It has now been 500 days since my iPad 3G arrived at the end of April, 2010. So, as I did after 100 days — when it was my “favorite” computer — and after 300 days — when I barely used it anymore — I’m going to write a bit about how it fits into my life today and what that means.
In short: I use it every day for about 30 to 60 minutes, mostly at home. I use it on long trips. I think it is the future of computing. But I still prefer my MacBook Air for almost everything besides reading in bed or watching videos.
This isn’t a brand-new phenomenon, but it’s worth repeating and re-emphasizing: What makes Apple so successful today — and so threatening to its competitors — isn’t just its design and engineering capabilities. It’s the fact that Apple is beating its rivals on price, too, something that once seemed inconceivable.