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dolbinau
29th January 2010, 06:43 AM
It would seem pretty awkward, maybe even wankerish.

jack112006
29th January 2010, 07:10 AM
No way would I be embarrassed. I personally think it looks awesome.

Ecto1
29th January 2010, 07:13 AM
I agree. I think most people will more be like "Wow! is that the new Apple tablet?"

glitch
29th January 2010, 07:17 AM
This may be one of the real limitations to the iPad getting traction in the market, i suspect users will look like tools pulling out a iPad on the train for instance.

I am not sure why this is, its ok to pull out a lappy, but there is just something wrong with the supersized iPod touch.

TheKeddi
29th January 2010, 07:59 AM
Why would you be embarrassed? I would be more embarrassed with using a bluetooth headset with my phone, talking to thin air.

This is just a cool thing to use!!

decryption
29th January 2010, 08:14 AM
I only buy Apple products so I can use them in public and be noticed. Why else would I buy this over-priced, over-engineered, used-by-designers-and-the-gays, locked-down computing platform?

Geoff3DMN
29th January 2010, 08:28 AM
its ok to pull out a lappy, but there is just something wrong with the supersized iPod touch.

People take no notice of others using laptops in public nowdays but it was different 10 years ago, people will get used to the iPad as well.

mechcon
29th January 2010, 08:32 AM
People now are used to the iPhone anyway.

Phillo
29th January 2010, 08:47 AM
How long is it going to take for someone to complain about a douche watching inappropriate video on their ipad??

Imagine getting on a train and the festy dude next to you is watching scat porn during the peak hour commute!

Thats where the nice big screen of the ipad is potentially nasty!

Geoff3DMN
29th January 2010, 08:54 AM
How long is it going to take for someone to complain about a douche watching inappropriate video on their ipad??

How is that different to someone watching an inappropriate video on a netbook or latop?

The last time I was on the train (and I'm a semi regular traveler) in my carriage there were half a dozen laptops/netbooks open and running (not including me, mine was packed away).

fother
29th January 2010, 09:05 AM
It would seem pretty awkward, maybe even wankerish.


Same was said of netbooks in public.
Before that, same was said of iPhones in public.
Before that, same was said of laptops in public.
Before that, same was said of mobile phones in public.
Before that, same was said of diskmans in public.
Before that, same was said of walkmans in public.

peterjcat
29th January 2010, 09:06 AM
Thats where the nice big screen of the ipad is potentially nasty!

And the IPS wide viewing angle :)

glitch
29th January 2010, 09:12 AM
Imagine getting on a train and the festy dude next to you is watching scat porn during the peak hour commute!



Maybe thats why there is no support for flash?!

grorr76
29th January 2010, 09:27 AM
Silly speculative question why would anyone be embarrsessed or even care what anyone else thought. All I can say is everything will become a lot clearer once the things out and people have them in there hands. One of the main reasons I want one is to read to and from work while listioning to music.

bennettnz
29th January 2010, 09:43 AM
I felt a little weird using an iphone for the first day then I realised everyone had one. This won't be any different.

glitch
29th January 2010, 09:44 AM
I fail to see how anyone could be anything but embarrassed using one of these in public,

http://img.skitch.com/20100128-euhceugm1n2d36fgitdiqjfmc.jpg

mitty
29th January 2010, 10:17 AM
I fail to see how anyone could be anything but embarrassed using one of these in public,

http://img.skitch.com/20100128-euhceugm1n2d36fgitdiqjfmc.jpg

That's gold baby.

LennyX
29th January 2010, 10:34 AM
I would probably feel a bit awkward at first, not really embarrassed though. I felt the same when hardly anyone else had an iPhone and look where we are now...

Exocet
29th January 2010, 10:56 AM
I'd feel more awkward pulling a laptop out.

brian_g
29th January 2010, 11:02 AM
People take no notice of others using laptops in public nowdays but it was different 10 years ago, people will get used to the iPad as well.

Remember the first time I heard a mobile phone ring on a train. Whole carriage looked around to see WTF it was.

Now - everyone reaches into their handbag/briefcase/pocket to see if its theirs...

mitty
29th January 2010, 12:19 PM
This poll needs a third option called "ask me in 6 months". When iphone first came out I was very careful where and when I pulled it out because I didn't want to look like a wanker. Now that everyone looks like a wanker, I have no such problem.

dotnet
29th January 2010, 01:04 PM
I used to wear this in public:

http://imghost.indiamart.com/data1/6/2/HELLOTD-1679209/EyePad_250x250.jpg

I was only slightly embarrassed.

Cheers
Steffen.

thenewblack
29th January 2010, 01:25 PM
Maybe thats why there is no support for flash?!

Good one. :)

SRG
29th January 2010, 01:30 PM
I wouldn't be embarrassed by it but early on I would likely be checking who is near by before taking out. These may be a bit easy to swipe from you given how you will have to hold them (same for a laptop on your knees of course but I don't use that on the train either).

Will be less of an issue when a few are about but early days likely err on the side of caution.

ruegen
1st February 2010, 12:20 AM
Nope, I'll carry mine around unless it has a cover like this :p:

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Lutze
1st February 2010, 12:28 AM
Honestly - It's funny getting on the train in the morning. You see the iPhone / iPod touch users playing around with them - anyone else listening to music or with headphones in keeps their el cheapo mp3 player buried deep in a pocket.

I don't know how anyone could use a shitty netbook on the train after the iPad becomes available. Soon enough they will be hidden away like those non-iPod cool toys.

Oh and really... the iTampon thing is just becoming a bit old already. Maybe you guys need a lesson in feminine hygiene products to uderstand a pad is different from a tampon?

caesarlike
2nd February 2010, 10:23 AM
Seems to me the only people who would be embarrassed about using an iPad in public would be those who cried out "Apple Failure" when they first saw it, and of course Microsoft employees / executives who I suspect will buy it in droves. I can see it now, a certain "Steve" (Not Jobs) using one for 'product comparative purposes'.

dotnet
2nd February 2010, 10:44 AM
Seems to me the only people who would be embarrassed about using an iPad in public would be those who cried out "Apple Failure" when they first saw it

I can only partly agree that those two things are related. Some people are just not comfortable with flashing around the latest gadgets, they don't want to appear pretentious or showing off. Others crave the sort of attention that this affords. They're just different personalities. While I agree to some extent that the latter group will welcome any new gadget that will allow them to show off you'd have to admit that even among the show-offs around here there would be some that don't quite see a market for the iPad. Likewise, there will be those shy folks who appreciate the iPad as revolutionary and will buy it the day it comes out, and use it - when no one's looking ;) At least initially, until pulling it out will no longer raise eyebrows.

Cheers
Steffen.

LennyX
2nd February 2010, 10:45 AM
Seems to me the only people who would be embarrassed about using an iPad in public would be those who cried out "Apple Failure" when they first saw it...

No.

I loved the iPhone the moment I saw it and still felt like a douche using it in public for a while. It's probably something to do with not wanting to look like a yuppie/snob. Once they become ubiquitous, everyone's a yuppie/snob/douche and it doesn't feel so weird.

Edit: Steffen said it better.

wholikespotatoes
2nd February 2010, 10:45 AM
Seems to me the only people who would be embarrassed about using an iPad in public would be those who cried out "Apple Failure" when they first saw it, and of course Microsoft employees / executives who I suspect will buy it in droves. I can see it now, a certain "Steve" (Not Jobs) using one for 'product comparative purposes'.

Not quite.. I for one think the iPad will be successful for sure (mainly due to the dev potential), but would not be seen out in public whatsoever until they're considered 'common'.
In many people's eyes browsing the internet on a newly released sought-after device while walking down the street screams out douche.

In relation to myself... i hate being considered a show-off.

MightyAtom
2nd February 2010, 11:09 AM
In many people's eyes browsing the internet on a newly released sought-after device while walking down the street screams out douche.
Seriously, do people really care what complete strangers, you'll never even meet, think about you in public?!

My only concern with using something like the iPad in public is becoming a target for mugging.

Japester
2nd February 2010, 11:13 AM
I'm a flaunter, I'm afraid.

tcn33
2nd February 2010, 11:33 AM
Seriously, do people really care what complete strangers, you'll never even meet, think about you in public?!

This. If you seriously give a shit what people think about you based on what kind of phone you use or how new your gadgets are, you have bigger problems.

TheKeddi
2nd February 2010, 11:44 AM
This. If you seriously give a shit what people think about you based on what kind of phone you use or how new your gadgets are, you have bigger problems.

Hear Hear!

I am surprised at how many people really care what total strangers think if they have a new release thing to play with on the train or wherever.

Why would you think it is embarrassing? I couldn't give a toss what someone else thought, it's my toy and I'll play with it in public if I want to!

Not like your taking out your willies for a fiddle? lol :p

jesse
2nd February 2010, 12:18 PM
I agree. I think most people will more be like "Wow! is that the new Apple tablet?"


I only buy Apple products so I can use them in public and be noticed.

This

opilot87
2nd February 2010, 03:32 PM
I fail to see how anyone could be anything but embarrassed using one of these in public,


Hahahaha. Good one, funniest reply i've seen in a while

Ollie

kyte
2nd February 2010, 05:52 PM
Seriously, do people really care what complete strangers, you'll never even meet, think about you in public?!

My only concern with using something like the iPad in public is becoming a target for mugging.

I'm with you. People need to get over the thought that what they do is that important to Joe Bloggs at the other end of the train/bus/canteen queue (or whatever).

Wouldnt want to be mugged though. That said, however, never had any issues about using the iphone in public... if someone were to think I was a wanker because I did, it says more about them than it does about me.

kevinnugent
2nd February 2010, 06:00 PM
Not like your taking out your willies for a fiddle? lol :p

Well, this should be legal too! :) Then we'd really see who the "wankers" were.

Byron Creek
3rd February 2010, 10:14 AM
Hear Hear!

I am surprised at how many people really care what total strangers think if they have a new release thing to play with on the train or wherever.

Why would you think it is embarrassing? I couldn't give a toss what someone else thought, it's my toy and I'll play with it in public if I want to!

Not like your taking out your willies for a fiddle? lol :p

Don't laugh, I work on the railways and have seen people actually do this on the train. It happens more than you would think!

Compared to that, pulling out an iPad would not at all be embarressing.

ClockWork
3rd February 2010, 12:25 PM
I'd feel more embarrassed taking out an iPad or a MacBook on a train, than I would taking out my winky and giving it a shake.

Go figure.

brian_g
3rd February 2010, 09:00 PM
I had some friends ask me on Friday if I already had one - very tongue in cheek.

I said "No - I'll wait til my boss gives me one :-P"

But on a more serious note, I've seen quite a few blog posts talking about how after 30 years, computers still aren't any easier for the non technical and this is a step forward. Some even see it as the death of the desktop.

My friends aren't particularly IT savvy - I can see them really taking to one (or more likely the comparable Windows based rip-off that will eventuate).

kevinnugent
3rd February 2010, 10:46 PM
At this point, I think it would be more embarrassing to NOT pull an iPad out in public. :)

skritter
3rd February 2010, 11:57 PM
At this point, I think it would be more embarrassing to NOT pull an iPad out in public. :)

Unless your a bank employee with the news finance team filming behind you.

kaisersozay
4th February 2010, 06:45 AM
Poseurs are never embarrassed.

Mac Monk
12th February 2010, 11:00 AM
Wouldnt want to be mugged though.

I would welcome it...again. The last time I got mugged, I mean experienced an attempted mugging, the guy got a broken arm and when it was me holding the knife he lay there squeeling for his life (and probably from the pain of a broken arm). It was pathetic! I just wish I had seen Inglourious Basterds 10 years ago and I would have give him a Muggers Mark.

I hate those scum, go work for your money.

entropy
12th February 2010, 01:11 PM
Oookay!