Top 3 Reasons You're Getting an iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Unprocessed1, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    1. iWork - will allow me to read, edit, and once in a while write papers, documents, powerpoints, etc. The size of the screen is perfect for viewing pdf's, and iWork will be a valuable tool for students to read and study with. Without iWork, I could not see myself getting the iPad.

    2. Form Factor + Possibilities - almost the size of a sheet of paper, and weighing only 1.5 pounds, I see this as being something to browse the web and read documents and books on the couch without having to awkwardly hold my macbook pro on my lap while looking over notes. It would be a comfortable device to casually do work or seriously read/study on. I see myself using this as my main study gadget, since all my notes are typed out. I feel like studying notes for hours would be more comfortable on the iPad than a MBP.

    Another interesting concept could be to use the iPad as a complimentary device basically as a secondary screen (to your regular computer) when writing papers or doing work, using it to pull up spreadsheets, go to a website, etc. The form factor makes it appealing since it would be very easy to do so.

    Also, it's annoying to listen to music on my MBP when it's on my lap - it's even a little burdensome when you have to move around and have headphones on. I imagine the iPad would be like...listening to a big iPod touch, which is a good thing.

    3. Potential for work/productivity apps - would love to see a stylus app which lets you take general notes and even lets you make annotations on pdf and word documents. There's an almost 100% chance an app like this will come out since it would be too lucrative for a developer to pass up.

    My only main question is even though there is no multitasking, how fast will switching between Safari and iWork be? Will iWork automatically start back from the document you were just looking at? How quick is it to change between documents? Of course I won't know till it's out, but I hope it's bearable (~10 seconds) until multitasking arrives in the future.
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    1. Form Factor - for surfing the net wile in bed or wile on the sofa, the iPhone is too small and slow, and my MacBook is too heavy (4.5 ponds). The fact the iPad only weighs 1.5 ponds and only .5 inch thick (thin) is very appealing to me.

    2. Future dedicated iPad Apps - knowing a lot of companies are current working on a specific version of their site or program dedicated just for the iPad is very intriguing.

    3. and because, I want it - I'm a sucker for rev 1 products, I don't mind being a beta tester and paying a premium to own a new product early on.
  3. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    When it was announced, I declared, like many others, that it sucks and that I won't bother. However after seeing the iWork apps, and especially upcoming apps by developers, I reserved one.

    The potential for this device withe the ingenuity of developers, oh man.

    I can't wait.

    Oh, two more? Hmm, the great screen and the form factor :D
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
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    good question!

    1. Battery life. It will let me write notes in lectures at Uni for a whole day! My mbp gets 2 hrs Grr.
    2. Iwork. Speaks for itself.
    3.form factor. No flipping the screen out or anything. Yew.

    Multitaskability would be nice.
  5. GadgetX macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    Because I'll be uber cool if I have one (no other reasons necessary) :rolleyes:
  6. OzExige macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2008
    For me it was a 'no-brainer' -
    no snide remarks please :)

    I saw it as an iPod on steroids and being able to show my movies / photos
    on a 10" screen instead of the iPhone was just so cool.
    Plus to run many of my apps on the 10" IPS was another 'deal maker' -
    pUniverse, Matrix Music Pad, SketchBook, iDisk Gallery, Calender, etc,
    not to mention iWork for the iPad and email will be more productive.

    and my 3 reasons

    1). [IPS] Screen 'real estate'

    2). Existing apps

    3). iWork
  7. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    IWork is a big buying point for me. That and the sleekness and knowing that reading books and surfing the web will be fun and amazing.
  8. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Before you know it, people will say they are not buying the iPad because too many people own it and it's not unique anymore. :rolleyes:
  9. hardliner macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2006
    Old Europe
    1. Hype (it's something new. I got to have it!)

    2. iWork, Mail, Business, etc.

    3. Internet on my lap (No more MBP on my lap)
  10. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Your last two reasons involve 'possibilities', 'potential', 'almost 100% chance' and 'concept' - so you're putting quite a bit of faith in your $600 purchase. I also don't get the difference between listening to music with headphones plugged into a MacBook or an iPad.

    I would find it annoying with all the people saying to me: "You bought the iPad? Why? I don't get the point of it." like they do already. Every day. Several times a day.

    No thanks.
  11. GadgetX macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    Lol someone can't take a joke. If you can't handle other people's criticism on a device that many of us see a lot of potential in then just wait until its released, we'll see what people are saying then :cool:
  12. RobBookPro macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    1. This is not the 1990's anymore. Hardware is fast enough and small enough to do powerful things without the need to be in a desktop computer. Once upon a time even a laptop was not a suitable alternative to a desktop. We left that behind years ago. We are now entering the era where the computer no longer feels like using a computer. I should not need to sit down at a table in order to respond to emails.

    2. I am a sole trading business owner and a large part of my work is selling. I had often thought about using laptops to show up to the minute presentations but they are too bulky. As soon as I saw the ipad I realised that keeping presentation slides in the form of photo albums on the ipad would simplify everything so much. I also realised I could use iWork to take and store customer data while I was meeting with them rather then writing it down on paper and entering it into the computer once i get home. iPhone is too small for these tasks.

    3. I want to take my important data with me everywhere. iphone is too small, laptop is too bulky. Ever tried actually taking your laptop everywhere? The ipad is small enough to fit into my camera bag, which I often have with me. It is small enough to keep in a small sling bag which I nearly always have.. Its so light I can have it everywhere and not notice it. Everyone keeps bitching about it not fitting into a pocket. What idiots. Show me a mobile phone that fits in your pocket that has a 10" screen.

    To summarize. I need a screen bigger then an iphone, a device smaller then a laptop. I want it to be solid. The lack of a physical keyboard is a massive plus to me. It is powerful enough to handle everyday computing and small enough to do it anywhere properly. I can't wait.
  13. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    1) Screen Size

    2) Utilitarian Nature -- it is what you define it to be. It's a 100 blade swiss army knife for your briefcase, where the iPhone is the 20 blade pocket version.

    3) I have the money to pay for it (vs. charging it and paying when I can).

    My iPad will not be a laptop replacement, per se, though I will use it instead of my laptop where it can do the job, i.e., casual web browing, quick emails or memos. I also expect apps will transform the iPad into the "go to" tool over a laptop for uncomplicated, less detailed tasks. The laptop will seem like overkill.
  14. seepel macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2009
    1. I've been anxiously been awaiting this form factor in a usable form since back in 2005 when my mom brought home a windows tablet from work.

    2. I'd prefer something that wasn't running a locked down OS like the iPhone OS, but as usual Apple seems to be doing the best job, even if it isn't quite what I want.

    I guess that's about it, most of my reasoning is in number 1.
  15. bzz macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2010
    1) I want to have fun :confused:
    2) I want to have fun :rolleyes:
    3) I want to have fun :D
  16. tiguk macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    I think that's the best analogy I've seen.

    Much more accurate than "It's a big iPod Touch"!
  17. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2010
    the north, UK
    1. my MBP is dying on its ass with constant wireless dropouts
    2. its lighter than my MBP
    3. its cheaper than an MB Air

    my requirements for a laptop have changed now, I don't need processing power or a big screen, my MBP spends most of its time browsing the internet!

    so, for me, an iPad is perfect, the only functionality its lacking for me, is a camera for video iChat
  18. iTampon macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010
    1. Surfing while in bed and on the couch.
    2. Maps, PDF and e-books reader.
    3. Watch porn in bathroom, to help spank the monkey.
  19. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    1. The huge multi-touch screen size with so many possibilities for developers
    2. The BEAUTIFUL user interface (not to mention the thing looks to be blazing fast!)
    3. Seems like such a perfect portable device. Most of my computer time is spent on the internet or accessing my media. I honestly believe that the iPad does those things just as good if not better as all of my other devices (MBP, iMac, iPod touch) but in a form factor that I love a hell of a lot more.

    I'm getting a 64GB WiFi on Launch Day! Reserved one at 9:30AM on the 12th :) So far I've spent $180 on content to put on it, and I have $200 saved up to buy more! :D
  20. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    1) iPhone OS - iPad App Store, great UI design, functionality, and features
    2) Hardware - screen, battery life, thin, and light
    3) It's my portable media centre, go reread 1 and 2 again, don't read 3 you might get stuck
  21. robotkiller macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009
    Same here. Once I saw that you can hook this thing to a projector and do Keynote presentations, I was hooked.
  22. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Ta daaaaa!!!

    There it is folks, the reason for the overwhelming majority of iPad purchases.
  23. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
    On that note, will the Apple remote work with iPad? Or can you at least use your iPhone to control it, however, many people don't want to go buy an iPhone just to control their iPad.

    Too bad it lacks flash. Good luck finding a good .mp4/.mov site.
  24. robotkiller macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009
    From what I can tell there is no IR port, so no on the remote. Hope I'm wrong on that, but it's not a big deal for me.
  25. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    nope it doesnt look like it

    im sure i could find something ;)

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