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I WANT to like the iPad

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the iPadReally, I do. I mean LOOK at it. It’s sleek. Cool. Light. Fun. It’s got cute icons, tons of apps and, ok I’ll admit it, it’s a MAC. Why shouldn’t this MacBook Pro loving gadget girl get one? Or even want one?

Fortunatly, I was recently asked to participate in the Big Fork Little Fork iPad loaner program from Kraft Foods. I thought it was a perfect chance to for me to see what all the hype is about and try a fun app that me and Little Guy could test out together.

I have to admit, when it came today, I was a little excited…

iPad Excitement

It’s so stinkin’ cute! Within seconds I had it connected to my wi-fi and I was checking out how my sites looked on the smaller screen. Which, by the way, was nice. All my sites looked good on it.

iPad my sites

As you can see, Little Guy was immediately attracted to it. So we started to explore Big Fork Little Fork. I have to admit the iPad was super easy for him to interact with. Simply click and drag and he was playing with the fun games. It was quite intuitive and with the accelerometer, I liked the variety of play between the touch screen and the orientation.

iPad Playing

After we played both the Big Fork Little Fork games and watched a few videos we were pretty much done with it and I hopped back on my laptop.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just old and set in my ways but I just don’t see a need for this device in my life. If I’m working I need my keyboard to write. I use the web cam for recording videos and taking quick photos. The laptop is such a part of my daily life now that I really can’t live without it or I should say I don’t want to. It’s also portable enough for me, I don’t need a lighter device. Not to mention, for quick tasks I have the Droid. The iPad just seems like a middle of the road unnecessity to me.

I was curious if others shared my love/hate relationship with this device so I asked my twitter friends what they thought.

@itsleisa said "I’m a fan. Want one for 76yo dad. Great for photos, ebooks and web browsing

@kyree90 said "Want one, but I’d rather get a new MacBook first."

@just_denise said "I have one and I love it. Use it more than I do my laptop now.

@tjstestkitchen said "never had a laptop, waited…& waited…bought iPad wifi-3G, love it! :)"

@karenparitee said "Hi Roni, I’m not a fan-at least not yet – but my husband sure is. http://bit.ly/9EnMFA

@knack4nutrition said "overrated. I feel like they are just big iphones with no cell phone service."

@PaleoDanTris said "Want. Want! Oh so desperately WANT!"

@fatlittlelegs said " I want one so bad #drooling"

@TheCLJ said "we have one. I really like it, use it a lot at home over my PC & take it w/me as backup entertainment when I go Out w/ thegirl"

@MelGetsFit said "I think they’re VERY high on cool factor, but much lower on the functionality scale. I looked at them, but got a netbook instead."

@chrispugh said "have one, have had it since day one and still haven’t found a use for it in my daily life"

@Gorillamonk said "want one. but, it’s totally overrated."

@theantijared said "My brother and parents swear by it!"

I love that it’s all over the board and I was relieved I wasn’t the only one that thought the device was overrated. However, I love what @eternallizdom had to say about bridging generations (thanks for the link @that_girl_lola!)

As for the Big Fork Little Fork App, we liked the games a lot. As I mentioned, they were very easy for Little Guy to interact with and by learning the rules of the game we got to discuss some food basics. My background is in Instructional Design and I appreciated the non-linear exploratory nature of the program. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of all the content. I thought the recipes could be a little healthier, especially the kid orientated ones. They seemed to miss some really easy ways to integrate more fruit and veggies.

So…. I’m curious….. iPad? Love it? Hate it? Don’t care?



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Discussion

There are 18 comments so far.

    Trish

    August 24, 2010

    I would love it, just because. But I am with you, I have my laptop (mac Air) and need a keyboard (I think, lol). I am a gadget girl through and through (just recently won a work auction for a iMac G4 and was really excited for it) but I think it (iPad) would just sit around.

    They do have their place, but unfortunately not in my home!

    Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink

    August 24, 2010

    I personally think it’s overkill. But, I think the iphone is overkill, so I’m probably not the right person to ask, lol!

    PaleoDanTris

    August 24, 2010

    I’ve been thinking about the iPad as a replacement for my laptop. There’s not a whole lot I do on it that’s not cloud based. I’ve got my desktop for iTunes. There’s an external keyboard for the iPad, right? And I know that there’s a connector for cameras/memory cards to access photos on the iPad.

    Charli

    August 24, 2010

    I have had an iPad for almost two months and I don’t know how we ever got along without it! Our family loves it! My fiancé and I use it for work, the kids watch movies or play games on it during road trips, and like the iPhone, the apps are amazing! We have everything from see and say games for our toddler neighbor to fashion designing for my 8 year old daughter to racing games for my 10 year old son. It is so convenient and extremely easy to carry with us wherever we go. I realize that a laptop does so much of the same stuff, but we are sold on the many “extras” we have with the iPad. Our family thinks it’s great =)

    Ben

    August 24, 2010

    I have an iPad with the bluetooth keyboard (very cool keyboard http://www.apple.com/keyboard ) the girl friend and I fight over it all the time. While the business apps are a little lacking, it’s nothing I can’t work around with very little effort. (The Exchange integration is phenomenal). Combine that with the crunchyroll and netflix apps and were stuck to the thing entirely too much. The lack of heat production makes it great to watch things as we drift off in bed.

    Favorite app to date – Autodesk’s Sketch Book Pro – sssoooo sleek on the pad

    mary

    August 25, 2010

    we don’t have one, but our friend is a gadget magnet. he’s got every electronic ever made…anyway, i don’t understand the need for one. i have a home computer and i have a laptop. i chose not to get internet on the cell b/c my son snags it and connects me and its just a headache. but really, since i don’t use the internet when i’m not at home then its really not anything that i’d use. i like the ability to carry your ”books” with you (and we are a homeschooling family so that’d be cool) but i’d have to explore the differences between the kindle-like electronics and the ipad to figure out which one would work….i agree w/ roni, it’s just too middle of the road. cool, kid friendly, easy to see, but i don’t want one. :)

    Brandon

    August 25, 2010

    I bought an iPad shortly after they came out, and while I’m not head-over-heels in love with it, I do like it quite a bit. The lack of a physical keyboard took a little getting used to, but now I’m pretty proficient at it. Of course, I have big enough hands where I can actually hold with both hands like a giant iPhone and type with my thumbs.

    Yes, it’s a bit of a luxury item at this point, but the convenience factor is huge. We keep it in our kitchen, which is pretty centrally located in our house. The “instant-on” feature is something that I don’t thing Apple hyped enough. How many times do you just want to look something up real quick, but don’t want to bother with booting the computer up, etc.

    And unlike an iPhone or iPod Touch, the iPad is large enough that it’s actually pretty enjoyable to watch a movie on.

    Alex Quintana

    August 25, 2010

    The iPad IMO is great. I rarely use my laptop nowadays. For pictures I use my iPhone4. For videos I use my iPhone4. I mean, I have a waterproof HD video recorder I got for Christmas last year but now iPhone does HD video! The only thing I keep the camcorder around then is for that elusive moment in St. Croix when I go snorkeling and want to record it for all to see.

    There’s already Pages, Numbers and Keynote for the iPad. Several really good music sequencers, some other stuff.

    The iPad apps are in their infancy right now.

    I think it’s damn cool that Citrix has put out a GoToMeeting app. So now when I’m in the Pine Barrens I can

    I have to agree with you that in some ways but the fact is carrying around my heavy ass 17″ Macbook Pro got old way before even the iPhone was conceived.

    As far as videos go the ability of iPhone 4’s HD video recording and iMovie for full-fledged consumer-level video editing ON A FREAKING PHONE!!! is reason enough to ditch the Droid when the Verizon iPhone 4 is released in January (which most likely will be). I know this is not iPad related but. yea :)

    For me iPhone + iPad FTW. I leave the 17″ MBP at home unless I’m going to work with Logic Pro or jailbreak someone’s iPhone. :)

    Darleen

    August 25, 2010

    I would love one because it is cool, but really need my laptop and carrying my 17″ MacBook is easy.

    I need a keyboard, and once you start adding accessories – it is a laptop.

    Sara Rosso

    August 25, 2010

    I’m a huge ebook reader so I love my iPad for that, and the fact I can do so many other things with it make it even better. It’s not for everyone, and it’s not a replacement for anything you already have – it’s an addition.

    roni

    August 25, 2010

    Brandon – never thought of this instant on probably because I never turn my laptop off. lol

    Patty@NYC Girl at Heart

    August 25, 2010

    I’m with you. I just got a Macbook Pro and I may never need another computer ever again unless its another Mac. I like the iPad, i have not used one but I do think my 70+ year old mom would love it. We got her a dell notebook and that think is so hard for her to use. I hate Vista.

    Dee

    August 25, 2010

    So far I think of the ipad like you do: I want to like it, but I can’t see how it would fit into my life. I have a desktop, a laptop for portability, and an iphone for super portability and quick convenience. I played with a friend’s ipad for a few minutes, and it didn’t hook me, though I definitely thought it was cool looking.

    If I didn’t have a laptop, I might consider getting one. But I don’t see having both.

    workout mommy

    August 25, 2010

    i’m with you…I don’t feel the love.

    My hubby has one and I don’t really get it. My laptop can do SO MUCH more —why bother with this? It is great for the kids, but so are the touches and iphones that we have.

    I am annoyed that some apps are only available on the iPad. They should all be compatible!

    Foodie McBody

    August 30, 2010

    I want one. But I want someone to give it to me. ;-)

    Cyn

    September 2, 2010

    I love my lenova idea pad – but which is a nice mix of an ipad (small and portable) and a laptop (full keyboard, word processing, etc.).

    However, if I didn’t have the ideapad I would totally look into an ipad if for nothing more than ereading.

    Eileen

    September 15, 2010

    When it can replace laptops I will love it. Right now i’m indifferent. Thanks for the post though!

    Got one for Christmas and LOVE it. I mostly work on a desktop computer during the day, laptop for travel and around the house but I love the ease of the iPad. I just got it so I have quite a bit to learn but so far have used it for mostly catching up on blogs in my reader. Sooo much easier than on the computer and quick. I’ll be using it to mind map and once I figure it all out, I would like to use it to do more stuff on the fly like approve blog comments, check email, etc. Yes, I do have the iPhone but I like the big screen of the iPad.

    We’ll see how it goes but so far I absolutely love it.