Why I didn't buy an iPad 3G on Apr 30, opted for a Thinkpad X200 TabletPC

The iPad has sold over a million units since launch in 28 days.

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Posted by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes @ 4:20 am

Categories: Industry

Tags: Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Apple Inc., Tablets, Notebooks...

It took the iPhone 74 days to hit the magic 1 million sales mark. The iPad has accomplished the same feat in under half the time.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

The first iPads I saw in public and used was at Microsoft Commons


The Commons, a signature piece in a massive expansion that is adding the equivalent of a Columbia Tower to what the company calls the world's largest corporate campus.

The Commons is a cross between the University of Washington's HUB, University Village and Pike Place Market.

The complex of 14 restaurants, shops, soccer field, even a pub is the gooey filling in the emerging West Campus, a 1.4 million-square-foot town square of four office buildings that will house the company's Entertainment and Devices division, which developed video-game player Xbox and music-player Zune.

I've talked to Microsoft employees who stood in line to buy an iPad when first available.   It is sad that Microsoft made the choice to invest in development of the Surface while Apple choose mobile devices - iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.  Which reminds me of data center guys who think bigger is better.  Mobile, smaller, integrated, and agile is the new thinking for data center design.

Mike Manos has an iPad. Olivier Sanche of course.  Bunches of people I know have one as well.  Why didn't I buy one?

My Dell Laptop is 3 years old and I am ready for a mobile device.  Apple has released new MacBook Pros with i5 chips, iPad is shipping.  I used this as a good opportunity to think about how I work and what is the best tool, treating this as a design exercise similar to designing products and data centers.

First where do I work?  Here is my home office where I spend all of my time when I am not travelling.  I spend 2 -3 days at a stretch working in my home office.

Here is a picture of my home office.

I have 500 sq ft of space and  a treadmill to exercise given I am not walking much. image

My commute home is down 100 stairs to our small 850 sq ft beach house.


While we are building a new house above.


Now that you see my site,  What are the primary tasks I do.

  • Blog with Windows Live Writer.  I've tried to find a better blogging tool on Mac and Windows, and there are bloggers on the Mac who will actually run Windows VM just to run Live Writer.  Blogging is one of my main communication tools, as my clients read my blog regularly.
  • e-mail is where I next spend time.
  • IM using Skype, Messenger, and Office Communicator, vast majority texting, not using voice
  • iPhone for another screen, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter feeds, idea writing.
  • Mind-mapping with Mind Manager.
  • Talk on the phone less than an hour a day.

People get iPad's to play games.  I have an xBox 360 on a 47" LCD Samsung display.  It works well for watching videos.  8 inch iPad display or 47"?   I think I'll choose the 47 inches.


So, what did I buy?  While hundreds of thousands of people were getting iPad 3G on Apr 30.  I received a ThinkPad X200 TabletPC. 


1.86 Ghz Intel duo processor, 3 GB RAM, 160 GB HD, USB ports, full keyboard, etc.  The few things I can't do on the Thinkpad vs. iPad, like buy apps through Apple App store is what I can do on my iPhone.

And, best yet, I was able to buy last year's model from Lenovo outlet for $995.  So, while a million people are making trade-offs owning an iPad, I have all the functionality I need in a Tablet device - full keyboard, pen input, usb ports, DVD drive.  It weights 3.5 lbs, but I think my arms are strong enough to hold it.

And, last I did a peer review.  I sat down with one of my Microsoft friends yesterday who has an iPad, and he agreed the X200 Tablet was the right device for me as I spend more time creating which means I need to type.  And, now I can write on the TabletPC.  Ink and paper form has its benefits.

My new idea desk is set up as big post-it area with the TabletPC.