Posted: Jan 28, 2010 8:42 am
I kinda like it...from what I understand about it.
My take is this: it's simply a more convenient web browser. For example, once I finish my work for the day, Carrie and I usually watch a movie. During this time, I fuck around on my laptop (provided by the school district) and check sports scores, headlines, stereo-nerd stuff, movie-nerd stuff, Goner stuff, facebook, email, etc.
The cheap version of this would let me do the same, in a more user-friendly way, and I wouldn't have to do it on SCS property. I could click the links that I'm afraid to click on the Goner board, and I'd save wear and tear on property that isn't mine. Plus, I think the school board has the ability to monitor where I go and what I look at (I'm taking a big chance just by writing this-sarcasm-).
It's not like I'm spending a lot of time on bigboobs.com, but I'd rather completely separate my own time from school time. While I could buy another laptop for myself, the iPad is a LOT cheaper, and I still have my desktop for media storage. I'd probably also use the e-reader function, although I've never used a Kindle. If they make shit from the public domain available, I'd never run out of books I can read on the couch or in bed.
In a pinch, I could also use Word/Office on the iPad to write a quick quiz or assignment sheet. I know word processing isn't the primary function, but it's available.
I'm certainly not an Apple zealot (although they're the only computers I've ever used, my HS, college, and School district have all used Apple-so they're the computers I've bought), but if people seem to like the iPad, I might buy a cheap one in a year or two when the later generations have tackled the initial bugs.
In other words, I don't think it's a life-changing invention, or anything, but it seems like something I'd actually use. A lot.