When the iPad first arrived on the scene, I was a naysayer. I couldn’t believe someone would fork over that kind of money for this bulky, stripped down computer. Really? I had a smart phone which was much more portable and worked wonders. I had a desktop computer which had so much more functionality. It could run actual programs and it had storage. I needed storage. How could a tablet work as a business device?
Sure, I could see it as a toy. I could see how it could entertain kids. It just cost way too much to be any real value.
I was sitting at a Sonic Drive-In the other day when I realized that I actually prefer the tablet experience to the smartphone. I wanted to look something up on the Internet and rather than whip out the smartphone… I did what would have been unthinkable a few years earlier.
I took out my smartphone, went into Settings, clicked on Personal Hotspot and turned on the hotspot. Yes… you guessed it. I then grabbed my iPad and proceeded to surf to my destination. It wasn’t until the next day that I realized what I had done. Because I preferred to surf on the tablet, I jumped through a couple of extra hoops.
I am here to admit that tablets work. Not only is the surfing experience superior to a smartphone, but with my move to cloud storage for all my work documents, my biggest issue has been solved.
Yes, I still prefer the desktop for nose-down working, but for less intense jobs that do not require tools like Photoshop the tablet wins.
What is the take-away from this experience? Yes… tablets are useful… but the real lesson here is that its okay to admit when you’re wrong. I am a convert.