Forgive my absence but I just finished one of the most hectic terms I’ve endured, thus far. However, I’m off for Christmas break (probably longer) and have a little time on my hands. Why not get back to what I love (writing) and update the iPad chatter.
Sure enough, I’ve come to love the iPad. It is without a doubt, a fabulous piece of technology which allows all manner of content viewing. Whether it is checking email, surfing the web (without Flash), watching video, playing music, or employing one of the many apps I’ve purchased, the iPad does it all (mostly). Some of my favorite apps include Craigslist Pro, Flipboard, Flickster, Pulse News, or the Kindle Reading app to name but a few. It really has earned a place of tech honor in the household but not for long. To move forward, sometimes one must sacrifice pawns — or in this case, the rook.
My primary computer system is quite long in the tooth. I’m still running a Core 2 Duo E8500 and though solid, it is unspectacular when compared against the i7 family of processors and the triple channel RAM of today. Time to upgrade. So, for Christmas, I’ve asked Santa (read: family and friends) to chip in for the upgrade. This will give me a solid foundation with which to rebuild my system save one critical, missing component: the graphics card. One should not build a system without a bleeding-edge, pixel-mangling, graphics card. After doing some research, I’ve settled on the Nvidia GTX 580 — the tip of the spear for graphics cards. But these aren’t cheap so how does one generate the requisite cash to buy it? Simple, sell the iPad.
So, I pulled the trigger on the EVGA GTX 580 and have it in the fold. I’m backing up my iPad contents to my iMac and will clean off the device and put it up for sale. One day, in the not-to-distant future, I’ll buy an 3G iPad again; this time with more memory and a couple more accessories. The iPad is here to stay and if you’re looking for a eBook reader or fabulous multimedia device, this is the gadget to own. Did I mention mine is for sale?