“iPad”? Really, Apple?

I know I’m late to the party with my iPad post. So I’ll just list a few quick thoughts, a few of my favorite name jokes, an interesting quote, and a link to Doc’s extremely interesting and eloquent post about the iPad.

First I must admit that I have not been paying too much attention to the product, its features, the keynote address, or the hoopla surrounding its release. My 14-month-old ball of wiggle and scream has been taking up the spare brain cells, time, and energy that I normally would have devoted to a new Apple product release.

My first thought was that it is really just a giant iPhone without the phone part — and what’s the point of that? After a while, though, I realized that there are definitely good uses for it. For instance, I have my iPhone with me pretty much 24/7, but I can count on one hand the number of phone calls I make in a typical week. I use it for social networking, email, games, reading news, keeping our home calendar, storing grocery and to-do lists, showing off photos of Jamie, listening to podcasts, music, and radio, looking at webpages, calculating tips, …. oh, the list goes on and on and on. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that stuff on a screen that is bigger than 2″x3″?

YES. Yes, it would. There is a lot that I DON’T do with my iPhone, because typing on it is such a pain in the butt. Not that the iPhone’s keyboard interface is bad; rather, I am about ten times faster typing on a full-sized keyboard than I am typing on a tiny pad with my thumbs. So having a large screen with a closer-to-full-sized keyboard would be fantastic.

Secondly, reading text would be SO MUCH EASIER.

But I love my iPhone’s ease of portability. The darn thing fits in my pocket, purse, and on my nightstand. No way the iPad will. Also no way to surreptitiously pull out the iPad in a meeting to check email or Facebook.

But I’m talking like the iPad is supposed to be a replacement for the iPhone. It’s not.

I guess I’m still trying to reconcile the fact that I have an iPhone, and I have a MacBook Pro. Where would an iPad fit into my life? Maybe it wouldn’t. Not yet, anyway.

On another note, here are some of the best jokes about the name that I have heard:

  • Are the apps cardboard or plastic?
  • Are you there, God? It’s me, marketing.
  • The iPad is the best-ever Apple product. Period.
  • iPad: 30% thicker, for your heaviest computer usage days.
  • Yes, the iPad is small, lightweight and slim. But can you swim with it?

But according to CNN,

Andy Ihnatko, a tech columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, said Apple could call its new gadget a “mangled baby duck” and people would still buy it, both because Apple has sex appeal and because the iPad is a good product. “With the right device, marketing doesn’t really matter,” he said.


  1. Yvonne

    I’ve tried to figure out when/why I would use it and all I could come up with was as a media devise.

    I wouldn’t work on it; I’d use my laptop. I wouldn’t use it as a phone for the reasons you mentioned. Having it to read books or watch movies would be nice, but again, I could use my laptop.

    At least at this point I don’t see a need for me to have an extra device when I have other things that currently get the job done.

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