It wasn’t until I held it in my hand that I was struck by it’s beauty. I knew immediately that I had to have one. I was at first skeptical while seeing it lying next to my own iPhone 4S. I had many thoughts racing through my head, talking me out of even giving it a chance. I was, at the time, looking for a device that would accompany me everywhere. One that I could not only use to write with but also connect with, socially.
The iPad was my initial thought and since I already owned the iPad 2 I gave it a try. My normal everyday carry already included my iPhone 4S (personal), iPhone 5C (work issued), Midori Traveler’s Notebook, fountain pen, Pilot Juice .38mm in dark brown ink, Swiss Army knife & minimal wallet. Pre-iPad carry I was able to carry everything hands free if need be. The notebook could be tucked into the back of my jeans…made for coaching wrestling interesting to watch. Post-iPad, i had to either carry a bag for the iPad or hand carry it everywhere and risk damage or loss if I had to use my hands for something. Needless to say I quickly gave up the idea of carrying around the iPad 2.
I then got the idea of using the iPad mini. I don’t own an iPad mini but, this was a great excuse to purchase one (my opinion, not my wife’s). I own notebooks of very similar size and tested out carrying one around for a week or so to “test drive” before purchasing a $400 piece of equipment. I was too afraid to stuff it along with my notebook in the back of my jeans but, did discover that if I could start wearing the cargo pants collecting dust in my closet, the iPad would easily fit into a side pocket.
Researching and analyzing the best iPad mini became a priority and I had finally determined that the 64GB iPad mini in Space Gray was perfect. Preferring a trip to the Apple Store over online purchasing I scheduled it on my calendar. The closest store is nearly 50 miles away so there is some planning involved. As the date neared my anticipation grew and my wife continued to just shake her head at what she believes to be silly.
Then Apple had to interfere. The new iPhone was announced and with it new opportunities. Initially I remained steadfast but, before heading out to the Apple store I had a fateful encounter with the iPhone 6 Plus that would change the future for me.
A colleague was in line day one and was one of the first to walk out the door with the new device. I was on his bucket list to show the new phone off to knowing my Apple affection. At first I was aghast at the sheer size of it when compared to my now tiny iPhone 4S. Though I was captivated by the sheer artistic beauty of the phone’s design I was not sold on changing my mind on the iPad mini. Then, I held it in my hand and was done.
Like Neo being plugged in to learn how to fight, as soon as I had the iPhone 6 Plus in hand I knew this was my future. I could see myself writing on it, reading from iBooks and Kindle apps, streaming Netflix and taking brilliant photos. I saw myself videoing the boys wrestling matches, editing them in iMovie and then uploading them to YouTube before I even left the wrestling tournament. I was captivated by the endless possibilities.
For the past couple of months I have focused my efforts on using my iPhone 5C more than usual and in place of the iPad. There are a few things that the screen is just a pain with but, if I bend my experience the right way I do believe that the iPhone 6 Plus is the perfect mobile device I’m looking for. Writing, reading, communicating, streaming and sharing all in my pocket on one gorgeously designed device. I’m in. Soon it will be by my side. I can’t wait!!