It’s breathtakingly gorgeous, fast, and attracts interest like no other gadget I’ve ever owned. I’ve had more people come to my desk in the past week than in the previous year, and they all want to play with it. In fact, the only thing stopping me from making a healthy profit on Trademe is the level of interest from work. The thing is booked in for three different client meetings this week.
I too am “shocked” by the level of demand for the device.
But what is it for?
It’s not a work device. Full stop. Unless you regularly carry one of those calculator-containing compendiums, it’s too big to carry around to meetings. You need to make it even bigger with a keyboard dock to get any real work done. If that real work is like mine and includes software creation, you’re up the creek with a paddle-sized Apple device (and I’m sure immersion would void the warranty).
Perhaps with Keynote and a VGA adapter as a portable presentation device? Perhaps as a device for presenting comps and portfolios? Maybe. But be assured: it is not a workaday computer.
At home, things get a bit more fun. Multiplayer Flight Control HD is a blast, and there has never been a better toilet computer. It puts most digital photo frames to shame (more so when coupled with the right app). But when it comes to anything more than a two-line email, I found the 700 gram device parked on the sofa while I used a real computer. This is emphatically a “lean back” device, directly challenging the television more than it does the computer.
I could go on all day about what this svelte tablet doesn’t do. Think of it this way: would you question the utility of a Ferrari? You might question the owner’s ability to afford it, or perhaps even the dimensions of his manhood. But you’re not going to complain about the lack of boot space or towing ability.
So I leave you with this statement of fact: it can’t tow a caravan. Just think about that before you buy one.