Yes, I have succumbed. I have bought an iPad. There are, I am sure, lots of things I will use it for. For starters it will save my eyes a lot of strain because I’ll now use Twitter and Reeder mostly on the iPad rather than on the iPhone. I’m also expecting to use it to read books. But the thing that has got me really excited about it is reading comics. The high quality screen makes them look really good. And, given how hard it is to get comics regularly in the UK, the ability to simply download them over the Internet is very useful indeed.
I’ll say more about the comics App in another post, but I thought it would also be useful to talk a bit about the technology. I did not buy a 3G iPad. Mostly I will be using mine at home, where I already have an excellent broadband service. When I do take it on the road I will be using a MiFi from 3. This is effectively a mobile router. It handles up to five different devices, so it will work with the iPad, my netbook and my laptop. This is a vast improvement on the O2 mobile broadband deal that I have, which is tied one one, and only one, computer. I haven’t used the MiFi with the computers yet, but it seems very promising. It also came warmly recommended by Lee Harris and Christine Burns. Hopefully this will put an end to my moaning about being unable to get online while traveling.