You are probably thinking “Who wouldn’t want an iPad?” Well, quite frankly, I don’t want an iPad. I’ve also managed to live without an iPhone and an iPod as well as a myriad of other Apple products. I confess to using iTunes for the occasional television show or free music video. I also need it to watch videos taken by my Kodak digital camera.
In my opinion, Apple is the ‘Star Wars’ of the computer industry. I don’t hate Apple or Star Wars. I just can’t buy into their fantasy of how ‘perfect’ they are. I happen to pay attention when owners of their equipment complain about the problems they are having. And I know there are Apple viruses out there, just not many yet. Once Apple products become prevalent enough, it is only a matter of time before someone decides to see what they can do. And from what I’ve heard from my children, it isn’t all that hard to screw things up on a Mac.
My laptop and my cellphone do not need to be the same device. I have not felt the need to go digital with my books; audiobooks still annoy me as it is. The only rational use for such a device might be the classroom where limited internet access is a plus. But since it doesn’t come with a hard case to protect the screen during transport, it remains a catastrophe waiting to happen.
I’m not saying that there’s no real reason to buy an iPad. If you want a really cool toy, which many people seem to want after “playing with it for a few minutes”, then go buy one. If you are looking for a serious machine to do some serious work, then get a notebook, or a desktop if portability isn’t necessary.