iPad - it's not about *what* you do with it, but..

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Slip Jigs, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    ...but where you do it.

    At least that's what I'm finding out. From it's introduction, there were two things that stood out about iPad: That it was "magical" and that it targeted this niche between computer and phone.

    To me, "magical" means something that you can't explain, and what you can't explain is what that niche is and why we need or want to fill it. At first, I didn't believe that niche even existed. We talked a lot about functionality - well, the laptop can do this, and the iPhone can do that. All the functions were already covered, so where's this niche? I mean, isn't it really just a big iPod touch?

    But after using it for just a few days, I discovered that hidden niche, and I still can't really explain it. All I can say, is that it comes down to *where* I use it, not what Im doing on it. These places are all in my house even, places where I previously may have used the computer or phone if I absolutely had to, but otherwise just wouldn't.

    One place is on the tall pub table in the kitchen area, where I can stand and play with the iPad propped up at and angle via the Apple case. But mostly, it's on the couch or in bed with my knees up - reading books, writing email or forums posts, surfing the web, or looking up things that come on TV that I want to know about.

    To use another device is these situations, I would have to be really motivated to do whatever it is - but the iPad integrates seamlessly into those "locations" and positions. The only trouble I may have is in that position, sometimes it's hard to type and I end up hitting an "M" or an "N" instead of the spacebar.

    So this may be something to consider for someone wanting an iPad, but can't really "justify" it just yet. But for the other owners - are you finding that you use it in places around the house - or elsewhere - that you wouldn't normally use anything?

    (Another topic besides "where" you do it would be "how" you do it, which makes things really fund. But I think that's been covered already)
  2. GinoDotCom macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I'm one of the few that agree the iPad is truly magical. When you can't explain why a device makes your life easier and why it feels so good to hold and use all the time, it's a magical thing- to me. I love my iPad more than a iphone4.

    I Haven't felt this way about a product since I first bought my 2g iPhone in 2007. Controlling my Sonos player and home theater through my iPad pretty much takes the cake. :apple:
  3. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Well said! That is the exact reason why people love the iPad. Me and my gf was having dinner at home one night and the conversation of adopting a dog came up. I then grab the iPad and started watching YouTube videos while we're eating. Then I realized how convenient it is to have an iPad.
  4. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    I have an iPad but I'd disagree somewhat. I don't find it particularly comfortable to hold; it's a bit too heavy and bulky. There's a certain amount of contortion required to be able to type comfortably. It is to all intents and purposes, a larger iPod touch, and it pretty much fills the gap left by my laptop, except in gaming, where the laptop was much better. There are times when I've picked up my 3GS for casual browsing at home rather than the iPad simply because it's much easier to hold the 3GS for a lengthy period. Right now, for extended use, I feel the iPad just isn't suitable, and that Apple should aim to make it a bit smaller and much lighter in the future so that it has to ease of handling like the iPhone does. I don't fall for this marketing guff like 'magical'. Hopefully the whole thing will be a bit more refined come version 2.
  5. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    My iPad is OK to hold, though I'm sure future incarnations could be more ergomonic. I keep thinking of a painter's palette, and the way that the thumb goes through a hole, to make the palette perfectly balanced in one hand.

    A bird's feather is 'magical', IMO; the iPad doesn't quite match it - yet - for design perfection. But I can see the potential of the slate/pad format. It's the future of personal computing. In ten years time all those big, boxy computers will be museum pieces...
  6. aimee25 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    It's interesting you mention ergonomics, I have had my iPad a week tomorrow and while I would agree with it being magical (along with it being totally in love with it), I seem to be having a side effect. I think it is causing me to have poor posture and in turn back spasms. I used to get them in uni after hours of studying but I can usually counter it with exercise but now this lot are a little higher on my back. It isn't going to stop me using my new toy but I think I might be a little more careful with the where and how.
  7. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    If you have to device on your knee while lounging on the settee, chances are you'll be hunched over to see it and type on it. These are scenarios where the iPad falls down vs a laptop.
  8. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    It would be good to be able to hold the iPad securely in one hand (imagine Velcro on the back... and Velcro on fingers, thumb and palm) and work the touch screen with the other hand. The current iPad is very much a two-handed device... if you don't want it to slip out your grasp and clatter to the floor. For lounging on the sofa, however, I'm not sure my laptop was any easier on the eye... or back...
  9. miamijim macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2010
    As I type this I am sitting in a cafe having coffee.

    I just bumped into some friends and told them about a summer cottage I am thinking of buying, so what did I do I switched from reading my book in stanza and opened the web page of the cottage, the iPad was passed around the table and the discussion moved to what made a good summer cottage.

    The iPad fills the niche for instant access information in a readable group format, it then acts as a booster for conversation and an information tool when and where it is needed.

    After my friends left I was able to curl back up on the corner to read my book, or as it turned out check the forums hence why I am writing this.

    In all the iPad is great tool for enhancing my everyday life, I am stunned by how it has been able to streamline my everyday experiences.
  10. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    When I got my iPad I hoped that it would get my casual computing away from the ghetto of my desk and allow me to do those sort of tasks in many more places; and that's exactly what's happened. Virtually anywhere I can read a book I can now browse the web, read email, play games or do a thousand and one other things.

    My laptop never really achieved this; partly because it spends most of it's time plugged into a big monitor and unplugging it means that most of my windows will be moved and resized. Mostly the problems with a laptop are physical though; using a laptop on my lap means sitting in an uncomfortable bolt-upright position while it gently cooks my nether regions. Plus there is always the worry of whether the battery will last or not.

    My iPod Touch gets a lot closer but ultimately the screen is just too small to be comfortable. I would imagine that the Retina display helps with this problem, however you would still end up trying to read and manipulate elements that are either too few or too small.
  11. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    I agree with the OP, every well said. Most of the people I run into that don't "get" the iPad simply write it off as a giant iPod touch....until I show them what it can do, where it can do it and how easy/fun it is. I'm hoping to pick one up in the near future (or wait for the next one) as I can slowly see myself buying one to fill that niche what wasn't there before.
  12. Slip Jigs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    I totally agree that it's awkward to hold in one hand and even two hands for any length of time, that why it's usually propped agains my legs, knees up .

    And also as mentioned, showing someone something, or handing it off, perfect.

    Obviously these things aren't universal, but does show why it's so popular.

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