9th Mar

How I Can Justify Buying an iPad

When I talk to people about getting the iPad, it’s pretty common for them to dismiss my enthusiasm for fanboyism (a word that gives me a headache, just trying to spell it “correctly”). I see this little device as the thing that will make certain tasks easier, and maybe even get me into old habits again. So, while I patiently wait, I’d like to share what makes me excited about the iPad:

Reading

Books on the Apple iPad I had an argument with a coworker the other day about how I just don’t read books. There isn’t a reason. I like books, and I like to read. I do it all the time with blog posts, news articles, and instructional writings. Honestly, the internet is probably the best thing to happen to my reading habits. The problem is that I’ve migrated to the browser, so my reading experience is looked at as browsing the web instead of the traditional kick-back-my-feet book reading. I know that there will be some kind of awesome news aggregator app designed specifically on the strengths of the ipad, and with the ibooks app, I will finally have a traditional ereader (or should it be ireader?). I might actually be able to find some comfortable middle ground between traditional reading and my browsing habits.

Games

Gaming on the Apple iPadSomething has broken inside me that doesn’t allow me to get into involving video games anymore. It may be work, it may be a change of interests, but I just can’t split up a 30-40 hour game without getting bored and moving to something else. I’ve got a stack of games that remain unplayed because I just can’t find a few hours and the motivation to get into them. Enter casual gaming. I loved some of the games available on the iphone. Peggle was absolutely awesome, Jelly Car made me laugh, and Apple’s Texas Hold’em was a brilliant iteration of a traditional game. I have a Nintedo DS and I’ve had my teeth sunk into Scribblenauts, but since I discovered that a pterodactyl and a grappling hook can solve pretty much any problem, my interest has tapered off. Gaming on the iphone was a lot of fun, and I can only imagine what developers will come up with given all that new screen real estate (*cough* Plants vs. Zombies *cough*).

Design

Sometimes, I just don’t enjoy using photoshop. I keep on revisiting it, telling myself that I just need to learn the conventions and it will work a lot better, but it still often ends in a headache. Apple’s Pages application is what I prefer to use for quick mock-ups because it is much more natural. Text boxes and images snap right where I want them, and nothing gets in the way of my ideas. The idea of having that kind of power on a big screen with multitouch just makes me giddy.

Everything Else

Apps for the Apple iPad What really gets me excited is the stuff that I can’t think of. The iphone app store is home to some of the most creative apps and talented developers of our time. They see the iphone and ipod touch as so much more than a phone or media device. They look at the multitouch screen, internet connectivity, and a plethora of other hardware assets and see a moldable, plastic device, capable of so much more. I wouldn’t have thought I could use an iphone as a mouse/keyboard, or as place to dump my meaningless thoughts into twitter, or as a friggin’ sonic tape measurer. I’m excited about realizing what else the ipad can do.

This friday, the pre-orders start, and I’m going with the most basic $499 wifi-16GB model because that’s all I will need. All of the things I’m excited about can be done without massive storage or a constant 3G connection. The ship date is April 3rd, and until then, I’m going to keep thinking of situations where the iPad will be a perfect fit. The masses may not see a use for the iPad, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless.




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  • Kandes
    March 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm // Reply

    I think this just sums up the idiocy of people for buying the iPad if these are the reasons for parting with such a huge chunk of cash.
    Basically it’s a device for people who can’t be arsed with any of the real life – and wholly more substantial – counterparts to things like reading a real book and doing design in a real application or even on a pad of paper. In fact, this ultimate procrastination device is so good at catering for people trying to avoid doing ‘real’ productive things, that these apathetic people all over don’t even have to look for new ways to procrastinate – it’s all right in front of them in this shiny shiny piece of apple guff. I can imagine these people’s minds will begin to fade into some sort of mush that stops them doing anything else than slide their greasy fingers across a glass screen.
    Soon enough they’ll be sliding their tongues across the windows on a certain type of bus.

  • March 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    @kandes

    I think this comment perfectly sums up the idiocy of people on the internet.

    In the article you failed to read, the author made some valid points justifying *his* decision to purchase an iPad.

    You claim that he will use this for procrastination rather than doing “real” productive things, yet he clearly states that Professional tools (eg Photoshop) are simply overkill. In fact, using the professional tool seems likely to hinder productivity when a much simpler (and exponentially cheaper) software package will work.

    Your claim is that the iPad is a huge chunk of cash. But how much is photoshop? Roughly the same price-point.

    And let’s talk about “real” life for a moment, shall we? The author explains that he doesn’t read traditional books now, so explain how buying/using an iPad will change this?

    If anything, I would wager that the author would be *more* likely to read traditional books in a non-traditional format utilizing the software e-reader type application.

    Your assessment is little more than ad hominem, and you clearly missed the point of the article. Provided you actually read it before lashing out with your vile rhetoric.

    Agree with the authors position or not, it’s clear that *you*, sir or madame, are the windowlicker.

  • March 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm // Reply

    Eric, I don’t think pre-orders start this Friday in the UK. I think we have to wait a little longer even to see the prices we are going to have to pay.

  • March 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm // Reply

    The ipad in the UK will not support ibooks, but i figure there are enough apps for reading that i’ll still get the ipad :)

  • March 22, 2010 at 9:34 am // Reply

    icoot: It won’t support iBooks at launch but you can bet that it will as soon as the deals with the publishers are in place. Besides, there’s always the kindle app.

  • March 22, 2010 at 11:00 am // Reply

    yep plenty of ebook apps till it does launch.

    but when can I pre-order!!!

    Sheffield Apple Store Staff are deny all knowledge of anything.

  • March 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm // Reply

    Looks like Amazon are busy readying their iPad version of the Kindle app.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000490441

  • March 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm // Reply

    John and icoot:

    It looks like the iPad is shaping up to be the ultimate ereader. Thanks to the nature of the app store, the major ereader retailers already have apps that will work on the iPad. Also, the iBooks app will be able to handle unlocked .epub files and .pdfs. It looks like they are taking the iPod formula and applying it to the ebook market. Bizarrely, the iPad is shaping up to be one of the most open ereaders available, despite it being an Apple product.

    Reference: http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/ibooks.html

  • April 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm // Reply

    found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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