While test driving a few dozen iPads, our class discussed needs versus wants. Did any of us need an iPad in our lives? Why, or why not? We pondered:
- How does the iPad fit into our daily activities?
- How can an iPad enhance a reader's experience of books, magazines, newspapers?
- Where does an iPad provide useful applications in a business setting? Education setting?
- How can marketers use this technology to their advantage?
- What can an iPad do that a laptop computer can't? What can a laptop do that the iPad does not (yet)? Does an iPad complement a computer or do they cancel each other out?
- What does the iPad not do that we wish it did to be more useful?
- Finally, did we really need it? Or is it just for cats?
As the owner of a MacBook, PC laptop, two iPhones, a digital camera, a half dozen iPods of varying capabilities, a Wii and two DVRs, I'm not sure I'm ready to let the iPad into my life just yet until I know for sure that the technology offers something I need vs. want. I recently found two sad, forgotten, irrelevant Palm Pilots and their nifty stylis pens in a corner of the closet. I'm not sure an iPad wouldn't meet their same fate.