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Before you attempt to burn your computer screen, delete my blog feed, or accuse me of being a heretic, here me out. I’m a HUGE Apple fan. I do believe that Apple is simply better than just about anything else in the marketplace. And I was one of the first ones to purchase the original iPad. In fact, I sold my iPad 1 a few months in advance of the iPad 2′s release. I had every intention of purchasing the iPad 2, but a little time of reflection made me realize…
- I primarily used the iPad for reading books. I used my iPhone or MacBook Pro for almost every other task.
- If I wasn’t using the iPad, my four-year-old used it to play games (some educational, some not) and watch videos.
- It was an “extra” piece of equipment that I carried with me on business trips but rarely used in client scenarios. In other words, it didn’t eliminate my need to carry my MacBook Pro.
- I never used the iPad for mission-critical business functions. Again, I always went back to my iPhone or MacBook Pro.
- The few times I did carry the iPad, I had to carry my Bluetooth keyboard with me so I could write (because that’s what working writers do). The extra bulk tainted the benefits of carrying the small device.
I certainly am not condemning people who purchased the iPad 2. In fact, I think it’s the “gateway” to the Apple world for non-Apple users. It will only draw you in deeper to a new, much better technology experience. But for me, I’m thrilled with my Kindle which allows me to do exactly what I want it to do: read books. It’s inexpensive, small, light, can be easily read in just about all types of lighting conditions, and has a crazy long battery life.
What are your thoughts: Kindle or iPad 2?
P.S. I have my eye on the new MacBook Air. I do think it’s the perfect integration between the iPad and the MacBook Pro.
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