Warning: this post may contain opinions and some rambling.
There’s been a few negative issues surround the iPad – ranging from rubbish WiFi to the inability to charge over USB, to devices over heating in sunlight. Well, such is my journalistic awesonness, I’m not going to cover any these; instead I’m going to jump right to the big one.
Some people think other people don’t need an iPad.
The line between ‘need’ and ‘want’ seems to have been blurred and there’s a lot of hate on the tech forums surrounding this. If someone wants and can afford something, then surely they should be entitled to it? If I have a computer and an iPhone and a Kindle then no, I don’t need an iPad. But the truth is, I want one.
In the same way we buy cars that we want rather than need – otherwise we’d all have Vauxhall Corsas and the roads would be a very boring place. No one ‘needs’ a Ferrari, but if you can afford one and will enjoy owning it then why the hell not?
The same applies to clothes and shoes – try telling any woman otherwise – and I don’t see why it shouldn’t also apply to technology. I see a lot of Macs around university and I would bet that 75% have been bought because the student wants one instead of a cheaper alternative. They might not need the Mac and a cheap Dell would do Facebook just as well, but they wanted one.
So why is the iPad getting so much hate? No one needs an iPad at all. Nobody has a valid reason for buying one as it doesn’t replace their phone or their laptop entirely. But 300,000 were sold in its opening weekend.
300,000 people who decided they wanted one. They all have their own reasons and, unless there was a huge robbery that I wasn’t aware of, they could all afford one.
So why shouldn’t we be able to treat ourselves once in a while? It’s not the cheapest treat I’ve ever seen but so what, if you can afford it then go buy one.
I should explain; this isn’t a dig at anyone, just my thoughts on some responses to the iPad. I’d love to hear your views in the comments below.
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Email inboxes worldwide have just gone ping to the sound of an invitation from Apple to come and see a preview of iPhone 4.0. This will be the newest installation of the touch interface used by the iPod touch, iPhone and the iPad.
Previews of the new iPhone OS are usually scheduled for this time of year and we’ll probably see new hardware around June/July, but what’s interesting is that this OS will be previewed just days after the iPad went on sale in the US.
Twitter applications are hugely popular on the iPhone and PC/Mac and, of course, we’re seeing a whole gaggle of them hitting the iPad. Today, just a day before the iPad’s US launch, Tweetdeck have revealed their latest effort. And it looks bloody impressive.
The increased screen size of the iPad over the iPhone is really proving to be it’s ‘killer app’, with developers being able to show multiple panels and windows at once; on the iPhone this just wasn’t possible. Anyone who used Tweetdeck for iPhone will be aware that while three columns of tweets are viewable at once, it’s not great.
Last week Amazon announced their Kindle application for iPad and, in doing so, may have shot themselves in the foot and consigned the Kindle hardware to an early grave.
The applications looks very nice indeed, all glossy and Apple-like showing a brightly-coloured bookshelf, easily readable text and in-text colour photos. All things that can’t be had on the Kindle ebook reader. Oh dear.
Twitterrific, with their blue feathered mascot, Ollie, have always been one of the all-time favourite Twitter applications for iPhone and Mac. They even sell t-shirts and plastic models of the famous blue bird, and now have a Twitter client for the upcoming iPad, providing a comprehensive, fully-features application with a neat, clean user interface.
Words with Friends is a hugely popular iPhone game from the folks at Newtoy, allowing users to play a game of scrabble online via their iPhones and today an ‘HD’ version for the iPad has been announced.
Just look at it; it’s gorgeous and shows how the extra space of the iPad can really make for a brilliant UI. Compare this to the post about Twitepad below for a visual education in good and bad design.