Why I decided not to get an iPad

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Sorry, Steve.

I’m not sure if it was the itch for a new toy or the fact that clients seemed to keep bringing them out at meetings, but a few months ago I really really wanted to get an iPad. So light! So slick! And it fits in with all the other expensive Apple stuff I have!

Luckily, my brother said I could borrow his for a while, as he couldn’t really find much use for it. I’ve had it for a couple of months now, and to be honest… I haven’t found a great use for it either. Here’s my reasoning:

Pros:

  • Much more comfortable to browse websites or watch videos sitting on the couch with an iPad than on my Macbook Pro (especially in the summer heat).
  • I can watch TED talks whilst eating lunch!
  • Flipboard is really pretty
  • Portable for meetings
  • Can test websites on iPad (it’s a business expense then right?)

Cons:

  • On a computer, I’m a power user – I don’t just browse websites and watch YouTube videos. I also like to write blog posts, edit photos, draw pictures, download things, edit websites, design stuff and listen to music – often more than one of those at the same time. A tablet simply can’t handle that, so I’ll choose my laptop most of the time.
  • There’s actually not much time when I’m not on my laptop or happy enough using my phone, so there isn’t really much of a place for a tablet in my lifestyle.
  • I haven’t had any meetings so far where I’ve really needed an iPad – a pen and my trusty Moleskine is enough.
  • As far as I can tell, iPhones and iPads render websites pretty much exactly the same. At this point at least, testing on my iPhone is enough for my work.
  • I don’t like it for reading ebooks, simply because it’s too heavy to hold comfortably for long periods of time, and the LCD screen makes it hard to read for long periods of time. Plus I already have a Kindle, which does a pretty good job as an e-reader.
  • I don’t like it for recipes whilst cooking, as I’m terrified I’ll get it dirty or break it (could also be because it isn’t mine to begin with).
  • I’m not really much of a gamer – but I prefer Nintendo DS games for when I do play anyway.
  • It’s a pretty pricy piece of tech – I think I’d rather spend a few hundred more on a Macbook Air for a device that’s more portable than my chunky Macbook Pro but can do much much more than the iPad.

So for me personally at least, it simply doesn’t fit into my lifestyle or needs (or budget). I’m feeling rather grown-up for taking the time to think it through and come to a mature conclusion instead of just jumping blindly onto the bandwagon (and no, thankyou, I won’t be going for an Android tablet either). I have to give it back tomorrow, so hopefully I won’t wind up missing it too much!

2 notes

  1. The best tip I’ve seen for using a tablet in the kitchen is to stick it inside a jumbo ziplock bag :) You can still read the screen, and it still detects finger motions, but it’s protected from spills. I use this trick for my phone and camera (just the side with the shutter button) when I’m blogging :)

  2. Ahh, clever! I’ll keep it in mind if I ever end up buying a tablet. I think I’d need to have a few other reasons for buying one though.

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