I've always been a user of the traditional computer products and have many years invested in mastering Microsoft technology. My current laptop and previous personal computers were Dell and/or Gateway and I've enjoy using them. Hearing so many positives about Apple's genius, I felt I'd better try it out.
It took several weeks to find the iPad2 in the color and with the capabilities I'd decided to buy, but in late January, at a Ft. Myers Best Buy store, I found it. The sales representative answered all my questions; the most important being the ability to return the product for full refund, without restocking fees, if needed. I explained my computer needs -- basic word processing, blogging, photo management, personal online business, Internet research and of course, Facebook socialization with my gazillions of friends. LOL.
|My sleek new iPad2 -- ready to unveil.|
In the end I bought the iPad, a fold-up keyboard, a glare shield (for outside use of the iPad) and installation of the glare screen for a whopping total of $825. Jeepers. It's gonna be worth it.
It was love at first swipe. Small, thin, lightweight and easy to use. The icons (or apps I guess they're called) were cute and easy to open. I was a bit disappointed that I had to input credit card information to download the free apps but reluctantly did so. The first few days were fun but not seriously productive in the things I use a computer to do.
First problem encountered was the lack of using Google's Picasa for my photos. Second problem was that I wouldn't be able to download photos from my cheap little Nikon Coolpix to the iPad. Bummer. I found what seemed to be a reasonable facsimile of Picasa in the free apps, but it proved to be no good. Drat. Next problem was that I was still tied to a tabletop using the keyboard I'd purchased and furthermore, the keyboard prevented using the iPad camera the way I wanted and without the keyboard, I'd need yet another cover. Finally, I found using anything other than games and Facebook with the iPad to be cumbersome.
In hindsight, I think I didn't truly understand the real purpose of the iPad. I wanted a laptop. After just over a week, I made the critical decision to return it for a lightweight laptop.
Oh well... As Wayne says, "if you hadn't tried it, you would have never known and you would have regretted not trying it." Well said.