Are people still asking "Why do you even need an iPad?" It's been almost six years since the iPad was introduced and over a quarter billion have been sold to date. I should think that the use cases are obvious by now.
The iPad is also not to be compared to any of the cheap, crappy Android devices out there. Hand an Android device to your non tech-savvy family members and you'll be supplying tech-support, disinfecting, or rebuilding the device every few months. Hand an iPad to the same person and they will still be using it years later without problems.
This topic has been covered and discussed at length 4-5 years ago
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My main reason for getting an iPad mini was to be able to carry my book collection in my suit jacket pocket. I wanted something that could easily handle PDFs. I also use it for a gps (the larger screen lets one see more of a map than a phone. And it's great for viewing the web, emails, taking and looking up notes, and watching videos when I'm not sitting at a desk.
I have to admit I asked that question when the iPad first came out. I had my iPhone 4 and thought that it did everything I needed. I got my first tablet in 2012 and first iPad in 2013. Now I see my iPad as just as important as my iPhone and more important than my MacBook Air. I use my iPad Air 2 everyday, for web browsing, emails, online banking, shopping, watching movies and TV shows, listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks, reading comics, making notes.Are people still asking "Why do you even need an iPad?" It's been almost six years since the iPad was introduced and over a quarter billion have been sold to date. I should think that the use cases are obvious by now.