The iPad... have I missed the point?
Eh, I hesitate to ask this next question, since it may cast me out into that wildnerness inhabited only by un-hip losers, but here goes ...
What is the point of the iPad?
Before you snort with derision, hear me out. A few years ago we were sold smaller and smaller phones upon which, we were told, we could watch movies (among other things).
“But,” we cried, “isn’t that a very small screen upon which to watch a movie?”
“No!” we were assured, “it’s really comfortable watching Angelina Jolie on a two-inch screen. Honest.”
Now, it’s “Oh you must have an iPad — it’s so great for watching movies!”
“But I’ve got my small phone. Which you sold me.”
“What? You can’t watch movies on such a small screen! Are you mad? You need an i-fad. Sorry, iPad. Look! You can play games on it too and read books!!! Nice! Shiny! Mmmmm ...”
“Great — and can I use it as a phone? Where’s the mic?”
“Eh, no. But you can buy extra bits that make it into a phone.”
“So, basically it’s a cross between a too-small laptop and a 1980s-sized, not very mobile, mobile phone?”
“Well ... we wouldn’t put it like that.”
“No, I’m sure you wouldn’t. It’d be hard to fit all that into a marketing jingle. Even I can see that.”