I have a weakness for gadgets. Whether they are nifty little kitchen gadgets like those new fangled can-openers that won’t leave dangerous sharp edges, or even those handy quick choppers that slap-slap-slap an onion into submission. I love them all.
But I’m a writer and also a reader, so I have been eying the new generation of eReaders, like the Kindle and the Nook, with great interest. The price tag has been holding me at bay. Yeah, a Kindle would be nice, having my favorite magazine and daily papers delivered to the comfort of my little slice of plastic every day, sounds very inviting. At the end of the day the only thing these gadgets do is deliver reading material and I just can’t justify slapping down nearly $300 for a device that just delivers print.
Then along comes the iPad. (Insert drool here)
Starting at $500 this thing will not only deliver the Times and the next novel by Stephen King, it is a calendar, planner, writer, web-browser, TV, movie theater, game machine, phone, map, shopping mall, photo album, mailbox, contact manager, jukebox, calculator, chat-room, doctor’s office, (catching breath) oh yeah… and you can read books on it, too.
It slices… it dices… it’s just not flash-enabled. (Not yet anyway)
My heart says buy, buy, buy.
My wallet says… “You’ve got to be kidding me!”
For all it does there are those that want to point at what it doesn’t do. To that I would say, if it does everything I need it to do, so what it doesn’t do is immaterial.
Is the iPad a game changer? In some ways yes, in some ways no. It’s a step towards a new game. It’s a look at the future of computing where we are no longer shackled to a desktop leaning over a notebook computer staring at a fixed screen. We will be leaned back in those comfy Starbucks chairs playing games or chatting with friends around the world and sipping whipped mocoa with the masses.
I think my wallet has convinced me to wait for iPad 2.0.
That was close!!
Don’t worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap – but it was a revolutionary piece of crap. ~Guy Kawasaki (Former Apple marketing guru)