I haven't written on my blog in so long but felt compelled to do so, especially having my iPad(3rd generation) for nearly a month. I will admit I purchased the original iPad in 2011 right before the announcement of the iPad 2. It sure was an awesome concept to me, and for several weeks I adored the device. Than I got bored with it about a month later and ended up selling the device. Now I can't exactly tell you why I felt so compelled to buy the new iPad, it was just something I wanted more so than when Apple announced the iPad 2. But here are my insights on the product and what I think of what Apple thinks of this so called post-PC device.
When I went to the store March 16 I honestly was just browsing around. I had no intention of buying the new iPad, but the store associate said we had iPad's stocked for launch. I debated and said to myself no just go along, as I did. I ended up leaving the store going home and taking a nap. When I woke up, I felt like I had to have it. I made up my mind and made my way to the store to pick it up.
Now I can honestly tell you what really sold me was the retina display-- it sure is a sharp looking screen. After bringing it home, I toyed with it for hours. I downloaded some apps, and games to play on the device and as the weeks progressed I found myself using my iPad more so than any other of my gadgets.
It was convient to just pick it up, lift the cover and it was ready to go. I ended up buying a bluetooth keyboard because while the on-screen keyboard is just fine, I felt like if I wanted to bang on some e-mails, or posts on forums it would be ideal to have a keyboard. It has been a charm having a keyboard thats for sure-- I use it sparingly only when I need to type up an email but it works great for me. Best thing about it, it is all lightweight compared to my MacBook Pro.
I was surprised to see some of the quality of titles such as Modern Combat 3, and Real Racing 2. I never really thought of the iPad as a legitimate device to play games, but for the most part it has been a pleasant experience. Not having a dedicated controller hurts but I do see potential for some great games on this thing. Of course I wouldn't ****fy it as a gaming it device it is fun to play a game like Geometry Wars when you are bored waiting at the airport.
There are some great features but I was surprised on how well the device ran. It is smooth, and the aid of the quad-core graphics definitely helps, along with the retina display. Some games, and apps taking advantage of the new power behind the iPad looks crisp and clear. As a movie device it's not slacking either if you can get over watching on a 9.7 inch display. For me personally I never seen it a problem but have ran across people who did mind.
As everything with the iPad it is a truly elegant, and powerful device. I plan on keeping it, because for one I approached it differently this time. When I first picked up an iPad I had crazy expectations for it-- but that quickly faded. I didn't feel like it was a "magical" or "revolutionary" device as Apple claims. All in all it really is an iPhone on steroids-- but appreciating the 9.7 inch display is something that takes awhile. Once you try out the apps that are built for the screen, and what it can do it is extremely impressive.
Now I don't think this is the device that will be for everybody. It is a device though for open-minded people who want to experience something new. If you have these expectations of the iPad as being the future of the PC industry you will be disappointed. It isn't powerful like traditional desktops, and laptops. It doesn't have a physical keyboard, it can multi-task like traditional personal computers. It's by far different than that.
If you are looking for a device that can consume media such as movie, music, web browsing, e-mails, and all that other stuff on the go, you honestly can't get any better than an iPad. If you are looking at the iPad as the future PC device envading the work space, and so forth you'd be hard pressed to convince a PC guy like me. For one as for now nothing will be more productive as the PC. But if you look at the iPad it is the future PERSONAL computing device. Our society is changing, and we are all demanding something lightweight and portable. If you have that mindset feel free to dig in, the iPad will meet your needs.