A Traveler’s Open Letter to Steve Jobs
It’s been a while since we talked. First up, I just wanted to say thanks again for my MacBook and my iPhone. They have completely revolutionized how I travel, which is well documented here and here and here.
There are travelers out there who firmly believe that gadget-free is the only way to go globetrotting, but don’t worry. The Gadget Guru is always trying to win hearts and minds to the ways technology can enhance a travel experience.
Which leads me to my reason for writing. Do you have a moment to chat? Steve, Steve, Steve. I had Wednesday, January 27th marked on my iPhone calendar as Tablet Day! No one was more excited than me about TABLET DAY!!!
First there was the letdown of the name. The iPad?!
Whatever. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. I can get over it. But I wonder, Steve, did you really have travelers in mind when you made the iPad? Because we feel a little overlooked. Sure, the gamers are happy! And news and book publishers are dancing in the aisles, but Steve, the iPad is lacking some very basic features that travelers are going to need on the road.
No USB: Without a USB port, I can’t plug in my digital camera or my Flip video camera. Okay, fine, I told myself. I’ll use the built in camera to make do, though the quality of the pictures will be far less. What’s that you say, Steve? YOU FORGOT TO PUT A CAMERA ON IT? Egad man! Taking pictures is what travelers do! We need to remember every inch of this escape because we only get two weeks off a year. Two weeks, Steve. That’ll keep you up at night.
Nickel and Diming: What’s that you say? I can upload content to my iPad if I buy the camera connection kit? But I already have to buy a case and (gasp!) a wall plug. This begs the question, are you nickel and diming me, Steve? You’re not even giving me a wall plug?!
Multitasking: Steve, I’m a busy lady. That’s how I got hooked on your products in the first place, but I will only be able to run one app at a time on this thing. You mean, I can’t write an email and futz around with my iPhoto app? Say it ain’t so.
(Hangs head in frustration.)
Listen, don’t take this too hard. I am super proud of you for listing the Environmental Status Report front and center–and working so hard to give this baby a tiny footprint. And you know me. I’m an early adopter. I’m sure I’ll get one anyway.
But I really think with just a few tweaks you’d have a laptop slayer on your hands and a whole generation of wide-eyed wanderers toting your iPad all over the world.
My name: Alison Presley
Nickname: Presbo, because I'm good police.
How I earn my keep: I'm the manager of Travelocity's Travel for Good program. Visit Travel for Good to learn more about our green travel and voluntourism initiatives!
What kind of traveler am I: I'm an intrepid food explorer. I usually starve myself on the plane (not that that's too hard to do) so that the moment my toes touch foreign soil I'm ready to sample new and exciting cuisine. I like to dine everywhere from hole-in-the-wall local secrets to Michelin Guide gems. Cannelés, poi, boiled peanuts, oxtail soup, poutine--there's no stopping this adventurous palate.
Greatest travel lesson I've learned: It doesn't cost a lot of money to do good. Offsetting your carbon impact only adds a few bucks to your trip, green hotels are very affordable, and volunteering locally during your vacation is a great way to give back and learn about the culture.