Thursday, March 8, 2012

I Don't Get the iPad

As my friends and acquaintances know, I blow a shitload of money on gear that I never use.  Sophisticated new gear, and old recording gear.

I've given an iPad as a gift.

I've used one extensively.

I just don't get it. . . .

It's a solution to a problem I don't have.

And as for the 85 gazillion apps dowloaded?

Does Angry Birds count as a meaningful measure?


Fred C. Dobbs said...

"It's a solution to a problem I don't have."

That's how I feel. I feel like it's supposed to cover the middle ground between my iPhone and my Mac desktop, except I find the iPhone does the job when I'm out, and I'd rather just get on the iMac when I'm home.

OTOH, my wife, my boss, and the mixing engineer I'm currently working with all seem to get great use from their iPads, so, to each her own.

mister muleboy said...

You nailed it -- the phone and the Mac are the uses that I need. I have a feeling if I liked games (which I disparaged -- sorry, gamers) (do I know any gamers?) I might enjoy the portability mixed with the greater screen space.

the mixing engineer I'm currently working with

I did just buy an App that lets me remotely control my DAW [Logic] from my phone. It wirelessly lets me address certain functions using Bluetooth. I can conceive of a time doing some of my many, many sessions in my spacious recording studio where I might be doing intricate tracking at one of my many drum sets, and would enjoy being able to hit "record" whilst sitting on my throne.

I can also conceive of a blowjob from Victoria Principal, bu that ain't gonna happen either.

It is cool, though, that the apps are out there. And if I need more screen space to work the app, it's an app designer's problem, not my need for an iPad.

And I, like you, don't question other people's enjoyment and use of the iPad. I gave one as a gift, and might do it again if someone expressed a real desire to have one.

Hell, I was given one as a birthday gift -- to be delivered to me when the new model was announced. And I politely declined, for the reasons we've discussed here today before the world and our Lord Gahd.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

The iPad seems to be essentially a really big iPhone without the phone.

But I nevertheless bought the iPadI for Ms. Who 2(?) years ago, and although she had no interest beforehand, she is now thoroughly in love with it. Recipes, email, novels, Pandora, maps, Web news ... she uses it for everything. The one thing I do get is that it's excellent for reading the news in bed on a Sunday morn ...