Today is the day many people have been waiting for, and lining up at Apple Stores for – at least in the US (Canada has to wait another few weeks). The iPad has arrived. And since I’m an Apple Fanboy (I’ve got 4 Mac’s currently running in my possession, not including my iPhone) a lot of people have asked me if I’m going to get an iPad. And response lately is “No”. That’s before seeing one or trying it out. I’m sure the envy and coolness factor will definitely try to persuade me buy one, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And for me, it just doesn’t make sense.
The usage covered by the iPad just isn’t something I need. The iPad is an around-the-house casual internet appliance. Music listening, email, internet browsing, e-Book reader, possibly light gaming. A lot of these scenarios I’ve already got covered with my iPhone. I see the iPad as a larger, faster iPhone with some additional capabilities. But if I wanted a 10″ computer, I’d want to be able to do much more with it. The Pad doesn’t even multitask. So you can’t listen to music while you’re surfing or tapping out some email. Granted, it looks like it does some things VERY well – movie watching could be great. The book reader looks impressive as well.
Since I want more from a 10″ computer, I got a netbook last summer and for my usage, it fits perfectly. I recently took my netbook on a trip rather than lugging my 15″ MacBook Pro and it was great for editing photos, editing video, and even listening to music while surfing. Not to mention a physical keyboard. Combining the portability of the netbook with tethering from my iPhone and I’ve got mobile internet anywhere. It’s a great combination.