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.
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.