Originally Posted by extremeskater
I have an iPad, I work for IBM. While I love my iPad make no mistake its a toy. Ther isn't any critical work I do at my job that can be done on my iPad. There is nothing wrong with a product being for pleasure.
There is nothing bad about the iPad being used for pleasure consumption (games, movies, news and mass media viewing, etc., etc.)
Are you concluding that just because you and the other poster you seem to be defending, fing the iPad simply a toy or a pleasure device, other people, organizations, institutions and companies cannot find productive, serious, and work-related uses for the iPad (and other tablets):
- Restaurants are buying iPads to give their low-paid waiters/waitresses something to play with when there are no clients, and to give their customers something to play with while waiting for services.
- Banks. car makers and other sales-oriented companies do not want their sales force to get bored and need a toy for consumption while on the field. or to entertain their customers and clients
- Medical schools and other college and university departments are providing their students iPads as enticing fancy toy because they could not fill up their incoming student quota
- The US Defense Department (as well as those in the UK) are creating toy Apps because soldiers get bored while on the field in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of combats
- More than 80% of the Top 100 Fortune companies are creating toy Apps specially for the iPad because they don't want their bored staff to use company computers while playing at work
- Hospitals and other biomedical institutions are creating special entertainment Apps for the operating room because they don't want their surgeons to sleep while operating on patients, or they want their nurses, physicians and other medical staff to have something to distract themselves rather than listen to pathetic complaints of patients
- Artists buy iPads just because they would rather play games, watch movies, read books, etc. than create digital arts
- Many executives prefer to bring their iPad (instead of their laptop) during travels simply because they want nothing but pleasure and consumption while on trip
- Other companies (Microsoft, Motorola, HP, Google and Android manufacturers, etc.) are investing so much time creating "iPad killers" because they finallly discovered a gadget that many people will buy simply for consumption, and love toy products.
I could go on with more examples, of how people, companies, organizations, institutions buy the iPad because the iPad is indeed a toy. and for the first time more than 15 million bought IPads because they finally found a toy that they can enjoy or entertain their staff. And, they just got tired of their iPhones, iPods and iPod touch as toys coming from the "Apple Toy Company".
About right? Or, if you want to be more informed just go out in the field, talk to people, read papers, magazines including in the biomedical field to find what people do with their iPad, instead of viewing the world from your cubicle/office in IBM.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Perhaps that is an IBM issue rather than an iPad issue.
That's not exactly accurate, IBM is one of the companies trying the IPhone and the IPad, for use in the company. I doubt a tech company, as serious as IBM would even spend time doing so, if indeed as extremeskater suggested, that there is nothing in IBM that can use the iPad.
I am sure even a stodgy IBM executive would know that it is not practical to bring one of their main computers (like the Jeopardy winner) when their salesforce meet with clients. And, a savvy sales person would know that it is easier to use a tablet to provide impromptu "show and tell" to prospective clients,
All those "iPad killer" manufacturers suddenly found the potential of tablets, after Apple showed them the way -- and they want to have a piece of the pie.
Originally Posted by ascii
Ahh.. a cartoon reference. Another guy proving my point
And how do you think other people infer of you, from your responses? The sage of the Apple Insider forum, perhaps?