I think it’s the release of the Google Nexus 7 that really changed things for me. Playing around with that, I couldn’t help but recognise the difference in size and weight between the two devices. Obviously. There’s quite a gap.
The new iPad is flipping annoying, actually. The more I think about it. Oh the screen is lovely, but carrying around the office or the home feels stupid.
It just feels too heavy.
It’s too thick.
It makes a stupid thunking noise when I put it on the desk.
Indeed, carrying the iPad when I don’t expressly need is has become a bore.
I realise that this is quite a departure from the ‘my gosh it’s wonderful’ viewpoint to which I have (and still broadly) subscribe. I’m just exploring my revised feelings to the device.
Feelings matter, especially when so much of Apple’s whole offering is underpinned by emotion and emotional response.
The Nexus 7 has caused me to think different about the iPad. So much so that having given the Nexus away to a colleague, I’m seriously missing it.
Which should mean that I’m probably in the zone ready for an iPad Air/Mini/whatever. I want a bigger screen than a phone. But not at the expense of feeling a little bit annoyed carrying it around. I don’t like the fact that I can’t really chuck-it-on-the-bed. I feel I have to place it on the bed. Because it’s a heavy piece of kit. By contrast, I threw the Nexus around quite a bit. I was very casual with it. I think that’s what I want from a tablet. The ability to actually use it.
I seriously don’t like the fact that if I’m in a meeting and I toss the iPad on to the table, everyone universally cringes. Quite often folk will unconsciously ask “Is it ok?” or “Oh, did you scratch it?” before telling me I should “definitely get a case” to “keep it good”. And everyone cannot help noticing the clunk.
What do you think? Are you feeling the same or am I sounding like an arse?
And are you going to be picking up an iPad Mini?