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Why don’t you have an iPad?

I enjoy tech gadgets, and I tend to have quite a few of them.  I have a variety of computers, a Flip video camera, a Verizon Mifi, and I change phones fairly often.  With that in mind, people are often surprised I don’t have an iPad, so I thought I’d explain why.

The iPad

First off, the iPad is great!  I’ve used them before, they’re amazingly slick, and some of my favorite apps like Evernote and Nozbe look awesome on there.  There is no doubt that right now the iPad is the best tablet out there.  If I had to buy a tablet today, I’d certainly get an iPad.


The holdup is Android.  I had an iPhone for a few years, but for most of that time I knew I’d switch to Android eventually.  I use Gmail a lot, and I knew that Gmail on Android would be far better than the mail app on iPhone — and I was right.  However, I was sticking with iPhone until a few things happened on Android:

  • Waiting for improvements to the Facebook app.  At the time, it was awful.
  • Waiting for the release of the Evernote app.
  • Waiting for the release of the Dropbox app.
  • Waiting for some kind of better Twitter app.

Eventually, all of those were met and I’ve moved over to Android and I’m (probably) never coming back.


It’s been no secret that there are Android tablets coming out, and we even saw a few last year (like the Samsung Galaxy Tab).  However, they just weren’t very good.  I could have picked up an iPad at that point, but it would have been just like when I had an iPhone — counting down the days until there was a decent Android alternative.  The time has finally arrived.

The Motorola Xoom

For quite a while, I thought I’d be moving to a Notion Ink Adam.  It had the potential to be an awesome tablet, but it’s had shipping delays, screen problems and a host of other minor issues that held me back.

While I was debating whether or not to pre-order an Adam, news of the Motorola Xoom came out and my decision was made.  Despite a somewhat higher than anticipated price, the Xoom looks to be an amazing tablet.  You may have seen their Super Bowl ad, which clearly took some shots at Apple:

As with the phone, email is the killer app for me.  The Xoom has a crazy-good Gmail app, along with some impressive email widgets.  All in all, it should be a great machine.

It’s expected to be released on February 24, so look for a full review sometime after that.

Do you have an iPad?  Are you waiting for a Xoom?  Do you think tablets are a waste of money? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. There are a couple of answers to your question:

    – We don’t do Apple (I did make an exception for my iPod).
    – Waiting for the RIM Playbook.
    – I’ll add that I’m not completely sold on the virtues of tablets. I have a Blackberry. I have a subnotebook computer. The opportunities where neither of those is as good an option as a tablet are not, at the moment, frequent enough to justify the cost.

    • Why don’t you do Apple? I don’t use many of their products, but I never rule them out either. If I need a device for something, and theirs is the best fit/cost, then I’ll get it.

      The virtues of tablets is a great point, and it’s why I’ve waited this long to get one. For the past six months or so, I’ve looked for places where a tablet would have been useful, and I’m finding more and more of them. The main two I see right now:

      1 — The girls do taekwondo twice a week, while the parents sit and wait. I have my kindle, netbook and phone, and switch between them depending on task. For places like that, this would cover 99% of what the three devices do together.

      2 — I have a good number of lunch meetings with clients; perhaps 4-6 a month. The netbook works fairly well for those, but I think a tablet would work even better.

      It’ll also be nice to have around during the evenings when Kel and I catch up on some shows, perhaps 3 nights/week. That’s another case where I have my laptop (which is uncomfortable on the couch) and my phone, and the tablet could replace both.

      All of that being said, this purchase is about 40% “need” and 60% “want”, but I’m darn excited to pick it up in a few weeks!

  2. Well, Jason can expound better on the (non)virtues of Apple, but suffice it to say I think their products are generally overpriced and overhyped. That’s just a general turn-off. I once heard someone say of the iPhone, “It’s my life.” Perspective – it’s your friend! 🙂

    I do think Apple products, in particular computers, have a place. My brother works in graphic design and uses a Mac. But I think the vast majority of people who use Macs buy them because they think they’re cool. If someone only uses a computer for email and shopping online – they don’t need to shell out big bucks for a Mac. You can get a perfectly serviceable Windows machine in that situation for half what you would spend on a Mac. If the cost justifies it, that’s fine – but more often people who buy Macs are the ones who think they want to be like Justin Long in those Mac vs. PC commercials on TV….

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