iPad, cr48 and other beasts

I have now been living with a baby, an iPad, a cr-48, a netbook, 2 Android phones and a kindle for the last few months… and it is not easy 😉 here are some of my conclusions from this experience.

Interactive

Touch is the king here.. my 9 months old plays with anything that has buttons and keeps trying to change the TV channel back to the Night Garden as soon as he can. It is now impossible to keep him away from the iPad. I loaded an interactive rattle app, and he loves it.  In fact, I am sure he looks at me thinking “why are you playing with my toy?” every time I pick it up.   Second to the iPad , he loves the android phone touchscreen.

Conclusion, there is something quite basic and primitive about interacting by touching stuff.. and you can’t beat it.

Consuming media

Here the iPad shines.  Granted that we had to overcome the limitations “by design” introduce in the iPad.. you need a case holds the iPad on a viewing position (£10) and you need to hunt down all the apps that replace web-based flash players (a couple of hours).  After 4 months of consuming online video, I came up with 2 conclusions:

1) I can’t wait to have a good Linux tablet that is open and supports everything. I don’t need to be dictated what is good for me.

2) Streaming is the way.. I recently fell sick and decided that a movie in bed was what the doctor recommended. I headed to iTunes and “rented” a movie… 2 hours after the download started I had passed out in bed and didn’t get to watch my movie..sigh. I paid for it and I wanted NOW!

So is the iPad the king in this category? Well, no.  We still reckon that the kindle wins hands down when it comes to reading ebooks. You can’t beat the battery life, compact form-factor and softness to our eyes.  Also, when it comes to audio consumption my phone is where I go.. music, podcasts and audiobooks on the go. Read more of this post