I would not call myself a certified techno geek. I would even go so far as to say that I am mind numbingly non-technical. However, the one thing I do have, like most other people, is a love for technology and a continual amazement at the speed at which it continues to evolve.
I, like many others, love 'most' things Apple, not because they have the Apple brand name on them, but because they consistently produce some of the most intriguing, awe inspiring devices on the market.
The one thing, however, that I am always perplexed about is the amount of cynicism and overall bashing that Apple takes over many of its products, and the continual slew of articles that call into demise its next greatest invention, almost on the very day it arrives. The iPad is a tremendous case in point. This device, in its relatively short existence (six months I believe) has already begun to single handedly transform the way many companies do business. One example is within the health care industry.
Living in Arizona, we spend a lot of time outdoors, especially hiking or running some of the multiple beautiful trails available in the state. On a recent run, my wife unexpectedly tripped on a small rock jutting out from the trail and fell face first forward, using her knees to somewhat break her fall. As you can imagine, her knees were scratched and bleeding and also quite sore. The next morning she made an appointment with an orthopedist to make sure there was no serious internal damage. After taking some brief x-rays, my wife was shuttled into a waiting room to wait for the results. Within a very short time, the door quietly opened and in walked her doctor carrying what appeared to be a thick clipboard. As he sat down next to her, she realized that the clipboard was in fact, an iPad. The doctor brought up her x-rays on the iPad, showing her that there was no damage to her knee with crystal clear evidence. He then updated his patient notes, had my wife sign for her visit, and proceeded out of the room, within minutes.
Yet, daily, I read about all that is wrong with the iPad, how it needs this input or that ability and how it will not compare to the new tablets that are 'coming soon'! When I first used to read these things about Apple's successful products, it would make me somewhat irritated. How could someone have so much negative to say about something so incredible?
But then I remember all the same nastiness that surrounded (and continues to surround) Apples famous little white earbud. There has never been such a misunderstood product, nor one that was so undeserving of the volumes of negative articles, blogs, digg's, etc as these earbuds. Gizmodo was extremely guilty of this, yet they themselves performed a study a couple of years back, comparing Apple's earbud headphones to other popular products at the time.