Just saw the iPad has started shipping. Feeling a little tingly. Truth be told, I’ve been looking forward to getting mine (in-store pickup; kids would go nuts sitting around all morning while I wait for the UPS guy) for the past week or so. Which is fairly unusual for me. While I know most of my friends and colleagues (and family especially) think I always have all the latest everything, the truth is I’m an atypical “gadget guy” and not commonly an early adopter of technology. I’ve done a little “self-review” of me + new tech, here’s the results:
Last gadget I’ve pre-ordered?
Number of products (any kind) I’ve pre-ordered, past 5 years?
- One. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Gadgets of which I’ve owned the first-generation versions AND been an early adopter of (specifically: owned prior to virtually anybody I knew)?
- TiVo (Philips 14-hour unit)
- Rio PMP300 (16MB version)
- OLPC (charitable donation, didn’t really care about the computer)
- Slingbox (doesn’t really count since I didn’t buy it)
Apple iPod/touch/phone products I’ve owned:
Gadgets of which I’ve owned the second-generation versions OR late adopted:
- PalmPilot 500 (and Palm V and others)
- TiVo (again)
- Harmony remote
- Android phone
- Rio Karma (was awesome)
- iMac / MacBook
I definitely love new technology (more specifically: gadgets) and while I am usually ahead of the “mass adoption” phase, it’s rare for me to have something hot off the presses. Also, I almost always buy things that have clear, tangible, lifestyle benefits for me – I am not a “buy it just to have it” kind of person (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So why on Earth am I pre-ordering a brand-new gadget in a category I’ve previously disdained?
I’m not sure.
Yup, that’s the truth. I have no specific use-case for it. I don’t see exactly where it fits into my world. I don’t even know how well the darn thing works!
But I have a feeling.
I’m pretty sure it’s going to work well. I’m pretty sure it’ll fit into my world, whether it’s for fun at home, informative on the bus, or productive at the office.
Not just the kool-aid.
I also believe there’ll be some quirks I won’t like. I doubt it’ll solve all my worldly needs. I am sure I’ll find some frustrations and it won’t do some things I want it to do. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up paying the “early adopter tax.” I’m good with all that.
So what’s so exciting?
I think the iPad is likely a first glimpse into the real post-computer-as-computing era. The phone (smart or not) simply doesn’t cut it, as a potential computer replacement, in fact it probably exacerbates the need for a laptop/device. I believe the netbook as category has specifically emerged due to this issue, and think a device like the iPad does have huge opportunity in both the business and personal realms. Oh, and I can’t stand netbooks. Small keys. Smell like cabbage.
Still not exciting there, Toeman.
Yeah, I know. At the end of the day it’s a gut check. And mine’s excited.