The iPad was described as magical and revolutionary when Steve Jobs first unveiled it. Since that day, a little less than a year ago, I believe his prediction was true. It has changed the way I look at my computers. It has become the computer I use the most. It has even changed what I want in a computer, which has completely amazed me.
When it first came out, I had no desire for it. I had recently purchased an iPhone 3G but saw no reason to buy what I saw as a larger one. However, I made the very fortunate mistake of going into Best Buy when they first began putting them on display. It was unbelievable.
Now the iPad has changed so much of how I do things. I have always loved to read comic books and “real” books. Now, I read both on my iPad. If I am in the mood for a novel, I read the early days of John Grisham, which can be found cheap on Amazon’s Kindle Store, and fit nicely on my iPad. Meanwhile, if I am in the mood for comics, I can just go to my DC Comics app, and download issues for around a dollar. Sadly, the catalogue isn’t as expansive as I want, but it has only been around since summer, and grows by the week. Then, when I am ready for the news, I just load one of several news apps. My personal favorite is the Fox News app, which I use daily, but I also have access to Time’s app or CNN’s. I know some have complained that the apps don’t get the entire feel of the news, when you can just as easily log onto the internet and check up on it, but I prefer the condensed versions, which hits the topics I am mostly interested in.
When I am ready to go to bed, and my honey is suffering from insomnia, I take it to bed with me. I watch a little of Netflix to help me wind down in bed. If that doesn’t help, I just load one of my games from the App store. My iPhone was already becoming one of my favorite “gaming consoles,” but having much more screen to fill is great. This is what handheld gaming should be about. I just wish Nintendo would unleash some of the great games from my childhood on here. I know it’s a pipe dream, but I can wish.
And its uses don’t stop there. I now have access to the perfect notebook during meetings. I’ve been impressed with “Docs to Go,” ever since I had my Moto Q, but this is the perfect way to type, when a laptop or desktop aren’t available. When I have to map something, no GPS can match my 9 inch screen for directions, which my wife watches so I can focus on the road. And if you ever need to quickly find the meaning of something, you can’t beat having the power of the net in your hands, especially if you have it on a screen big enough to cut out the pinch zooms that come from relying on the smart phones.
At the beginning of this, I said that the iPad has changed what I want in a computer. The ability for a near instantaneous boot is exceptional. The streamlined memory is perfect for my mobile device, and then I have my back up laptop for things I need infrequently. The reason the iPad is so transformative is its sheer versatility. If I feel like typing for a prolonged period, I can plug in the keyboard dock. When I am ready to hit the road, I can unplug it, and still have the floating keyboard, which I think is more than adequate. I have been surfing the web on my Wii, and I can use its keyboard, I can use any keyboard. If I feel like writing, there is the wonderful Targus pen for the touch screen, which is much more user friendly than dragging my finger all over the screen. And yet, if I just want to play around, the touch screen is easily mastered. The device just reminds me of the Reese’s Cups tag, “There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s.”