Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson wasn’t entirely taken aback by the iPad when he first got ahold of it, opining that it wasn’t poised to be the hit that the iPhone was. Two million iPads later, and Wilson is singing a different tune. Not only is the iPad a bonafide success, but Wilson’s personal feelings about the device have changed as well.
Writing that it’s the best email device he’s ever used, Wilson notes that the iPad’s portability makes using a computer less of an involved process, and more enjoyable as a result. “I like how I feel when I am using the thing,” he adds.
I also like the way it sits on our kitchen counter and gets used for all sorts of little things. I came home last night and my oldest daughter Jessica was making guacamole and using the iPad to display the recipe. She was getting lemon juice on it and I thought that was so cool. A baptism of sorts.
We use it for our sonos remote, to do crossword puzzles, play games, pull up menus to order in, read techmeme and hacker news, and watch the occasional youtube video. It’s replaced our kitchen computer on our kitchen countertop. It’s become a member of our family. And when visitors come over, they love to use it. It’s great at a party.
Our iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries are our personal devices. We wear them and they are with us everywhere. Our iPad is our family computer in way that the kitchen macbook never was.
A new product category altogether? You bet. The iPad is more like an appliance than anything else. Casually bouncing around a house as it morphs from one thing into another, the full potential of the device is only realized after a few days/weeks of use. One second it’s being used to watch a movie, the next for checking email, and the next for playing a family game of scrabble. And the scary thing is, we’re only two months in.
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