When Apple announced the New iPad would have a better camera, my first thought was "yeah, better FaceTime video". But FaceTime is generally done with the front facing camera. I never really considered what use I would have with a better backside camera. This weekend (24 hours after getting the new device) I found out.
I was sitting and enjoying my morning coffee and reading my Instapaper queue. My adorable three year old daughter was sitting and painting with the most serious and deeply concentrated look I've ever observed and I wanted to capture it for the grandparents. Without disturbing the scene, I snapped several perfect photos and emailed them to extremely appreciative grandparents.
Now I understand the value. When I don't have my phone on me, I'm still likely to have my iPad. Ubiquitous capture, indeed.