What! You don’t have a mp3 player?” my friend exclaims in disbelief.
I fully admit that I am what the tech savvy people call a ‘late adopter’, meaning I wait years after its release before I buy a new gadget. I often skip generations of products, thinking to myself it’s just a luxury item and that I will benefit from waiting for it to upgrade from its early bugs and lack of certain elements. Plus it will be cheaper, slimmer, prettier, packed with more mind-blowing feattures and all sorts of goodness.
I’ve never owned a mp3 player in my life (my last dedicated music player being a walkman I got for my birthday around a decade ago); my previous computer was a heavy, and well on the plus size, breather of a Hewlett Packard laptop handed down from my dad; my previous camera came in the form of a cheap digital camera from the local supermarket; and I’ve stayed with the same sony erricson mobile phone for the past 2 years. All this while people around me sported the latest iPod, the fancy slim laptops and pretty digital cameras (this was before DSLRs became the norm for consumers), and the flashy iPhones. But I wasn’t unnerved, I was content with what I had.
Then WHAM a new gadget comes out on the market accompanied with an incredible hype and the realization that I am long overdue for an upgrade dawns upon me. I do my research, weigh up the options and look at my needs – and because I’ve skipped so many generations of products, the new inventions are like magic to me and I end up joining the tech savvy crowd of early adopters.
The reason I wrote this post? I just bought myself a 16GB 3G iPad (which isn’t such a common sight in Norway yet) and having no earlier experience with the iOS (I think that should be the operative system in Apple’s mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPod Touch for you less tech savvy lovelies out there, correct me if I’m wrong), I absolutely love it. Sure, it has its downsides and lacks in certain areas too, but the perfect tablet device has yet to appear. For the iPad I think the positive outweights the negatives, but then again it depends heavily on what kind of user you are and what you intend to use the iPad for.
For me it answers if not almost all, then definitely the main and more so needs for me as an international university student who travels, writes and reads a lot. If anyone is interested in reviews and thoughts on the iPad and its associated accessories and apps as I get to know it, feel free to leave a comment below and let me know.