The Apple iPad, do we really need it? Part Two

Being the concluding part of the article, The Apple iPad, do we really need it? Part One.

Why the Apple iPad has done very well
The ipad did very well the weekend it went on sale. It sold more than 300,000 units in its opening weekend and more than half a million units a couple of days later. In fact, the international launch of the iPad had to be delayed because of the quantity of the device that was being sold. It was literally selling in droves, and as a result, to my chagrin, the international debut of the iPad had to be postponed. You see, demand for the ipad far exceeded the supply, more than Apple could cope with.

So, why did the iPad do so well? Surely it must be really good to attract so much attention. People are not fools to dish out hard earned money only to live up to a Craze. Even, there were queues in the stores just as you had during the iPhone’s opening weekend sales.

The iPad is an engineering achievement. It was intricately designed with years and years of R and D to show for it. It is a laptop substitute. You could use it to listen to music, watch Movies, browse the web, use productivity applications, create documents, Play games, read E-books, newspapers and comic books. You can do all this while you lay back and relax on your sofa or on a bus. It is lightweight when compared to a full laptop or even a netbook. It definitely fits a niche. If you love the iphone User interface, the ipad is even much better. From videos I have watched of it, it looks exquisite, fluid and dexterous to behold. It is difficult to resist owning it! So I do not blame those who have to wait in the queue to buy it or the early adopters.
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Ipad Competitors and “ipad Killer”
Just like the iphone, the ipad has begotten a long list of wanna-be “ipad killer”s. The sales were phenomenon and of course other manufacturers would want to catch in on the craze. It is only logical for them. Top companies like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Google are already planning to come out with tablet computers ala the ipad. HP last week started leaking information about its own Slate tablet computer in blog posts and in teaser videos posted on YouTube. The HP Slate is expected to ship by mid-year. Other companies are also entering the fray. Dell is reportedly developing the Streak, while Nokia, Acer and Lenovo Group are also working on tablets.

I believe they have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to compete with and beat Apple Inc.’s popular ipad device. This only makes the tablet computer space highly competitive and consumers shall have many choice to show for it.

Conclusion
The ipad is a revolution. And also an evolution of what Computers would become. It is not simply a scaled down version of any computer or the MAC Operating system X. Rather, it is an intuitive OS, with easy to operate User interface with minimalistic design and an improvement over the iphone. It Boots from shut-down to full power in less than 15 seconds and you get your work done speedily with little clogging of the suave OS. Unlike what you have in a computer and more analogous to a phone, the ipad is mostly on standby and you can bring it on and to use in less than 3 seconds from standby. This is an obvious advantage over regular PCs.

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The ipad is also more like a computer. You can watch videos and read books on it, and maybe even get some work done. Many authorities however have criticized it as a consumptive device for media and not a media creator. But such criticism appears to be extreme. You can actually get some work done on an ipad.

I believe that despite the renewed enthusiasm of the tablet PC format that has failed to catch up in the past, you cannot stop Apple, you can only hope to contain it. And even with that these days, it may seem like a bit too much to ask. The ipad has now popularized the previous moribund tablet PC form factor and would likely lead the pace. In addition to the successful launch of the ipad by Apple into the foray of the world of tablets, the company has transcendentally announced the iphone OS 4.0 which mobilitynigeria had been kind to announce earlier. What this means is that the ipad can only get exceptional. With coming iterations of it, it would have no choice but to get better and improvement shall lead it to become the ultimate device.

21 thoughts on “The Apple iPad, do we really need it? Part Two

  • May 1, 2010 at 2:34 am
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    “….Just like the iphone, the ipad has begotten a long list of wanna-be “ipad killer”s. The sales were phenomenon and of course other manufacturers would want to catch in on the craze. It is only logical for them. Top companies like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Google are already planning to come out with tablet computers ala the ipad. HP last week started leaking information about its own Slate tablet computer in blog posts and in teaser videos posted on YouTube. The HP Slate is expected to ship by mid-year. Other companies are also entering the fray. Dell is reportedly developing the Streak, while Nokia, Acer and Lenovo Group are also working on tablets….”

    There you go again. Why must Apple fans always think Apple invents and others copy? Tablets and slates have been existing long before Apple came into the picture with the ipad. If their own version of the tablet is good for them and has all they ever wanted and nothing more, its ok. No one takes anyone to task on that but please lets stop this crap about apple inventing. THEY NEVER INVENT ANYTHING. They only improve on existing tech to suit their teeming customers and fanboys. This thing propagated by fanboys has been going on and on ad nauseum. Lets put things in their proper perspectives please.

    One more thing. If a VERSION OF AN EXISTING PRODUCT is selling like hotcake, there is absolutely nothing wrong if other companies in same business try to improve and sell also. Afterall, the primary reason for their being in the market is to make profit. Lets not be deceived, if nokia or apple or ony other brand sees that selling electronic toilet papers would make them smile to the bank, they will jump at it regardless of what we write on this page. This is business and competition involving billions of dollars.

    Now back to the topic proper. Do we really NEED an ipad?
    1. Maybe yes if we want to show off with it.
    2. Maybe yes if you don’t have a laptop or a netbook. But it would be useless for this function in nigeria at least for now. (You can’t browse with it on any network and there is no good free wifi).
    3. Maybe yes if all you want is a big screen to carry on what you do on your iphone’s or ipod touch’s small screen.
    4. Also the advantage of lightweight and slim design cannot be denied.

    But do I need it?
    NO. I have no need for it and may be to busy to be able to access its multimedia potentials.
    NO. I have a laptop, a netbook, some smartphones, a desktop at home and a desktop in my office. IPad just will not fit in.
    NO. I don’t need a multimedia toy that costly.

  • May 1, 2010 at 6:45 am
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    The Apple iPad, does Yomi really need it?

    My mobile computer already does all that the iPad offers me and more – and that in a much more portable and discrete form. Oh, and it costs much less than the iPad too.

    I spent hours outside the office yesterday. I was at an event, but was not missed at the office. I had only one device with me. That one device was my phone and connected PC wrapped up in one. That device was the Nokia N900.

    I cannot hold brief for others, but why the gadzooks would I need an iPad?

  • May 1, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    @Deoladoctor. Perhaps you are a little too hard on the author. He never mentioned that Apple invented the tablet form factor. His Quote; “…despite the renewed enthusiasm of the tablet PC format that has failed to catch up in the past,……The ipad has now popularized the previous moribund tablet PC form factor and would likely lead the pace.”

    If you recalled in the past, Bill Gates, Microsoft founder predicted that the tablet computer will catch up with normal laptops and in fact that over a couple of years it will overshoot regular computer sales. This was at a CES event. Contrary to this prediction, the tablet form factor has yet to catch up. It has only been popular amongst some technical groups of people like Engineers and architects!

    What I think Afewgoodmen is saying is that Apple has now popularize the tablet form factor. Maybe that is a good thing, don’t you think?

    In all, the article has been elucidating. It is good to know that consumers have a choice. Whether to go for a netbook, or reach out for a relatively uncommon, perhaps new technology in the form of the tablet form. It may be the ipad. OR any other tablet.

  • May 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm
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    @Ovhus

    Maybe you are right. Maybe am a little bit too hard on the author of a well and beautifully written article. I was just trying to correct a misconception.

    @Afewgoodmen

    My apologies. No harm intended. Maybe we should settle this over a bottle or two later this evening.

  • May 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm
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    The title of this write up begs for a very simple answer which we can all answer in a multiple question way thus:

    The Apple IPad. Do we really need it?

    Choose (a) (b) or ©.

    (a) I NEED IT.

    (b) I DON’T NEED IT BUT I WANT IT.

    © I DON’T NEED IT AND DON’T WANT IT.

    @Afewgoodmen. I choose (b).
    Lets see what others choose and maybe Mobility Nigeria can help add up the scores.

  • May 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm
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    @Yomi Adegboye. I understand why you wouldn’t want an ipad considering the herculean N900 you take around. I don’t have that, so perhaps the ipad may just be an option for me. But permit me to correct an erroneous impression; the N900 sells for 93,000 Naira. The ipad sells for 499 Dollars, This is roughly 85,000.00. Which is cheaper?

    @Deoladoctor. “One more thing. If a VERSION OF AN EXISTING PRODUCT is selling like hotcake, there is absolutely nothing wrong if other companies in same business try to improve and sell also.”

    No one says that it is wrong for companies to copy the tablet form factor or renew interest and enthusiasm in a form factor that was thought dead and has not caught up in sales as in regular computers for long. What I inferred was that with the success of the ipad, Apple has succeeded in renewing interest in the Tablet form factor. It is a free world. Everyone should compete. The better for us. Because we the consumers will have choices. And we will go home with the best!

  • May 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm
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    @Deoladoctor. I will like to go with your option b. I don’t absolutely need it. But I kind of need it somewhat. And i also want it. I’d also go further to say i would like to have it.

  • May 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm
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    “…So, why did the iPad do so well? Surely it must be really good to attract so much attention. People are not fools to dish out hard earned money only to live up to a Craze. Even, there were queues in the stores just as you had during the iPhone’s opening weekend sales.”

    I find this your statement almost unbelievable. I am not saying that people are fools, but to think that they cannot buy a gadget just to live up to a craze to use your own words is preposterous. We see this every time.

  • May 2, 2010 at 3:19 am
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    Are u telling me because its 499 in the us, then its going to go for the same price here. u must be kiddin. am sure when it sells in nigeria it wont be less than 120k. as for me the ipad is useless compared to my super jet. shalom

  • May 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm
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    @Olurotimi lawal. You have a valid point. Like MAHOGANY above, let’s just wait and watch.

  • May 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm
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    My obersavation from all the reviews I ve read about the ipad is that it is meant to be used for consumption of contents and not for their creation. Dont go for it if you are planning to use it as a productivity tool.
    @afewgoodmen, have you seen anyone using it in Nigeria.

  • May 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm
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    Buying the ipad will be a real gamble. I dont think our infrastructure can support its functionality fully. It may be an expensive toy just for ‘show’.

    With Apple so restrictive about where and how they sell their stuff, I wouldn’t surprised if the gizmo locks up or some functions are disable once one brings it to these shores. For me someone has to play the guinea pig, sorry!

  • May 3, 2010 at 9:12 am
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    @ Azeez Saheed. No I haven’t seen one. It is only available in the US right now. The International launch will be next month. When it gets to Europe, UK to be specific, I intend getting one.

  • May 3, 2010 at 9:39 am
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    The web is full with the Apple’s ipad, and such hands-on review that i have read tells that the ipad would be fully functional in Nigeria. Moreover, I do have an Apple ipod touch, which is similar to the iphone but without the phone call function. It works beautifully without any loss of function whatsoever. Perhaps, the ipad will be similar. One cannot tell absolutely until one gets his hands on an actual device.

  • May 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm
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    Barely one month since the ipad went on sale, it has sold 1 million units!!! I just confirmed this on PCworld and the apple website. This is lovely. Perhaps, I may just be tempted to buy one, when it gets readily available. There is something in this!!!

  • May 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm
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    Latest update to this article; The ipad has sold 1 million units in less than 28 Days.

  • May 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm
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    The international Launch of the ipad is now scheduled for May 28. It would be offered in several European countries including the United Kingdom. Ofcourse, don’t be surprised to see long queues!

  • September 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm
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    The iPad is a very creative alternative to a laptop or netbook. In my opinion, it best suits executive individuals in communication, marketing, or entertainment business (or related field). I have one myself, and also sell them here in Nigeria.

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