iPad app fatigue: Is it happening to you? - CNET Article

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  1. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

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    I agreed with his point about the lack of innovative magazine apps. I was really hoping this would change the game. Maybe I'm just expecting a little too much too soon.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    The new toy glow is going to wear off and probably faster than it would with say the iPhone. The iPad is not a netbook or a replacement for anything any of us own with the exception of the iPod Touch (maybe). It is a consumption device and it allows us to move away from our desktops for entertainment purposes. The iPad is where I play. I've yet to do anything really substantial on the thing and I don't think I ever will. This isn't a disappointment because I knew this to be the case when I bought it, but others may be disappointed that it did not live up to their dreams.

    I find the people who bought the iPad then immediately bought the iWork apps may find themselves to be disappointed but that's my opinion.
     
  4. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

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    People really just need to understand what they're buying. And more broadly, they need to understand what a gadget can and cannot do for your life.

    Generally speaking, if your goal is to use it for things you enjoy, you will be happy ... if your goal is to find surprising new things to do with it, at a certain point, you will run out of those and be disappointed.
     
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    The author writes: After such promising video-streaming apps as Netflix and ABC's player, the river has run dry.

    River has run dry? Oy vey! Such melodramatic schmaltz makes Crisco feel greasy.
     
  6. mgamber macrumors 6502a

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    That's what happens when you buy something without a real purpose. "Because it's from Apple" or "Because all my friends have one" is why there are so many "I'm bored with my iPhone" threads. It'll be interesting to see what they go for on eBay in a few months when there's plenty of inventory everywhere and people who had no real reason to buy one in the first place put them up for sale.

    I guess I should add that the purpose for mine was MLB At Bat and remote desktop, both of which work perfectly. Just those two apps made it worthwhile for me, anything else is just icing.
     
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    I actually have not gotten ipad fatigue. I Love the ability to blog on the go, Love the press reader app where i can get copies of newspapers

    I've found great apps to use to draw, Read my comics and my favorite books, Watch movies, I've used the piano app alot and i can do all that while listening to my tunes from my playlist and i still know there are things i can do with my ipad.
     
  8. kennyli macrumors regular

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    After using iPad for 4 weeks, I am going back to my MacBook Air.

    My conclusion is, iPad is just a PMP and for fun only. Now, I only use it to check email when watching TV :D
     
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    iPhone? Interesting slip.

    I doubt your fantasy will be fulfilled. A few anecdotal stories on bored owners does not equate to a significant number overall.. There are some people that buy stuff as a substitute for something else missing in there life. They typically get bored with everything because it's the thrill of buying that they are after, not the product itself. And if we are going by anecdotal stories I read more positive ones than negative so not sure how you are making your conclusion.
     
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    Why did you buy it, and what did you believe it would do, at the moment you purchased it, that it turns out it doesn't do?

    May I take the liberty of guessing that your answers are "I don't know" and "nothing"?

    I just took a trip to visit family, and the iPad was in near-constant use. It was hard to get away from my nephew, and when I managed that, it was hard to get it away from my dad. When I did that, it ended up split between me and my brother. My mother, a technophobe who barely knows what email is, played a game of checkers on it against me and scrolled around and zoomed on a store's site looking at a pair of shoes she wants.

    I don't want to provoke another one of those threads, but I do think the most likely people to be disappointed are those who use it only on wifi.
     
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    I think this is a conclusion one would have been able to come to without purchasing the iPad in the first place. If this is how you roll then ok, but frankly if you thought you would make the iPad into something it never was then you do need to stick to your MB Air.
     
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    I have the wifi version that i use with a sprint overdrive mifi :p So it works for me. And even if i didn't have the connectivity on the go. All i need is my music and a book and a way to draw and jot and im happy.

    This nerd can go "unwired" :p
     
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    A misguided statement to say the very least.
     
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    No, that wasn't a slip. Seems like every time I read an "I'm bored with my...." thread it's someone who had no real reason to buy the gadget in question and now they're bored with it. Maybe it's just the threads I read but that's my take on it. The iPad is too new for too many people to be bored with it (unless you work at CNet, I guess) so I used iPhone.

    I have no fantasy. I wasn't going to bother with the iPad at all until I saw MLB At Bat and a RDP app at the local store. I have season tickets to the local baseball team and while I have a Sony Vaio netbook that's far more flexible than the iPad, it takes so long to do anything and the battery is so bad (not to mention how the Sony computer division sucks as a company) that I never use it. I also have a Macbook Pro but I'm not taking that to the stadium with me. The iPad fits perfectly. I can sit down in the stadium, turn it on and in a few seconds I'm watching baseball via 3G. If I get an email from work, I can RDP into my work machine to get something done. No fantasy involved, that's all I need. The backgammon game I bought so my wife and I can play at the stadium (did I mention that the local team is awful?) is icing.

    Oh...and I also found out that if it starts to rain, the iPad fits perfectly into a quart sized baggie.

    FYI, the Wyse RDP app works well enough with sound that I can also watch the local hockey team's streaming Flash. ;)

    One last thing...yes, I can do all this with my iPhone but with considerably less squinting and moving things around. Also, between the iPhone with myWi and the iPad, I essentially have 10GB of data every month which is a lot of baseball. Being a baseball addict, I expect to get close to that between MLB At Bat and Slingplayer (for the local blacked out games). Finally, the iPad MLB At Bat is very nice but the the live games suck up a TON of data so I put the iPhone version on the iPad, also. It doesn't look as nice but it's still totally watchable and a lot easier on the 3G.
     
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    Misguided is the very least? What would you actually say? An evil statement?

    You can use a wifi model via mifi. It's not the model choice that is key here. But if you actually use the iPad only on wifi, you will be limited in your use of it in ways that will quickly become annoying, unless you are either a shut-in or on a college campus. If you disagree, that's fine, maybe I'm wrong. Time will tell (or not).
     
  17. kennyli macrumors regular

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    I know exactly what I am buying. But what disappointed me most is, iWork App is completely useless and can do nothing in the business world! Check the feedback in the App Store and you will see my point!

    My other disappointment is, simple task like copy and paste from one App to the other is a painful job, because iPad can't do multitasking!

    PS: I've a 3G pocket wifi for my iPad and MacBook Air, so it has nothing to do with wifi version or 3G version!
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    ^ Yes misguided. You make a statement that suggests that people who have an iPad without a constant connection are most disappointed. While it can easily be said that people jumped ship from their Wifi model to the 3G model real fast, you cannot intelligently equate this to them being disappointed in the iPad as a whole.

    There are factors to consider here. First, those who returned the Wifi model for the 3G model were likely "renting" the latest and greatest, not sure that the 3G model was necessary until they used the wifi only model first, or just felt as though they needed the best and that was it. Then you have to consider those who bought and returned within 14 days to never look back. You have to give consideration to the percentage of impulse buyers then look at the fact that people bought this thing thinking it was truly magical and revolutionary. It is neither by the way.

    Finally, you can look to some of the people who found that it simply had no place in their lives and this is not something everyone can determine without ownership. I actually was unsure myself but knew that one of it's functions had a place in my life. Turns out I was right and it has become so much more. But to simply state, with nothing else behind it, that wifi owners generally seem to be more disappointed than 3G owners is a statement that is misguided, at best.

    As a wifi owner there was one instance where I thought to myself that 3G may have been a better choice. Then the plane took off and that thought was well off my mind. There may come a time when I buy the 3G model or I may find myself buying Rev B with 3G. Who knows, every day is a new day. But I don't think that wifi owners are more disappointed only that some have determined that wifi only is not their bag. Like me, they could have come to rely on their constant connection iPhones so much that they simply cannot have a device in their man bag that relies on wifi. The world will never know unless you take the one million iPad purchasers and survey them. Discounting the ones who returned for another model and focusing on the ones who returned to never look back would be a good start.

    The iPad is disappointing if one was under the impression that it was supposed to replace something in their life. While some may have successfully replaced something in their life with the iPad (I did), the iPad wasn't meant to replace anything except maybe the paperback book in your lap.
     
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    One of the reasons i went with the Wi-Fi model was that when AT&T Moblity rolls out 4G i wouldn't be regulated to using an outdated type of technology.

    People who chose the 3G version won't be able to take advantage of the faster speeds on the new upgraded network that rolls out next year. VS wi-fi where your not limited to one type of technology.
     
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    What a strangely broad statement. It's still the same device with the same apps regardless of whether you're at home on WiFi, using public WiFi, using 3G , or using your phone as a hotspot.
     
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    How long until you see an iPad 4G? Apple is not exactly quick on these matters. The 3G model will be good for at least another year and is inexpensive enough to rebuy once a year if one wants.
     
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    I don't necessarily agree with that statement, as I've been able to create a Keynote lecture on it that last Friday I gave in front of 200+ people. I've typed deferral documents on it with Pages and I keep a large library of PDFs and other documents in GoodReader that I'm able to email out to others whenever I need to.

    So while it's not a full-fledged traditional computer, it still does a huge bulk of what would otherwise need a 5 lb. laptop to do. In fact, my MacBook pretty much sits unused most days.
     
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    Jessica - what was the item you replaced with the iPad?

    Just out of curiosity, of course.

    My setup is in my sig below. A Mac mini for my "main" computing, an iPhone for.. well, a phone. I've currently got WiFi iPad on pre-order over here in the UK, which will duly sit between my mini and my iPhone.

    The way I see that is that for me, the iPad is filling in where a laptop might for somebody else. I don't currently own a laptop, so there's no physical replacement process going on, but having owned laptops before and knowing what I use them for, I certainly have eyes on the iPad slotting into that middle ground between home computer and phone, and effectivley emulating for me personally what a laptop would. Mobile web browsing and emails, maybe some video and games etc and the ability to create documents; even on a basic level.

    Not that that's of any particular interest to anyone else, I'm sure, but I'm always curious when people say the iPad replaces something for them. Although personally my iPad won't physically be replacing anything at first, it will effectively converge 3-4 at least different mediums into one device, and probably change my purchasing habits in future.
     
  24. kennyli macrumors regular

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    Yes, well said. It has nothing to do with 3G or wifi version. I've had option to buy 3G or wifi version, or even both. But I finally got myself a wifi version to work with my 3G pocket wifi, because I can share 3G data for my MacBook Air and also my iPhone too. It is much faster than 3G iPad! In addition, I can watch HD Youtube and Skype call with this combination.

    My conclusion is, if you are planning to use iPad in the business world, you will be disappointed!
     

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