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  • Surveys: 100% Don't Know What iPad's For


    Steve Jobs notably introduced the iPad as an entirely new class of device: "something in the middle" between a laptop and a smartphone. It's a smart approach, because it potentially appeals to anyone who would get either an iPod or a MacBook: pretty much everybody. But the pitch has left users without a clear idea about what the device would be good for and why they would want one. A couple of new surveys released today highlight the confusion, with potential users saying different things about what they'd be most likely to use an iPad to do.

    Sybase made its bones developing relational database management software in the 80s and 90s, notably licensing its database engine as the SQL Server on OS/2. After the tech bubble burst, Sybase reorganized its business to focus on what it calls the "unwired enterprise:" bringing access to corporate databases to mobile clients. As a part of this business, it periodically commissions surveys to see what direction the industry is moving in. Sybase hired Zogby to poll over two thousand people, about a quarter of whom currently use smartphones. According to the survey, 52.3% of the smartphone users said they'd most likely to use a new tablet device like the iPad to do work, while 48.2% said they'd watch movies and TV shows, and 35.4% would play games.

    In a separate survey, the market research firm comScore also asked about two thousand people what they thought they'd use an iPad for. Nearly half said they'd use it for browsing the Internet and email (50% and 48% respectively), and more than a third said they would use it for listening to music (38%). As far as e-reading goes, 375 of respondents said they'd be “likely” or “very likely” to use it to read books and magazines, but about the same (28%) said they'd be “unlikely” or “very unlikely” to do that. Interestingly, current iPhone/iPod owners (grouped together in the survey as "iOwners") overwhelmingly seemed to like the idea of newspapers and magazines formatted specifically for the iPad, with a full 52% of respondents said they’d pay for newspaper and magazine digital subscriptions. Other responses included maintaining an address book/contact list (37 percent), watching videos/movies (36 percent), storing and viewing photos (35 percent) and reading newspapers and magazines (34 percent).

    When a new technology comes on the market, it's always a mystery what the ultimate use will be. One of the first home computers ever made, the $7,000 Honeywell Kitchen Computer, touted its abilities to maintain a database of recipes. The killer app for the iPad may not have even have been been invented yet.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Surveys: 100% Don't Know What iPad's For started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I keep imagining myself syncing all my stuff from my macbook to the ipad with itunes and then looking back and forth between the two and then realizing... why not just take my macbook? lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      The minority that think that you can't browse the web well on the iPhone have the right to think that. Just realize that you are the minority. I am sure Apple will love you for buying an ipod touch XL (aka ipad) simply to browse the internet on a larger screen. I truly think people are not considering both sides of the coin when thinking about size. Sure the screen will be bigger, but it is also going to keep you from slipping the thing in your pocket. In my opinion that is a much bigger thing to sacrifice than being able to see more on the screen at any given time. Really the biggest application of the ipad is that I see is for medical chart keeping. With the proper software integrating to a server this thing could fill the void that is left by bulkier tablet PCs. I do see microsoft's upcoming slate device competing for this same spot though.
    1. amorod's Avatar
      amorod -
      I know that once on the market everybody will want one just because I think Steve reserve the best for last. and the cool apps for ipad will start to flow. for me I will use it as a portable movie player!!
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      How many pre-orders in the first day?

      why do you think no one knows what to do with it?

      are you kidding me?

      Mention iPad get some google hits... that's about it.

      Quote Originally Posted by surgeanator View Post
      I think the iPad is a big waste of time. I think people will realize that when they get there hands on one. I bet there will be plenty of people selling them used in a month or so, after the initial release.
      Why do you come on a site driven by apple products then?
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      You guys are crazy, just wait Till apps start coming out for this

      I already ordered mine for school
      When I hear people say they're getting a net/notebook for school, it usually means they're going to use it to take notes in class, which is something you have to pay an extra $120 (price of the iPad case, keyboard, and the QuickOffice app) to do on the iPad, which brings the price before tax to $620 for the baseline model. And when considering for $399 you can buy a Dell Mini10 that runs Snow Leopard flawlessly, the need for an iPad quickly diminishes; but hey, you'll always look cool in Starbucks.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      ^ but isn't that the whole point? You will get so many free drinks at starbezzy's as soon as you whip that out.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      I so agree.. I've commented before on this very thing, but ppl will spend money however they want, and will go in debt trying to please and wanting to be the talk over coffee...
      then they talk about if the ipad is priced reasonably? really its over priced just like ALL of apples products....i hate going into an apple store for an iphone issue bc you see these fake news paper readers, or ppl who think they are gods gift to the earth ooo and ahhh over high priced products....my iphone cost me $100 on a deal from craigslist.. took it into an apple store and made up some sad speaker story just so i could use their system and got me an unscratched phone all for $100.... thats about what an iphone is worth.. i dont care what ppl claim it can do.. thats why i will continue to jailbreak and use the internet.. power to the internet... $500 can go to upgrading my Hayabusa.... an Ipad.. please... Im from NJ.. I'll pick one up for sure.. just not at $500... hehehe
      You should read your own words..especially the "Gods own gift" part. Do you think your better than all those people who want to pay the extra money for products? Do you think your smarter than they are? You have no right to judge them just because you don't share the same opinion as they do.

      Everyone has a right to buy and pay whatever they want for whatever they want, and they don't need people like you judging them because you don't think the product is worth it. Stop judging so much, spend your time worrying about more important things. An what are you going to do, lug your AV cables around with you every where you go, and hope you have something to plug them into? lol

      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      When I hear people say they're getting a net/notebook for school, it usually means they're going to use it to take notes in class, which is something you have to pay an extra $120 (price of the iPad case, keyboard, and the QuickOffice app) to do on the iPad, which brings the price before tax to $620 for the baseline model. And when considering for $399 you can buy a Dell Mini10 that runs Snow Leopard flawlessly, the need for an iPad quickly diminishes; but hey, you'll always look cool in Starbucks.
      What is your point?...is your goal in life to try and stop people from buying an iPad or any Apple products for that matter? Seriously...we know what a Dell mini costs compared to an iPad...who cares?
    1. MagicJustin's Avatar
      MagicJustin -
      I love the idea of the iPad. One of my businesses REQUIRES the use of flash. (http://AmazingCardSender.com) I wish I could do this from my iphone (Still waiting for them to make an app) But since the iPad is still NOT the full internet as promised and flash is missing, I will not be purchasing one anytime soon.

      I love my iPhone and use my laptop... I love using MyWi to tether my phone's internet to my laptop as well... so there is no need for the iPad or paying for another service.
    1. shizzabrick's Avatar
      shizzabrick -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      I so agree.. I've commented before on this very thing, but ppl will spend money however they want, and will go in debt trying to please and wanting to be the talk over coffee...
      then they talk about if the ipad is priced reasonably? really its over priced just like ALL of apples products....i hate going into an apple store for an iphone issue bc you see these fake news paper readers, or ppl who think they are gods gift to the earth ooo and ahhh over high priced products....my iphone cost me $100 on a deal from craigslist.. took it into an apple store and made up some sad speaker story just so i could use their system and got me an unscratched phone all for $100.... thats about what an iphone is worth.. i dont care what ppl claim it can do.. thats why i will continue to jailbreak and use the internet.. power to the internet... $500 can go to upgrading my Hayabusa.... an Ipad.. please... Im from NJ.. I'll pick one up for sure.. just not at $500... hehehe
      Man you are a genius. I want to be just like you.

      Thanks for spending so much time commenting in a product thread you apparently have no interest in.

      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      When I hear people say they're getting a net/notebook for school, it usually means they're going to use it to take notes in class, which is something you have to pay an extra $120 (price of the iPad case, keyboard, and the QuickOffice app) to do on the iPad, which brings the price before tax to $620 for the baseline model. And when considering for $399 you can buy a Dell Mini10 that runs Snow Leopard flawlessly, the need for an iPad quickly diminishes; but hey, you'll always look cool in Starbucks.
      Were you planning to pay for the OSX you were going to install on that machine? What about the Office?

      There is no kb required, like the iPhone. iWork is 30 bucks.

      Do your math before brewing the haterade. Or were you just advocating piracy.
    1. harrison0550's Avatar
      harrison0550 -
      With all the buzz around this thing I found myself pondering how I could justify buying one and what I would use it for. I personally wouldn't carry it around with me. I stay connected enough between my iphone and my work BB and netbook I really dont need another device with me at all times. So with that being said I thought well maybe there is something I could do with it at home. I have the pc in the office and my laptop in front of me and my PS3 all hooked to my network for all my multimedia fixations.
      So what would I do with an ipad?
      Then it hit me like a stroke of genius. This thing would make a killer Juke Box for the game room. Maybe make a case for it to sit in or stand of some sort. Wired into my game room surround receiver with my entire i-tunes collection for friends and family to scroll through the snazzy cover art. Or maybe even install the crestron app from itunes app store and upgrade my home automation touchscreen controller. I always wanted this bad boy but the $2500 price tag never seemed worth it. So I will probably buy an ipad to control my home automation and media content for my game room.
    1. iPhoneMadness's Avatar
      iPhoneMadness -
      I thanked the people I agree with. lol.

      I really don't see how this is useful OUT OF THE BOX. Now when Jailbreaking comes a long, who knows?

      I thought the iPhone was **** until I researched and discovered Jailbreaking. That's when I actually went out and bought one.

      Does that mean I'll do the same for the iPad? Probably not. Even though it's vaporware, the Courier just looks like it'd be more for what I need.

      But this thing will do good. I mean it's Apple. People buy Apple just to say they have an Apple because they don't know any better. That's where Apple capitalizes and they do it damn well.

      Oh well, to each their own.
    1. Periodic's Avatar
      Periodic -
      They obviously tried to make something as convenient as an iPhone and as capable as a netbook. However what they have accomplished is an unhappy compromise. It's a large inconvenient glass box that is has very hindered capabilities compared to your average laptop. Certainly with a jailbreak and the appstore you can gain capability but in my opinion it doesn't compare to a real computer software. And for the price you could probably get a acer netbook and an iphone and be way better off.

      Yet they will sell millions because it is the newest fancy thing
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Agreed that it is not for everyone but it was never meant to replace a real computer or the phone. There are people that will find this a very useful device while others will think it is crap. But if you think you need it buy it if you don't wait and see what other tablet/slates come out.
    1. joshbot's Avatar
      joshbot -
      Virtual iPad Turntables

      Currently I love the free Baby Scratch app, it's a really simple turntable that lets you record from your mic and then use a virtual turntable to scratch that sound up. This kind of app on a larger iPad would be a VERY useful tool. If Technic made a 1200 app that could crossfade when synced between two iPads DJ's the world over would go crazy.

    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I was excited about the iPad, but not interested anymore. Think I'm gonna go with the Archos 9, I don't need a XXL iPod Touch! If the iPad actually had a OS that would be one thing. I consider it about useless!
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by joshbot View Post
      Virtual iPad Turntables

      Currently I love the free Baby Scratch app, it's a really simple turntable that lets you record from your mic and then use a virtual turntable to scratch that sound up....




      What's to come: Mixr and iMockups
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I saw that earlier and thought very nice. They are using the mulit touch and bigger screen size to expand the apps.
    1. joshbot's Avatar
      joshbot -
      Joshbot jumps up runs while waving arms into other room screaming "Holy **** on my dog with a jack knife they did it AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!" Eventually he comes back in and calmly states "eventually it had to happen" but a strange and wild glint remains in his eye.