I admit it – I’m an early adopter.
That means that I enjoy trying out new technologies, though I can also claim I do this for work reasons as well. As a consultant to unions that want to work better with new technology, I am often asked for my views on this or that new bit of hardware or software.
I got the original iPad back on the day in came out in the UK. Actually, the day before it came out. While Apple fans were queuing up late at night to be the first to enter the stores, I had simply ordered online – and the iPad was delivered to my door the day before the official release.
I have enjoyed it immensely and use it every day. It always sits on my desktop, turned on, showing my current to-do list (I use the Toodledo app for that).
But after two years, it has begun to show its age.
Once I started adding photos and music to it, it completely filled up. (I own the smallest, 16 GB, version.) I couldn’t download a movie to it. In fact, the last time I tried, I couldn’t even update the apps – there was no room to download the updates. I eventually deleted the photos and music just to clear room.
But I’ve also noticed a couple of downsides to the iPad over the last two years of intensive use.
The main thing is its size – it’s simply too large to use all the time, especially when travelling. I’m self-conscious if I take it out on a bus or train. (Though more and more people do this.)
And it’s heavy too — uncomfortably so for long-term use.
So naturally I was excited when Apple released the iPad 2 last year and the new iPad this year. Continue reading