Comments on: Latest Thoughts on iPad Property - Prosperity - Peace Sat, 09 May 2015 08:06:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Stephan Kinsella Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:57:35 +0000 Agree w/ these comments. It is a magnificent device. And for heavier than light email use, an extra keyboard can help alot. If I were willing to do without the ability to do heavy editing on the road or whatever, it would be perfect (though, again, 75% of its uses are available on the iPhone too). But I am just too impatient!

I only have iPad 1 so have not seen Garage Band on it yet…

By: Wirkman Virkkala Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:58:23 +0000 Tom, congrats on the Mac upgrade.

As for the iPad, I’m a newbie. I bought mine and have just plumbed the surface of its capacity. I have the Kindle app, the iBook app, Pages, Skype, etc … though I haven’t got Skype up and running yet.

For the money, in historical terms, it seems magnificent. I’ve watched TV shows and started reading several books. Compared to my first Mac, at nearly $2000, this is a deal! I tried the Kindle, as an e-reader, and – though I liked the e-ink tech as a low-key solution to the “problem” of battery life – I hated the button arrangement, much preferring the touch screen iPad business.

I tried the Kobo, and though it was not as crazily designed as the Kindle, it was still clunky. Using it would be like wearing underwear on the outside of one’s pants: Not merely pointless, but a fashion faux pas.

Ultimately, though, the iPad’s extra functionality – have you SEEN Garage Band? there’s nothing like that out there, anywhere, for any thing! – tipped me over the scale.

Unlike Stephan, I have no illusions about it being able to take up all my workload. Working in Pages, so far, has not tempted me to give up my computers! But for a few tasks, it seems perfect:

1. checking email, in a hurry
2. Web surfing
3. Watching videos (it’s almost better than a big screen TV! really.)
4. Reading ePubs
5. Reading my HUGE unread PDF collection
6. video conferencing
7. presentation aid
8. music with GarageBand

In all these things, the iPad is superior to my MacBook Pro. I use my actual computers mainly because I’m sitting down to work, and activity slides over to the other. My hope is that I’ll take more reading time, because now I can do more while lying in the grass, in the shade, or in bed, or in an easy chair.

I’m old, you know. The iPad seems designed for oldsters like me.

By: Stephan Kinsella Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:40:31 +0000 I am not too familiar w/ the other tablets. From what I’ve seen and read none of them are anywhere near as good as the iPad, and most of them cost about as much. However if you find one for that big of a discount and it’s sufficient for the limited uses, then I can see that being an option, if the cost difference matters. For me, the smoother integration with Apple ecosystem plus other advantages makes the extra price worth it for me. But honestly, if I lost my ipad tomorrow I do not think I would buy another. We have two other ipads in the family that I could use on occasion. And I might just get a nook color or kindle for book reading. The problem is I have a huge PDF/epub book library so would really want a book reader that could let me easily add those things too.

In any case I’m sure the Android devices will gradually get better, unless Apple, Microsoft, and Motorola kill them with patents!

By: Thomas L. Knapp Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:07:34 +0000 I don’t have anything against the iPad, but it just seems like a LOT of money for what you get. My wifi Android tablet ran me $130 and does the things I want it to do (as with your iPad, mostly reading books).
I just got a new Mac, too. Er, well, new to me. It’s a 2006 model Mac Mini, jumped up to 2Gb of RAM and running Leopard instead of Tiger. 😉

By: Stephan Kinsella Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:10:26 +0000 Right: First World Problems. Funny!

By: geoih Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:42:37 +0000 Should I take my iPhone or my iPad or my Mac Air, when I’m flying through the atmosphere at 600 mph in climate controlled comfort while sipping on a cocktail? Oh, the crushing dilemas of living in this cruel modern world. (Sarcasm, at least a little.)

By: Paul Vahur Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:32:11 +0000