…it makes sense for those folks who CONSUME media and are looking for a more efficient way of doing so.
Yes, I like my iPhone and my MacBook – both are great for what they do, and they are terrible for what they do not.
Am I upset that I can’t create a Keynote presentation or Flash-based mini-site or an Excel-based analysis of my marketing budget on my iPhone? No, that’s why I have a computer.
Yes – I might be able to do some of these things on the iPhone but it’s not practical, and certainly not efficient.
Am I upset that I have to lug my laptop around when all I want to do is catch up on some online reading, wading through email, or reviewing my calendar? Yeah, a little bit.
And that’s what the iPad offers – the ability to CONSUME all this media that all these people are creating from a wide-range of systems/platforms/applications.
Here’s what I don’t understand when folks get ornery about the iPad – what’s the alternative?
- The successful, yet limited, Amazon Kindle? Too little for too much.
- A netbook? I’m not looking for another computer, and certainly don’t need to deal with all the extra baggage of applications, settings, etc.
- A book? For sure, if a single source is what I’m looking to read.
Here’s something that does make sense to me:
“This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. Can’t believe Tim O’Reilly thought it was worth mentioning in twitter.”
12/31/22 update: Wow. How far the iPad has come in terms of features, usability and brand.