Like I promised, here is the “Things I Love” post for this week. But.. before we get into that, I would like to publicly ask life to stop giving me lemons because I only drink water and nonfat chai tea lattes and have no use for lemonade. I will get into that later, I suppose. Maybe even later tonight. We will see. Now, for the post..

When the iPad first came out, Levi fell in love with it. Me? I thought it was interesting, but couldn’t really see the value in it. I mean, sure, it is a cool concept but I couldn’t really understand why I would need one. I already had a laptop, which was all I thought I needed for my computing needs. Also, I couldn’t see the value in a mobile device that was locked into wi-fi and I certainly couldn’t justify the premium for the 3G version. Who wants to have something so portable, and be stuck in the house with it.

Soon after the release Levi and I made a trip to the local Apple store, which at the time was about a 25 minute drive from us, and we reserved a copy of the iPad. This was about 2 or 3 months after the release, so we were pretty amazed that we still needed to reserve one. It became available the next day, so we drove back up there to pick it up. Levi was like a kid in a toy store when the store employee handed it to him and he couldn’t wait to get home to play with it. Believe me when I say that I couldn’t drive fast enough.

As I sat watching him use the iPad for the first time, I was happy that he found it so cool but it wasn’t until I was able to sit down with the iPad, that I realized why it was so amazing to him. There is something awesome about holding a web browser in your hands, and navigating the internet with just your fingers – no mouse, no keyboard, no monitor, no tower, just you and your hands and a screen. It was at this moment, about 5 days after we bought Levi’s iPad, that I mentioned that it was “kind of cool.” If you know me personally, you probably know that I trashed it ruthlessly before I actually gave it a chance..that’s just what I do. Today, I am happy to admit that my initial assumptions were incredibly wrong. (I am never wrong about anything…seriously.)

When I held my own iPad in my hands, I was excited about the potential of it. Browsing the internet, anywhere in your house, without having to hunch over a laptop is incredibly convenient. At first, I found the idea of a tablet superfluous – now I realize that it truly is a revolutionary form factor. With that fresh in your mind I would like to say that the iPad certainly isn’t the only tablet on the market, but I do think it is the most straight forward to use and it is certainly the best looking. (I think I might have a thing for aluminum and glass..what do you think?)

The iPad is not just an excellent web browser, but also an excellent toll for doing lots of things. The large selection of iPad ready apps on the App Store allows for a truly amazing experience. I regularly use Keynote to view powerpoint presentations on my iPad when I am studying, which allows me to study on my couch and not at my desk. I also enjoy using my iPad for watching videos, reading e-mails and managing my blog! All of this is possible with the apps available for use on the iPad.

The price of the iPad was my biggest issue when it came out. Let’s face it, for most of us $500 is a lot of money. That being said, I now feel that the iPad is definitely worth the price. I could justify paying $500 for the original so you can be sure I will be willing to pay that price for the next version if mine explodes or something. Though, I don’t think it will ever explode. The iPad is incredibly well built, and feels very solid in your hand.