Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Vice of the Device
When Apple introduced the iPad I shrugged. Another gadget intended to glue your eyes to a screen all day, as if I need any more of that. In my observation, it’s simply another overpriced gadget that will run your life I thought, if you allow it. Most seem to allow it.
It has taken every bit of will power on my behalf to resist buying an iPhone. I have seen way too many individuals become enslaved by that thing. Maybe this year when my old contract expires I will entertain the notion. Maybe. Until then my camera will take photos, my phone will continue to make the phone calls and my business computer will suffice for getting work done, although I will be upgrading it this year.
When my son Andy showed up at Christmas he had his own iPad. It was impressive but not enough to interest me. But the wife went nuts for the pad once she saw what it did and how ‘cute’ it was. Too late, I already bought a Christmas gift.
The iPad is the perfect computer for her. Up until the present she used my laptop to do all her personal computing needs, most of which is email, shopping on the web, playing card games and majong.
I had considered getting her an Apple Macbook but they are a bit too pricey and overkill. The Mac Mini was another option we considered but it would be anchored at a desk or nook. No portability. The iPhone is small. She isn’t too crazy about one of those.
She loves to read books and magazines. She reads a lot. One feature that drew my attention to the iPad was the book, magazine and newspaper downloads available with full color photos. The Kindle and other book reader devices cannot compare because of their obvious limitations. They may be less expensive you get what you pay for.
With my seven year old laptop about to gag and with her birthday coming up I had found the iPad to be the gift of all gifts (she’s always been easy to please).
The gift of an iPad was a home run.
Try as one may, a laptop is portable but nothing like this. She can use it on the couch, in a chair, in bed, in the kitchen and even on the toilet if the need arises when nature calls.
The pad can be placed in the kitchen near the cook space to display recipes. The kids bought a folder/holder protective case. Nice.
We have a wireless network in the home so it would have been excessive to choose the 3G AT&T capability for another $125 plus monthly data charges with all the wifi available. It will be used primarily in the home.
So far she has been glued to the damn thing, as expected. Mission accomplished.
The iPad is not for me personally. If a ‘device’ cannot instantly crunch at least 1gb of imaging data in a Photoshop file with over 100 layers then I have no use for it. For the others who do not need a power monster with a huge display to get work done then the iPad is one hell of a device for most personal needs.
I am not one to be dazzled by the latest technology. Call me jaded. But after a spending a few days seeing what an iPad can do I am very, very impressed.