If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Buy One.

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If Bill Gates could redesign the iPad, he’d add a keyboard, a stylus and voice recognition. Heck, he’d probably even put Windows 7 on there.

I can almost picture just how terrible that version would be.

Speaking to BNET’s Brent Schlender, Gates said “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.”

Now Gates is a smart guy, but if you want a netbook, you can buy a netbook. The whole point of the iPad is that it is an entirely new device, and not just an Apple-branded version of the tiny, hard-to-use computers that even Sony executive Mike Abary called “a race to the bottom.”

Like the iPhone before, people are missing the point.

If you don’t want one, don’t buy one. Buy a netbook instead, or a MacBook, or an iPod Touch. Just quit whining, because as soon as the iPad goes on sale, I suspect that Apple will sell a boatload.

And it will be to people who want something that just works, that gets out of their way and lets them read and write, not update printer drivers and anti-virus software. It’ll be to people who just want it to work.

And it will work. Well.

But thanks for giving us your $.02 worth Bill.

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