iPad Anyone here who bought an iPad as their first Apple purchase?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dingclancy23, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. dingclancy23 macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2015
    I am just curious and interested if there are people here who came into the Apple sphere due to the iPad?
    Please share your experience!

    For me the original iPad was the first device I bought with my own money, and the first device that welcomed me to the Apple world. At that time, the iPhone was too expensive for me, and Macs have not piqued much of my interest because of the high entry price too.

    However the iPad was really the first ever gadget that had me. It was the magic that I saw and wanted, nothing less. In addition, that iPad had a low entry price of $499. Steve Jobs said at that time, "We want everybody to have it".

    I am not sure if the iPad of today is what Steve Jobs envisioned. I believe when he said, "we want everybody to have it," he meant that he would probably still be selling the most advanced iPad at a $499 price point to really push the market. I also remember how the iPad launched and came with great apps from the start, and it was a surprise hit even for Apple's expectations.

    The iPad is still the Apple device I have the most affection for.
  2. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    OMG dude. I seriously envy anyone where their first apple device is any of the current ones. Or hell. Kids these days that get to grow up with the most amazing technology sci-fi movies dreamed about for years.

    I'm 32 and when I was a kid, we had Nintendo. Cell phones even the flip kind weren't even a thing.

    I wish I could erase my memory and have the iPad Pro be my first device ever. Would probably give me a heart attack
  3. Peepo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I don't wish that. I'm 48 and appreciate my old stuff I had as a kid and growing up. Kids today are entitled and ignorant - they just expect things to work. They don't have same appreciation for it as you or I do probably do.
  4. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    There's one thing I can agree with. It's weird seeing kids these days get complacent with this amazing technology. Like...we have stuff that decades ago was only in sci-fi movies. We can do things we never even thought of. And yet people complain when the smallest things go wrong or when an iPad update doesn't blow their socks off.

    ..and I'm just over here amazed at the iPad Pro I'm typing on having never lost that feeling that "this stuff is just magical"
  5. Cassady macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2012
    My first true Apple device was an iPad 2.

    I'm ignoring the little iPod I was given as a gift, when I was still Windows everything, iTunes on a entry-level PC laptop nearly killed me. I couldn't understand why anyone thought this device to be revolutionary - and was completely in the camp of those criticising Apple for its locked down policies, and forcing everything to be done through iTunes on the laptop. iTunes was (still is??) absolutely horrendous on anything other than a Mac. I know that now - but didn't at the time. I was equally annoyed by the apparent lack of anything resembling a manual, and found nothing 'magical' about discovering 'shortcuts' (adding songs to playlists) accidentally months after having been using the device. In short - I was the typical Apple hater that was quite prepared to jump on the bandwagon and moan about everything being different and restricted...

    When the iPad came out - I was fascinated. About a year(?) later, I changed jobs. It involved plenty of meetings, and taking plenty of notes. Loved my Moleskine notebooks - still do - but with all those meetings, it wasn't long before I sat in meeting A, and realised something that was said [and I had taken notes on] several months back in meeting G, was in notebook 1, not notebook 4 I had with me... Since I still had that entry level PC laptop, it wasn't really feasible lugging it around. So I started looking more closely at the iPad.

    When a colleague bought one of the iPad 1s round to the office, I distinctly remember him showing off that Tom Cat(?) app, that repeats what you say, and interacts with you, depending on how you touch the screen. It was a kid's game - but amusing for adults too - but it was me seeing the possibilities of how you could interact with what was on the screen, that had me thinking there was no doubt scope to use this as a replacement for my notebooks.

    Eventually, the iPad 2 was released, and I took the plunge.

    It was easily one of the most expensive tech devices I had ever purchased, and my SO was understandably sceptical about spending so much on something that could effectively be done by a pen and paper. Consequently, I productivity-ied the hell out of that thing. Everything was incredibly locked down.

    I still remember my 1st 'workflow', of which I was very proud, cobbling together things found on the web - to take care of all the ridiculous hoops that had to be jumped through to get a written [stylus] note in NoteTakerHD into PDF form, to then be emailed out and, eventually - using tags and IFTTT - to get that pdf into Dropbox, which Hazel back on my Mac, could find and send off to PDFPen to OCR for me...

    That was in mid-2012, but prior to that, it really was a case of making do with what app you were using's functionality - if it didn't offer what you needed, you either swallowed, or kept looking for something similar that gave you what you needed. And this really was for basic functionality - it's quite frankly mind-blowing to see how far iOS has come on the iPad over the past several years. I know there is still much to be done - but compared to what things were like initially, it's almost unrecognisable!

    When Apple announced sharing notes and photos and the like - that would have been roundabout iOS 5, IIRC - it happened to be time for an upgrade to my Blackberry. Took the plunge on an iPhone 4s. To say I was underwhelmed, would be an understatement of note.

    I had always lusted after them, but in these parts - they were (initially at least) always way, way, waaayyy more expensive that the Blackberry's and Android devices on contract. So when I finally opened mine up, and switched it on - granted, my expectations were high after the wait - it was essentially a miniature version of my iPad 2. I remember finding it quite discomfiting, and took several weeks to get used to. I guess I had the "it's simply a bigger iPhone: Lame" reaction in reverse.

    With iPad and iPhone in the bag, when the laptop started blue-screening, I took the plunge on my 1st Mac - a MBP. Two years later, and I bought a Mac Mini. And two iPads for the wife and daughter. Then an iPad Air. Then a MBA for the wife. Then an iPad Pro 12'9. The whole family is now full-tilt in on Apple devices, and it all started with that iPad 2.

    Touching on what was said above - regarding appreciation etc. - given that I have always treated my iPads as first-and-foremost "work" devices, followed quite a bit behind as media/play devices - I have been acutely focused on iOS productivity. I am nowhere near the likes of Viticci et al in terms of their iPad use, but I know my way around iOS. And I am extremely appreciative of what it can do today, compared to where it was, a mere 4/5/6 years ago!
  6. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    For me I flipped always having iPhones every year vs. Android tablets which never got any updates.

    I flipped to Android Note 5 which has gotten many updates. And now a much more stable long lived iPad Pro 9.7 because Apple supports its iPads for years vs. Android tablets which get little to no updates after launch.

    Love my iPad it's amazing. And there's no need to get a new one every year.
  7. jumpingjackflash macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2016
    My first apple device was iPad3 in 2012. It was a revolutionary experience. In the nineties we had nintendo 8-bit and giant NMT mobile phone which weighted like 5 pounds and cost about 2500$...comparing to that, we are living in a truly scifi age right now
  8. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    My first product was a MacBook, however my kids' first were iPads. They saved up and bought Kindle Fires but they weren't as useful as our iPads. So they saved up allowances and birthday money, sold their kindles and as a Christmas gift we gave them some cash and they got the Mini 1. My oldest now also has an iPhone 5C and is jus starting to appreciate the ecosystem she has started. The plan is to get her a Mac laptop several years from now when she is close to finishing high school to take her through college
  9. Mockenrue macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2013
    The original 2010 iPad was my second Apple purchase, behind only an iPod Nano for use in my car. Before that, there were always better options for my needs at the time: Commodore 64 in the 80s, Windows PCs in the 90s and 00s (much better app ecosystem for my uses), and Zune mp3 players. I still maintain that Zune was far and away the best choice for those of us who preferred subscription music services long before they were mainstream. Zune pass had a great deal that allowed you to also download-to-own 10 tracks every month. So I had access to millions of tracks via subscription, but still built my music collection along the way at no additional cost. The Zune HD was also a fantastic piece of hardware for its time.

    But the iPad and soon-after iPhone 4 won me over to the iOS ecosystem. Then Windows 8 happened, and I ultimately jumped to OS X as well, but I still find it to be lacking in many ways - especially file management.
  10. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    My first Apple device was an iPod, back in like 2005 or 2006. Got my first iPhone in 2008 and first Mac and iPad in 2010.
  11. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Me. My first ever Apple product is the original iPad. Before that my only "smart device" was the HTC Hero.

    I have purchased every single iPad ever since. 1,2,3,4,Air,Air 2,Pro 9.7, Pro 12.9, Mini 1, Mini 2, Mini 3, Mini 4. No iPad has ever disappointed me, but I have to admit, it hasn't been too exciting in recent times.
  12. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    My first Apple products, which i purchased in 1991 or 1992, were a Performa something desktop and a Laserwriter Select printer (a printer I still use today - although it's getting harder and harder to find toner cartridges that fit it) - the printer is a postscript printer and cost me a pile of money at the time
  13. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    My first of each
    My first of each Apple product (2007 MacBook, iPhone 4 which was my first smartphone, iPad 3 and Apple TV) I found exciting. But upgrades (2013 rMBP, iPhones 5, 6 plus & 7 plus, iPad Air 2 and newest Apple TV) I wouldn't classify as exciting - just improvements of what I already had. Although the ability to add apps and play games on the Apple TV and the size of the 6 plus did make me happy.
  14. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    My first Apple device was an iPod around 2005. Then added Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Airport devices between 2007-2013.

    I haven't stayed all Apple; I No longer use Mac or iPhone. But I still use and love iPad. Easily my favorite Apple product.
  15. dingclancy23 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2015

    Yes I feel yeah. Looking back, the original iPad may be remembered as slow, pixelated, and can't multi-touch. But man, it was the first thing that Apple made that was truly sci-fi-esque for me. It also lends to appreciation how iOS is not just a PC OS on a touchscreen because I do not think the magic will be there. And while the iPhone was the first touch device, that was a purely business decision by Jobs, as he was thinking of making a tablet first.

    The thing that clicked for me on the original iPad was how the tablet is just a blank slate, and it can be anything what you want it to be. It can be a book, map, tv, game console, spreadsheet, notebook, drawing canvas etc. since it is all about the app. It is not a computer much so as the app that is running.

    The iPhone can have the same properties as an iPad, but its main essence is to be a phone.

    It took that magical leap for me to switch to an Apple product.
  16. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    The Air 2 is the first Apple device I've owned. I'm a retired S/W professional in my 60's and I have to say it sure beats the punch cards, paper tape, disk packs, 9-track tape, iron core memory, and low-baud teletypes I first worked with ...
  17. Andy847 macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2016
    Chicago Suburb
    My first Apple Device was an Ipad 2. My mom's friend had it, but I bought one and tried it. Ended up selling it shortly after. I much preferred the Android Tablet I got and still have. The Note 10.1, mostly for drawing. I didn't like the experience on previous Ipads with Bluetooth Stylus or the basic rubber tipped stylus. I've had the Ipad 2, 3, 4, and now Happy with the Ipad Pro 12.9. I also bought a Mac.

    I've pretty much started to get sour with my thoughts on Samsung and Android. While I still prefer it for a Phone, For the Tablets I use for Drawing, the Ipad Pro was the only game in town for me. Hated the surface Pro 3 and 4. So I tried the Apple Ipad Pro and it met my needs. No other options for new Android Tablets with a stylus.

    I will say, that the Note Tablets and Android in General, have better options and are more ahead of Apple in certain things. The multitasking on a Note tablet is far better than what you can do on the Ipad Pro. Side by side is not very advanced at this stage and Android won on that front. I do love my IPP though. Just missing things I had on a 2012 Note Tablet available to me to use, that are not able to be done on Ipads.
  18. Jessica08 macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2015
    Roll Tide
    My first apple product was an iPod way back in 2003-2004. I was in 12th grade. I thought that was the coolest invention ever. No more going to vacation and having to carry a Walkman and a million different cds. Then we bought my dad an iPad. I think it was the original but not sure. I said I couldn't ever get used to using that thing. I was a laptop girl. I got that iPad after he upgraded. I used it until the Air came out. I started using iPhones during that time as well as buying a Mac mini. I'm now on an IPP and loving the bigger screen. I hate windows and it wouldn't hurt my feelings if I ever had to use another windows based product. But alas I have a windows 10 computer at work. It's not terrible but it's not an apple product.
  19. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    The first new in box Apple device I bought was the iPod video back around 2005.
    30GB, gloss black front, mirror stainless finish on the back. Still have it.
  20. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Many years ago when I lost my eye to blind and my old roommate suggested me to buy Blackberry Bold because he thought it would help with my eyes. I went to AT&T store (I'm Tmobile member with Sidekick 4) Reps told me about iPhone 3G and better than Bold she doesn't know about my eyes. So iPhone 3G was my first and love it.
    Until my eyes getting better I bought my first Apple 15" PowerBook the OSX was great to use so I went to 2007 15" MacBook Pro then a year later I got a 2012 rMBP.....
    I saw my old roommate was excited about his first Galaxy Tab 7" so I decided to try original iPad and like it very much. I have gone with iPad 2, iPad Air, Air 2, then now this year iPad Pro 12.9.
    I gave up my Windows 7 Pro desktop with dual core AMD Athlon 64 4800+ CPU (it is in the storage right now). I haven't look back since then. :)
  21. Kiimora macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    London UK
    I tasted the forbidden :apple: over 4 yrs ago when I got the iPad 3, then I jumped on the iPhone wagon 2 yrs later. On my 3rd iPhone & 2nd iPad, 'am looking forward to the 10th yr anniversary upgrades.

    I might even take a bigger chunk and break the bank further bagging an iMac :D who knows!!!
  22. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    Same, except mine was a Christmas gift. I loved my iPod back then and even still carried it around for a couple of years after getting an iPhone.
  23. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    For me, there have been several "Scifi" Apple devices.
    The iPad was certainly one - before that Tablets were not great. They ran Windows and were slow, cost more, etc. The iPad really brought tablets to practicality for the average person.

    The iPhone was pretty scifi - having the "real" internet in your hands in the day of "mobile sites". I remember a friend - who made fun of me for being an Apple guy - marveled when I beat him to the punch looking something up online. I was on the original iPhone and he was on his Windows Mobile phone.

    FaceTime was pretty scifi - sure video conferencing already existed, but it was really a business thing. FaceTime, with decent picture quality, was a pretty big SciFi Moment.

    The iMac G4. Man, I really miss my G4 iMac. I still have it, it still works, but I wish the current iMac was more like the G4.

    The Newton Message Pad. This thing was so advanced and so SciFi I used it right up until the introduction of the iPad. The handwriting recognition, the "Newton Intelligence" - just amazing stuff. The eMate was on my wishlist for a long while. Only when the iPad Pro came out did I truly feel like the Newton journey was complete (no other devices with pens had the "playfulness" that the Newton and iOS does - imho).

    The Powerbook Duo - Probably my first "Apple SciFi" moment. I remember first seeing this in action - Working on a laptop, closing the lid, plugging it into a dock and picking up right where you left off on a big screen! WOW!

    Not too many other companies have managed to be as "scifi" as Apple - the big exceptions are probably Google Glass, HoloLens, and the Surface Studio. I think the first time I saw Windows Continuum work with the HP phone was another moment.

    Edit - My first Apple device was a second-hand Newton MessagePad 110 (followed soon after by a Newton MessagePad 2000). My first first-hand Apple device was the iBook G3.
  24. Negan Lannister Suspended

    Negan Lannister

    Dec 27, 2016
    Same. Bought it October 20, 2005. On 10/20 eleven years, bought my first Mac.

    10-20-05 and 10-20-16 could bookend my first and last day I buy an Apple product.

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