I recently (and unnecessarily) sold my original iPad Air to help fund the purchase of an Air 2. I had read scant information on whether or not this was a wise financial move, so I made an unwise one. However, I stand by my decision, and I’ll tell you why.
Firstly, there is still a compelling iPad-sized hole in my daily life. I love my MacBook Pro for heavy content creation (writing, recording, photo and video editing), and I love my iPhone for everything an iPhone is great at doing (taking photos, messaging, email). However, there are daily routines that just fit an iPad, particularly when it comes to content consumption and going paperless.
We’ve all read articles about the iPad as a content creation device. To some extent, I get it. I really do. Would I rather stumble my way through a severely limited iPad version of GarageBand to record a song or use Pro Tools? Mobile version of VSCO Cam for photo edits or a full suite of VSCO filters in Lightroom? There’s no real debate here. Content creators only use the iPad because they enjoy challenges.
Content consumption is another story: watching movies in bed, reading the news, following blogs, public speaking, music charts, Instagram, iBooks — the iPad is king for all those activities! My MacBook is too big; my iPhone is too small; and my iPad Air 2 is too perfect.
My original iPad Air was perfectly capable, but I was in the market for a new case. I thought to myself, “Why spend $50 on a new case for an old iPad? Sure, it works great, but the Air 2 is thinner and faster and lighter and sleeker and sexier! If I’m spending $50 on a new case (my personal choice here), I might as well get a new case for a new iPad!” I told you it was unwise.
Now I have a device that fits a perfect niche in my life and will last that much longer because it’s a year newer. This is why the Apple Watch stinks. Wait, what? You heard me; it stinks because it doesn’t have a niche in my life.
My perfectly sleek and sexy iPad Air 2 doesn’t tether to my iPhone to function, it’s a completely independent device, well suited to unique tasks. The Apple Watch simply doesn’t offer that. The Apple Watch is a smaller, wrist-worn screen for your iPhone. I don’t see how that’s compelling. Apple wants me to spend at least $350 so I don’t have to take my phone out of my pocket. I’m lazy but not that lazy. Sheesh.
One more thought: even though I spent the majority of this piece defending a financially irresponsible decision to buy an iPad Air 2, the truth is that we are an obsessively over-connected culture. The last thing my life needs is another device that is “more personal” than my iPhone. I’m already too connected. Now the Apple Watch wants to literally tap me on the wrist every time I receive a text message. I look forward to the Apple Lobe (which is a product they will release in the year 2037 that replaces your frontal lobe with a gorgeous, polished aluminum collection of transistors).
So, Apple, thanks for the iPad. It’s still the absolute best companion when I need to take a poop… but I’ll pass on the Apple Watch.
(Editor’s Note: Ben’s opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the feelings of the rest of the eciov staff, but who am I to censor it? I don’t think the watch is ready for primetime, but I wouldn’t say it’s completely useless. I would also never buy the iPad Air 2 because it promotes the buy, break, and throw it away mentality. If you buy the iPad Air 2 and break it, you might as well buy another one. There currently isn’t an economic repair option for the device. In fact, this is now common for most Apple devices. Yay, Apple! – Josh)