At last the iPad: Moving On
Life on the iPad"
Many commentators have never grasped the possibilities of the iPad in the same way they failed with the iPhone before it, irresponsibly leading many consumers to believe they had to jail-break their devices which left them with limited functionality in the long term.
[Additional note: as an illustration of this, I spent last Saturday trying to help a friend, who in turn was helping a computerless friend. The latter had in innocence (or ignorance) bought an iPhone 3G for the phenomenal price of 17,000 baht in Mahboonkrong and when it was connected with iTunes, the method of jail-breaking rendered it useless. It was again unlocked at a local mall but the new user has no chance of getting the full performance out of it and this will be a bad advertisement for the device.]
It is no good Acer and others who are facing dwindling sales in finite markets shaking their stubby corporate fingers at a receding customer base and claiming "They will come to their senses." The buyers have moved on. There is something more exciting to play with. The years of little innovation are exacting a terrible price. The only thing between them and failure is the operating system. The iPad (and its cousins the iPhone and iPod touch) now make that irrelevant as the key to consumer access is content.
Newspapers are going to have to rethink their subscription methods; and their subscriptions. There are others, seemingly as astute as Murdoch, although Richard Branson's supposedly international Project for the iPad is not available for Thai users.
That more people buy Cupertino's products is clear: a simple measure is the number of retail outlets now open in Thailand: six in Siam area alone and all busy. After years of me making the suggestion, an iStudio opened on Thonburi side at Central Pinklao: now there are two; and both are busy. The provinces too now have several more stores. While there is wider availability, it may be that some staff, both in Bangkok and beyond, could improve the service as I do hear negative stories from time to time.
Like it or not, Apple products are interesting, reliable (with the occasional exception) and not as expensive as some would have you think. Compare the top of the line Sony with a Mac; and then compare a bottom of the line Phantip special. We can pay more; we can pay less. These days, users don't even have to live without Windows, although I must be honest I have never understood anyone volunteering to use that operating system. I guess you can get used to anything.
Mars on the iPad"
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