To Own or Not to Own the Damn iPad?

Here is another report validating my previous coverage about whether iPad is a necessity or not.

The consumer electronics shopping site, Retrevo is reporting that 53% of about 1000 respondents surveyed in their Pulse Report are not interested in buying any type of tablet.

More than 20% of those surveyed — or one in five — said they plan to buy an iPhone this year. When it comes to the iPad, however, 52% of those who have yet to purchase one say that they don’t want one, and 38% find it too pricey. Only 10% indicated that they are waiting for a good excuse before they buy one.

But in a separate question, 40% of consumers who own or plan to own an e-reader indicate that they will buy an iPad this year.

Also, more than half (53%) of the 47% who are interested in buying a tablet say they would buy an Android-based tablet over an iPad if it was less an expensive. 33% would ditch the iPad if Verizon was the carrier — a somewhat perplexing stat given that the iPad is not a phone, but perhaps data plans are just as important to technology consumers these days. In contrast, 16% of this respondent pool said that nothing would influence them to buy an Android-based tablet over an iPad.

Owning the iPad thing is getting kind of  frustrating to me. Do I need an iPad? No! Do I want one? Hard to answer. I think they are really neat devices and I’m impressed with the speed, but I just can’t justify it. If i had one, I’d likely do as I do now with my Android… when nothing on TV is interesting, I’d sit there and read email, look at some web stuff, check Facebook, Twitter. I thought that if I got one, I’d wait until a camera is added so that video conferencing via Skype was possible.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

10 Responses to To Own or Not to Own the Damn iPad?

  1. David Lamb says:

    It’s not a question of IF, but simply WHEN. This is a whole new medium, get on board or be left behind.

  2. i want 1; no doubt. gotta wait 4 the release in the Netherlands

  3. Maya says:

    I kinda want one, but it’s gotta do more than my iPhone does. At the moment it’s just a big iPhone you can’t make calls on…

  4. David Oliver says:

    iPad is not “ahead of its time” (as proven by 2 million sales in under 60 days). iPad is clearly a device people were waiting for and – unfortunately for vendors of “netbooks” – proved that other form-factors already in the space were insufficient.

    Those who focus on the hardware aspect of this are, I believe, missing the point ENTIRELY (even though iPad is great hardware). The point is that iPad puts far less junk between a user and his information/entertainment. And it handles not like a clunky PC but rather like a sleek and easy-to-manage iPhone.

    David is right – iPad is the new wave in media-consumption, web access, and personal applications. The bar has now been set very high. You can chose to wait for an Android alternative (only Android “gets it” in terms of limiting the role of the OS and platform in the device’s user experience) – or you can start enjoying a truly enriching experience today (for a price far less than a clunky laptop).

  5. Personally an IPad is a device I will not be buying as I dont see it as much more than a larger version of the iphone. Which is a device, that I do not like either as I found it very difficult to use and limiting in what I could do. From what I have seen from the IPad I belive it will be more trouble to use than what it is actually worth.

  6. Eugene Chang says:

    Well it is easy. If it is a “damn iPad” then you don’t want one.
    If it is something cool or useful, then definitely it is really great.

  7. Tried one today- rubbish. Apple really does not do it for me

  8. Otis Michael says:

    I bought an HP tc1100 a few years ago. You can find them on ebay for about $400 or so, in some cases with the docking station which includes a dvd/floppy/harddisk port called an ultra-bay. Runs an intel centrino processor at 1 or 1.2ghz and up to 2gig of memory. Usually comes with windoze xp tablet edition which does handwriting and voice recognition but ubuntu also runs. I’ve gotten mac osx to run but since its not dual core its very very painful. Otherwise, I love this thing so much I bought 2 more, one for my wife and one for the bathroom!! It just flat works. I have the apple wireless keyboard and mouse working with it. Has bluetooth and wifi built in and sierra wireless makes great cards that drop into the pcmcia slot to get tmobile, att, verizon or sprint, your choice. Also has an sdcard slot. Its a one-piece monolithic unit the same dimensions as a folio pad and carries very easily. And I don’t depend on specially written apps for expansion. Yahoo widgets works very nicely as does ms office, wireshark, perl, ssh, etc etc etc.
    Ipad is the new sexy but in long term, I need a bit more work in the relationship. I’m not an HP fan but I’m waiting for an update to this machine. I’m hoping they or Lenovo/IBM will have a respectable answer to the ipad, esp if it works well with linux.

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