Hi there! I’m Josh Leffler – the son of the person who writes the $avvy $pender column and the person who co-owns 1360/97.9 WCHL and Chapelboro.com. I’m 10 years old and, at this time, am going into fifth grade. I love sushi, Apple Inc., and Chapel Hill.
I’m a big technology fan, so I’ll be writing about it a lot. But I’ll also be more general, for instance covering things like movies, books, events, etc. I’m also open for suggestions for topics, and you can post those in the comments, and I’ll consider them for a future topic.
But there are many people who write about those kinds of things, so why is my column any different? Well, most of those other people are writing from the perspective of, well, themselves, and so am I, but my perspective is from the eyes of a 10-year-old, unlike the other people, who are all writing from the point of view of an adult.
Now, I don’t have anything against those columns, I’m just trying to show you how I’m different. I’m hoping to:

  • Interest you with the same thing that others are writing about, but from a younger perspective.
  • Point things out to you that you may not have seen from an adult perspective.
  • Help you understand what younger people (at least this younger person) think(s) about a certain topic.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to accomplish that in most of my articles, and I hope that you will be interested enough to keep reading my posts. Anyway, that’s it for now, and I hope you enjoy my first article!
Oh, and thanks to KPO Photo for the photo of me that appears at the top of every post!

First off, let me say that I am a complete Apple geek. Most definitely. So when the new iPad was announced, I was really happy. But that was a while ago.  I would love to sit here and talk about it all day, but I am writing from “A Kid’s View”. So, from the point of view of a ten-year-old, here’s my view on the iPad.

My school is slowly integrating iPad 2 into the curriculum. Now, I own an original iPad, so this was really my first time using an iPad 2. (I had seen and briefly explored the iPad 2 before, but not like this.) So as I launched the app that we were using to create our presentation, I was startled by how fast it seemed. I thought, “Wow! I don’t know how anybody could top this!”

Well, Apple did.

I have also used a 3rd generation iPad, and I’m thinking that if I had been younger, it would have seemed almost as magical as the world of Harry Potter. I also know that, to many kids, the iPad is what they can use to gain understanding of the world around them. That, to me, is even more important than processing power or memory.

Now let me ask you a question: Have you ever seen anything so amazing that it seems unreal? Has (if you’re a parent) your young child ever been so amazed that they pointed their finger and said, “Mommy/Daddy, that’s magic!” to you? It always happens eventually, and whether you are witnessing the beauty of the Eiffel Tower or the magic of the iPad, it’s a rare and precious moment.

Now, I’d like to get to my favorite part – just talking about the new iPad and how it works. First off, the retina display really does make an impression on you. Viewing a picture on and off the high-resolution screen, there really is a noticeable difference. The new cameras are amazing, although the iPad still does make for an awkward camera. The front-facing camera and Photo Booth is terribly fun, though (especially with the silly effects, which will make your kid laugh). Dictation is really convenient sometimes, except it is weird to have to say, “Hello. Period. How are you? Question mark.”

I’m going to use a whole paragraph on the processor. That’s how geeky I am. The A5X chip inside the iPad makes it among the best gaming platforms out there. The graphics are just stunning. Part of that is the fact that the more powerful chip allows for breathtaking detail in the foreground and background, which allows you to delve deep into your game.

So that’s “A Kid’s View” on the new iPad. I’d love to hear your opinions of it. Just comment below.