As a laptop and Kindle user, I have been looking at the usual cyclical Apple frenzy in the press with the same kind of amused tolerance I give my three-year-old son. They never seem to learn, and they keep repeating the same things. However when I read articles like this, I am reminded that that is not always the case.
I am a happy user of a monster-sized HP HDX laptop, HP touch screen all-in-one system, and multi-screen Dell desktops at home as well as a HP business laptop at work. I have no iPod, iMac, iTouch or any other relationship with the company who wants to trademark the prefix “i”.
I have not missed them.
That is not to say that I have no technological gadgets. I do. They just do not dominate my life.
Every company wants to preserve their customer base, but Apple just does it too rigidly. The buy-in necessary rubs me wrong. When the fanboys scream about the next great Apple iThing which will kill off another market segment (this time, the iPad will kill off laptops), the amused tolerance returns.
From what I have seen, the iPad virtual keyboard is a poor substitute for an actual keyboard. It was intended to let you get some kind of text into a device that is not really intended for keyboard input, but rather for touch manipulation of a designed interface. I like the virtual keyboard on my LG Dare cell phone for text messages, but you will not catch me writing my next novel with it. But, you hear, you can connect a real keyboard and get info from another computer. That is when you realize that the iPad is not a true standalone device like a laptop. You have to make more hardware purchases to get what you want. It is an expensive accommodation to get you a different form of freedom.
So if Apple made a product with me in mind, you can have it. Everyone gets to make their own choice. My choice is the iNada.