Why the iPad Doesn’t Suck
Though some of the clamoring has died down, there’s still a lot of critics out there who seemingly wanted Steve Jobs to descend from Mt. Sinai with God knows what when they unveiled the iPad. Worst of it is, these modern worshipers don’t even have a golden calf substitute to throw in his face. All alliteration aside, I like the iPad and I’m probably going to buy one.
You’re thinking–it’s a geriatric sized iPhone! Well, there’s one difference with the iPhone/iTouch–the iPad isn’t doomed to endure the admittedly horrible AT&T data network. I’ll slap that puppy on my Verizon account and enjoy good service anywhere. Maybe I won’t even hook it up with 3G–if I want to look up something in the middle of a field, I’m using a cell phone. My thought is that these devices are going to be highly-snatchable, so I probably won’t use it unless I’m seated or in a secure environment, most of which will have free wireless anyway.
Let’s also consider the cost. I can buy a decked out iMac and an iPad for less than what I’d want to pay for a MacBook Pro, the way I would want to configure it. This is going to allow me to work on projects on the desktop and then just carry them off to meetings with the little iPad in my giant-ass back pocket (jk). But you get the point.
Traveling. All day at EMS I meet wary soon-to-be travelers that are asking me for the safest way that they can carry their laptop and then Fort Knox it to the bed frame at their hostels. At 1.5/1.6lbs, throw it in your day bag and take it with you. Never again will I hoof across Tokyo with a digital SLR with two lenses and a PowerBook girded to my back. As far as features, let’s be honest–all people do when traveling is upload photos and send emails. At least now they can finger paint…then upload.
It really boggles me why some people have such a violent reaction to the iPad. Some ad industry nutjobs are even crying about the “death of branding” when if anything this should simply serve as a reminder that as a smart consumer you should be buying products for their benefit and not for their brands. What did these people honestly expect Apple to do? Are there other companies that people choose to buy every single product in the line?
If you have an iPhone, and a laptop…then isn’t this really the most logical thing that they could have developed? Of course we can complain about the Flash compatibility issues, the effective temperature range and a few other random gripes but as Jobs himself explained this is a new direction. This iPad, like it or love it is a first step, not a final outcome of hand-held tablets and if you look back where Apple started you can imagine that these things have got a long way to go but it’s going to be worth it.
I need a new computer and I don’t want to get an iPhone because of AT&T. If I’ve already once been willing to buy a PowerBook in the past, then buying an iMac and this iPad is going to give me tons of computing power, portability and two devices for the price of one. And if you keep up with my other posts, then you know this baby is going to fit nicely in the Seal-Line.