At the end of July I purchased an Apple iPad–and then took it on a week long family vacation in the mid-Atlantic states.
And it was great. I was able to:
- Stay up to date with work e-mails, Twitter, and RSS feeds.
- Monitor the local weather (via WeatherBug, The Weather Channel, and WunderMap).
- Find close gas stations (via Gas–I bought the 3G version that includes a GPS).
- Watch and avoid slow traffic (via BeatTheTraffic).
- Find nearby restaurants (via FastFood).
- Decide which of several restaurants to go to by previewing their menus online.
- Book a hotel while driving down the road (actually, my wife was driving while I booked a hotel at Marriott.com).
- Find the Admissions Office at Vassar amidst a bunch of poorly labeled buildings.
- Find locations and maps of local shopping malls (via Point Inside).
The interesting thing is that from a feature point-of-view I could have done the same thing with a 3G notebook. However, it’s the usability of the iPad (instant on, weighs very little, tablet interface, custom built tablet apps) that makes all the difference. What would have been a laborious, “Let me wait three minutes while my laptop boots up and then I’ll start typing” process turned into, “Let me open up my electronic book and then I’ll just do a little pointing and clicking.”
So, yes, I have an Apple iPad and am loving it. It works with me rather than against me.
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