Magic is not performed by a device, but by people. That a device can bring such joy, tho, should make the magicians at Apple very pleased. May more people that need it, get to experience this magic in their lives.
You just reinforced one of the early decisions I made. I don't have my pad in yet, it's on order, but I recently picked up a B&N Nook and arrived at the conclusion that such a pad was going to be a gift I would give should someone close to me become disabled. In the case of the Nook, it was the sudden realization that a person who can't get out to a Bookstore can acquire a book and read it comfortable for quite a long time untethered. In the case of the iPad, it became a lot of forms of communications, and my hope that using those communications was so simple that even the "untrained" could handle them.
I would beg to disagree to the first statement because I would definitely say that the Apple iPad is really a magical device because it can do a lot of things. If we could weight the benefits of the iPad compared to its 'said' flaws, I would still think that the Apple iPad is the best invention of all times..
I am so happy to read this. This would have been wonderful for my mother, who died in a nursing home a few years back.
I'm sure many other disadvantaged people will find this a liberating experience.
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