I’ve decided that I’m going to buy an iPad at the first opportunity I get, so here are my reasons:
- I want it
- It’s new
- It’s interesting
- It has an Apple logo on it (see 1 & 2 above)
- It’s either going to change the way we think about computers, or it’ll be a total flop, in which case in years to come it will be a collector’s item
I think that’s a pretty good set of reasons and if you don’t, I don’t care – and here’s why, my final reason:
- Because spending time reading any more ‘iPad sucks’ or ‘iPad is the second coming’ blog posts and articles, and potentially responding in the comments, or getting drawn into discussions (arguments) about what the iPad is, what’s missing, whether those things will be present in iPad 2.0, and whether people should buy one, I’m going to spend that time working productively, earning the money to buy it with.
So I’m getting off the fence, getting down to work, and buying an iPad when it comes out (probably the mid-range 32Gb 3G equipped version, in case you were wondering).
Now go make your own mind up.
UPDATE: just in case you’re wondering about whether I’m blindly ignoring ‘what’s missing from the iPad’ – I’m not, I just don’t think those things are important.
Flash – when using my iPhone I don’t miss Flash. If I come across a site that is dumb enough to have an unskippable intro, I just leave. Web video uses Flash because Flash was in the right place at the right time. The YouTube app on my iPhone works just fine thanks, streaming H.264 video.
A camera – because video conferencing is SO important? I’m not going to use this thing to take pictures with even if it had a camera. I’ll use a camera. I will still be able to one-way video conference (Fring for iPhone does this now, with one-way Skype video). There might be a camera in the rev 2 of the iPad. That won’t be enough for me to upgrade as I don’t consider a camera all that important.
Multi-tasking – for the most part this is a pointless gripe. Background notifications work perfectly well for most things you’d think you need multi-tasking for. Some people raising this criticism seem to be so blinkered as to think you can’t listen to music while doing something else. You can. Furthermore, all this is based on iPhone OS 3.2, the version that the SDK is currently at. We’ll see iPhone OS 4.0 in the summer, which may or may not have multi-tasking, for devices with Apple’s custom designed chip, as used in the iPad.