Why – as a developer – I am not going to get an iPad
But I spend a good share of my time being tempted to buy an iPad. However I did not.
I have to say the temptation is huge. The iPad is a very sexy device not only from a design point of view but also from its usability and as Apple products do they just work. Their features might be limited but what you get won’t fail (with the late exception of the iPhone 4 connectivity perhaps).
But I am a developer and what I am interested in is not a cool device to read and browse and organise myself. I am interested in building software for this new type of device.
Now Apple offers their SDK to do that and I would like to play around with it but then of course it would only run on a Mac. Not being an Apple fan boy I am not keen on buying a Mac just to be able to program for the iPad.
I also don’t like the way to distribute applications as you (to my current knowledge) can not excape the Apple iTunes store with all its restrictions (ok, I am not going to do a pr0n app but I should be able to).
Furthermore there is a key topic that accompanies me now for several years in my professional life: Open Source Software.
I just love OSS and all its effects on technology evolution so with just a bit of thought it was obvious for me that I wanted a Tablet PC that is open for me to learn and enjoy and play around with.
So I am going to wait for one of the competitors devices based on Android instead (Samsung just presented the Galaxy Pad).