or Why I didn’t buy an iPad?
My imagination tricked me into thinking I would love the iPad. I believed the advertising. And, it’s completely true. It has changed how many people interact with digital content. I was drooling over the previews posted on various websites, (links are included at the end of this post). I could see how my parents or friends would love it. They are, for the most part, still struggling to integrate basic technology into their daily lives. The iPad is the perfect device for them; the time has come when technology stays out of the way, and, just like a car, you turn it on and just “drive”. And, a smooth drive it is! The iPad is a wonderful magazine and book reader when you’reÂ on the road and in situation where you can’t use a computer, but you need something to do, i.e., while waiting in a hospital, in an airport, or sitting on a commuter train.
During my first weekend back in the US, the lust for an iPad steered me towards the Apple store. I was finally able to put my hands on it! My husband and I gave it a good 60-minute run around the internet, and tested a few apps we have grown to love on the iPhone. I was fascinated with the touch screen user controls when flipping through photos, reading books, watching videos, and browsing the internet.
We punched in our favorite websites. Then, the first “oh, that doesn’t work” or a few similar revelations, started to emerge. We were surprised that the limits associated with an iPhone experience, which we were ready to accept, felt entirely unacceptable on a device created to augment the current content consumption experience. And, as a result, our enthusiasm waned, piece by piece.
The OS will tell me that I am not able to view this page because there already 9 browser windows open. It’s a content consumption device, therefore, I would prefer to see no limit on browser tabs.