I sit on the sidelines taking in the iPad frenzy. Over the last few months, rarely have so many firm opinions been founded on so much lack of actual information. but now that changes.
I have a hunch there will be two types of people. Those who hate iPads and those who have one. (woosh is the sound of me ducking).
The Cory Doctorow slam is that if you cant rip it apart or code unix on it, it’s no good. Of course what can I say, the dude got like 12,000 comments on a post. Hell no, its not a hacker’s machine. So what? I am looking around my house at many appliances I use but don’t feel the need or desire to pry open and hack- my Samsung TV, my refrigerator, my microwave, my washing machine…
And it seems silly to talk about all of the things iT iCant iDo like it is supposed to replace a computer. It’s like buying a food processor and assuming you have to throw out all the knives in the kitchen. Well maybe that was the suckiest analogy ever.
On the other hand, I tilt my head in puzzlement over the prediction of the iPad being a “game changer.” What game is it really changing? What if it ends up the same old media bosses in a new box? And I’ve already heard of some exorbitant prices for the shiny new iMagazines.
I feel the tug.
I want one.
My Apple colors may be showing through. And that is the mystique that all the other companies can ridicule but secretly desire. Have you taken an informal survey of the kinds of computers you see in public places, in airports? I’m seeing more fruit than Dell.
Take all the things wrong with my iPhone. Yeah, I cant see web sites with Flash, I have to go back and forth from apps to do certain tasks, heck until a year ago, you could not even copy/paste text AND I STILL LOVE THE THING. That’s the rub, all the things that it can’t do are far outweighed by what it does. Do I feel love when I hit the power button on my PC? Hardly.
So I am not one to stand on lines to get new toys and usually refrain from getting the first version of hardware. Often you can leapfrog the first generation’s mistakes. Or stay safely on the sidelines if version 1.0 flops. You wont really be that far behind, trust me- I waited more than a year to get an iPhone.
I do want one.
But for what?
Ah, the frenzy.
I might wait.
A few… months…. weeks… days. Maybe I’d drive down to Phoenix tomorrow.
The post "iFrenzy (or not)" was originally dropped like a smoking hot potato at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2010/04/ifrenzy/) on April 5, 2010.