Yesterday I became a believer.
I was one of those people who waited a year, fighting the urge to buy apple’s new toy, figuring it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Plus I rarely buy 1st generation Apple products because Apple tends to save what should be standard features for the second go round.
When iPad 2 release day came around, there was enough of an improvement to convince me to plunk down my money and give this new computing experience a shot. From day one it felt like I was using the future of computers, it was definitely fun, but was it a laptop replacement? I wasn’t sold.
This past Thursday afternoon, quittin’ time rolled around and my laptop was hard at work uploading a clip to the FTP server. I decided I would let it continue and leave it at the office for the night.
Friday morning presented the east coast with a springtime noreaster, dropping six inches of heavy, nasty snow. I made an attempt to drive into work, I swear I did! But the roads were a mess and it simply wasn’t worth it.
When I got back home I checked my email on the iPad and discovered that there were a couple fires that needed to be put out. I wound up spending the entire day banging out emails, working on spreadsheets, and researching on the web, all on my iPad.
So was it a true replacement for my trusty laptop? Not completely, but it did surprisingly well. iPad won’t replace a laptop or a tower when it comes to the heavy lifting of a professional video production. I’ve tried iMovie for iPad and it’s great for family videos or maybe roughing out a project but it sure isn’t Final Cut.
For the more mundane parts of my job, research, emails, scripting, and general organizing; this iPad certainly feels like the future of computing.