What’s the opposite of cutting-edge? Dull-edge? In that case, I’m about as dull-edge as they come. I was the last of my friends to get an iPod (in 2006, five years after its release), I still bum off my friends’ Xbox 360s and PS3s, and I didn’t start regularly watching How I Met Your Mother until this season. One thing I’m very behind on is the tablet phenomenon. During the 2010 holiday season, my dad got an iPad which, at the time, I saw no use for. Only now am I starting to see not only the use, but the necessity for such a device. Though it’s currently easy to survive without one, that may not be the case come next year.
It’s tough to jump on the bandwagon with new tech products because as soon as one is released to the public, its successor is announced. Once the price drops to a (nearly) affordable level, BAM, the new product goes on sale and that marked-down MacBook you have is now a fossil.
Apple is notorious for this, which is why I’ve been reluctant to devote my tech usage to Apple products the way my family has. I won’t be ready to burn several hundred dollars on an iPad 3 come March when I can only assume a new one will be coming out by the end of the calendar year at the latest. A similar thing happened back in college when I got a Nintendo Wii; around the time I got the “revolutionary” video game system, the Xbox 360 was rapidly growing in popularity. The Wii is currently sitting in my basement gathering dust while I mooch off my friend’s copy of Gears of War. I know you all are probably muttering “first world problem” to yourself, and quite frankly, I agree with you.
However, I’m about ready to bite the bullet and get an iPad. I’ve seen firsthand its use and value in the working world; I’ve experienced its use as an entertainment device (the Talking Tom Cat app is absolutely essential when you’re drunk and everything is hilarious); I’ve witnessed its use in class as a more portable, simple way to take notes rather than lugging this widescreen notebook. Apple’s iCloud allows you to save your work on your laptop and continue it on the subway home by retrieving it on your iPad. It’s a lot more useful than I thought, and I think it’s about time I swallowed my pride and made the investment.
Soon, the iPad (and competitors such as the Motorola Xoom and the T-Mobile Slate) will become just as common as laptops in the workplace, especially as specs improve and more intricate applications can be installed. Are we on the verge of another technology revolution? Will our laptops soon go the way of the Sony Discman and the VHS? The comment section is waiting for your input, and so am I.
Today I’m introducing a segment I’ve done on past blogs where I share a song from a group I’ve been listening to recently. This week’s installment (and likely for the next few weeks) comes from Steely Dan, a group that makes studying and driving at sunset and more enjoyable. Why driving at sunset? I don’t know, but trust me, it makes it more enjoyable.