The weirdest thing about using the iPad is that it makes using the iPhone even more enjoyable.
I’ve had the iPad for a week now. I use it for just about everything. I’m typing this post out in the Pages app as I my wife drives us to dinner. The experience has been great. There are definitely some things that seem to be lacking and I have a small feature wish list that is growing. But overall, the iPad is amazing.
As I have immersed myself into the iPad experience and integrated it into my daily life I have made many observations about how it is affecting me, but one particular thing stands out more than any other.
The weirdest thing about using the iPad is that it makes using the iPhone even more enjoyable. Now I don’t want that statement to be misconstrued. It’s not that using the iPad is bad in any way and therefore it makes going back to the iPhone a breath of fresh air. Like I said previously, I love using the iPad. But for some reason when I pick up the iPhone now, it seems even better.
This could be partially due to the fact that it is so much lighter than the iPad. I’m not one of those people who are complaining that the iPad is “heavier than expected.” That’s a pretty ridiculous claim seeing as how we knew it was going to be 1.5 lbs since they announced it. So anyone who says the iPad is heavier than they expected clearly hasn’t ever held anything heavier than 1.5 lbs. And anyone who says that’s too heavy really needs to eat their Wheaties. My wife picked up the iPad for first time and her first comment was on how light it was. It’s not like she’s one of those weightlifting chicks. She’s almost as weak as I am.
But in contrast the iPhone is less than 5 ounces, so it feels extremely light by comparison.
The iPad’s touch screen is super responsive and downright magical. And for some unknown reason the iPhone’s touch screen feels snappier after using the iPad. That doesn’t make sense! Logic would tell us that if you start using a superior device, and then switch back to using a still-awesome-but-not-as-good device it should feel more sluggish, harder to use, and overall just less useable. And yet…it doesn’t.
I don’t have a good explanation for this. I’ve racked my brain trying to come up with some sort of logic for this. I’m just going to have to chalk it up to the Apple Magic.”
My Macbook Pro has become my “desktop” computer. My iPad is my portable computer. Someday my Macbook Pro will live out it’s full life and be ready to call it quits. When that time comes I’ll replace it with an iMac and then I’ll have the perfect Apple setup. Everything syncs with MobileMe. Everything is light and easy to use. Everything just works.