So…… I’ve been a tablet owner for a couple of months now. I decided to get an iPad 2 for now while waiting for Windows 8 tablets to come out. The model in particular is a white 32GB 3G model ( you have to get 3G ). And overall the experience has been good. My likes :
- Fast , responsive interface
- Long battery life
- Great ebook reading ( and PDF’s on iBooks )
So far , I have used my tablet mostly for ebook reading and web surfing. I loaded plenty of apps during week one , but honestly the apps I use the most are Opera, to surf the web , and the facebook ( MyPad ) and twitter apps. And of course , iBooks to read books , although I believe that there are better readers out there. The games are nice , but not nice enough for me to consider this a gaming platform. I don’t like touch based controls for a serious game that I actually pay money for.
Now , as for the actual apps that various websites offer ( for example , The Economist or the Wall Street Journal ) , I have found that this a total waste of time. Many of these look fancy , but firstly , I like to surf websites with multiple tabs open , so that I can switch between them. Secondly , the snazzy presentation gets old quickly and then I feel “locked in” to these. And switching between these apps isn’t great. Of course , they tailor the menu’s for touch , which beats zooming in on a website , but overall I prefer reading on the web as opposed to apps.
Now for my biggest dislike – productivity. Unlike some people , I don’t think that the iPad replaces my notebook at all. While typing quick mails on the on screen keyboard is ok , anything else is cumbersome. The bulit in email client, once again , is ok for quickly reading mails , but not much else.
Getting back to the headline – this will surprise many people. My iPad hasnt replaced my notebook at all – what it has done is replace my smartphone. Since getting this device , I use my phone only for making calls. If I need to surf and my notebook is off, I use the tablet. If I need to check mail , I use the tablet. Same with Facebook and Twitter. I actually think that I can now get away with the combination of a “Dumb” phone and a tablet, and then enjoy the great battery life that a “dumb” phone brings with it. This, for me , is the real benefit of the tablet – an enhanced portable content consumption experience. On the PC though , for me at least , nothing has really changed.
Would love to hear your thoughts….