Why I Am Buying an Apple iPad

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The Apple iPad has been the center of a storm of controversy this week after it was announced on Wednesday. Given the long anticipation and wild rumors preceding the actual announcement it’s no surprise that some people are disappointed. Others, like myself, and eager for iPads to start shipping.

I’m not going to try to refute the criticisms out there or try to argue with folks about their unrealistic expectations. Instead I want to share why I personally am excited about the iPad and how I see myself using it.

The iPad is closer to a 10″ iPhone than a small MacBook. It runs the iPhone OS, and will run iPhone applications from the App Store, which means there will be a ton of things you can do with it, and new applications written just for the iPad emerging soon. However, just looking at the core functionality, you can:

  • Read and Send E-mail
  • Surf the Web
  • Check and Change your Calendar
  • Listen to Music
  • Watch TV and Movies
  • Read Books and Magazines
  • Write Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Documents

Work: As much I know you’re supposed to start off your day working on some specific task to help get momentum going, the reality is I usually spend the first hour or two of my work day reading, replying to, and sending e-mail, checking my calendar for the day, checking a few websites for news, checking Jira for what I’m going to today, checking my OmniFocus to-do list, and listening to some music. I also spend a decent chunk of time writing documents in Pages. I can do all of that on an iPad, anywhere. That means I’m free to start out my day drinking tea in the kitchen or flop down on the couch in the library, or pop out to the local coffee shop. I just have to carry a 1.5 lb iPad and I can work. That’s VERY appealing to me.

Around the House: I use my iPhone all the time to look things up online, check maps, my calendar, obsessively check my e-mail, control my music in the house, and show people neat things. The iPad does all that, but has a much bigger screen which will be VERY nice. Long term I’d love to see it integrate with more things and become a house remote control, hooked into all my entertainment options, the lights, locks, thermostat, smoke detectors, alarm system, CO sensors, etc… and to work just as well anywhere in the world as it does within the house.

Travel: I’m a big guy, and my laptop is a 17″ MBP, which while perfect for the heavy lifting of most of my job, is awful for travel. With the exception of the extra legroom area on JetBlue flights, I cannot use my laptop safely/comfortably/effectively in coach on any domestic US airline. The iPhone’s small screen makes watching movies doable but not great, and worse you have to either hold it up in front of you for hours on end, or tilt your neck 90 degrees and stare down at it on your tray table. Plus you run the risk of running out of batteries on your phone once you get to where you’re going. The iPad will let you watch video on a 10″ screen, read books or newspapers, catch up on e-mail, etc… with a 10 hour battery, and no impact to your phone. Big fan.

Meetings/Day Trips: The iPad is perfect for meetings or day trips. You can do work, take notes, run a projector, send e-mail, etc… In fact on my last day trip/meeting I could have brought an iPad instead of my whole laptop bag. That would have been very nice.

Do I NEED one? No, my laptop and iPhone work pretty well in most cases. Are the uses I laid out above worth a few hundred bucks to me, yes they are. I think, like the iPod and iPhone before it, while no one NEEDED one, it won’t take long before the iPad becomes an ingrained part of our daily lives.

Another thing to consider is that many people who have computers but aren’t super technical really only do the following things: surf the web, email, write documents, look at photos, watch videos, and listen to music. An iPad would be a reasonable replacement for many folks (I’m looking at you Mom!).

So, if you don’t want one, or it doesn’t meet your needs, or you wanted a $14.95 14″ 1.5 oz 3 GHz machine with ESP, that’s all fine. But for me, it looks like a very promising product that while I don’t NEED it, will probably make things easier and more pleasant for me in many cases.

By | 2017-05-18T15:16:03+00:00 January 29th, 2010|Apple|11 Comments

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  1. Sarah January 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    You will feel better when you wake up tomorrow and realize the iPad will do exactly the same thing your other devices do.

    If that dosn’t work, try holding a magnifying glass over your iTouch. Voila! There”s the iPad and it cost you nothing.

  2. Josh January 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Exactly.

    I don’t care what other people want or don’t want it for. I saw the iPad and said “I know how I’m going to use that!” and will but it in March (uh…maybe april given the normal delays that tend to happen). Strangely enough, my list looks more or less the same as yours. Perhaps the device was meant to appeal to people with work-from-home tech jobs?

  3. Jasmine January 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I am glad to read your reasons for getting an iPad. if only it could control all the things in MY house, like the kids, dog, fish, cat, cooking dinner, vacuuming and doing dishes. When it progresses far enough, please let me know!

  4. Ranjiv February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    hey dude, great blogs, I got that last one from some random dude on the east coast, quite an eye opener about atg licensing.

    As for the iPad, I look forward to seeing it integrate into ppls lives in the months and years to come, I’m sure there will be some interesting innovations to be added to it and to your list:) I’m all over the notion of it becoming the interface to our smart homes.

    Anyhow, watch out for Christian’s Plasma gernades.
    Takecare

    • Devon February 18, 2010 at 7:18 am - Reply

      Ranjiv,

      great to hear from you! Yeah, I agree with you about long term the iPad having the potential to be smoothly integrated into a lot of daily activities and tasks. We’ll see:) I’m still looking forward to being able to order mine.

      Devon

  5. Gloria Hainley March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    OMG, How did I ever survive without your blog posts?

  6. Lisa March 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Love you blog!

  7. will March 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    great ipad article and great stories keep it up.

  8. lasik March 26, 2010 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I can only laugh when I read this stuff. All I can do was smile in agreement! Hahaha.

  9. iPad Forum April 6, 2010 at 10:25 am - Reply

    im loving the ipad personally. what do you think of it now? was it upto your standards?

    • Devon April 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Well I ordered the 3G version so I’m still waiting on mine. However I’ve played with a friends, and I am VERY impressed! I can’t wait for mine.

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