May 04, 2010

iPadding Around

My eldest got in the car and informed me that he and a buddy of his 'convinced' their Religion teacher that tomorrow, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, that they should not have class, but instead go outside and eat chips and salsa.

His teacher's reply? "Well, I can't tell you I'm canceling class for that... but if you happened to have an extra bag of chips on you, I guess we'd have to go out and eat them, wouldn't we?"

So Mom went to the store tonight to make sure that a certain 15 year old 'just happens to have an 'extra' bag of chips on him' during religion class.

For some reason I think this is hysterical.


For our Pakistani born naturalized US citizen who seems to be a novice at building the Rube Goldberg of bombs, the only real punishment for him would be to put strap him inside his rigged truck exactly as he designed it, in the middle of the desert away from everyone, and wait to see if everything he set would work.

If he lives through it, he gets to go to prison.

If he dies... well... he's no longer a terrorist is he?

In other news, I decided to do a review of the iPad, a product I still think is poorly named. Considering it is the modern man's version of the yesteryear's stone tablet, I think it should be called the iTab.

But they didn't ask me.

I was skeptical as was my son. As my 15 year old said, "The commercials make it look so stupid..."

Not that I've seen the commercials, but I've seen the ads on line and although it seemed like technogeek fun, it seemed like just a huge iPhone to be.

Big Whoopty.

However, I'm a believer. Whodathunkit? Obviously I don't need to quit my day job and seek a job with Apple as they have a lot more going on upstairs than I do.

I think the single app thing is limiting. I think the next gen is going to be cooler. That said, it may be just like a big iPhone, but dang, it's nice. As TGOO says, "It needs a camera so I can Skype". (He and Mom Skype with the Great Flambina every day.)

Bonuses: Goodbye daily planner. The phones as a daily planner that you carry are so dang small. Hello? I'm over 40. I like large print. I buy my books in large print if I can. Big humongo paper planners are fine, but they are cumbersome. This replaces it. The size of a regular planner, it's big, it's versatile, and you can keep your life organized on it.

Music. Yup, you can play it. It's not a feature I need, but a bonus if you happen to want a flat radio.

My husband said, "Please, that's what the little notebooks are for..." when I spoke of going on line with it and how nice it is. True, but there isn't that cumbersome screen thing. It's flat. It's hard to describe... so if you can find a store that sells them try it and you'll see what I mean. It takes computing to a nicer less cumbersome level... while portable. Sure, you can answer your email on your crackberry or iPhone, but dang, if you have an iPad it's BIG. Big screen. Big keys. Nice.

Book reading apps: Ok, I'm not big on this whole 'download a book' thing. I'll be honest. I'm a full sensory girl. I like every sense to be in tune when I'm doing something. So when it comes to reading a book, I love the smell of the book, the feel of the texture of the paper, how it sounds as you flip pages, how the book looks... and if I'm eating chocolate, that completes the sensory experience.

Plus, as I can get a book free at the LIBRARY!

I've been rather lost on folks wanting to download their books, that said, I see a purpose.

I was recently talking to someone who travels a lot. He said it is really nice to have a bunch of books downloaded so he doesn't have to haul them with him in his luggage. Point taken. And to answer Teresa's question (I think it was hers...)... from what I understand, it's not like reading a computer screen, although I may have to purchase ONE book online to test it. You can increase font size and it's not the bright light black print.

I'll let y'all know how that goes...

There is an ability to watch movies too, which I told my husband was cool. Of course there isn't a DVD player on it, which is kind of sucky, that means you have to BUY the movie, but once again, if you were doing a long trip and you wanted to take this along, its a nice sized screen. It's not the cumbersome watching of a movie like on a computer. It's JUST the screen. And my husband does have movies downloaded on his Mac so he can just put them on his iPad... I think.

The iPad is light. It functions like any other i product where you can expand things with your fingers.

Essentially, it makes traveling with tech much easier, even though it is single app.

I'll be bringing it home to my folks home so TGOO can play with it.

Very very fun... like I said, I'd probably not have bought it myself, not this generation, but I can TOTALLY see why people are.


Posted by Boudicca at May 4, 2010 03:43 PM

My dad bought Bridget one for Mother's Day/Birthday and she LOVES it. I am quite jealous actually. At first I thought it was lame, but after research, I would definitely like one.

Posted by: Sissy at May 4, 2010 09:27 PM

Yes it was me. LOL. I tend to buy too many books that are more of the "disposable kind". Our library is teeny tiny - a one room building. They are supposedly building a new one, but I'll believe it when I see it. For books that would be quick read paperbacks - I would love a reader that is easy on the eyes. For "keeper books" I'd still buy the real thing. Heh.

I do love my ipod touch - but not for reading. Way too small a screen. Although I can get my address book, calendar, and todo stuff on it just fine. Also I listen to podcasts in the car while driving (I got a cassette converter) - things like The History of Rome, CarTalk, The Digital Story (a photo podcast)... etc. I also listen to books from too. The iPad could do that for you too.

Posted by: Teresa at May 4, 2010 10:28 PM

I guess I'm just a dinosaur, but I seem to live just fine without all the latest gadgets. I have a pay-as-you go cellphone for emergencies in the car, a desktop computer and a big plasma TV for use as needed. I don't need to buy a tiny gadget so I can do those functions in my car.

Posted by: George P at May 5, 2010 08:25 AM

For reading books, I prefer the E-Ink screens like on the Amazon Kindle and B&N nook. The problem with the screens like the i products is that, in outdoor/bright light situations, they become much harder to read. I know they're working on it, but I'd much rather have the "paper" background and black text of the e-ink screen. Then again, the e-ink devices are single purpose, not do-it-all widgets.

Posted by: Brian at May 5, 2010 09:14 AM

aside from not having the money for one, I NEED ONE! But am trying to restrain my impulse-buying-self until the next version comes out.

there's a piano app. You can play piano! that pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Posted by: wRitErsblock at May 5, 2010 09:46 AM

.. books will always be the best!...

Posted by: Eric at May 5, 2010 12:30 PM

Supposedly can screw with sleeping habits/patterns, so don't use it for an extended period before going to bed.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at May 5, 2010 02:23 PM

A piano ap??? Oh, wow! Don't anybody tell Claudia!

Posted by: PeggyU at May 5, 2010 03:46 PM

The piano app is fun. I played with one in Best Buy the other day. You can change the type of piano too.

Posted by: Sticks at May 5, 2010 08:07 PM

Do they have a bagpipe app?

Posted by: Angus of Iona at May 5, 2010 09:09 PM

I really really really like your idea of putting terrorist dude in his own truck... :)

And the iPad? Meh - the jury is still out for me...

Posted by: Richmond at May 6, 2010 01:00 AM

I think that in our family, this is going to be the one time when the husband and I get to have one before the kids so I keep telling them that the iPad is a big kid toy, not a little kid toy. They will have to grow up and have kids of their own before they can have one.... Unfortunately, they are not buying it. Then again, neither are we... for them anyway! :o)

Oh, and I love how your son 'creates' opportunities where no one else would think to try. Cracks me up.

Posted by: Lemon Stand at May 7, 2010 11:01 AM

Personally, I love my kindle, and the best part about it is that I can read it outside sitting in my lounge chair on the patio. Also, there are literally thousands of free books, many of which are the throwaway kind. I don't want an iPad, though. My phone already does all of that....

Posted by: caltechgirl at May 9, 2010 01:56 AM