I am not one who is afraid to admit when I was wrong and boy was I wrong when it came to the iPad. When Apple released the iPad back in early 2010 I thought there was no way people would pay $500+ for what I equated to a glorified web browser with some apps, but that is exactly what people wanted. They wanted something fast, portable, and multifunctional and iPad gave them all of that. If you look what people do online (check out this infographic for more info) it is video watching, social network visiting, chatting, news and blog reading, and playing games.What I feel I most overlooked was the fact that the iPad is so user friendly and easy to use that it is virtually impossible to screw up, which is a huge win for Apple.
Now about the not being an apple fan boy thing, keep in mind that I worked on support desks for the first 8 years of my career, Apple was a curse word for most of that time. So for a long time I almost loathed Apple products, no sir I am no Apple fan boy. In fact, the only Apple product I directly own is an Apple TV, which I bought for the sole purpose of hacking and running Boxee & XBMC on it. That being said I have bought iPads for both my wife and my oldest son, plus I also bought my wife a Mac Book Pro, so I have clearly started accepting Apple products.