A Very Strange Affair

The Apple iPad doesn't strike me as the obvious choice for a tourist guide, not really the sort of thing you'd want to be openly carrying around in an unfamiliar area.

Imagine my surprise therefore, whilst strolling along The Strand at the weekend, to come across a couple of, what I presume to have been, tourists trying to use Google Maps on an iPad to navigate their way through London.

That's wrong on so many levels.

First of all you're advertising the presence of an expensive and highly fence-able piece of electronics to anybody willing to take a small risk to acquire it. Apart from the potential damage to the owner in a mugging there's also the very real possibility of the iPad crashing to the ground in the middle of an attempted smash and grab.

The fact that it was one of the summer's brightest days wasn't helping either and whilst I was able to see the screen they were clearly having trouble and, as a result, were trying to shade the it with a magazine so that they could follow the directions.

The weight of the iPad is not insignificant - especially when you consider that just about any smartphone could have replaced the iPad and done as good a job of finding the couple's destination and been a lot more manageable with it.

There's a time and a place to be using a tablet and this definitely wasn't it. Even a plain old paper A to Z would have been a better choice...