I am was sitting there last night a little upset and I looked over at the iPad on the keyboard dock collecting dust and it made me happy that I made a choice not to buy the MacBook Air 11 today. I almost bought one on an impulse just before I left work. I thought about it on the way home and realized that I don’t “need” it. Well, I didn’t “need” the iPad either.
So, why did I buy an iPad? Well, I resisted the urge to buy one because it was the new thing to buy when they were first launched. I ordered, then canceled. I got the iPad for a couple of reasons. Every time I go to Best Buy, my son (8) and daughter(17) both head straight to the iPad display instead of the game system section. They are game system spoiled already since we have a Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3. I am trying to spend more time in the living room and less time in my office. A couple months ago, I figured as much as my son uses my wife’s iPhone, along with the fact that he loves playing with the ones at Best Buy, I might as well get it to share with the family. I could read RSS feeds, check email, and do Twitter while watching TV and they could play those stupid Zynga games. Things went well for a couple of weeks. I rarely used it and my son wore it out. He got bored though. He has 2 different Nintendo DS systems and he loves playing those more than the iPad. He picks the iPad up 1-2 times a week. My wife and daughter never use it. It sits on my desk collecting dust now.
I just can’t find a compelling reason to use it. Even with it sitting next to me on the couch, I pull my phone out to tap out a quick email reply and to check Twitter. Am I doing it wrong? I don’t need to carry it around since I carry a real nice Sony Vaio everywhere already. I can’t see the iPad replacing my laptop ever. I think I might be alone in this. I attribute this problem to the fact that I have so many toys to choose from already.
Tell me what I should be using this damn thing for. What software are you guys using on your iPad to make it fun or productive to use? The only apps I use with any regularity of than base apps like email and the browser is Flipboard and Twitter.
Does anyone else have this problem or are you all using your iPads?