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Bill Gates: The iPad Isn't All That

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Bill Gates gently shrugs off the iPad.

Brent Schlender over at Bnet had a quick discussion with Bill Gates about Apple's much hyped iPad, and Gates wasn't impressed.

There's no denying that Apple's trying to be market-maker when it comes to slate/tablet computers. Up until this point, pretty much all tablet computers that have come out have all been forgotten. No one even remembers the HP Slate that came out during CES. It was a big launch for HP, and then the day after, no one spoke of it again.

Bill Gates doesn't seem to be too fond of the iPad either, saying that there's nothing on the iPad that he wished Microsoft would have done. Despite that, he did give Apple credit for the iPhone.

The quote:

“You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that,” he said. “So, it’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’  It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’”

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    rawoysters , February 11, 2010 12:51 AM
    You're right on Bill!
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    omnimodis78 , February 11, 2010 12:55 AM
    liquid0hYeah Gates, I bet you said the same thing about the iPhone when it initially came out.

    Your comment proves that you didn't read the article!
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    omnimodis78 , February 11, 2010 12:51 AM
    There's not denying it, this thing is ugly. Looks exactly like an oversized (and cheap looking) digital picture frame.
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  • 39 Hide
    rawoysters , February 11, 2010 12:51 AM
    You're right on Bill!
  • 32 Hide
    omnimodis78 , February 11, 2010 12:51 AM
    There's not denying it, this thing is ugly. Looks exactly like an oversized (and cheap looking) digital picture frame.
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    omnimodis78 , February 11, 2010 12:55 AM
    liquid0hYeah Gates, I bet you said the same thing about the iPhone when it initially came out.

    Your comment proves that you didn't read the article!
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 11, 2010 12:55 AM
    Nothing like reality. I love when people are honest.
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    Anonymous , February 11, 2010 12:58 AM
    I agree with Gates for a device the size of the I-Pad. If Apple had introduced a smaller form factor I could see the utility.
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 11, 2010 12:59 AM
    omnimodis78There's not denying it, this thing is ugly. Looks exactly like an oversized (and cheap looking) digital picture frame.
    As much as I don't like the whole hype behind the iPad, I think your observation is a little corny.
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    omnimodis78 , February 11, 2010 1:04 AM
    mlopinto2k1As much as I don't like the whole hype behind the iPad, I think your observation is a little corny.

    No I don't think so at all - I mean I don't want to argue it because this is all a matter of perspective, but the first day I saw that thing being held by Jobs that's exactly what I thought. I'm actually not knocking the device at all, I'm just saying it's ugly - it's very archaic in it's design. I don't think that's corny at all. If this thing was borderless and thin, I guarantee you it would be praised.
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    SneakySnake , February 11, 2010 1:11 AM
    @ omnimodis

    Do you know how frustrating and annoying a borderless touchscreen display would be? It's not borderless for a reason
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    SneakySnake , February 11, 2010 1:11 AM
    and its 0.5" thick, how much thinner would you like it?
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    amarok , February 11, 2010 1:27 AM
    every time I see or hear "ipad", I expect to see a commercial with a woman putting it inside her trousers..
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    STravis , February 11, 2010 1:29 AM
    Sarah P. can probably find a good use for this iPad - beats writing on her hand like a 12 year old..
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    Madhatter4 , February 11, 2010 1:33 AM
    I would feel like an asshole carrying that thing around
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    gamebrigada , February 11, 2010 1:40 AM
    Hes got a point there...
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    G-Systems , February 11, 2010 1:41 AM
    And this is why Bill Gates is a legendary figure: Admits the downfalls of his "preferred" company, while not being overly critical of his "competition"'s inferior products.

    Right on point in my mind.

    The iPad is overrated simply because it's an Apple. Trees have apples; I don't see anyone praising those! lol...I'm obviously joking--don't thumb me down. lol
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    dman3k , February 11, 2010 1:53 AM
    g-systemsAnd this is why Bill Gates is a legendary figure: Admits the downfalls of his "preferred" company, while not being overly critical of his "competition"'s inferior products. Right on point in my mind. The iPad is overrated simply because it's an Apple. Trees have apples; I don't see anyone praising those! lol...I'm obviously joking--don't thumb me down. lol
    jokes are meant to be funny. take the ipad for example.
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    jimmysmitty , February 11, 2010 1:53 AM
    With the MS Surface which does all this and more for businesses and soon homes, why would he be amazed?

    I think the iPad is meh. Surface is cool. Can't wait to see a touch netbook. Well there is a touch Atom based LG phone hitting soon
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