I am a photographer, computer geek & motorcyclist. These three hobbies mesh well together. I just bought an Pad to display my photos, send emails and post photos to photography forums. I've only had my iPad 24 hours but I can already tell it will suit my needs very well thank you. I have three computers on my apartment's wi-fi network network plus a Kindle. I live in a 182 sq. ft. studio apartment where every inch DOES matter. I bought the iPad because it does what I want it to do very well. :)
I could not disagree more with the opinion expressed by the OP.
I am a retired university professor. After retirement, I moved to a small town in Oregon, and that presented grave problems for continuing my research work in electromagnetic field theory and mathematics because I am so far removed from good library facilities.
I was using my laptop to access my research library on-line, but the iPad has freed me up like nothing ever before! I download papers and books, read them (primarily using Good Reader), and work out the math equations and do math derivations in handwriting using Note Taker HD.
I just returned from a three week vacation chasing warm weather in southern California, and was able to continue my work there without a hitch---because I was able to take my entire technical library with me on my iPad! And I was also able, via the internet, to continue to do literature searches and download references.
Certainly not a toy for me, but a lifesaver! A true productivity tool that follows me around all day like a little doggie!
Of course, I do take a work break now and again (too often!) to read the day's news, listen to streaming jazz, or watch a video. Guess someone might consider that to be using it as a toy, but I don't.
The very best piece of technology I have seen in many years---and I hesitated a long time to buy one because I, too, thought it was "only a toy"!
Yes, this is all about iPad.
I am fairly new ton the world if iPad. Do I see it as a luxury? Yes. Is it something that is practical in normal everyday situations? Yes. I had a very profound hate towards the iPad, claiming it was "too big" or " useless" but since getting one I cant find a reason not to use it. It fits in to my everyday life. I love it. Toss it in my messenger bag and just go. I'm very tech savvy and make it a point to own lots of gadgets and toys. My iPad funny enough isn a great compliment to my samsung galaxy s 4g. With my combo of android and iOS I'm virtually a walking tech center. It does come down to what your every day routine looks like but i don't see how the iPad can't benefit everyone in one way shape or form
Mias13 - I couldn't agree more with what you just said. I thought of dozens of reasons why the iPad was overpriced compared to a netbook. I owned an Acer Aspire One with a good sized hard drive. To me the iPad was an expensive gadget with a cool Touchy Feely interface. Now that I own one that couldn't be farther from the truth. I carry it everywhere. It's lightning fast, tremendous battery life and able to do anything a PC can do. I'm a photographer that now stores all my photos online in SmugMug. I can access any of them instantly and copy/paste them in emails, Pages documents or just show them on the beautiful screen. I use Whistle VOIP telephone to call anywhere in the United States for free. I use iSwifter to watch online streaming tutorials as well as HULU video & movies without Flash player. I have my photographs uploaded to my SmugMug site as well as my iPad with a Eye-Fi memory card. I even store all my music, over 1800 songs, to the Adobe Cloud. Who needs a hard drive?
Good posts Bob and Heaviside.
It's always interesting to hear how other users use their iPads.
For me it's major use is as a portable library with years of notes, papers and documents at my finger tips.
All the rest, such as streaming tv, streaming video, childrens games, photo albums and vpn etc. is pure bonus.
Opinions are like..............well, you know the ending, everybody has one.
I LOVE my iPad.
Hardly use my laptop anymore other than to sync my iPad.
It is light, easy to use and fun.
Some hate it and won't buy it. That is fine by me as thanks to that, I only waited six hours on launch day for my iPad 2. Imagine the line if haters became lovers?;)
Apple iPad is so accepted, with a declaration of 1024×768, it has a apparently low pixel density compared to select top end smartphones. That supposed, everything looks fast and multicolored. The contrast and colors are extremely good. the brightness division is very stable regardless of the point of view.
Ok, just to keep this thread current I'll post that thus far I like it. However, I do realize that isn't all it could be but it will certainly help kill the time during those long international flights and layovers. I'll post a review when I return from 30-day trip to Florida and Europe.
Yes, the iPad does have a few drawbacks I suppose although making a declaration like that would be relative to ones usage and expectations. I can't think of a finer, more versatile entertainment center than the iPad. I watch movies on flights, listen to music, read books, hurl angry birds at green pigs and play other mindless games, I read the local and international news on about eight different news apps. I send and receive emails and I converse regularly with friends around the world, I make international phone calls when traveling on business using the VPN features and the list goes on and on.... I don't think of my iPad in terms of "love" or "hate". It's a fantastic little luxury apparatus (there's a nice word for you) and frankly, I have become so dependent on it on a day-to-day basis that I can't imagine myself ever NOT using this or some future version of the same thing. Great little gadget! What more can I say....?