I predict as more people get them, using them for pictures will becomes less… odd.
I used mine as a camera when I did the buffalo roundup in the Black Hills last fall. Yeah, it’s a bit unwieldy, but there is a satisfaction and usefulness to seeing a full sized version of the shot you’re going to take and be able to make minute adjustments. I used it to take multiple shots of the low water on the Mississippi in downtown Minneapolis a couple of years ago, showing repairs to the falls, then months later when water levels recovered.
Although yes, doing so in a crowd can be a bit rude.
I bought my last iPad two years ago when I got my new job and started riding the bus to work. In that time I probably spent at least the price of the iPad on content. But when I bought a new one a couple of weeks ago and turned the old one (still in incredibly great shape) over to my 75 year old mother (recovering from back surgery), I told her that I had definitely gotten my money out of it, since I paid $500 for it and had used it at least 500 hours, perhaps a lot more.
It is incredible how addictive it becomes. Wake up, check email, facebook and weather before getting out of bed (I don’t answer anything then, but I know it’s there). Watch Amazon and Comcast streaming content. Watch movies, tv shows, listen to music and play games on it every single day on the way too and from work. Take along on family gatherings to show off pictures, take more, show off content, entertain myself while everyone else is playing a game, etc. Watched streaming content in hotel rooms on my vacation. Last Monday we didn’t complete our battle in the Against the Giants series (D&D), so I took three different shots of the map and minis so we can set back up properly tomorrow. Full size, clear shots you wouldn’t see as well on a phone.
Tablets are freaking awesome.