Nobody NEEDS the iPad. But I Can’t Live Without Mine.

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Despite the name, I jumped on the Apple-wagon early and happily. Out of pure curiosity I sent Steve Jobs my money and became an iPad owner. Would this be the next best thing since Apple Pie? I didn’t care. I just wanted to be one of the first to take a bite. In fact, if Apple made oranges, I’d probably buy those too.

I was one of “those” who waited for the well worth it 3G. It seemed like years after the Wi-Fi only version hit the marketplace. I visited the Apple store often just to feel cool and to test drive the in-store iPad, and even started a #IWaitedForTheiPad3G club.

So after two weeks of having this juicy piece of technology in my hot little hands, here’s my review:

Nobody NEEDS the iPad. But I can’t live without mine.

Let me break it down. The iPad appears to be a luxury at first and then, without realizing, you find it becomes a necessity to your daily life. Do I find it valuable in my world of business? Not really. Can I live without it? Nope. Here’s why.

What do I use the iPad for?
This is the number one question I’m asked by those who weren’t as eager to send Steve their credit card number.

Full disclosure, I’m “that person” who takes their iPhone on the chair lift while snowboarding and uses it to stream live video. I haven’t gone to this extreme, but I wish I would have thought of it.

Okay, here’s my list:

  • Passing time in the dental chair.
  • Waiting in line – anywhere.
  • The gym. I personally think the gym should rent them out. It’s a new stream of revenue. I’ve actually considered renting my iPod and iPad at the gym.
  • Shopping online while at the gym or wherever, like at the DMV.
  • As a light source when live streaming video in dark places (long story).
  • Watching video on the airplane, much more conducive than a laptop when an intense recliner is sitting in front of you on the flight.
  • When guest tweeting for athletes during events.

What’s the iPad missing?

Webcam, front cover (yeah, I don’t want to buy an accessory), print capabilities (coming soon, evidentially), ability to add memory and a mouse.

Favorite iPad Apps?

NBA Gametime (Go Shaq), ABC Player, Evernote, Pinball HD, Mashable (much better than getting into a scroll-a-thon on the iPhone), Amazon E-Book Reader, Sports Center XL, Twitteriffic, MLB At Bat (Go White Sox & Indians). And, my favorite website that I’ve added to my home screen… DigitalRoyalty.com. ;)

Who Needs an iPad?

  • People on the move who have things to demonstrate or present: interior designers, car dealers, plastic surgeons or creative directors.
  • My Mom. (I’m fairly confident the iPad is the one gadget that won’t end up in a drawer like the other gadgets I have bought for her.)
  • Soduku champions and people who need constant stimulation.

Final Thoughts:

The iPad is like Travel Yahtzee. Nobody really NEEDS Yahtzee in the car, but man, it sure is awesome when you’re on a family roadtrip with 1,000 miles of asphalt and 13 hours ahead of you.

The iPad is also like a mullet. The Macbook is business in the front. iPad is party in the back. Nobody really NEEDS the party in the back but it makes life more fun.

My key takeaway, right now, is that I use the iPad for consuming and presenting content but I look forward to version two, Mr. Jobs.

Comments

  1. Anytime someone mentions IPad and Mullet in the same sentence, you know you are reading something good. Well said, I think you have hit the nail on the head with this review. I hope version 2.0 has video conferencing and makes coffee… mmm coffee.

    -S

  2. Thanks, Sean. Yeah, the mullet analogy made it an “official” review. Macworld has been calling all morning. Not really . . . but maybe I should reach out to them? Hummmm.

  3. Anytime someone mentions IPad and Mullet in the same sentence, you know you are reading something good. Well said, I think you have hit the nail on the head with this review. I hope version 2.0 has video conferencing and makes coffee… mmm coffee.
    +1

  4. “The iPad is also like a mullet. The Macbook is business in the front. iPad is party in the back.”

    I would have to say that this quote, says it all! I think if you just add the little “i” before any word, it makes it that much better…

  5. Can’t my iPhone do all of these things? I need to know why the ipad is better than my 3gs which I use for all u describe (I don’t live tweet for athletes though). Convince me!!!

  6. I also waited for the 3G and bought my mom one. She loves it. I should have bought two because my two year old son steals mine all of the time and watches Monster Trucks on youtube on reads the Disney Read to me apps. My wife doesn’t even use our iMac anymore. I just convinced myself to buy a second one.

  7. Ed, I can definitely imagine how the iPad could be a parent’s best friend. Instead of a pile of books and DVD cases, you can hit the road with the 3G iPad and still get all of the same fun (and educational!) content. Great decision on numero dos ;)

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