Anyone had a "Hey! That's an iPad!" moment?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by undrpsi, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. undrpsi macrumors regular

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    So...did our usual routine of going to Panera Bread on Sunday morning. Having my coffee and souffle when a dude stops in his tracks (causing his wife and kid to run into the back of him) and just stares at me. I am thinking "WTH?". His wife pushes him on and he's rubbernecking as he walks off. I hear him say "Hey..he had an iPad!" and his wife started laughing.

    My wife snorts and said "Wow, geeks in heat"...thats when I remind her that she spent an hour using the iPad for GoSkyWatch to track planets and stars.

    This is what she gave me back " :rolleyes: "

    (OBTW..anyone realize that GoSkyWatch was free on release day but it's $5.99 now?)
     
  2. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I've had that happen quite a bit. People are asking me if this could work for them. I think the biggest misconception is that the iPad can work like a computer. I tell them not to expect it to work as a computer. If I could make peace with this onscreen keyboard, I'd find it a lot easier to wait for Apple to address issues like the lack of a filesystem. It's not often I'm the guy with an expensive new gadget and while I don't regret buying the iPad and I do like it, I might opt to take mine back and wait for features to make it work better handling files.

    We took a train trio a few years ago and Amtrak rented us a movie player that had dozens of films on the hard drive. We paid the rental and the kids loved it. They especially love watching harry potter three in their compartment that looked not unlike the one in the movie. I thought about buying something similar that would allow them to watch movies on the road but I never imagined paying $500 for such a device. The iPad is more than a movie player but without a credible file system it's not much more than a movie player. I've got a few days left to decide to keep it. I've considered taking it back but I'm leaning toward keeping it. I don't make a particularly enthusiastic iPad ambassador when people see me with it. I don't make those magical comments and I'm up front with them about it's limitations. If people ask me about mine and still want one, they will likely keep it. If they ask a less objective user, they might find they are led to some assumptions that don't pan out.
     
  3. trsnrtr macrumors 6502

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    I had to meet a guy at an empty Starbucks one night and was reading an iBook while I was waiting. I got up to use the rest room and just as I was exiting the rest room, I heard the Starbucks guy say to somebody "Does the guy you are looking for have an iPad?"

    He could have said grey hair, blue shirt or anything, but he identified me with an iPad. :)
     
  4. azboricua macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, on a flight to Memphis this past Friday.
     
  5. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

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    I have not brought mine in public yet. I don't want anybody to ask to check it out. I don't like people touching my stuff.
     
  6. David N macrumors member

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    On the days that I bring mine in public i spend an average of an hour a day explaining stuff to various people about it:)

    Of course I'm in caanda, so that changes hints a bit but I'm having a blast with it!:D
     
  7. BaronStein macrumors regular

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    It's just crazy, sometimes people look at my iPad as if it was something that came from outer-space, some space-tech stuff. Haha, that's what you have wanted Steve right? :apple:
     
  8. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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    I was at a car show yesterday and saw some little butter-ball kid walking around with one. Thought to myself well that's pretty well useless go bring here.
     
  9. Barbie macrumors regular

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    having bought one a few days ago and using it in the UK (where its not out yet), too many people point out my iPad

    depending on which neighbourhood that's a good or bad thing :)
     
  10. Diet Pepsi macrumors member

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    Yes, I have. I was at the starbucks at the grocery store.
     
  11. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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    Your grocery store has a starbucks?! Never heard/seen that before.
     
  12. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    Brought mine to work and my one friend pratically drooled over it as I showed it to him. Another woman in the office looked at it and was perplexed to what it actually was, apparently she has been living under a rock and had no idea what an ipad was. She seemed to like it when I showed her how it worked though.
     
  13. undrpsi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah...local Harris Teeter around here has a Starbucks. The Target store in Myrtle Beach SC (Broadway) has one and have never seen another one (even a Super Target) that had it.
     
  14. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    Yea, sitting in Starbucks this morning and talking iPad with a fellow owner. Both gushing all about it and a man said he would give anything to have one but he works in Real Estate and has to have access to MLS. But he was sure envious. Then talking with other owner and finding out we had a good friend in common.

    And then yesterday at Barnes and Noble, waiting in cafe and using my iPad while drinking coffee. Wife and daughter were in line to get Giada to autograph cookbooks for them. The line was huge and snaked right by me. I don't know how many people stopped and asked me how I liked my iPad. After a while I had to move to get some peace (well plus to take a picture of wife and Giada).
     
  15. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    A lot of the Harris Teeters around here have them as well as Kroger.
     
  16. AJsAWiz macrumors 68030

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    I have Starbucks at Krogers (grocery store) where I live too :)
     
  17. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    Yes, the wife and I went on vacation and everyone asked me about my iPad.
     
  18. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, when I was at Starbucks on Saturday.

    One of the people working there didn't even know what it was or had even heard of the iPad (I wish I was joking): "is that a little computer or something?" :p A customer leaving saw me with it, did a doubletake and asked about it.
     
  19. Aduntu macrumors 6502a

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    I've noticed many more eyes following the device than people actually asking about it.
     
  20. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Dude. Just say NO...
     
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    Yup - all this weekend at search & rescue training.

    I had kids foaming at the mouth to touch it - yet only the adults were allowed (my own daughter, whose it is, was locked out of it with an alternate passcode even! :D).

    I didn't get to do what I wanted too with it because of that really! LOL!!

    Looking forward to getting my own at the end of month!!!
     
  23. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Depends where you live. Here in Tampa, all the Target's have 'em but I lived in Denver, CO and almost every supermarket has them. Get's a little ridiculous when a supermarket with a *$ shares a parking lot with a stand alone *$, which is across the street from another Supermarket with a *$. Very easy to get a cup of coffee, but a bit crazy. Sorry...back on topic.

    I've had it happen at least once every time I've brought it out in public (which is only a handful of times). Most people seem pretty curious and ask if it's like other computers. In general, most people don't really seem to know a lot about it and those people seem pretty impressed when they see iBooks, Safari, Pages, etc.
     
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    I don't need to other's people jelousy to make my life feel better.
     
  25. wttheninja macrumors member

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    Lol. My iPad moment was when I was at my college's bookstore. They had them on display for use. I fooled with it for about an hour and a half. Going through all of the apps it had. Some of them being pages, keynote, numbers, ipod, ibooks, and alot of other games and such. In that moment I was like I need an iPad. I am now waiting for my college's bookstore to get the 3g in and I am going to buy myself one. I'll be bringing it into public the very first day I get it. Of course after I install numbers, keynote and pages.
     

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