Saturday, January 15, 2011

iPad: Why? Just... why?

I am an Apple fangirl. I’m posting from my Macbook, was overjoyed to hear that the iPhone is coming to Verizon, and have an iPod and an iPad.
I had been putting off the iPad update for ages, even though it offered multitasking, for one reason, and one reason alone: it turned the screen lock button into a mute button. I hate it. I really, really hate it. And frankly, I don’t understand it. I mean, has anyone who is in charge of the updates ever used an iPad for more than two minutes? The volume control switch will mute the iPad in the same amount of time as moving the switch, and doesn’t require removing a fairly important function. Or they could have made it an optional thing, allowing the user to set the function for the switch.
It is strange to me, because I am usually excited for the changes that they implement. Getting rid of the home button on the upcoming iPhone? YES, PLEASE! I would love to have a phone without any physical buttons, and my only issue with the iPhone at the moment is that I am afraid that I will get makeup residue embedded around the button (although I wear minimal foundation.)
Its just… they are a game-changing company. They combine functionality with incredible beauty and quality. I’m a poor, and unfortunately unemployed college student. My black Macbook is three years old — three years and three months to be exact, and yesterday a woman approached me and asked me if I liked my computer. She was shocked at how old it was. How many three year old laptops have you seen recently that are still eye-catching? It still works beautifully, btw. The only issue I have had is that the battery died, which is to be expected after three years of constant use, and it cracked itself on the wrist pad. It still runs fast, faster than my mum’s PC, which was much cheaper and is only a few months old. I can out-type it. I can’t out-type my Mac.
I bought the iPad for textbooks and basic sex appeal. I mean, a Kindle? You look at it and think boring. An iPad? It has been the most fantastic conversation starter. This term, I saved over $400 by purchasing e-textbooks. And that is $400 from the used textbook price — not brand new, perfect condition textbooks. I bought the 64g iPad, and it has already payed for itself. It is by far the best money I have spent in a while, and I am in no way hating on it. It is glorious, again, a game changer. I look at the other tablets coming onto the market, and they don’t compare.
The iPad is truly the perfect tablet. They managed to nail the perfect shape, size, and bevel width. All others fall short, and tend to look like a cheap knockoff.
I’m just trying to figure out why they have so little faith in the speed of the volume control, and why this isn’t a changeable setting. I would much rather have my music playing than have my screen moving while I’m trying to work on something.

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