It won’t be a debate about displays, memory, wireless options —
it will be a debate about the quality of the experience. Apple is
not just eschewing the spec conversation in favor of a different
conversation — it’s rendering those former conversations useless.
It would be like trying to compare a race car to a deeply
satisfying book. In a post-PC world, the experience of the product
is central and significant above all else. It’s not the RAM or CPU
speed, screen resolution or number of ports which dictate whether
a product is valuable; it becomes purely about the experience of
using the device.
The thing is, for some of us, it’s always been this way. That’s why we stuck with the Mac during the stretches where Intel CPUs were faster and cheaper. What the iPad changes is that it takes things even further in this experience-first/specs-second mindset. Spec-wise — CPU speed, RAM, storage, expandability, pixel-count — the iPad pales compared to a MacBook. But experience-wise, it’s better. The iPad is slower, but feels faster.
★ Friday, 4 March 2011