H&K Associates Get Obsolete Mini Computer Designed to Make Them Work More!

Once again the Intrepid One™   breaks news:
Holland & Knight gave its 350 associates a trendy Christmas present this year: a brand-new iPad.

The popular tech tools that retail for $499 were hand-delivered to every associate at the firm Dec. 17 with a memo from firm managing partner Steven Sonberg. On behalf of the partners, he thanked the associates for their “hard work and dedication” in 2010.

“In recognition of your contributions, please accept this iPad as a gift from the firm,” Sonberg said, quickly adding, “The iPad is not in lieu of 2010 performance-based bonuses, which will be determined in due course in the first quarter of 2011.”
Sure it's not Steve!

I don't get the iPad.

It's mildly amusing for about ten minutes, but it's about as powerful as my smartphone, less useful than my laptop, already feels dated, and leaves you hungry for more and thinking how much better it could be.

In other words, it's the tech equivalent of a "slider"!


  1. This is old. Why are you posting (and hating)?

  2. What can I say -- running out of material?

    Not hate, it's pure envy -- there's a difference.

  3. iPad is great. Turns on faster than my TV, bigger screen than a smart phone, bigger "keys" than a smart phone too, and a fraction of the price of a laptop.

    iPad is perfect if: 1) you have a desktop that suites your 9-5 computer needs, and 2) all you need is word processing, internet browsing, and playing solitaire.

    iPad has completely replaced by old laptop. Never buying one again.

  4. iPads are so 2010.

  5. Gotta love the zit squeeing app on ipad

  6. I thought the IPAD was unnecessary junk before it first came out, but since then, I'm kind of impressed by it.

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  7. But what about the associates (probably close to 50%) who already have an IPad? And note that they get the $499 model which does not come with 3G capability. Assuming that every associate already has a smart phone and laptop that he or she carries around with them to court, the IPad is really superfluous, at least for business purposes. But is it? No. It serves two purposes. One, it is in lieu of a Xmas bonus so stop lying about that. Two, it is the perfect hand me down gift. How many of those $499 models ended up in some significant other's or child's stocking? My guess is a lot. SFL is correct that a smart phone can do everything an IPad can do, especially for business purposes. I guess the only question remaining is how many games of Solitaire does the average H & K associate play while waiting in the hallway for that agreed order to be signed.

  8. Above the Law stole your story.

  9. they finally credited you

  10. No worries, welcome ATL readers as always.

  11. Did someone say "fraction of the price of a laptop"? At $829 for the 64GB version? You could get a comparable laptop for $350 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6978222&CatId=4965). $800 will get you an awful nice laptop these days. One that plays flash videos and real games, like League of Legends or Left 4 Dead, not just Angry Birds... Oh, did I mention it also plays DVD and Blu-Ray discs and you can watch hulu and netflix for free instead of paying for every movie on iTunes? (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6671745&CatId=4938)

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