I was amused by this story in Wired in which a study revealed iPad owners were ‘selfish elites’ that ‘scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness’. My experience over the last few days is that iPad owners are people who can’t rationally explain why they own an iPad or what the device is for.
I went into a computer-shop at lunch-time and played around with one: I think I get it now. It replaces a laptop for most home entertainment and travelling purposes. If I didn’t have a computer at home (and wasn’t a gamer) I might buy an iPad and use it to organise music, look up maps, browse the net, order pizza and so on. If I still travelled a lot I might buy one and not carry a laptop for most trips because my books, music, work data and e-mail could be accessed through the iPad, which is a lot more convenient to use than a laptop.
I guess my iPad owning friends found this hard to communicate because they already had an iMac in their homes and travelled everywhere with their MacBook and/or their iPhone. I can see myself buying an iPad (or a similar product) in five or six years when the price comes down and and the technology improves. It seemed like a natural progression from the modern day laptop.