iPad? Who needs it?

There’s a bunch of popular gadgets that everybody’s making a fuss about which I don’t own and do not believe I ever will: a Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Bluetooth, any other Smart Phone, apps of any kind.

Why not? Just don’t see the need for them, and don’t want to own more stuff. They take time to learn, and every electronic gizmo eventually is going to have problems, another headache I don’t need.

I DO own a GPS because I have no sense of direction. And I own a laptop because I travel and give talks requiring PowerPoint.

My colleagues and friends are trying to convince me that I need an iPad. They demonstrate all it can do. None of it I need. Seems like a toy to me.

They also want me to get a Kindle. I’d rather hold and read a physical book. I have no need to carry my whole library with me when I travel.

My kids love their iPods. Again, I don’t need to carry 900 songs with me.

Do you own these things? Why?


32 thoughts on “iPad? Who needs it?

  • I agree. I’m nerdy enough that I’m willing to have a keyboard in the living room. If I were more fashionable or metrosexual or whatever, I’d get a tablet.

  • I’m with you, Bob! I own a desktop computer — that’s it! I don’t even own a cell phone. And yet somehow, I manage to get by just fine!

  • Just because you aren’t able to see advantages to owning a high-tech device doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Can you really not picture a situation where it might be advantageous to have access to more books than you could comfortably carry in paper form? Or research and resolve a factual point on the go? Or ditch the heavy, bulky laptop and run the PowerPoint presentation from your phone? Or have access to all your notes everywhere you go? Or, or, or…

    This really comes off as the kvetching of the long of tooth, disconnected with the technology of the times and too stubborn to adapt: “Color in my television, not for me! Don’t see the need for it, we never needed color for radio!”

    While mindlessly adopting the latest and greatest for the sake of novelty is equally lame, being a neo-luddite is nothing to be proud of.

  • There are many benefits to owning a smart phone. The advantages of owning something like an iPad and an iPhone are a bit much for me, but I think it’s more the concept of a mobile platform than the specific device. Too often, we assume we would never want the conveniences of emerging technology. Yet, that’s like asking a person who’s been blind from birth if she misses color. You can’t appreciate the conveniences of mobile technology because you’ve never known what it’s like to own it. Give even the iPod a try. I think you might be surprised at how well it can actually enhance your business if you look past the entertainment value the advertisement emphasizes.

  • Beth S.: I resisted owning a cell phone for years. But it does come in handy if you have to call AAA because your car broke down on the road.

  • Cavemen would say much the same about most of your possessions; being behind the curve is not a reason for pride, hey?

  • Scott: There is an error in your analogy. Cavemen would be incapable of understanding my possessions. I perfectly understand what an iPad is and what it does, having been shown them by friends repeatedly. My cost/benefit analysis shows me that it is not something I want to acquire. I have no shame in being an analytical thinker.

  • On a recommendation from my Art Director/Producer, we purchased an I-Pad to use for a very important presentation to a major client. We put some high resolution mock ups of television spots as well as other visuals for the presentation and it worked just great! It was fast, easy to use, easy to load and really enhanced our presentation. I used it for a while outside of presentations, but really didn’t enjoy it. It will never replace a laptop or office/home PC… I do too much writing and it doesn’t fit the bill. My wife loves both her Kindles… She has a regular one and a Kindle Fire. I don’t like them, because I like to hold a book… and real books don’t crash.

  • A world with no bookcases?

    If we all put our books an iPads, then how will future generations possibly show their superiority to people visiting their homes? No Bookcases full of eclectic snobbery? What are to do? Show people our iPads and go ‘See? I DO read, y’know’

    And then what? “Coffee Table Apps”?

  • I love my smartphone, especially when I’m away from the office. All my contacts and appointments are handy. The Open Table app makes it easy to find a decent restaurant in a new town. The built-in GPS saves me from carrying a separate device.

    Also, I can connect the phone to the stereo in my car; allowing me to listen to the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th symphony instead of the usual noise available on the radio.

  • David: For road warriors like you, the technology makes sense. But I am always at my desk writing and virtually never even leave the house!

  • Hey Bob, I’m with you as well. I’m young (early 30’s), but I’m so not into all these tech gizmos like my friends. I sometimes feel like a dinosaur around them. For instance, I keep spiral notebooks and notepads full of my ideas and important reminders (as a backup to what’s stored on my laptop in case there’s no electricity). I recently started using a Rolodex (in case cell phone is lost, damaged, or stolen). My library is full of books that I love to highlight (NO need for a Kindle or Nook). And I prefer to listen to my limited collection of CD’s or the radio (don’t wanna be OVERLOADED with 100+ songs). We’re already constantly bombarded by media and other stuff…I feel more at peace living with LESS distractions! Also, what if there’s an energy shut down, no electricity, batteries run dead, etc.? Sometimes ‘ol school entertainment and devices (walkie talkies, board games, etc.) are more fun AND reliable!

  • I appreciate the convenience that modern technology offers. I have a Kindle and a Blackberry. However, Amen about the energy shut down, etc., Jamila! My law firm’s trial prep went on hold once when the Internet was temporarily inaccessible, because our legal interns (net generation babies) had no idea how to conduct legal research with the up-to-date law books that were readily available.

    Bob, I hear you. If you understand its value and still feel you don’t need it, to heck with it; don’t waste your money.

  • Yes, I own an IPad. Still does not replace laptop or office computer. It is a great tool for a 1-1 or 1-2 presentation. Boots up now and very clean looking. It’s an electronic version of the old flip book. High quality photos and prints are expensive to create, so it is a way to create and tweak presentations. It can also be plugged into projector for large group.

    It does not replace your office computer. Keep fighting the dominant paradigm Bob.

  • Our family has 3 desktops, 2 laptops, 1 netbook, 2 smart phones, and 2 kindles. Yet, as much as I’ve wanted to like an iPad, every time I pick on up I end up asking myself, “What’s the point?”

    It doesn’t add any meaningful functionality to what I already own. It is not comfortable to hold. Any type of content creation on an iPad takes at least twice as long.

    It doesn’t help that my daughter’s entire 6th grade class will be getting iPads next year as part of their learning program. Seems quite an expense for a gadget that has not been shown to actually help students learn.

  • Bob, I used to feel exactly as you do. I honestly thought the iPad was an expensive toy. I’m not sure what caused me to eventually buy one. But, I did. The iPad 2. Now it’s my constant companion. I use it for just about everything. I use it to time my radio commercials, edit copy, work on my website, track the health of my pets, and mine. I used it while I was in the basement during a tornado last weekend — tweeting messages to people around town. I use it for all my finances. I could go on and on. And, yes, I own an ipod. I have a ton of audio books on it, some of my commercials and lots of other stuff. Not to mention many apps. Couldn’t get along without these gadgets.

  • i prefer reading info books on the ipad, it saves paper & trees, plus its all available instantly, earlier i resisted it but now with getting rid of about a 1000 print books i smile 🙂

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