Originally Posted by igriv
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
@mstone Yours is an interesting comment!
It raises the question if WiFi in conjunction with an iPad is a contributing factor to Apple's blowout lead in online purchasing!
I know in our household, we stayed away from the stores on Thu-Sun, and did our shopping on "impulse" using iPads -- while sitting around enjoying the holiday. We could browse, compare, discuss and purchase with the greatest ease and convenience -- using iPads over WiFi.
For example my daughter wanted a new over-the-range microwave. We were able to comparison-shop, read the user & installation manuals and schedule store pickup.
It just wouldn't have happened using a smaller iPhone display or cellular data network.
I am happy to hear of your happy shopping experience, but (a) what's wrong with cellular data networks? [In my experience they are easily as fast as WiFi for the sort of thing you are doing -- downloading MS Office might be a different matter]. (b) I find the iPad terrible for this sort of thing, as compared to a computer (which has a much bigger screen and can have several windows open at the same time).
1) Cellular data is expensive
2) The iPad is excellent for online shopping when you are sitting around the family room (reading, talking, listening to music, playing games, watching TV). On a whim you can grab the iPad next to you and: get in, get it done and get out (maybe during a commercial).
Certainly, one could: get up, go to the computer, sit down... and all that entails.
For the kind of extemporaneous shopping (or surfing) described in my post it beats a computer for convenience...
I equate that activity to changing channels on the TV without a remote control -- it's a real PITA to get up, go over, change, come back... so much so, that you probably put it off as long as you can.
The iPad-WiFi combo is your remote control for the Internet!