I Drank the iPad Kool-Aid

With the iPad surpassing one million units sold in less than thirty days, I thought I would reflect on my recent iPad purchase (I’m writing this on my iPad on a Southwest flight back from New Orleans, LA) and why I bought it, since I know there is a lot of interest out there.
There are questions out there:

  • Can it replace my laptop?
  • Isn’t it just a large iPod (minus the camera and video capabilities)?
  • It doesn’t have  a DVD drive?
  • You can’t hook up a printer to it?
  • No USB Drive?

I had to check out all of these questions for myself.

A little background for you: I’m a huge fan of everything Apple and somewhat of a “techie,” you might say. I went to the Apple Store not wanting to like this “magical” device, as Steve Jobs referred to it when they launched it. From the moment I held the iPad, I understood the hype and began to drink the Kool-Aid!

After two weeks with my iPad, here’s what I love about it:

Portability :: I love having the ability to carry it anywhere (work meetings, on the road, home, etc.) due to its small size. I sometimes get sick of un-doing all the cords & USB drives from my Macbook to use it downstairs at home or down the hall for the next meeting.

Consuming Large Amounts of Media :: I read over 750 blogs on Church Marketing, Outreach, Leadership, Technology, Photography (my wife is in the industry), and many others. The iPad has transformed the way I stay up to date on information I care about.

Battery Life :: The reports of 10 hours of battery life are true. I have only had to charge it twice in the two weeks I’ve had it. Not only does its battery last longer than the iPhone, it reduces the amount of time I use the iPhone, which helps the iPhone’s battery life for the essential things I do on it.

E-Reader :: I researched getting a Kindle (which retails for $259, and you can only read books on it). In my opinion, the e-reader through the iBooks app is superior. The only thing it can’t do is take notes while reading inside of the app, but I’m confident that will be fixed in the next update. For now, you can highlight text and save as bookmarks for quick reference in the future. The interface and display is incredible!

It is a big iPod! :: I have all the functions of an iPod, but on a 10″ screen! I watch more videos, read more blogs, have the ability to use it for work purposes, etc. It’s much more than just video, music, and other media.

It pushes the envelope :: People thought Apple was crazy when it made a computer without a 3.5″ floppy disk drive (look how that turned out). Will we look back and think the same thing about the DVD drive?

Syncability :: It allows me to stay organized across all the devices (MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and work desktop).

Sexiness Factor :: It’s just a cool device, but when you factor everything else in, to me, it was a no-brainer of a purchase.

The iPad is definitely going to be a game-changer in many ways. For us at Outreach, I think it’s going to affect publishing, online content, and church marketing the most. With that in mind, we’re thinking about how we can do things for the iPad in Outreach magazineOutreach FilmsOutreach EventsChurch Campaigns, and all future initiatives that we look to take on.

How do you see the iPad and other mobile devices changing the way your church and/or ministry does marketing? Do you own an iPad? What are the main things you use it for?

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you my top 10 favorite iPad Apps and how I use them on a daily basis.

[This was originally posted on May 7, 2010 on Outreach.com’s blog]