Just a ramble not a rant.
I'm 78 years old and have diddled with computers since 1995, the days of Microsoft 3.1.whatever. I'm no computer geek, I can do what I do day to day and that's it. I'm not too gamey, solitaire is flat out for me and my DSL is so slow I really don't watch any movies. I remember the earlier days when software was touted as “user friendly” and “intuitive.” I don't hear those phrases used as much today when describing software. I presently have a desktop, laptop, Nook color and an I Pad 2. The I Pad is a recent arrival. With the introduction of the newest Apple tablet the price of a refurbished 16 gig wi-fi I Pad 2 got into my budget range. I like it, keep it handy and use it daily. For me it is not a replacement for a PC. The Nook came into my life over a year ago I still use it to when reading . It's the right size to travel easily and be handy to use when the car is being serviced or I'm waiting in a doctors office. Shortly after I received the Nook I tried one of the Android mods, the Nook thought it was a phone. Later I tried some of the newer variants of Android, the Nook knew it was a tablet but the”user friendly” and “intuitive” part was still missing. Then came the I Pad, thin, light for it's size and very good battery life with a “user friendly” operating system. Steve Jobs did no one a favor when he decided against flash. I use the I Pad daily and cuss it daily as various sites using flash refuse to work. I find the I Pad to be a good device for consuming the internet but less than perfect for creating things. Longer text is doable but not prime. I have added a Zagg bluetooth keyboard, it's easier than typing on glass but it is another thing to carry. The display is small, bigger than the Nook but smallish. The smart cover is a good addition. It protects the screen and also turns things on a on off, very handy. I have also added a gel back cover. The I Pad 2 has glass right to the edge which makes the screen vulnerable to breakage. The gel back adds a bit of protection for the edges but also adds to the overall bulk. I also like the feel of the gel back it seems more secure in the hand. Not as sexy as brushed aluminum but secure. Now a smaller I Pad is rumored, things could get interesting.