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The iPad is becoming The Only “PC” That Matters
As I have stated on this blog and to my friends, Business Insider has become one of my favorite resources. I am a struggling author who needs to spend my money very carefully. To do so I lean on technology and business authorities such as CNET, BI, Consumer Reports, and sources of their ilk.
As a writer, I am dearly in love with tablet computers. I bought my iPhone 3GS on sale when the iPhone 4 was introduces. As a ‘tool’ it is probably the most important device that I use for all manner of things useful. Using its 287 Apps, I have been exceptionally empowered – and I LOVE it! So, (I) imagine how much better I could operate with an iPad. How significant is the iPad and how are people using them? Inquiring minds want to know!
Recently Business Insider published two very interesting charts, which I am referring to today. The first that I’ll talk about is “The iPad Is Becoming The Only “PC” That Matters”. I refer to the links provided for the discussion content and background of these charts.
The first element that I notice in this chart spanning the time from November, 2010 and May, 2011, is that the iPad is used a higher percentage of the time than all the other devices. We can conclude that it is the device of choice, and is only NOT used because of a lack of functionality that the other devices additionally provide, e.g. phone calls, printer services and enhanced computing with applications.
From my personal experience, I have written chapters of my books on my iPhone. It was not easy given the ration of my finger size to the keyboard, but it was certainly more convenient as I could work when I felt like, regardless of my surroundings.
Further, not being content to jot down a few keywords of an idea, that occurs sporadically, with the iPhone I can jot down a quick paragraph that ensures that I don’t lose elements of content that I might with ‘keywords only’.
OK, we have learned that the iPad is increasing its lead over the other devices, particularly laptops, and is the most popular platform. How do people actually use the iPad today?
How People Actually Use iPads
What can we learn from this chart? First and foremost, we seen that the iPad is primarily a consumer of information, with over 59% of its ‘time’ used for Web Browsing and watching videos, plus game playing. This is contrasted by the uses of Email and Other Applications (40.7%) – creators of information. It is the former, consuming information, which clearly drives its use because it is so much more convenient, given its form-factor.
So, since November, 2010 when the iPad was introduced, it has become the dominant and preferred form factor, and I can now certainly understand my growing longing. The iPhone 3GS became affordable because I bought it when the iPhone 4 came out. Unfortunately, there was no large price decline when the iPad 2 was introduced.
Until a miracle happens, I’ll just have to continue to save my pennies. I also urge you to purchase my second book, Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment, available from the following points of purchase:
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Author: Jay Yarow: http://www.businessinsider.com/author/jay-yarow
Use iPads: http://tiny.cc/nykcw
Only PC: http://tiny.cc/ts6jq