Recently, Shonali got me thinking about Apple’s genius, and the more macro side of how devices impact our lives.
I received an iPad 2 for my birthday this year.
A great gift, but I was a bit baffled by what I’d use the thing for. It seemed the classic “tweener” to borrow an NBA term; neither a laptop, nor a smartphone, nor an e-reader.
This much has emerged: I use it primarily in the morning, for leisure pursuits. I love the damn thing, in ways I never imagined. It has even rekindled my love for a medium, radio (which I now endlessly listen to via the Tune-in Radio app).
The iPad is my “fun time” machine, which I suspect is not at all uncommon. However, it has been interesting to see how a new device (this is my first tablet) takes time to find its place in one’s life. More fascinating is the effect hardware has on media consumption; in my case literally boosting the amount of time I listen to radio exponentially (whither McLuhan?).
Have you had a similar experience with a device newly or recently integrated into your life?