Anyway, that's neither here nor there. Yes folks, I'm about to shock you all yet again: An article about how much I hate an apple product. Yeah, I know. Stop the fucking presses.
This is the message I saw in my inbox pertaining to our new blood drive we're running. I swear I'm typing this message in its entirety. None of it is altered in any way:
Ok, Ladies & Gentlemen, I told you there would be more surprises coming and here's the announcement:
Back By Popular Demand ......
Virginia Blood Services will have a drawing of all blood drive participants during the month of November.
One lucky person can not only save at least 3 lives, they can also win .........
(drum roll...... ;o)
the NEW, EVER POPULAR ...... iPad!
Now, how can you pass all this up?
You can save lives, have some pizza, get a chance to win an iPad and get a free teeshirt!
Oops, did I just let out another surprise??? Oh, well......
But, I'm here to tell you that there are still more surprises coming!
Some, you may not even know about until they actually happen.
So, stay tuned and sign up to donate.
Ok ok think what you want of the enthusiasm. I'm lettin this lady off the hook because I think if that sign-up sheet were signed quicker and with more people, she'd send less emails, so in a way you're asking for it when you don't sign up.
But, there is one thing that I cannot let go: The IPad.
The new, ever popular IPad... ever popular? The IPad is popular?
They've sold (as of September 2010) 7.5 million units in the 7 months since its release. Source1 | Source2
There are 307,006,550 people in the US alone as of July 2009. that means 2.44% (rounded) own an ipad. and if you went global, there are roughly 7,058,379,000 people in the whole world (the number keeps changing, but let's stick with this one.) it would be 0.11% (also rounded, from 0.106%).
2.44% of the US population owns an ipad? that's not popular!
Let's look at the IPhone: "Apple sold 6.1 million original iPhone units over five quarters.[Source] The company sold 3.8 million iPhone 3G units in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, ending March 2009, and 12.6 million 3G and 3GS combined, totaling 33.75 million iPhones sold to date (Q4 2009).[Source>]" - wikipedia with sources
Ok, so as of the 4th quarter of 2009, 33.74 million have sold. That's 11%(10.99% rounded) of the US population (even though these numbers of units are gathered for all the countries) and 0.48%(rounded from .478%) of the world population. Even THAT'S not popular.
Let's look at something that IS popular, such as facebook. Facebook has OVER 500 million active users right now, 70% of which are outside the US. Thus 30% are in the US. So if I rounded down the users to being an exact 500 million, even though I know that's actually less than the actual number of users, that means there are 150 million US facebook users, and 350 million users outside the US.
That's 7.08% of the world, with 48.86% in the US alone.(rounded from 48.85889%) That's nearly half the population. THAT is popular, morons!
But I digress.
"DUR! But you're only checking the popularity of something that hasn't been out very long vs something that has! It's unfair statistics!"
Bull shit it is. So I guess something is less popular when it hasn't been out very long? Gee, that FURTHER ASSERTS THAT THE IPAD IS NOT POPULAR, DOESN'T IT, WISE ASS?!!
Now then, on to what the IPad is and why it sucks. For all those of you who believe an ipad is a computer, you're arguing semantics, because I could argue my TI-83 graphing calculator is a computer too. So, let's let semantics go, and be realistic: It's not a computer. NOT a computer at all.
Here are some things it doesn't have (the $499 one that they're advertising that is): USB, ethernet ports, expandable storage greater than thumb drives you can buy at your local radio shack (they stick a 16GB flash drive in there that you cannot upgrade), keyboard and mouse (though it has a touchscreen supposedly making that needless, but those of us computer users know that touchscreen makes a shitty keyboard and mouse because it's less responsive... moving on:), a replacable long-lasting battery, cd-rom drive, printer port, 3G integration on AT&T's wireless network, and a fully customizable operating system.
That's a lotta shit it doesn't have. A "magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price. Starting at $499!" according to apple's site, and ... ah hell, in case they remove the original ad explained in this article, this is what the ad looks/looked like as of 11/05/2010 >> IPad Ad
$500 for ... a glorified Iphone?! the iphone has a phone and a camera built into it (which is 2 more features the ipad doesn't have)... and it's cheaper by 1/5 of the damn price!! Original Ad for proof as of 11/05/2010
Magical and revolutionary my ass. Their whole system-on-a-chip thing isn't new... it was already implemented by the NVIDIA Tegra and the Intel Atom Pinetrail Platform. And if it's so revolutionary, then why does it look eerily familiar to the iphone? Thanks for the false advertising, apple. I guess the morons who are drooling on themselves every time they stupidly buy your products always take shit at face value when you use terms that are either completely unrelated or absolutely false about your products. I can only imagine that's what mac fanboys look like, so excuse me for being ignorant. As far as I'm concerned, that's what your mental image is in my head for willingly buying into this crap, no matter what you ACTUALLY look like.
I also forgot to mention: the damn thing won't do ANYTHING unless you first plug it up to a pc running itunes and let it sync. After that, it's fully functional. Why doesn't it have itunes preinstalled on it? Was that a problem, apple? You threw 50 bajillion other apps on it, why not itunes? I've read one of the requirements that might have some light shed on this: "must be an itunes customer."
How is knowing whether or not I'm an itunes store customer of any relevance to being able to use this damn thing for what it's made for?! Bang-up job for the moron who thought THAT would be a good design idea! Fuckin idiot.
You wanna know the funny part? For twice the price, you can have all the features that the ipad is missing with their macbook! "...with so much more to love, macbook is still just $999!" [As before, the ad image as of 11/05/2010]
If anyone were ever to truly know why I hate the apple company, well there it is: OVERPRICING FOR SHITTY PRODUCTS AND SHODDY FORCED ENTHUSIASM!
Here's the truth: the ipad is overpriced for what it does ($500 + $160 in accessories = $660?!). I'll show you here: (I hid the details from those who get the point and just wanna read on without having it broken down)
Here we go:
1GHz processor which has been proven to be slower than the intel chip of the same idea. Not only that, but their "system on a chip" is not a new idea any more than their copy/paste idea was when they advertised it.
accessories (or rather, things that it would need to make it more like a computer, rounded up to the nearest whole number... add a $1 margin of error to each of these figures, and also recall that this is all before tax!)
keyboard dock: $70
power outlet cable (rather than the one it comes with to plug into the usb port of a pc: $30
ipad camera connection kit (because it doesn't have usb ports for this): $30
The dock (thing you'll need if you want this to be compatible with ANYTHING): $30
Add that all up: $660
ohhhh, so close to $666, but they don't need a collaborative price of $666 to make me think that the apple company was sent from hell.
why do all that when i can just get a viliv x70 for $600? it has half the ram, same size hard drive, half the screen size, half the weight, 1/4 of the processor cores, and yet this thing runs 3x faster than an IPad. It also has an SD card slot, usb ports, built-in webcam, and a 3G network option. holy shit, you mean to tell me that this half-the-greatness product peeking through the shadow cast by the ipad has more features and runs faster than the ipad at 10% less than the accumulated cost of the ipad?!
and those accessories are almost required if you plan on actually using the damn thing to its full potential, so don't look at me with that "then just don't buy the attachments" look.
and for twice that price, you can get a macbook? Even the macbook is overpriced for what it does.
here, you want a similar laptop?
the only thing this one is lacking in is processor speed.
it's $750... 3/4 the cost of a macbook.
but hey, don't let the lacking physical hardware count you out on this argument. so what if it's not exact? let's find a laptop that's BETTER than the macbook, for a cheaper price.
Drumroll: You have just been served, macbook!
That took me less than 30 seconds to find, and there are plenty more to choose from in that price range. let's compare: (i hid the details of this from those that aren't tech savvy)
generic newegg laptop found
15.6" - WINNER!
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2 cores, summed: 4.8GHz)
core i7-720QM (4 cores, summed: 6.4GHz) - WINNER!
2GB DDR3 memory
4GB DDR3 memory - WINNER!
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics (1gb SHARED memory)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 (1GB VRAM, dedicated memory) - WINNER!
500GB - WINNER!
well... damn. and how much is this other laptop again?!
this thing is more powerful than a macbook in every meaningful way (because i'm sure someone could nit-pick one MINOR thing that macbook probably has that's better but is made completely moot due to the fact that nobody really gives a shit, knows what you're talking about, nor could ever really cause any kind of noticeable issue or display any noticeable difference) and it's $150 cheaper.
The IPad has less features than other devices like it, is slower, and is more expensive.
The IPad doesn't even work properly, and has poor flawed choices in its design.
To get the apple equivalent of an IPad with all computer features, you'd have to pay DOUBLE the price: a macbook.
A macbook is overpriced, because there are laptops that are twice as powerful for $150 less.
Apple is cheating you. Apple makes you look like an idiot, and earns money off of it in the process.