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dolbinau
29th January 2010, 06:55 PM
How are you guys justifying a future purchase of an 'iPad'?

I guess it would be useful to take to uni and be a little more bearable to browse the net during long breaks than my iPhone. It would also be very useful to have the lecture notes up. And I don't have a laptop so it isn't that 'redundant'.

But that's all I can think of.

Does anyone really anticipate it to fill a 'hole' in their lives not already covered?

If you have an Apple laptop and iPhone, AND what to buy an iPad, it will be especially interesting to see why.

decryption
29th January 2010, 06:57 PM
I dunno what I'll use it for.
I'll buy it and experiment on what it's good for :)

Geoff3DMN
29th January 2010, 07:07 PM
If you have an Apple laptop and iPhone, AND what to buy an iPad, it will be especially interesting to see why.

My reasons?

1 I ride a motorbike and the only place that I can put a laptop is in the side cases on the bike and in order to keep it safe I have to put it into a laptop bag. Along with all the bits and pieces that takes up 25% of my storage space. The iPad is a lot smaller and thinner than that and I expect to be able to carry it in the smaller top box (the one behind the seat).

2 I read ebooks during the day on my Kindle but I like to read at night in bed. SWMBO however doesn't like the light on (even my bedside table light and she is always in bed before me, I'm a night owl) which means I can't use the Kindle and have to use the iPhone for reading and it's far from ideal. I expect the iPad to get a lot of use with the screen partly dimmed as a night time eBook reader.

3 I'm a technophile, always have been and probably always will be. New Tech makes me feel life is fun and exciting (and the importance of enjoying ones self shouldn't be underestimated).

Pal-o-mine
29th January 2010, 07:09 PM
Browsing on the boz, of course :D

yinyang
29th January 2010, 07:13 PM
How are you guys justifying a future purchase of an 'iPad'?



bought via the MT Apple Store link it provides Anthony with yet another Angus Burger (or whatever it is that he eats) ;)

good enough reason....?!

decryption
29th January 2010, 07:16 PM
bought via the MT Apple Store link it provides Anthony with yet another Angus Burger (or whatever it is that he eats) ;)

good enough reason....?!

Surely this is all the justification one needs to buy anything from the Apple online store? (http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&z=s&v=936507) :D

ClockWork
29th January 2010, 07:23 PM
I dunno what I'll use it for.
I'll buy it and experiment on what it's good for :)

Breadboard.

Cybix
29th January 2010, 07:29 PM
I'd hack the gibson!

doofus
29th January 2010, 07:51 PM
Can I claim it as a deduction for my kids school expenses? If so I may have found a use for it :thumbup:

tcn33
29th January 2010, 08:06 PM
The only reason I have a Macbook rather than a mini or iMac is so I can read newsfeeds, books, comics etc on the train... and the iPad weighs a lot less than a Macbook.

Cybix
29th January 2010, 08:21 PM
seriously.... I'd use it for:

social networking, email, web browsing, remote desktop, the 'remote' app to control music in my house, a photo frame, a device to showcase web-work to clients, ical (as a photo frame style), music player (cover flow, again like a photo frame on a surface), movies/videos for my kids when we travel (good battery life), god knows what else.

hah. who cares. buy it, show it off, feel good.

Jaste
29th January 2010, 08:23 PM
I'd load up the Kindle App and read books :tongue:

Jopher
29th January 2010, 08:55 PM
I'd buy one to cart around uni. It would be good for taking notes on as well as being able to be used as a calendar/planner as well as keeping me amused during breaks or on the train to and from uni. Also, its a lot less to carry around then my 15" MBP and would be less hassle to get out and start up whenever i needed to take a quick note. But maybe I'm just trying to justify to myself that I need the shiny new apple product.

droodles
29th January 2010, 08:59 PM
I don't think this product will sell very high. People can't really justify a plausible reason to get one if they've already got both laptop and iPhone.

NathR32
29th January 2010, 09:01 PM
I don't think this product will sell very high. People can't really justify a plausible reason to get one if they've already got both laptop and iPhone.

lol You will be eating your words in a few months.

I'll be using it for bed and lounge internet, and uni.
I just hope they will have educational pricing on it.

entropy
29th January 2010, 09:04 PM
I don't have a laptop, have no need for one compared with an imac, and already use the iphone for most of my reading and web browsing, so the iPad would actually be a good purchase for me to improve my reading/browsing habits.

That said, I will not buy and iPad or a new iphone until it has a front facing camera. Just saying.

kevinnugent
29th January 2010, 09:05 PM
Porn.

Seriously, it's a lifestyle device. I'll be using it to enhance my decadent lifestyle. :)

harrisonx
29th January 2010, 09:22 PM
I'm very seriously considering buying one (64GB version, though I may wait a year to get the newer (higher capacity) version to replace my beloved, but ageing 2006 Macbook Pro.

When I bought my MBP, I was at uni and also working from home. My setup consists of a 23" Cinema Display and keyboard and mouse as well as 3 external hard drives. Perfect for when I'm working, but still portable when needed.

I've since graduated, and now have a full time job, so the only time I really use my computer at home regularly is when checking my RSS feeds and browsing the web, and also to watch TV shows etc (sometimes connected up to my TV, sometimes in bed). I have a huge iPhoto library, but I don't look at my photos very often, as they're stored on an external hard drive that means I need to connect it all up to my screen etc (I use my "desktop" setup about 25% of the time I'm using my MBP at home). My iTunes library is also stored externally, and I only use that to sync to my iPhone or to pipe music to my amp via an Airport Express.

So it seems to me that the iPad is perfectly suited to the regular activities for which I currently use my Macbook Pro. Sure, every now and again I need to use Photoshop or another app that requires a reasonably powerful computer, but for the most part, the iPad seems like it will get the job done 90% of the time.

I'm not planning on getting rid of my MBP, it's probably going to be retired for use as a HTPC except when I need to use a proper computer for something. I'll be able to use a combination of my Apple Remote, the Remote app for the iPhone, and an app I've been using called TouchPad on my iPhone to control my MBPHTPC remotely.

So there're my reasons for wanting an iPad - it's to use as my everyday machine when I get home from work and just want to relax on the couch, not requiring a fully fledged computer.

pixelicious
29th January 2010, 09:35 PM
Something I'd love to play with is to use it for on-call support.

I'd love to be able to VPN to the office, then use jaadu or something to RDP to my desktop and from there administer support, and it only weighs 700g! :D

Pix.

eaglesteve2
29th January 2010, 09:36 PM
Currently I use my iPhone a lot for Internet and google reader. I just don't find my notebook suitable for such task at all, unless I'm deskbound. With iPad, I'll probably spend at least 6 hours per day online with it each day.

People who thinks this product won't sell are very wrong I suspect.

rrs
29th January 2010, 09:45 PM
I have a 5 1/2 year old Rev-A iMac G5, a 2008 base model MacBook and an iPhone 3G. The only thing I use my MacBook for and the only reason I bought it was to use the internet with it on the couch and in bed.

If I hadn't bought the MacBook 2 years ago, and instead waited till now, I would be buying the iPad because it seems perfect to use on the couch and in bed.

I will probably buy an iPad in a year as my iMac will be 6 1/2 years old. My MacBook will become my desktop station and I will use the iPad 90% of my home computing time, just like my MacBook is used now.

I became disappointed with the iPad because I read the horrific response from what seems to be 99% of the internetz, but once I watched the Keynote it became very obvious that the iPad will be perfect for me.

droodles
29th January 2010, 10:05 PM
http://screensnapr.com/u/trlsn8.png

Quasar
29th January 2010, 10:12 PM
I'll be justifying it as a comic and ebook reader as well as a in bed net browsing device.

HottPixels
29th January 2010, 10:20 PM
the iPad means i can chuck out all pen and paper i have! not that i have much now!
i have a macbook pro for portable stuff, but when i go to meetings with clients i don't like taking a laptop.. and i love the nots on the iphone... but the small screen for alot of typing is crappy! so the ipad will be perfect! sure i would have loved it to be used as a input for photoshop... but we all knew apple would take the large ipod touch route!!

and the screen isn't half bad for a portfolio... although i have to leather bound books for that! but it will be so handy!!!!!

Arkhum_Eramak
29th January 2010, 11:12 PM
I've read that it's already being looked into as a control surface for MagicBulletLooks (Colour correction software). As a control surface for something like Color or Colorista or MBL it would be handy and quite inexpensive. Then you've also got a sofa-browser, video portfolio, eBook reader and all that jazz when you aren't using it as a work device. I'm not getting one on launch, but turn it into a pro-app peripheral and suddenly I'm a lot more interested.
Besides which, I'm considering getting one for my Nan to get her an email account so she can communicate with my dad who had two new, young children and who live at the other end of the state. I think she'd love the straightforwardness of it, and the fact that she couldn't easily wreck it software-wise.

Lutze
30th January 2010, 02:45 AM
If I decide to buy one after I've got my paws on one to play with I'll probably be looking at it as a sofa surfer / training bike surfer (indoor trainer during summer hot days)

If i can use it at work to do something then I will... it would be perfect for presentations in the office.

You know what? I don't have to justify it. I want it, it looks good. It will make poorer windows fanbois cry. I am a petty bastard :)

harps
30th January 2010, 06:40 AM
For me it would be primarily used as a web surfing tool whilst sitting on the coach when nothing is on TV (a common occurrence), replacing my second hand under powered PowerBook, when my wife is hogging our iMac.

Depending on what books are available, I might also use it as an eBook, and watching downloaded TV shows and movies.

It would also be our computer taken when traveling.

iJohn
30th January 2010, 07:34 AM
Just to have one.... probably end up using it for facebook,twitter, email, netbanking.

Ecto1
30th January 2010, 07:41 AM
Even though it is only 64gb I would use it to store & view my RAW files after a shoot. Other then that I would use it for the everyday things and only use my iMac for the heavy duty things.

kevinnugent
30th January 2010, 07:42 AM
You know what? I don't have to justify it. I want it, it looks good. It will make poorer windows fanbois cry. I am a petty bastard :)

And for me, this is the most eloquent answer. It mirrors my own sentiments exactly. I'm even thinking of the more expensive model just because I can.

Seriously, I'm even thinking the wifi model may do me for what I use it for (along with one of those wonderful Mifi's if I want 3G/Wifi off the beaten track - I already have a VF 3G stick that's sitting here doing nothing but mocking me!).

DJY
30th January 2010, 07:50 AM
Ok... so for me... I'm pretending to say I'm yet to decide if I will buy one... but I know I will.

Work uses for me (hopefully):
Database... I am still in the concept stage - but I want to be able to have access to a range of current and historical data on people, places, and resources for work. There is one in particular I'm hoping to get up and runnning detailing about 500 people, their contact details, some professional history (that I can add to), maybe their family details, and potentially record all dealings I have with them!

Surveys... for the last couple of years I've wondered if I can turn an 8 page paper document into an electronic format. It is four or five surveys then a semi structured interview. Interview includes some prompts / subject areas - as well as places for me to record respondents answers.
This would save me hours and hours of data entry!!!!!

Reading work files... accessing reference documents, phone lists, word documents, amending current working documents when I'm close to a final product.

Editing existing files... and here will be the sticking point. MY work domain is in Office. I have read Pages will save as Word... but I'm yet to hear if Numbers and Pages and Keynote (on the iPad) will open Office files like their full app cousins... I hope so!!!!!

Meetings... I'd love to be able to sync notes I take in a range of meetings into my electronic domain. Taking a laptop to a meeting would be anti social and look weird... but the iPad might work?

Having my paper diary in my computer - this has been a hope of mine for a long time now. Sure I tried various PDA's over the year, my Palm came the closest.

Personal uses:
better email access / writing (than my iPhone)
better web browsing (than my iPhone)
movie / TV show watching
ebooks
emags
music
maybe the odd game here and there

I currently have a MacBook Air... and love it - as I travel alot. I can imagine though future iPads and MacBook Airs merging - which is what I think I want. I'm not sure if the iPad will be able to do the things I hope...
and I doubt it will take over my MBA. There will still be trips / occasions that I will need my MBA.

Mal
30th January 2010, 08:16 AM
I'm a muso and have been using an ipod for backing tracks, Very small screen and the wheel is not good to find a song quickly. The laptop needs its on stand on stage which is a hassle,
The ipad is the perfect size to put on my keyboard's music stand, and with Itunes and the keypad, will be very quick to dial up a song. (Hopefully the keypad will be viewable over the Itunes window though)

nightelves
31st January 2010, 05:13 PM
Porns and games. There i've said it.

jack112006
31st January 2010, 05:18 PM
It would be my couch computer, replace most of/all of my textbooks, be perfect for weekends away and more. It has me written all over it. It does just what I want it to do.

dolbinau
31st January 2010, 06:16 PM
I'm curious RE: Textbooks, how will you find electronic versions of them? (Unless it is common practice for electronic versions to be supplied with physical copies). [I have done 1 year of Uni, I just don't pay much attention to the textbooks :P]

banjo
31st January 2010, 06:26 PM
Lay in bed/on the lounge and read the news, blog feeds, and books on the weekend, among other things.

Take it on holidays for web browsing, watching movies, reading, playing games, etc. Also use it to store photos (using the peripherals) from the camera when the media card fills up.

Sit it beside my desktop machine and use it as a screen for video, PDF, and web tutorials.

Use a VPN app to control the other Macs in the house, including the HTPC for when it needs input other than what the IR remote can do.

In fact, I would probably sell off my iBook because the iPad will do the things I use that for but in a smaller and more convenient form factor.

The only problem would be the arguments at home over who gets to use it ...

jack112006
31st January 2010, 06:33 PM
I'm curious RE: Textbooks, how will you find electronic versions of them? (Unless it is common practice for electronic versions to be supplied with physical copies). [I have done 1 year of Uni, I just don't pay much attention to the textbooks :P]

I will probably just scan all my textbooks into PDF's. Maybe next year the school will supply electronic versions as they are moving away from paper in a large way.

kevinnugent
31st January 2010, 06:40 PM
The only problem would be the arguments at home over who gets to use it ...

Get two. Problem solvered. :)

6andy6
31st January 2010, 06:57 PM
I think turn it on would be the logical first order of the day when buying one - why what do you usually do???

Polish it... :-)

hobbsy101
31st January 2010, 07:01 PM
I'd use it as a light version of my netbook but will tend to watch more movies and tv shows on it on the go. Like in the car on long trips. The only main thing that is making get one is the tailored iWork apps for it. I'm gunna buy Pages and Keynote for school. Should be really handy....and funny when i go ask to get my iPad out of my bag

jack112006
31st January 2010, 07:36 PM
Get two. Problem solvered. :)

That's what I'm doing. The touch that floats around is constantly being fought over. I guess it will be the same with iPad.

JPC
31st January 2010, 07:54 PM
I'll be perfectly honest and say I want one just so I can open the box and get that lovely new Apple smell :D

Nah, would be great just to surf the internet during boring lectures.

Ken S
31st January 2010, 08:48 PM
I have an icepack I sit between my lap and my MBP while surfing the net/working as my wife watches gilmore girls ...
the iPad will be my new anti-burn device (as long as I can still plug in noise cancelling headphones)

Byron Creek
31st January 2010, 09:33 PM
When I get my iPad, it will be replacing a MacBook Air which is too awkward to use, too heavy (yes, too heavy!) and too powerful for when and what I use it for.

I use the Air for net surfing, some email, watching movies and TV series at home and at work to kill time when rostered on standby shifts. Also on the train as I have almost an hour each way to and from work each day. The train trip is just the right length to knock over all my torrented TV series!
The Eye TV app will also turn the iPad into a very handy portable TV around the home.

I have my Mac Pro for any creative stuff eg. photo, video editing etc. I don't use a computer in my job, so really no need for a laptop.

Roll on April for a 64GB 3G version!

ozerus
31st January 2010, 09:36 PM
Browsing the net, watching tv shows, reading books, piano sheet music (I almost pissed my panties when I looked at the damned thing), casual typing, RSS feeds, it'll be my carry everywhere computer.

dory_1982
7th February 2010, 09:29 PM
I'm going to be using mine for a couple varying reasons:

* Digital companion along the lines my iPhone has been... so photos, videos, music, surfing, entertainment / apps / games.
* Some work functions - iWork, VPN - VNC, Email.
* As has been said, it is an appliance not a computer. I have my mega machine pumping away at home. I dont need another computer to keep online to be able to do the above points.

I plan on carrying it with me just like I would my iphone (except in a bag not a pocket).

I have an EEE PC 901. I stopped carrying it with me as it become too much of a concession to do anything at all on it!!

JD