So a little background story on my handle on technology: (this is really for me for future reference, you can skip to the end)
I can get the hang of anything. I find myself learning new programs and working technology better and quicker than others (although I'm not as advanced to be able to hack things--dang, I could do so much! jk) so I'm always excited with new gadgets, but I'm no early adopter because well, ain't nobody got dough for that. And it's ok to me, because I'm usually happy with what I have and can make the most of it.
That's why I've been completely satisfied with having flip phones, even up to a year ago.
I started to realize though, it was a bit of a hindrance to not be able to wrap my mind around smart phones and apps when I had my first interactive design class. I was at a disadvantage, and nobody could tell because it was all second nature to them by now with their doohickeys, widgets, and whatnot.
I had been in that place before, but as a designer and having to design for the very platforms I had never used, I was... a fraud. But I was ok. If everybody who owned a smartphone could understand, it shouldn't take me too long to get the hang of it. For the moment being, could somebody just tell me what functions I don't need to design? lol
So when I got my first smartphone, a Nokia with Symbian OS, I found out what a touch screen was. How apps sorta worked and the great aspect that you could surf the web on your phone. It wasn't the greatest interface, but I was ok and learned the ropes. It was a great introduction to what smartphones are all about, because when I jumped on to a S3 mini about 2 months ago, I was in a whirlwind of technology. Apps! Their uses, their interface, their design, their handy qualities!! MAGICAL!! I broke a visual language barrier and strode through every aspect suddenly and smoothly. There was so much to pick up and I had finally reached the level of understanding that others had been a part of for a long time. I feel like I could REALLY appreciate the function of apps (but that's just me, I just figure some people always knew about apps and don't think of a world where they were not--it's a quiet place).
I had everything I ever wanted out of the S3 mini.
I was satisfied once again. I had never been unsatisfied, I just had no access and no desire to want something out of my reach.
And out of nowhere a wonderful gift. One to understand and wrap my head around once again.
See, I have never owned an Apple product (despite being a design student in a design school and always using iMacs in the lab--which I am fluent in using just fine). I had no access to iPhones or iPads and again, no desire. I could make due with what I had, and it was fine.
The strange thing about the luxury of an iPad, is that you don't really need one. I was happy of course to hold one in my hand and play with it's functions upon receiving it. But it struck me, that I had no idea, no purpose on why or how I would need one. If you really think about it, you don't. A smartphone is almost in the same position, but it's core is that it is a phone (or in the least a communication device). And if you have a smartphone, you already have access to many apps. How much more could you need to be mobile?
But as I spent the weekend understanding and working on it, it's all about convenience. SO convenient.
Convenience that really amazes me to think about it.
I'm impressed. I've loaded mine with sketching and designing apps, of course, but it's just amazing how potent of a device it really is.
Hahaha, that's a lot of words.
In short, my mind = KA-BLOWN!
Aw you weren't a fraud, sis, you were just sheltered! Not your fault! I still don't really get my ipad. Eh.