioritise the UI processes, that's so basic it's difficult to believe others got it wrong).
Sorry if this sounds like an advert but I really do use my iPad daily (for work; taking notes, reading/annotating PDFs, carrying around reference books, and for 'leisure'; reading books, watching videos (mainly catching up with recorded TV), playing games, browsing the web, picking up e-mails and video conferencing. Less frequently for things like viewing photos, which I don't keep stored on it. Also, I don't use it for listening to music, as I have that on my iPhone so the duplication seems unnecessary).
So yes, an iPad isn't essential, but given the choice I'd have one and it means that I can have pretty much everything at my fingertips without having to carry around a load of books, notebooks, printouts, magazines etc.
But the question remains - why do you need 'everything' at your fingertips? People - and society - managed perfectly well in the past without.
And what does this mean? -
& I don't just mean technically, but in practical terms?An example of the attention to detail would be the USB ports; the USB 2 ports on a PC will deliver at most 500mA at 5V (if you're lucky), which is in keeping with the spec. Those on a Mac can negotiate with attached devices and, though it starts out at 500 mA, for something like an iPad they deliver 2,100 mA, which can usefully charge it.
as regards technology for personal use, I like simplicity. Somebody just managed to wipe everything off mrs teamsaint's ipod. !!good thing it was mostly held elsewhere on other formats.