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The day my iPad took the back seat

by on October 22nd, 2010

I have a confession to make.

In recent weeks, my iPad has taken the back seat. I just don’t spend nearly as much time using it as I did in the beginning. The reasons are a combination of:

  1. Novelty factor wore off
  2. The iPad purchase was immediately followed by a vacation with lots of time to use it
  3. I finally got an iPhone

Actually, the first point is probably more or less true. It is still a very novel tool, but since I don’t use it for business purposes (yet), I just have less time to use it for fun.

  • Vacation time + a new toy = lots of usage
  • Back to the grind = less usage

Enough said on that.

The most important factor why I think my usage of the iPad has also diminished is my new iPhone. OK, it is newer than the iPad so there is another “novelty factor” to consider here, but as readers may remember from a previous post of mine, the biggest issue I have with the iPad is that e-mail is shared by all users. The iPhone is a personal device as opposed to the family shared iPad.

The size factor also plays a role since the size of a phone makes it well… portable. And as portable as the iPad is, it’s bigger. Size does matter in this case (especially when I was cycling to work this summer). And quite frankly, there isn’t much that I can’t do on my iPhone which I can only do on the iPad…

So, my current biggest use for the iPad?

  • Streaming TV shows I missed
  • Of course some games
  • As a second screen. Referring to other documents on it while working on the computer.

Not nearly as much writing or blogging as I expected on it. I end up using my computer for that.

My kids remain the biggest users of the iPad for games of course and their enthusiasm for using it has not gone down by much I have to admit.

So has anyone else’s iPad taken a back seat? Why? and What do you use it for now?

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