Veni, vidi, vici

For those of you Gentle Readers that remember your history, “Veni, vidi, vici" is the phrase widely attributed to Julius Caesar in 47 B.C. as a comment on his short war with Pharnaces II of Pontus. As many of you know, when translated into English, it means, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” And that’s exactly what the iPad is going to do with its competition: other “tablet” computers and netbooks.

Apple’s iPad was released into the wild today and I had the pleasure to use one for quite a while today. As an early adopter of the iPhone back in 2007, I had pretty much dismissed the iPad as an oversized, glorified iPhone or iPod Touch. After using an iPad today, though, I have changed my mind. It’s way more than just that - it truly is a small, lightweight “laptop” computer. Immediately, I could see one of Apple’s target audiences: older clients who may not have more extensive computing needs other than checking email, surfing the Internet wirelessly, sharing photos with friends and family, keeping their address books up today, listening to music and watching videos. The iPad is also a surefire “win” for folks with desktop Macs who would like to do some light computing when away from their desktops but don’t want to spend nearly at $1,000 or more on a Mac laptop to do so.

To be sure, with the hundreds of thousands of available iPhone/iPod Touch applications or “apps” at the iTunes Store and hundreds of iPad apps already out there, the functionality of the iPad will only increase. Check out the iPad for’ll be glad you did!