Fast forward several years, and the must-have item in every class raffle or draw this year has been an iPad (except for that one completely rigged contest for a 42" LCD TV... grrr).
And I, myself, having had an iPad serendipitously dropped into my lap by a guardian angel called my older sister have become completely inseparable from the item. In fact, I've spent the last week glued to it, reading First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 while furiously finger highlighting using a $9.99 PDF-reading app.
Its impressive battery life (versus its phone counterpart) and quick wake-up time make it super convenient when looking up factoids on the fly, and while I entirely disdain hardcore gaming on touch devices, I have three simultaneous "Draw Something" games open with classmates (including Yubin) and "Words With Friends" games running with a friend from elementary school and a medical student from Alberta.
Worst of all, while I trumpeted my technological leap from Blackberry to Android, I've found the device so frustrating (despite rooting my phone - the most sophisticated technical maneuver I've ever made) that I am seriously considering switching to an iPhone.
I look back and I think about all the criticisms leveled at the iPad at its launch - which were all true - and I wonder... when did I become a convert? When did I jump on the Apple bandwagon? Oh right... probably about the same time that I got one for free.
Speaking of which, I heard that the University of Ottawa gives away free iPads to medical residents. Selling point? Some would argue, yes. I think Sandlot has called dibs on mine, though.