Let me first state that I am a die hard fan of the iPad (and most things Apple). While I’m not usually what techies call an “early adopter,” I was the proud owner of an original iPad within a month of its release. We’ve been in love ever since. Lots of people asked me (and still do) what I actually did with it, insinuating I had purchased a glorified toy. But it really did change things for me. As a creative, it’s the perfect portfolio-sharing device. I can’t imagine ever having a printed portfolio again. On business trips where I won’t need the firepower of my MacBook Pro, it’s the perfect traveling computer. With a stellar battery life, it made my recent flight from Atlanta to San Francisco a breeze. And for leisurely computer use at home, sitting on the couch with my iPad is the way to go.
On March 2, Apple announced the iPad 2. So now my dilemma. Do I go out and plunk down another $500 (minimum) to upgrade? To be honest, after a bit of research, I don’t think it’s worth it. Sure, there have been a handful of upgrades to size and processor and even some slick new cases but I don’t see enough to justify me crafting an argument to my wife about why I need “another” iPad.