The hype behind Apple and its products somehow passed me by. Even as a lover of music on the go, having spent good money on my first Sony Walkman in the late 80s, the iPod passed me by. I heard the murmurings, saw people starting to walk around with the white headphones, but just wasn’t drawn to it. The only times I really took notice of Macs was when I was involved in television production and the editors worked off them. I figured it was designed for them.

I eventually got an iPod Touch. Love it. Road trips no longer required a stack of CDs. I don’t do much else on it but play music and it serves my purpose perfectly in that regard. The iPhone came out and the hype passed me by. I struggle to type on touch screen and I do my writing on my smartphone as well so I prefer the QWERTY keys of a Blackberry. I once ran a blog just from posting straight from there.


And then, a friend dropped off an iPad with me to play with. It’s arrival coincided with a brief dalliance with the flu so, on the first day, I downloaded a couple of free apps, that enabled me to read PDF & CDF files, copied over some e-books in PDF, copied some graphic novels, music and videos and settled into bed. Sitting reading Sherlock Holmes while listening to Tumi and The Volume, followed by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and Anthony Hamilton was bliss. Couple of days later, I attended the Alicia Keys press conference on Keep A Child Alive took notes using the iPad. Returning the device was painful. For the first time, I desperately want an Apple device. I’m plotting and planning.

It has great battery power, the screen is big enough and clear. It does hectically pick up fingerprints but you can get a cover for that that. You can view documents, video, surf the web, etc. For a proper spec list, you can check the Apple site but what drew me was how much I could make it part of my life. Truly something you can live without but, once you’ve lived with, it is hard to let go. And, if that experience didn’t serve as enough temptation / inspiration, I came across a link on twitter for the Flipboard app. It has made me want the iPad even more.


My time will come. Eventually.


  1. Kgomotso KG!

    LOL…I concur!
    Recently joined the Apple family. They are more reliable. Far less upgrades required and serve a piece of mind when it comes to virus attacks. Hope to try out the ipad soon as well.

  2. Melvin Kaabwe

    I couldn’t put it down ( or sleep) for 3 days after I got it! Ok so the first night was because I was butchering SIM cards to get them into the micro-SIM tray! Lately, the googlemaps with street level detail is my favorite app. You can “walk” thru a neighborhood overseas as if you were there without the 12 hour journey time. It’s almost “jumper” like!
    Oh, btw, the ordinary apple Bluetooth qwerty full size keyboard works and am using it extensively for writing…as well as a remote for the music since it has multiplemedia keys on the function buttons?
    Love it! My life has not been the Same ever since!

  3. MissGeorgios

    I use an ipod touch for email, word docs, pdfs etc if I am on the move and I love apple and would choose it over bb any day but for some reason the ipad has not done it for me. I think the fact that it’s not small makes me feel I can’t carry it in small handbags etc and if am carrying a bigger bag the laptop is enough. But you never know maybe if I were to have it for a few days might change how i view it

  4. Kojo Baffoe

    One day, when I grow up, I’ll be like you, Melvin 🙂

  5. Kojo Baffoe

    I have never been able to get into my ipod touch that way. I have friends who use either that or their iphones to do phenomenal things. It is about preference. What I like about the ipad is that it is bigger. I have a netbook, which I use when on the move. I reckon an ipad could replace my netbook.

  6. Rashida Simmons

    i’d never gotten the apple hype either and actually my iPhone, which was a gift, is the 1st apple item i’ve owned and i have to say it’s usefulness has really grown on me. i’ve spent many a day on free app shopping frenzies and even my 2 yr old has about 3 pages of apps usually. i haven’t yet played with an iPad for fear of immediate addiction to something i know i can’t afford, so in my head i’m just picturing my iPhone only bigger. then again, sometimes bigger is simply better 🙂

  7. Kojo Baffoe

    Hey Shida, Haven’t really spent any time with an iPhone & my standard issue has been that it is small for me. So the iPad is absolutely perfect 🙂

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