I’m really not sure I understand why someone would need an iPad. Nor do I understand people’s jubilation over finally getting their hands on one. Isn’t it just like a really big iPhone (and I assume these are the people who are on their third generation of iPhone)? I guess it has some of the same functions as a Kindle or netbook, but really, is it truly necessary to your life? Perhaps the idea of a touch screen almost-computer is exciting, but HP has had a Touch Smart computer for years. Oh, you Mac people.
Similarly, HP is one of my clients and earlier this week I was there giving a presentation. As thanks for my efforts, they gifted me a DreamScreen. I didn’t even know what it was. I will equate it to a Digital Photo Frame Plus, since it has WiFi capability and you can do things like check weather, view your FaceBook page and listen to music via Pandora. But that’s about it. My first thoughts upon receiving it (not to sound ungrateful) were 1) “Where will I plug this in? I’m out of outlets.” and 2) “Won’t it collect a lot of dust?” Unlike the iPad, it is not mobile since it has to be plugged in at all times or it will not work. Conveniently, it does come with wall mounts, so you have the option of having your local weather report flashing at you on your wall at all times. A huge miss for HP – especially since this is now in market the same time as the iPad – is that it seems like it should be a touch screen and it’s not. Which I don’t get, because HP nailed touch screen technology ages ago.
My experience did not end well since I couldn’t get it to hook up to the internet (admittedly, this might be because I can’t remember the password for my wireless connection, but it was still very frustrating) so basically all it did for me was give me the option of viewing digital photos in a slide show (since I do not have children or pets, this has limited appeal for me), and display 13.3 inches of the current time, like a really big, expensive clock. After about 20 minutes, I repackaged it in its box and now have plans to sell it on eBay when I have a chance.
Perhaps I am not the best person to have an opinion on this since I have never even understood why people need a Kindle – what’s so wrong with old-fashioned books? Turning pages is too difficult? Plus, I’m getting old and staring at computer screens makes my eyes water. Call me crazy, but I now wonder if Steve Jobs is less of a technological genius and more of a genius at getting people to spend money on things they don’t really need.