Will we still be loving the iPad in 2-months time?

CalMin

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I was showing a good friend my iPad over the weekend. She was somewhat impressed but, rather insightfully, she asked, "yes it's cool, but will you still be using in a couple of months time?"

This got me thinking. I had to work quite hard to justify the 'use case' for this device to non-believers. The vast majority see this as no more than a big iPod touch. I am convinced that this is the next big thing in computing, but then I bought a Palm Pilot back in the day, and have pretty much early adopted every new gadget. Many of these tech toys are used religiously for a month or so, and then start to collect dust. Will the iPad share this fate?

I don't think so, but wanted to put this out there for discussion. Thoughts? Will you still be obssessing over your iPad in a couple months when the novelty wears off?
 

eawmp1

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I'll let you know in 2 months. My enjoyment of the iPhone hasn't diminished.

Don't kill my buzz now! :mad:;)
 

Compile 'em all

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If your gadgets start collecting dust only after two months then you have been wasting your money.

Anyway, you will find for yourself if the iPad starts integrating into your lifestyle and using anything else feels outdated and unnatural to use or not.
 

samcraig

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I bought it first and foremost because I travel and wanted a good sized screen to view videos. It's also great to surf the web. So those two functions were my purchase "justifications." So that's not going to change now, in two months or ever I think.

The people that will either have buyer's remorse, gripe the loudest and/or not use it as much as they thought will probably be those that expect the device to replace something (laptop, etc) to which they would rely 100 percent or mostly on the iPad to do x, y and z.

It's about expectations and/or use cases.

I had very low expectations, removed all "hope" of being able to use it as a replacement device and focused on a few features I knew wouldn't be an issue going into it.
 

jsbaugh

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I now use the iPad in situations where I was using the iphone a lot, like in Bed, Couch, bathroom etc.. I now have a hard time using the iphone because the damn thing is so small :)
 

Mitchrapp

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I used my iPod touch every day and my netbook every day. I will use this until it doesn't" work any longer.
 

Photography

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If your gadgets start collecting dust only after two months then you have been wasting your money.

Anyway, you will find for yourself if the iPad starts integrating into your lifestyle and using anything else feels outdated and unnatural to use or not.
Exactly. It's up to each individual, dependent on individual lifestyle, whether or not he or she will still use the iPad two months or two years after purchase. Hopefully you'll still be using it long after you purchased it. I know I'll be using my iPad for many years, as long as it will last.
 

AppleFan360

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I now use the iPad in situations where I was using the iphone a lot, like in Bed, Couch, bathroom etc.. I now have a hard time using the iphone because the damn thing is so small :)
My situation as well. Doing common tasks like checking e-mail and surfing are much more pleasurable on the iPad. The iPhone will work fine when I'm out and about but for home use, the iPad wins hands down. Heck, I'm now worried that my iMac will sit dormant all day.
 

Bodhi395

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I bought an ipad instead of upgrading my 3 year old macbook. My reasoning is I will keep my macbook in my spare room and use it when I need to print or do another task the ipad is unsuittable for. I can live with an older computer since it will be relegated to my secondary device. The ipad will then take over as the device I will use everyday for 90% of the things I need to do on a computer. I love the idea of coming home from work, relaxing on the couch and firing up my ipad and surfing the web.

I don't see why I wouldn't be using it in 2 months, since its taking over as my primary web surfing, email, gaming, and general computing device.
 

4DThinker

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For many, the glow will diminish in two week or less. Then there will be some who fall in love, and hang on desperately for years despite the aluminum having blackened their hands and being on their 4th $99 battery replacement.
 

reubs

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I don't have an iPad, but I do have a 15" MBP. I use the MBP at work for writing, e mailing, calendar, and all those things that you'd do at a desk. When I get home, though, I don't want to have the MBP out for a couple of reasons (space, kids, charging, etc).

Last night as I was going to bed, though, I remembered a few e mails I needed to send out but was too tired to get out of bed to do. With an iPad I could have taken care of those e mails quickly and effortlessly and just set the iPad down on the nightstand w/ no further worries.

It also appears that I will be doing a lot more traveling in the coming years that I wasn't expecting when I got the MBP, so the iPad is becoming more appealing.

Unless something changes dramatically, though, I won't be adopting this generation. 16 gigs has proven too tight for my iPod touch, and I don't want to drop $600 on a 32 gig. All that said, I think I could find plenty of uses for it to be more than beneficial for me when the time comes that I'm able to pick one up.

So, will I love it? Maybe not. Will I find that I rely on it enough to justify the purchase? I think I will.
 

AppleFan360

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16 gigs has proven too tight for my iPod touch, and I don't want to drop $600 on a 32 gig.
I agree with you. After I synced my iPad with my iTunes and picture libraries, I only had 3GB left.

Next time I will buy a bigger iPad but will wait until the next gen.
 

techound1

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I now use the iPad in situations where I was using the iphone a lot, like in Bed, Couch, bathroom etc.. I now have a hard time using the iphone because the damn thing is so small :)
Yeah, +1. I've been champing at the bit to get my hands on the bigger device for just those circumstances. Now my iPhone is so, so tiny.:p
 

Sleazy E

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yes, i will still be in love with it. My Macbook Pro is getting pretty jealous because I barely touched her over the weekend :(
 

glhiii

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Keeps Changing

There will be a flood of new apps and this will make it seem as if you have a new gadget every few days, so you won't get tired of it.
 

azcoyote

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I agree with you. After I synced my iPad with my iTunes and picture libraries, I only had 3GB left.

Next time I will buy a bigger iPad but will wait until the next gen.
I could easily fill my 64GB iPad with photos alone. I only synced up photos I know I'd like to carry around everywhere with me. For all the other photos, I'll use apps like Smugmug, Flickr and FrameChannel to pull in photos from my online galleries. Hopefully I'll be able to do the same with my music collection. I currently use Simplify Media which works quite well for streaming music from my home media server. But unfortunately that service is going away in a couple months. I hope there'll be something to take it's place by then. Orb is ok, but find Simplify much better at handling large music collections.
 

rtabdo

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I see the iPad as a great leisure device. I won't be using it to do work, but I love picking it up and reading the web while watching tv or in bed or on a plane. To me it's a glorified netbook that is just a lot nicer for my needs.
 

midcloud

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I think the iPad really stands out when you use it on a desk. Sure, it is great for reading in bed or surfing on the couch. But when you don't intend on using it, put it on your desk as an "additional" monitor. You can watch videos and netflix, or keep a twitter client open. I am sure someone will make a good app that can house all sorts of information efficiently (twitter, IM, email, weather, rss).

Whenever you need to use it in a more traditional manner, unplug it.

Just a thought.
 

idiscuss

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I see the iPad as a great leisure device. I won't be using it to do work, but I love picking it up and reading the web while watching tv or in bed or on a plane. To me it's a glorified netbook that is just a lot nicer for my needs.
No, it is NOT a glorified netbook.
It is a glorified PDA.
 

malnar

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No, it is NOT a glorified netbook.
It is a glorified PDA.
Um, no, it's actually a simplified computer.

And, yes, to answer the original question, I'll definitely be using it in two months. The Macbook has already become where I do "what I have to do" and the Ipad is where I do "what I want to do." One's for work, one's for everything "not work" - not just "play," however. I think if you don't get this, then the Ipad is not for you.