Sad to say, but after now nearly nine months, my Apple iPad has become indispensable. When I bought it in May last year, I must admit I simply fell for the famous Steve Jobs charm and believed him when he said that we all now needed something between a computer and a mobile phone.
Not that anyone had believed it up until that point in time as slates, tablets or whatever they were called before 2010 had been about as popular as rabies in a guide dog training kennel. Every manufacturer of anything resembling a computer had tried; and failed miserably. Not even the cool dudes on CSI, carrying all their bewildering analysis to Horatio on a touch screen tablet could convince us. There was simply no market for such a silly beast. Right?
Well, wrong it seems. And in such a very short time, the iPad has not only succeeded, it has blown the whole PC industry into turmoil. One could easily explain it away as the traditional Apple ‘cool’ factor, but in this case it isn’t. In my mind, it is about simplicity. Something that has been missing since the advent of personal computers.
It took me some time to adjust to what is in essence a computer without a file system, hard drive partitions, boot disks, firewalls or even a trash can, not to mention no mouse, ports or keyboard. But after a few weeks, I began to understand what this little flat screen was on about. Keep it simple stupid! Then as a little time went by, I discovered that if I wanted, I could do very complicated things with my iPad.
Although I still use my MacBook pro, my iPad now allows me to relax when I want to read, play, surf, write, research, listen or watch. No computer has ever offered me that luxury. On average, I would say I use my iPad for 75% of what I used to do on my Macbook. That is a big chunk.
All that I really feel is missing are two things. The ‘right mouse click’ is not possible on an iPad and the internet is full of this necessity. Secondly, Safari without tabs is a bit laborious. Apart from these two items, and I won’t enter the Flash debate, I have to say I’m in love with my iPad and now just can’t imagine not having it.