Apropos the iPad, complete the following sentence…
Here are my first thoughts…
- iDunno that I'd carry this AND my laptop
The iPad just seems "in between" – it's too big to be a convenience device like the iPhone but too limiting to dump the laptop. It doesn't run half of the applications I use (real email client, Word, Excel…) that aren't more convenient on my iPhone (like Skype, Twitterific etc.). So the laptop remains when I'm travelling.
- iDunno what I'd do with the iPad
I haven't yet succumbed to an electronic book reader like the Kindle so my media consumption is via the iPhone (music, videos, pictures) or laptop (movies, work). If I was in the mood for a Kindle and prepared to carry yet-another device when I'm on the move, maybe I'd think about the iPad. That choice would be driven by available publications, battery life and weight… in that order.
- iDunno how I'd fit all of this in my bag
After dealing with neck and shoulder pains from bad position on my road bike (bicycle, NOT Harley…) plus having to schlep my way through Frankfurt airport too many times, I resorted to roll-along computer bag (it looks nerdy, but it's the ticket for walking/running to make connections at FRA!). Despite the roll-along, I'm still conscious about what I put into the bag. On the electronics front, the list is limited to laptop, universal power supply for laptop, iPhone, Canon Powershot camera and its charger, USB Flash drive – that's it. The iPad doesn't combine any new functionality. That was the brilliance of the iPhone. Eliminated the separation of phone, iPod and Blackberry in one go.
Steve Jobs and the team at Apple are great marketers so I'm sure I'm missing something. Hopefully I'll be enlightened and get an "Ah-ha! – brilliant!" moment.
In the meantime, I'm left wondering…
iDunno who's the target market for the iPad.