Yes it’s true. I have an iPad shopping fail to report!
I jumped the gun, bought the iPad in the U.S. before it was released here, the only stock that I could get my hands on was the 32G Wifi only model.
Yes it was fun showing it off before it was actually released here in Australia. Had people in raptures I did, “can I touch it?” – “let me have just a quick go” – to say nothing of the 12 year old who stole it for his own for most of the month.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of the iPad and use it a lot. The fail however was not getting the 3G model. My rationale was that I’d mostly use it in the office where there is wifi and I have 3G access on my iPhone so I wouldn’t really need it when out and about.
In the past couple of months I couldn’t be more incorrect. It is lacking not to have the iPad online, almost the entire time you are using it. Even when reading a book that is loaded onto the device I regularly want to open a browser and check a reference to something that I’ve read about. Not to have it online becomes a pain very quickly.
I regularly meet with clients to discus projects and again love the idea of passing around the iPad when showing ideas. It has worked well recently after a photo shoot, loaded all the images up on the iPad and was able to have it handed around while the group discussed the photos.
Next part of the meeting was to discuss the changes to the web site. You guessed it, had to get the trusty old Macbook Pro out as it could tether through my iPhone to get online.
This brings up a point that a lot of people are miffed about, why can’t Apple enable tethering between the iPad and the iPhone? Experienced users will jailbreak their iPhone so that they can turn it into an access point and I can understand why. The general consensus on this however is that Apple would probably upset the telcos if they could sell us all a data plan on two devices.
Great for the telcos – not so great for the end users.