The Favorite Device

Have you taken stock of the gadgets you’ve enjoyed over the years and determined which stands out as your favorite? It might be difficult to identify the #1, but then again, maybe not.

Ben Brooks has concluded his favorite is the iPad (to be precise, his iPad Air). The iPad can do most anything, and even if it doesn’t do things better than another device…

Think about the fact that while it may not be best at doing those things, it’s rarely shitty at doing those things.

I can’t let myself do that exercise too often, because I always find myself with the overwhelming urge to wipe everything from my desk and just put the iPad down in the middle of my desk. As if I have suddenly reached the plateau where my desk is on par with Picard’s.

My, is the iPad a magical device.

Many people didn’t experience this feeling when the first model came out. I remember shoppers in the Apple Store snarkly commenting, “So it’s a big iPod Touch,” but I have always felt like Ben. The iPad is something special—without a real peer among tablets or…anything else.

And I’ve been giving this a lot of thought. This idea that something can be so loved by me, so favored, and yet be used so little. It’s not a matter of the device needing better apps, or specs. It’s just a matter of the device being a little ahead of its time.

The iPad has only improved with age and I don’t see anything stopping the improvement for years to come. It’s one incredibly advanced, almost-magical tool. 


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.