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Now I Have an iPad

posted May 5, 2012, 5:49 AM by Jeff Wagner   [ updated May 5, 2012, 9:43 PM ]

In my last post, I shared how I learned from my dad about looking past marketing, packaging and other B.S. in order to make the best decisions with spending money. I closed by saying that I have held out on buying an iPad because I didn't need one. I could think of a thousand things I'd rather spend money on than one of these.

I say one of these because I'm typing this post on it. My boss must have seen that last post, or perhaps nature or God was working in mysterious ways. The very next day after I posted, she sent me a message to tell me that she never uses her iPad and sees no need for it, concluding that it would be better off with me. (THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU if you are reading this one)

Now that I have had it for a few days, I do see it's value. That doesn't mean I would have rather spent my own money on it though. While it is an awesome communication and entertainment device, I don't think it's a must have for every household. 

My HTC Droid Incredible that I got for free with upgrade (well I got the replacement for it on eBay for $80 after it shattered) does just about everything the iPad does and fits in my pocket. These are strong arguments against dropping minimum $500 on one of these aside from the larger screen. 

These are a few things I like better on my HTC Phone :
  1. Sharing. I had no idea that iOS made it so difficult to share things (aside from on Twitter). On Android, wherever you are, you can hit "Menu" and "Share" to post links, videos, photos and more to any number of social networking sites or even mail apps. iOS will share to mail as well, but through the main mail app only, not a third party app like Gmail or Yahoo. By the way, as of today, there is no Yahoo Mail app for iPad anyway. 
  2. Integration. Mac people will like that their iOS device syncs well across the Apple lineup. As a Google based person, I like how Android syncs well with everything Google without even trying. All my pictures, videos and music are synced with the cloud without taking up valuable space on my phone . Yes there is iCloud for Mac, but their limits for free storage are much lower. 
  3. Ease of use. I must be joking, right? An iPhone is the most basic smart phone out there. The apps all show up on your home screen. They're simple to add and even easier to delete. I say android is easier because of features one level up from the basics. Everything from setting musical ringtones to syncing contacts with Facebook is much easier on Android.
  4. No iTunes. Google took my iTunes account to the cloud. My entire music library is available on my phone without worrying about how much space I have available. No updating my iTunes! 
My iPad lock screen:
My iPad lock screen posted to Twitter.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the iPad"s large screen and massive selection of applications. In addition to choosing from more apps, iOS users tend to get the most popular ones well ahead their friends on Android. I remember seeing friends on Words with Friends and Instagram a year before I had access to those apps on my phone . That argument alone may be enough to sell you. 

Bottom line is that I'm more than happy to be able to choose from either. I'm glad my phone is Android so I can continue to share with ease, and I'm glad to have an iPad in order to have access to the hottest apps and to see what my daughter sends me in emoji characters. ✌

The Gentleman's Rant


Yes, I hate it. Yes, I must have one.



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