Take the Xbox 360, f'rinstance. I love mine like all get out. Not just as a gamin' machine but as a media extender: movies and such that are kept on my computer can be viewed on my high-def television set. Right handy, that. But it was two years after the Xbox 360 debuted before I even considered getting one. Just made good sense to me, and it's not about it being a Microsoft product either: any piece of high-tech gadgetry is bound to have some issues that only get found and worked out after it's been released into the wild.
So as a result I've never been an early adopter. And I figure that I'm being a wise consumer for having that policy.
But then, late last week on my trip to Asheville, I went into the Best Buy there. And for the first time beheld and then played with an iPad.
One of the things that I don't have is a laptop computer and people often ask me why don't I own one. The most outstanding reason in my mind is how gosh-darned fragile they have been in my estimation. Having worked in more computer repair joints than I care to remember, laptops still have that "whole 'nother beast than a laptop" thing going on with me.
But the iPad?
It really might be my mobile device dream come true. I gave typing on it a shot and had no problems with my usual 150+ words a minute or so.
Darn you Steve Jobs! You and Apple might have finally made me break down from one of my most sincerely-held personal beliefs!!
So will I actually spring for one?