So I went from being a non-Apple person to visiting two different Apple stores in two days while in New York.
I bought the iPad from the famed cubed store on Fifth Avenue; which is open 24 hours a day.
Upon activation I realized that the device was seriously limiting in content and Apps when logged in through my iTunes Canada account.
I couldn’t even download iBooks which is a free and major part of the whole iPad experience.
The iPad is currently only available (and supported) in the US; it doesnâ€™t come to Canada (and the rest of the world) until late May.
While Apple isnâ€™t discouraging folks in other countries from purchasing them (like it did initially with the iPhone) access to iPad Apps and content is limited to the US only.
A way around this is to open a US iTunes account (while in the US) using iTunes gift cards.
This isnâ€™t exactly a secret; people do this all the time in order to get access to awesome US content.
During our time at the Apple store,Â there were two guys from the UK, another guy from Canada and a couple from Germany all buying iPads, some were buying two each.
While in Chelsea the next day we skipped over to the Apple store to get our gift cards.
And since our hotel was unfortunately having some bizarre Wi-Fi issues, we set up our US iTunes account too.
Some Danish guy at the store bought a $1000.00 worth of gift cards, this is because you canâ€™t buy US iTunes gift cards outside of the US.
Well, you could on Ebay and other questionable sources, but that’s another thing altogether.
So I guess the idea is to load up, fortunately for me I’m down in the States at least once a month.
The set up itself was easy and quick; then I downloaded a few more Apps, bought some books and just hung out at the store.
For a while I considered what itâ€™ll be like to use the iPad exclusively, like this guy who is using it wholly for a month.
A lot of people consider it more of a consumption device rather than for production.
Which is true in a sense unless more production Apps become available, imagine having a full-feature Lightroom on the iPad.
I do almost everything on the iPad these days, emails, read blogs, books, videos, etc.
The only times I use my laptop is to edit pictures or write longer blog posts.
You know I didnâ€™t know that Apple really had a â€˜Genius Barâ€™?
Iâ€™d like to work in a place where my job title includes â€˜geniusâ€™ even if Iâ€™m not necessarily a genius.
That way I can tell people at dinner parties that Iâ€™m a â€˜genius.â€™
Everyone at the Apple store looks so happy, maybe itâ€™s something in the hardware.
Did I mention how amazing the battery life is?
I can go two to three days of constant use before I get a low battery warning.
The battery life alone could count as magical and revolutionary.