With all the chatter about the iPad 2, it’s hard for a geeky guy not to get a little anxious. I was working exclusively as an e-book blogger when the iPad 1 came out, so I pre-ordered it and was awaiting the UPS guy on the Saturday it was first available. In the months–not quite a year yet–since, my iPad has been my constant companion, my do-everything machine, my best digital friend.
Frankly, it was dismaying to witness the introduction of the iPad 2, with its faster processor, way cooler, magnetic Smart Cover, sleeker, lighter design, and two-color-availability. How could I not want one of these things?
Except, I don’t think the iPad 2 does anything I’d want to do that I can’t do with my iPad 1. I use my iPad as an e-reader, calendar, to-do list, word processor, occasional gaming device, and window onto the internet. I also use it to play music. I already do all of that with the iPad I have, so why do I need a new iPad to do the same things, if a little faster?
The truth is, I think I don’t…but I want a new iPad, just cause it’s shiny and pretty and has a way-cooler cover. But I’m not going to get one. Not while my old iPad is still pretty much state of the art. Did Apple rush the iPad 2 out to keep up with its competitors? Is just one year the whole life cycle of a gadget these days? What do you think? Is it iPad Too soon?