Unless you’ve been living under a rock (hello, yes you) you are most likely aware that I ordered Apple’s new iPad2 last month, and watched my FedEx delivery website closely as it wound its way from China to Canada’s east coast… arriving at my doorstep last Monday. Since then I’ve been playing around with it, and trying to decide whether this is a useful tool, or a useless toy.
I still have not made up my mind.
There is no doubt that the iPad is very cool! There are some fantastic applications that you can load on (many of them are free) that make consuming content fun! My daily RSS feeds have become an interactive magazine that I can flip through with my finger. It’s fun, and most of all it’s simple, to use the iPad. But is it really necessary? Probably not. Life existed pretty well pre-iPad era, and I honestly don’t think that I would even consider replacing it if something happened to it. As fun as it is, the iPad doesn’t hold up to the trusty laptop in terms of functionality. While it’s entirely possible to create blog posts, answer emails, even engage in online chat with the iPad, I don’t find it particularly practical. You can enter data through a blue tooth keyboard, but I haven’t tried that yet. Really, when you get to the point that you are hooking up a keyboard because you have that much to write… why not just use your laptop?
From that advertisement, you can see some of the highlights that Apple is focusing on. I’ve used the older iPad a little, and I don’t recall it being all that thick, heavy, or slow… but apparently it was. At least that’s what Apple wants you to believe. Now Facetime… that’s a different story. The original iPad did not have a camera. The iPad2 has two of them! And with the new Facebook video chat system, you can choose to use the front or rear-facing cameras to show your fellow chatter your face or the surroundings. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. And you don’t have to chat solely with iPad2 users. Facetime works with iMac, iPhone 4, and the newer iPod Touch.
So while it’s a little early for me to say one way or another… so far I am enjoying the iPad2, but it hasn’t really gotten me as excited as I thought that it might. I will have to re-visit this in a future post.