Last week, Apple announced the “New iPad” which is the third generation iteration of their tablet. I did something impulsive for once and pre-ordered it. I don’t do very many impulsive things, so this was a huge one. I actually ordered it right after the showing, so I had to fight the web throttle and 404 beasites but I got it.
I have the first generation iPad, which after stating that I never really wanted, received as a gift. After having it for about a month, (there really is no learning curve to apple) I spent some time researching apps. I found that there were uses for it other than Angry Birds, and Netflix in bed. Though both those things are pretty neat to have.
I wrote almost all of my NaNoWriMo story on the iPad using the Elements app. I used it to send out hundreds of resumes through several job apps. I used it for research, for communication with my friends and family. I used it instead of my laptop for almost all of these things.
Honestly it has replaced my laptop for all but advanced functionality. I write, read, research, work and play on it. It’ is amazing to me how much I actually use the device. So part of my buying the new one was based on the recommendation that I have become that small percentage of iPad owners that actually uses it like a computer, or at least like a tablet.
One of the bigger kudos I have to give to Apple is for reliving me of back pain. As a technophile, my bag used to consist of wires, devices, a laptop and all the writing elements that I used. I am an on-paper style of writer so I still need some type of journal sometimes. My purses were big, heavy and I would come home with shoulder marks and headaches from carrying all that around.
My purse today has, two wires, one for my Kindle, and one for my iPad/iPhone, some headphones, my wallet, the Kindle, keys, some makeup and my iPad in it. It’s a small purse, and for that I am grateful. I will of course be re-distributing my old iPad because I do not need two of them.
So, I bought the new iPad, it will be here tomorrow and I am not ashamed to say that I have it. I actually like having one, and will probably not go back to a netbook any time soon. Stay tuned for the un-boxing.