Why I didn’t pre-order the iPad
Unlike a lot of you who might have bounded out of bed this morning to pre-order the iPad, I slept comfortably until 8 am and then began my workday without so much as a thought about Apple’s latest toy. Why? Well, I have a laptop computer. And I have a Kindle. And I have an iPod.
I like the fact they are all in different pieces. Because if one suffers damage and I have to give it away for screen buyback or repair the others can do the job for me.
See, when it comes to mobile computing, I like having a computer with a lot of memory, a lot of power, a real keyboard, and the ability to do anything a home PC can. I carry a giant laptop with me on my world travels. It’s now in its fourth (!) year of service and still getting the job done. I wouldn’t want anything less powerful.
My iPod (a 160gb Classic) is my baby. It’s been everywhere with me. It literally has more storage space than my laptop. It’s tough. I can watch movies on it if I want. My entire music collection fits in my pocket.
And then there is the Kindle, the beautiful, beautiful Kindle. Who knew one device would change my life so much? I am a devotee of the Kindle. I love it as much as I love ECCO shoes, Degree Clinical for Men, and soft cotton t-shirts.
Some people don’t get it. E-book? Why? Here’s my list:
Indeed, I love the Kindle so much, when my wife finished reading her hard copy of Game Change, I nearly bought it for Kindle just so I didn’t have to hold the big book in my hands while I read (I ended up making the reasonable decision, but I’m not all that happy about it).
Sure, there are some things about the Kindle that I don’t like. I am annoyed I can’t share books with my friends. It’s frustrating when a book on Amazon is not Kindle-ready. Finally, there are a few occasions in which the Kindle is a little wonky (footnotes make for some fiddly navigation–but I guess that’s the case with real books too, sometimes).
No matter, though, because I love my Kindle, I love my iPod, and I respect my dinosaur laptop for its ability to survive what I do to it. I like that when I want to listen to music, I don’t have to lug out an iPad. I like that when I want to use a computer, I have a full keyboard and powerful machine. I like that when I want to read, I have something that serves the purpose in a technologically advanced way without forcing me to buy an $800 mini-computer with less than half the memory of my iPod and an additional 3G data plan cost.
It’s rare for me to see a new piece of technology and not covet it. Today I feel pretty good about not caring about the iPad pre-orders, because I have everything I need (except for a 17″ MacBook Pro…).