Amazingly the iPad is two years old (last week) – it has taken me two years to get into the iPad owners club, but I have to say now I have one I can really see the attraction!
When it was first launched there were a large number of people who said it was a pointless piece of kit which would never take off – well history has proved them wrong – and it is still in my view the machine to beat.
Why? Well it is a well worn adage about all things Apple – but it just works.
Hand an iPad to almost anyone and they can get into using it very quickly because everything is so intuitive. We have a number of ‘new users’ in the office and they just love it. They are all iPhone users but the experience is so much richer and better on the iPad.
Since getting mine a few weeks ago I have found a number of things that are better than I expected (and I had high expectations). They include;
Browsing – so quick and easy on a touch screen device, our desktop PC at home is slow and is becoming used much less because of this.
Wordprocessing – I have downloaded the ‘Pages’ app and have found it brilliant. the keypad on the iPad works really well (despite what some people say). And using iCloud allows me to share the files across my devices and keeps them synced.
Spreadsheets – The ‘Numbers’ app is also brilliant and allows me to use graphs on my iPad – something that other spreadsheet apps don’t allow. It syncs to iCloud as well.
Evernote – If you don’t use this you are really missing a trick – it is superb.
Games – I am not big into gaming but some of the driving games are amazing.
So all in all I love my iPad, it is not a total replacement for my laptop but it goes a long way towards it. The big plus is the fact that is instantly on. I am sure that Apple will develop the OS even more over the next few years which can only make it better!
And iPad 3 is due in only a few weeks?