Originally Posted by OldMacGuy
I don't get it. The iPad is only a passing fancy. No one wants to spend so much money on a toy. People are really strange.Put an iPad into the hands of someone who has never used one, and you've started a chain of new buyers. The damn thing is just addictive.
Addictive? Absolutely! True story just last weekend:
We had a small get together with some friends, and my best bud's sister and husband. The guy's a big tech-head and MSIE certified.... however to his credit runs Linux and Ubuntu. Just a thorough know-it-all, even though I won 50 bucks on a bet, "what was the first internet browser"... whatever.
He knew EVERYTHING about Apple: closed-garden, toys for newbies, exorbitant over-pricing, greedy, SJ was evil and just a great salesman and knew nothing about tech, what's the big deal with his death, etc., etc.
So it comes time to show our vacation pictures, and my buddy whips out his iPad2, and amid condescending guffawing laughter from our guest, proceeds to give a nice show on his 52" TV. Then I do the same. Then we start playing Real Racing, pull away and check our mail notifications, go to the web, I had to check a login on my FTP server, went to the web to "prove my winning bet", .... THEN the guy says, "let me take a look at that.
The beginning of the end! We couldn't pry the thing outa the guys hands... gave him a basic run down on a few programs, how to do things... the typical 10 Minute training. Asked all kinds of questions... and we finally went to the Apple site to check prices. Got him! I heard that he received his very own iPad on Wednesday!
PS. I forgot to mention the part where he showed their vacation pics on a Dell 15" Inspiron with Ubuntu... which he was quite proud of. Great pictures, but wow was that ever pathetic tapping arrow keys on the kitchen table from behind the notebook. We were gracious though... and really, he can do some neat things with a camera
Can't wait to sell him up to an iMac installation in I'd say... in about a month
PSS. SJ RIP... and Apple, thanks for making my consulting/installation biz this easy!