So, I’ve been hemming and hawing over the iPad for a while now.
Can it really replace my laptop?
Can I really justify the $?
Can I really bring myself to take another bite in the apple after 20+ years?
One of my good friends brought over his iPad last night and we all played Scrabble. It was a ton of fun, but the game allows you to “cheat”. Basically, 4 times a game, you can ask the app to make the “best word” possible for you using your tiles and the available bonus spots on the board… we were dropping 40 and 60 points pretty regularly. There were some words none of us knew, but then someone asked the iPad for a word and it placed “ouched” on the board. Really? I never knew that was a verb… we had a good time making fun of it. (blogspot spell-check doesn’t think “ouched” is a word, btw)
Then, my best play came from my own mind. I added a “D” to the front of “ouched” and spanned a new word over to the triple-word spot on the board. BONG! Best use of the word “douched” in any game, ever – and perhaps my crowning moment in my personal board-gaming history… and, I didn’t need the pretentious iPad to make the word for me.
I am actually quite smitten with the iPad, despite it’s name. Working on my enormous laptop on the plane is just not an option, especially when the douchebag in front of me reclines their seat all the way into my crotch. And, lately, I’ve been feeling the urge to write while on the plane, so I’m definitely in a spot there. I’m also interested in reading some older books that I just never got around to – the iPad would make that easier.
For play, the benefits are many and almost justifiable. For work, I’d need to be able to remote desktop into my virtual computer labs on my laptop (which would remain at home), so I’m covered there. I’d also need to be able to do document editing and generation – again, covered there.
So, the only real holdup is cost. I *just* purchased my laptop, so cost-justification for a duplicate device is somewhat difficult.
I’d say I’m closer to changing my allegiance from Micro$oft to Apple than ever before. Sure, my first computer was an Apple, but since then I’ve purchased according to my gaming habits – and Windows has won that battle for many years running. However, the winds are changing. Steam is now available on the Mac, and many new games are releasing Mac clients.
I still don’t buy into the whole ‘mystique’ of Apple. Like Yankee Fans, Apple-Whores believe there is some magical/mystical aura around the organization (and Steve Jobs dong). They believe Macs are better than Windows machines “because they are”. Without going into gory detail, there’s some good reasons why Windows computers have such a bloated kernel and are targets for more malicious software attacks… if Mac was suddenly forced to support legacy business applications and over 50% of business and home computers – I’m certain they’d be facing some of the same challenges as M$.
So, I still want to kick Apple-whores in the crotch when they get all gushy… however, I can see myself owning an Apple product in the next year or so… sigh.