To iPad or Not
image from Apple.com iPad home page
And once again, Apple consumes the tech world with another game-changing product.
I pre-ordered mine for store pickup on Saturday, April 3rd. Will I actually go through with it and make the purchase? A lot of that depends on how much money I can raise between now and then [that’s less than 3 weeks away] to afford the 16gb WiFi model. I’d like the 32gb model, and I know it’s a good deal to double the storage space for only 20% more, but based on my last round of items I sold on eBay, raising that extra hundred will be a small challenge.
My main intended use for the iPad will be two fold:
- Media Viewing
- Word Processing
– Watching TV shows mostly, with movie through in here and there. And video podcasts, with the idea to actually throw my own hat into the video podcast ring.
– Word processing? Are you serious, Marty? You haven’t even tried it out yet. But wait. The bluetooth external Apple keyboard will work with it and it’s going to be small and light enough to carry both the iPad and keyboard, using a version of the iWork application Pages written specifically for the iPad. My more than a year old HP 2133 netbook has become too slow even for simple word processing. I have found that I use my MacBook Pro more often than the netbook as a couch computer. So the netbook and anything else I can sell will help go towards my new couch computer, which should be plenty fast for both Googling and working on my next story.
So come April 3rd, we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, check out Andy Ihnatko’s well-written overview of his first impressions of the iPad:
I would like an iPad, but I don’t need one so I think for now I’m going to hold off. I don’t know how long I can hold back, but really there are other things that would be more useful.
No desire for one, really. But if you get one, I’m very interested in what you think of it!
lisa – Part of me says I don’t need one, but then again, it’s an Apple product and I am a confirmed Apple whore. And replacing other items with Apple items can’t be bad, can it?
sybil law – I will be sure to post my impressions and use, regardless of if I get one now or later or just hang out at the Apple Store on April 3rd for a few hours to play with one.
oh how i would love one, but i don’t want to feed my internet addiction!
I am resistant to new things so I have no interest at the moment. I am interested in hearing what people think though so in 100 years when I finally decide I want one I can make an informed decision.
I would get one if I had a pile of money just sitting there waiting to be spent. Maybe I’ll see what the next version is like around next Christmas.
I’m holding out for 3G. I wonder if it has Edge as well for when 3G isn’t available?
hello haha narf – I decided I would feed my addiction a bit more.
tori – In 100 years, when the iPad is at version 20, it will most likely be a brain implant.
avitable – I’m thinking the version 2.0 will be a good time to get one for those that want to wait.
ren – That’s a good question. I would think that the 3G radio is backwards compatible with Edge.