Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iPad

As an Apple evangelist, I've been eagerly awaiting this day for months. Rumors had been circulating that Steve Jobs would announce the arrival of a new product at an electronics conference today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Many speculated that Apple would release a tablet to compete with Amazon's Kindle and other less popular digital readers. Those speculations proved true as Apple's CEO announced their newest game-changer, the iPad. Here are a few thoughts on the product and a few questions.
  • The iPad offers the usual amenities: Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, YouTube, iPod/iTunes, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, etc. But what does it offer current iPhone/MacBook Pro users? In other words, as cool as this thing seems, I'm still asking myself (wishing for a good reason): "Why would I buy this?" OR: "Under what circumstances would I want/need this over my phone or computer?"
  • I admit, the iBooks feature/app is the biggest seller for me. Apple has (almost) solved the problem of digital readers, namely, the look and feel. The iPad seems to be the best option for purchasing/organizing/reading digital books (e.g. full color, appropriate size, visual sort-sortability [a la Delicious Library], etc.). Only problem is, I still like buying books and reading them the old fashioned way. Difficult for Apple to capture the process of looking through stacks of books, flipping through pages, the smell, the feel. But if anyone can do it...
  • Am I missing something? I want to love this product. I just don't see it. Maybe it's my lack of sleep since the baby's birth. Help me.
I want to hear your thoughts.

3 comments:

  1. I'm looking for a reason as well to get the ipad. The only thing that holds some promise would be using it in the pulpit for notes and such.

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  2. Looks like an oversized iPhone/iPod

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  3. Here's my 2 cents: Apple has done well to make everyone on the planet truly believe that whatever they introduce is something we must have. The simple fact is that the iPad is nice but not necessary. In the same vein as Parson, I was on the Apple site last Wednesday night researching the features looking for a reason that I should get the iPad. I couldn't find one. But what does it say about Apple products (and our culture) that we'd be almost offended by their releasing a technical device that doesn't blow us away? Well done Steve Jobs.

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