Yeah, I go an iPad with the coolest wallpaper available. Heck, I’ll share it with anyone who wants it.
Frankly, I am uttering a collective yawn at the irrational exuberance at one end and the irrational vitriol at the other of the iPad spectrum. It’s just static filled noise to me. For me, you cannot understand a technology by making your opinions based on other people’s opinions. You have to get your paws on it.
So I have to say in your hand, not even powered on, the iPad is seductive. It is much smaller, thinner, lighter than I imagined. It’s thinner than my iPhone. It’s thinner, smaller, and close to the weight of my recent issued of Wired, and its a freaking computer. The battery life is astounding. The quality of photos and video is stunning. The responsiveness of the orientation change when you turn it is immediate (as apposed to my iPhone which I am always wrist whipping to turn to my desired orientation).
I’ve been reading eBooks in Kindle app and Stanza on the iphone, and its flipping pages every other paragraph, but with the iPad, I get whole paragraphs. And actually, for my hunt and peck typing style, the keyboard is quite fine (and hold the shift key, you can send messages in ALL BAVA CAPS)
Still, I will use my laptop for the bulk of my work, and for work related travel, I will be taking the laptop, the iPad, and the iPhone (on vacation, the laptop can stay home.. maybe- I will still want it for daily photo editing). I never saw it as a laptop replacement. But I can see at conferences, leaving the laptop at the hotel if I am just surfing or tweeting. It’s another piece in the spectrum of mobile technologies, which to me is about being mobile with tech, not about phones.
Last November, when I was doing NaNoWriMo, I could so see writing with the iPad on the plane, rather than hunched over with my wrists bent at angles cause Big Leroy in the seat ion front of me is leaned all the way back.
For all the crying and moaning about how locked and closed and limited it is– the thing just came out. The first iPhones were extremely limited in apps and capabilities. Three years later? The iPad at 1.0 is hardly an endpoint.
I did not get it to watch Netflix or download glitzy versions of ailing newspapers. I want to understand what it might mean as a publishing platform, and if it can offer something new for presenting media and information. I’m working now on getting our publications in ePub format and looking to see what others come along (I am less interested in iPad only forms).
But I am in no place to be drawing the sweeping conclusions of gloom or glory others are. We are not even close to knowing what people can do with it until they get to do things with it.
There are, like most technologies, quirks I’d hope will change. Most if not all I would guess others have already ID-ed. A few I noted in 2 days of light use.
- Content transfer sucks. I hate having to move things through iTunes sync. It hardly makes sense to be the Everyperson’s media platform, if Everyperson needs a computer with iTunes to use the thing. I would hope someday it can be used by someone w/o requiring iTunes on a computer. There are apps that talk to desktop apps though a local IP addresses.
- Apps are pricier than iPhone ones, and sometimes you need both different versions. That said, there are a decent number of free apps, and the app tidal wave has just started. Where is the basic apps for writing w/o having to buy one? Oh, “Notes” which after al this time does the most squirrely method to syncs- with the Mail.app on the computer, which I dont use.
- Every book or magazine issue as its own app is dumb. can you say Padtop clutter?
- The iTunes Store Organization for Books is …. well fill in an expletive. Where do you find books in iTunes Store? There is no “books” tab. Why, silly, they are listed in the App store (that makes no sense at all). Worse, when you go to the books section of the App store area, what you get are a mixture of book titles and titles for apps that work with books. Its hard to tell whats a book. I hope they talk to a librarian and get some decent organizational structure in there.
I don’t have any regard for people who are hurling insults and taunts at those who are exploring a new platform, or the glee hards who are predicting it will save or change some industry. I am not finding any of the posturing from the ends to be very constructive to understanding. Sure, express your views but respect mine, and don’t hoist your position so much as a “truth” to brow beat others with it who may just want to extend that natural human trait of curiosity.
No device makes me or keeps me from being creative– creativity is what we do with our things, not any force they exert on us.
The post "iRrational iPolarization" was originally pulled from under moldy cheese at the back of the fridge at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2010/04/irrational/) on April 13, 2010.