The Apple iPad: Yes, Please
Dear Apple, I love you. It's true. There's a deep seeded unabashed, unconditional, unrestricted outpouring of adoration and I don't care who knows it. Today, you showed me how much you love me. You gave me the iPad. And I have yet another reason to take a savory bite from the tasty tree-ovum that you are.
Dear Apple, I love you. It’s true. There’s a deep seeded unabashed, unconditional, unrestricted outpouring of adoration and I don’t care who knows it. Today, you showed me how much you love me. You gave me the iPad. And I have yet another reason to take a savory bite from the tasty tree-ovum that you are.
So listen, I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’m just going to be out and out frank with you here. I want an iPad, I need one, in fact. In truth, I’m selling my MacBook to buy one. Why? Why would I do such a thing? It’s really simple: the iPad presented me with everything I’ve wanted in a laptop, without all that messy laptop stuff to worry about.
But it’s a little more complex than that. There were some neural pathways involved in making this decision, belive it or not. See, there’s a keyboard that can be docked with the iPad. That’s the clincher right there. That, and the fact that the touch version of iWork rumor turned out to be true, too.
That’s it. It’s perfect. I’ve already got a desktop computer for all my “hardcore” computing needs. I’ve got a netbook for that “on the go” work here or there. But I don’t need my MacBook anymore. The iPad is my multimedia and workhorse combination. With Apple Pages for the iPad, I can write whenever, wherever. With Safari in full screen, I can blog on the go. With the iPad iPod application, I can browse my music library like I would on a desktop computer. I mean, I could write 2,000 words on why their Mail, Address Book and Calendar app will change the way you organize your life, but I’ll spare you the slobber.
I mean, if you’re not interested I’m not going to convince you, but there’s a metric ton of innovation in this machine. It’s got an IPS LCD screen with LED backlighting. What’s IPS mean? In layman’s terms, it means that viewing angle is a thing of the past. Any angle, super-bright, super crisp. That makes it good for book reading, for sharing movies, the web, whatever it is. Plus, nearly a year ago I had always thought Apple’s acquisition of PA Semi would be geared towards the iPad, and sure enough, custom 1GHz Apple silicon is the heart of this beast.
The custom tailored hardware and software combo is back. The result? 10 hours of battery. A month on standby. Do you know anything that lasts a month on standby? And the PRICE TAG? Once upon a time, people lined up for a $600 dollar iPhone that didn’t do half the stuff the iPad does. And now, for $499, you can experience tablet computing bliss.
The cool-factor is off the chart. it’s sexy and sleek. I can only imagine what it might be like to hold the aluminum and glass in my lap, cozied up to a bad movie as I look it up on IMDB-it and see what other atrocities Keanu Reeves was involved in. I can visualize myself walking to my room, connecting it to the keyboard dock and banging out 500 word for TheVARGuy. Answer my e-mails. Pop it out of the dock, crawl into bed. Instant message with my girlfriend using the on-screen keyboard and then call it a night.
It’s your everywhere computer. It’s the tablet to end all tablets. It’s a smartphone without size restrictions. This is the best thing ever.
And if you’re not convinced, if you’re whining about the fact that it still doesn’t have ‘multi-tasking’ like you’re used to, think about this. You launch an application, and the entire device, at that moment, is dedicated to giving you the best experience possible with what you want to do and the data you do it with. The tablet gets out of the way, and the only thing between you and productivity euphoria is a thin sheet of glossy glass.
Plus, there’s whispers that the iPad SKD has some tricks up its sleeve that hasn’t even shown up in the tech demos today. Dev’s aren’t allowed to discuss the features.
Just wait till you play with one. Just wait till I have one.
You’ll be hearing from me. I promise.