Now if you have been following my ramblings here you may have noticed that i have an iPad and I also have an unhealthy love affair with my beautiful little tablet computer that is surely unnatural.
Today i was looking around Media Markt in Valencia, and yes Markt is spelt like that it is not a mistake, and for the first time I noticed a profusion of tablet computers so I thought I would have a look.
There, next to the three working all singing, all dancing switched on display iPads were around 10 totally inert tablet PC’s, ie they were not even turned on (And therefore they in turn were not turning anyone on)
The first in the queue was the Samsung Galaxy. 7 inches of total pointlessness with a reduced price to go meaning that it was still as expensive as the top of the range iPad.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is not an Apple love-in but the question I propose is simple, why on Earth is a screen that is only slightly bigger than your phone any good? It may have apps on the Android store, it may be lightning quick on the net, although I am told it is not a patch on the speed of iOS 4.3 for Mac, but why would you want it?
If the issue is getting it into a pocket then simply buy an iPad and a coat with bigger pockets!
Then the contenders went from left to right in descending price until we got to the ebook readers on the right for around 100 Euros. Forgive me for saying this but save your money. They are just not a patch on the iPad experience. Black and white and boring. Limited to one thing you can do. OK if you are just a reader of books but reading an actual book must be much more enjoyable still.
Now the Apple haters still tell me that the iPad is overpriced, overhyped and overdone in so many ways but it has become an essential part of my workflow. Last week I had preloaded all of the properties that might interest a client for a visit and during the meeting I took out the iPad and showed them the pages. They haven’t bought a house yet but they did buy an iPad.