New study says fewer people thinking of buying an iPad now that they actually know what it is
Retrevo, everyone’s favorite tech polling site, has published a comparison between its customer’s desire to buy an Apple tablet both pre- and post iPad keynote. The results show a marked decrease in interest in the new Apple product, with half of all respondents now saying they have NO desire to buy an iPad, down from 26% before the announcement.
I kind of find this poll interesting in that I had the exact OPPOSITE reaction to the iPad unveiling. For years I had said I would never want to buy an Apple tablet, but each day I find I am more and more interested in buy an iPad. Why? Because it ISN’T an Apple tablet.
Sitting here typing on my MacBook Pro while watching the Super Bowl, I can’t imagine sitting in the same position and typing as easily on a tablet. Sure, tablets look great for reading eBooks and webpages, but for actual computing tasks they would suck. I would have to have my knees raised an extra 15-20 degrees, and my arms bent in, uncomfortably close to my body in order to type, and I would have to give up my ability to have my screen tilted to a comfortable viewing angle. But aside from typing, I primarily use my laptop for editing photos in iPhoto, editing video in Final Cut, and creating Photoshop, After Effects, or Flash graphics, none of which I would want to do on a 10-inch touch screen.
What I WOULD want to do would be surf the web, e-mail, play games, and watch SlingBox and (hopefully) Netflix content on it. It also might be a cool way to control Airtunes and the Apple TV. But I was never looking to replace my laptop or tower with a tablet. The idea that carrying a 5lb computer is such a chore over carrying a 1 lb computer has always seemed ridiculous to me. You would still buy a bag for it, likely with a shoulder strap. Unless you walk more than 2 miles while carrying your laptop each day, you’re not going to convince me that carrying a MacBook Pro is a burden vs an iPad.
Sure, I don’t NEED an iPad – no one who owns an iPhone and MacBook DOES– but it isn’t as hard to justify buying decision as a true Apple Tablet would have been.