As it turns out, I’ve ordered an iPad Mini. This is despite being a very ardent Google advocate. There are some reasons for this, of which I will explain henceforth:
- First, and foremost, my company supports iPad devices on our corporate network and does not support Android. If I don’t want to use a BlackBerry (bleh), I needed to get an iPad.
- I believe nothing blindly. Yes, I love most of what Google does, and I wish them to flourish in the world because their philosophy as expressed in their products, services, and corporate tone is wholly endorsed by me. That being said, there are things they do well and things they do not do well, and one thing they have not done well yet is create a piece of hardware that is as compelling to me as most of Apple’s product lineup, which includes phones, tablets, and desktop PCs (their perennial iMac line). The best of Android’s phones are ugly or gargantuan. The best tablets are rife with quality issues (although I heard the Nexus 7 is quite superb). Apple, on the other hand, has produced refined, high quality, and admittedly expensive pieces of art that also are computers.
- My biggest complaints about Apple have become somewhat standard. Their locked down approach to interface has been consumed and iterated upon by both Microsoft (Windows 8
especially) and Google (ICS has driven a lot of rigidity in form and Jelly Bean is taking it further).
- Also, my gripe about the totalitarian nature of Apple’s software and sales approach seems to have been slightly misguided. I still want to see openness and freedom more than restriction and censorship, but I have to admit that complete freedom is anarchy, and that’s not any better. We need guides that help direct activity towards fruitful endeavors. And while Apple is STILL more authoritarian than I wish to see, I can appreciate what they were trying to do. And it has produced some very impressive results, which makes me wonder if some of the best creative work is created in the shadow of restrictions rather than out in the open.
- Finally, I realized that most of what I do with my Android devices is offered at the same level of quality and ability (if not higher quality) on Apple devices. This isn’t necessarily true at the desktop level – where I’d like the ability to game now and then (of course, that’s what Parallels is for) – but it’s almost certainly true at the tablet and phone level. Thus, to be able to do what I normally do, but in a more polished environment on a nicer piece of hardware that is more universally supported by app and device manufacturers, is an attractive alternative.
Since deliveries of the iPad Mini aren’t to arrive until Friday, I still don’t know how this is going to work in practice, but the theory is sound and it has started to crumble the tall wall that has stood between me and Apple. Right now, it’s just the iPad, but who knows, someday I may start buying iMacs, especially if they continue to easily boot into Windows. It’s always good to have options.