Although I would have much preferred it was called an iSlate, iTablet or iAnythingelse I’ll just have to settle with the close to iPod name of iPad. So what’s in a name other than a lot of jokes and plays on words.
The very simple idea I understood when I watched Steve Jobs try to convince the world that we need another mobile device was this. If your role is to input. Stay away. If your role is to devour output, then line up and buy one immediately. It’s as simple as that.
In our family of two, it is a very simple calculation. I write. Therefore I will stay with my beloved MacBook Pro and tap away at my keyboard until hell freezes over. My wife though, is a reader and absorber of huge amounts of information. She rarely file saves anything, but bookmarks thousands of pieces of information from the net. She also collects blogs and recipes. She borders on a workaholic and checks her email at the strangest of hours.
So, while I may enjoy a surf from time to time, I’ll buy one of these for my wife. She’ll fall in love with it I’m sure. Well, a few weeks after she has forgotten about the credit card bill anyway. It may take another few weeks to wean her off her white MacBook but I’m sure the iPad will win in the end.
I should add a caveat here that I am an Apple devotee and a long time admirer of Steve Jobs and his way off centre approach. Therefore my opinion is totally biased and bares no resemblance to a balanced view whatsoever.