If you follow technology news the way I do, you probably know that the Apple iPad will be arriving at people’s doors on April 4th. There seems to be a lot of opinions on this new device and I didn’t want to be left out, so I’m going to share mine with you now.
Before I go too far into this, let me start out by disclosing a few things. If you are looking for someone that is an Apple fan, you’ve found him. I currently own a Macbook, an Apple tv, 2 regular iPods, an iPod touch, an iPhone and an Airport Extreme. Ive embraced the “Apple ecosystem” and my home is fully surrounded with Apple products.
Now, there is a reason for all the Apple insanity in my home. It’s not because I hate windows or because I think apple is the only company out there. It’s for one reason only: Apple stuff works great with other Apple stuff. For example, my Apple TV is connected to my TV and stereo system. My computer, iPhone and Apple TV are connected to my Airport Extreme. If I want to play some music that is stored on my computer, I can pull my phone out of my pocket and open the “remote” app. With this app, I can choose the music I want to hear and have it start playing on not only my computer, but also on my stereo system in my living room, too. The music will play from two places at once, filling my whole house with sound.
This is not a great technical feat, either. As a matter of fact, it required absolutely no setup at all. It just works.
OK. Now having told you all of that, let me get back to the iPad.
The iPad is essentially a huge iPod touch, right? It has all the same apps as the iPod and iPhone, it has the same features and it essentially does the exact same things, just on a bigger screen. When I first saw the iPad, I thought “What is the point of a huge iPod?” and kinda shoved it into the back of my head and decided that I didn’t need one.
Until about a week ago…
I was sitting on my couch watching TV and something popped into my head that I needed to look up on the Internet. As I would usually do, I grabbed my iPhone out of my pocket and went to the necessary website. I started trying to complete my task and quickly realized that I needed some more power. I put my iPhone in my pocket, went upstairs and got my Macbook. After getting the laptop I was able to accomplish my task in just a few seconds. After I finished, I got back up, went upstairs and put away the laptop. As I was plugging in the laptop it hit me.
I need an iPad!!!
What was I thinking?!?! If I would have had an iPad at that moment, I would have totally avoided having to go and get my laptop then go and put it back. I didn’t need my whole computer to complete my task, I just needed a bigger screen than what my iPhone could offer.
I think the iPad definitely has a place in the computer world. It fits right between the laptop and the smartphone. If you just want to browse the web or check email and don’t need the full power of a computer system, the iPad is the answer.
With that said, I will not be buying the iPad when it comes out on April 4th. For all of the times I’ve watched Apple release products, I know that this version of the iPad is only the beginning. After a year, they will release a new one and it will have all of the features that are missing from this one. One of them being a front facing webcam. In summation: I will be buying the second generation of the iPad.
Some of you may be reading this right now and thinking “I would never spend $600 so I don’t have to go upstairs and get my laptop”. I’m not arguing with you. You’re right. Spending that kind of money to fill a gap between smartphone and laptop is not for everyone, but it is for some people. Apple is taking a risk and assuming that there are enough people that are looking to fill that gap. So, I’m interested to hear, do you have a need for an iPad?