Having lived without an iPad for so long (because they didn’t exist), then getting one, then “upgrading” to a MacBook Air and selling my iPad, I feel like I am qualified to comment on the future of the iPad and the tablet industry in general.
I yearn for the flexibility and portability of my iPad. I miss the wonderful battery life. I am frustrated by the limitations of a laptop form factor. I enjoy borrowing my wife’s iPad and reading or net browsing on it. I cannot convince my daughters they need anything more than their iPads for school. I sort out arguments between my boys over whose turn it is on mum’s iPad. I love watching movies on the iPad. I find it very easy using the onscreen keyboard on the iPad. I rarely come accross things I cannot do on an iPad that I will need a PC for… and for every rare time I do, the opposite occurs too. I can take my iPad places a laptop just looks awkward. I could buy three iPads for the price of one MacBook. I love how I can rotate the screen in any way on the iPad. I miss the intuitiveness of the touch screen interface. My hands hurt less after a week on an iPad vs a MacBook. I love looking at the retina screen on the new iPad, text is just amazing. I love the natural full screen mode each app works in on an iPad, there are such fewer distractions. I love the way I can switch between apps using multitouch gestures on the iPad. I get blown away with how skilled my little children are on an iPad and how much they learn using it. I am so impressed with the amount of educational tools available for the iPad and the degree to which it has been adopted by schools already in its short life. I rest easy knowing that it’s virtually impossible for my wife or children to accidentally install a virus on their iPad. I will be getting another iPad very soon (God willing).
So here’s my “future of the tablet industry” commentary.
Tablets will replace virtually all laptops and desktop computers. The End.