It’s been hard to escape the hype and expectation around Apple’s new iPad tablet device thingy. I’ve been a long term user of Apple computers (my first was a second hand Apple IIe way back when) though of late I’ve been using linux for everything aside from advanced audio and video production.
I’ve had little desire to own an iPhone and I can’t say I currently have an iPad shaped hole in my life. That’s not to say that it isn’t an important device in the history of personal technology but my mobile needs are already catered for by a netbook (3G and WiFi capable), a device which Steve Jobs dismissed as ‘not really good at anything’.Well at least it can run the flash plugin which the iPhone and iPad do not.Oh and voip/skype. Okay no access to Apple’s app store or iBook or the print media portal but I can download eBooks from our local library and subscribe to PressDisplay to read newspapers from around the world.Oh and plug it into a larger monitor if required.And it has a real keyboard that’s not an optional extra. The point is I don’t find a netbook that limiting.
But then maybe the iPad is just not aimed at me.Or is is that the fabled Steve Jobs reality distortion field isn’t working on me these days? I wait with interest the unveiling of the special inflated UK pricing for the iPad models when Apple get around to launching it in the UK in June.