Not sure what I think about the iPad these days, it’s still the single most used computing device I own but to be honest its the one that I would give up first as well.
Which seems odd. But while I can do many things with the iPad (reader, Music, light blogging, internet addiction) even creative and work related if I have to, it is by its nature more limited in the depth of work that it supports. It allows one to create a document and presentation or spreadsheet very well but linking them together is far harder than on a PC. The scientific calculators I have worked with are simply remarkable but their results are hard to integrate with other packages. Pictures etc are the same, it’s not that the iPad can’t it’s just that with the App model and its flat file structure you cannot organize or cross pollinate work like you can on a PC.
I am sure that many out there would argue with this, they probably feel that the iPad is liberating or does this or that better than any PC, and they could be right. I also think that I could get used to using the iPad for many more things, but the effort to change over and figure out how to do things differently would be a very deep time sink.
Don’t get me wrong, the iPad is a remarkable development, the culmination of many attempts over a long time, but it’s not clear that it’s the be all that some, even I, thought it to be.
That said you’d have to pry my iPad out of my cold dead fingers if you just wanted to take it away now (though if you’re thinking of mugging me for it, you can have it, gives me an excuse to go buy a newer one.)
I am disappointed that no one has developed a better stylus technology, for the iPad. It needs a pen like system as well as the finger painting mode (the Blue Tiger device that was being hyped a few months ago seemed promising.) And I also feel that the iPad could do with a daylight readable screen at the current or only slightly higher resolution, with a longer battery life, faster processing and graphics and better error handling (than my old iPad v1). One cool idea would be a two-faced version. One with eInk on one side and the existing screen on the other. That way you could do what you most often want to do in daylight, read and interact with documents, and you still have all the capability of the main screen on the other side.
Ah well, who knows what’s to come in the months and years ahead. Hopefully someone at Apple will think of a better way of doing the things I want the iPad to do.