Hippo-potato mode

Virginia Heffernan notes that productivity apps like Things, Pages and Keynote are among the most popular apps for the iPad, despite being labeled a “consumption device,” with all that implies:

“On the great tech site Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow — while resolving never, ever to buy an iPad — took the trouble to remind us that a consumer is (in the novelist William Gibson’s acid words) ‘something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka.’”

Personal productivity apps aren’t the height of iPad creativity. Check out this music video shot with an iPhone for a song composed with an iPad. Equally impressive is this portrait made with Brushes.

Of course, the iPad is both a creation and a consumption device. Its strength, its “killer app” if you will, is potential. Apple offered developers a blank canvas and said, “Make something for this.” They’ve responded more than 10,000 times. Each user will have a different favorite, and that becomes what the iPad is all about for them. A reader will use it for reading. A photographer for photos. A writer for writing.

And yes, a potato-colored hippo for relaxing on the couch.