While working on a customer’s office computer recently, I commented on the iPad sitting on his desk. The customer, an engineer by trade, told me the iPad was a recent purchase and a “show and tell” ensued. He was excited and pleased with his purchase. When I returned the following month, the iPad was in the exact same spot and a thin layer of dust appeared to be on the surface.
Let’s call the iPad what it is: a very expensive toy that doesn’t quite fit into your daily digital life. Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor at Fortune, wrote a great post called Why I still don’t love my iPad and why the iPad 2 won’t help.
Why the IPAD is a waste of money
For starters, it’s too heavy and too large to carry around your person compared with the convenience of a smart phone. The absence of a proper keyboard and mouse is a major compromise in being able to get things done quickly. As Gallagher rightly points out, Why [is] no one talking about how the iPad [is] slowing them down? Allyson Kazmucha from TiPb, the #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog writes, “until the iPad can stand on its own without relying on a physical computer, it shouldn’t be considered a replacement even for the modest user”. She goes on to state that between her two essential devices, namely her MacBook and iPhone, she’s fully covered. The iPad unlike the Kindle eBook reader has a backlight from the bright LCD screen. This means that what you are reading is illuminated from behind. This makes reading for longer periods unpleasant leading to headaches and eyestrain. The Kindle “e-ink” technology does not have a backlight and makes reading feel like you’re reading a paper book. In summary, if you have to lug something around, stick with the winning laptop and iPhone / Blackberry combo for robustness and versatility. David Letterman even takes a jab in his Top 10 reasons to buy an iPad 2 (watch video below). His number 1 reason is, “In this economy who doesn’t have $600 to throw around?” Ask yourself if the iPad’s price tag is really worth the larger Angry Birds screen.
When I first saw the iPad, I was immediately impressed with the the screen quality. Pictures appeared vibrant and crisp. My customer’s iPad is still sitting on his desk and he’s found a new use for it. It makes a FANTASTIC picture frame!