Oh dear…. Over on this blog there’s a post called “10 Reasons NOT to buy an iPad 2“. Let’s deconstruct them:
1) It’s not a phone
That’s very true. It’s also not a lawnmower, or a coffee machine, a bath or a bicycle. There is logic lacking here, and that sentence doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
2) You already have a camera
How do you know that? And even if I do, why would the fact that there are now cameras in the iPad 2 make any difference as to why anyone should or shouldn’t buy one? I mean I already have a radio, an RSS reader, a Kindle, an email program and all the rest. The advantage to the iPad is it does it all in a very useful convergent device…
3) The keyboard is crap
Well, that’s rather subjective – if you don’t touch type (and I don’t) then the keyboard is as useful as a physical one. The advantage it has over a physical one is that I don’t have to carry it around separate to the actual machine. If you want crap keyboards, take a look at the average mobile phone. When mLearning takes off, it isn’t going to be on mobile phones, it’s going to be on tablets. The iPad has 7% of the PC market – if it’s so crap, why oh why (and please don’t suggest that it’s because 7% of the PC market (and rising) are simply lured by well-engineered, incredibly useful gadgets with amazing battery lives…
4) The screen gets yucky mucky
Yes… that is SO awful. That’s why I never take my bicycle out any more, in case it gets dirty. Oh no, wait a minute… you can clean these things. No way!
5) It’s too small to share and too big to be discrete
Hmm…. I’m getting it now.. this is sort of loaded in many ways. Too small to share what, exactly? I regularly share photos, movies, music on the iPad when I’m travelling with people. And then I get confused by ‘discrete’ – do you mean you can’t work on top secret documents without other people looking at them? Or do you mean that it’s big – like a netbook – so people know when you’re using it???
6) If you cart it around in your briefcase, you may as well have a laptop – it solves reasons 3, 4 and 5
Not really…. A laptop isn’t going to give you 12+ hours of battery life. A laptop may give you back ache… along with the power cable and all the rest, but no – it definitely won’t last all day and a bit more. And of course a laptop won’t be ‘always on’ when you need it (average boot time of Windows is a few minutes longer than that of the iPad – even the solid state Macbook Air takes a good ten seconds to boot). It only really ‘solves’ reasons 3, 4 and 5 if you think reasons 3, 4 and 5 are actually valid…. Which quite patently they aren’t
7) If you carry it around obviously in your hand, you look like a dork
So true – whereas carrying a large Dell Inspiron laptop plus brick of a power adaptor and constantly having to ask for a power socket makes you look uber cool… Actually, how many people carry things ‘obviously’? Do those words even collocate in normal English?
8 ) It’s only as useful/fun/interesting as the apps you download
Again, that’s very true. My Dell Inspiron with no OS and no software is utterly fascinating as I sit and look at it. Whereas the stupid iPad needs both an operating system and software to make it useful, fun and interesting. Those PC designers are smart cookies…
9) It makes you smirk
I’d say that really isn’t much of a reason. I just tried it out, to be honest. I read today’s Guardian on the iPad and I swear I didn’t smirk once. Not sure of the relevance of this one, either.
10) It’s already obsolete
So is the Macbook Air you lust after. So is any technology currently on the market. If you want, you can wait until all technology companies stop innovating and producing new things and simply buy the last thing they made. Again, there’s no logic.
Strikes me, often, that the ‘reasons not to buy an iPad’ posts many people write are written on the basis of “I don’t have the disposable income to allow myself the luxury of an iPad, so I’ll diss it for a while and it’ll make me feel better…”
The fact is that Apple have revived the dead tablet computing market and that is having – and will continue to have – a profound effect on many things, not least of which is mobile learning. Worth remembering in a couple of years’ time… Let’s not forget, the reason people now get to buy cheap plastic Android tablets is due to the revival the iPad kicked off…