There was a time when I had the latest gadgets. All of them. Now I pride myself on being one of the last adopters of new technology. I just don’t need most of it.
Visiting with my wife’s tech savvy family I got to play with the iPhone 4 and two of the new iPads.
The iPhone was first. Her 17 year old cousin has one. The thing is nice. The screen is exceptionally clear. I do know what people are talking about now when I hear them say they are reading ebooks on their iPhones. I get it. I wouldn’t do it – it’s still too damn small for my eyes – but I get that people would do it. I might someday too if I don’t buy a Kindle.
The iPhone is very responsive. Very intuitive. Very fast. Very solid. Very well made.
I couldn’t find any fault with it except the price. The phone I have – a 2 year old Nokia Xpress Music 5800 does 90% of what the iPhone does – minus apps. I don’t think I have a need for any apps on the iPhone. The kid had over 200 installed. I didn’t see any that would help me do anything except the PDF reader app that made it more user-friendly.
Would I ever buy an iPhone 4? Nah. Just no point in spending that kind of money for a Â nice screen and fun to play with touch screen that is responsive as hell. What for? I’m not playing games. I’m not 15.
Switch to the iPad. If the iPhone 4 was brilliant – this thing is PURE magic. It’s ultra responsive, and user friendly in a way you’ve never seen an electronic device get “right”. They are amazing.
I played with some cool apps. They were fun… I’d never play them again – they are games basically. I’ve got no time for games.
As an ereader – it will work. However, the weight of the beast was too much. The Kindle is much lighter and the words much easier to read in normal light – any light – except no light.
Would I ever buy an IPad? Nope. Even less reason for that than the iPhone.
So, Apple makes nice devices. They are smooth and fun… but I think for kids and others that don’t need to do anything serious with them. I’ll stick to my notebook computer.