The iPad has a lot of things going for it. It has an attractive design. It doesn’t weight much. It has a variety of preloaded apps and thousands available for download at a later date. One of the biggest selling points I can see though is just how easy it is to use. Watch the commercials and they have one wonderful line, “You already know how to use it.” That is a wonderful selling point.
The OS is based on the incredibly popular OS of the iPhone and iPod touch. Millions of both were sold before the iPad was even announced. It’s very intuitive software. To change screens, you normally just swipe your finger in a direction, whether it’s up or down. To zoom in you double click. To download an app, song, movie, and now books, you just tap the button. It works wonderfully.
To showcase just how easy the iPad is to use though, I want to tell you about a recent trip to Best Buy. We have three kids, a six year old, nine year old, and eleven year old. The two oldest and I walked right over to the iPad display and we each grabbed one. Before I even entered an app, because I wanted to see what was pre-loaded, they had already entered a game app and were racing down the street. Apparently this ease of use is a feature of all Apple products now. The six year old went to the macs and began using the webcams. He took many pictures on several computers, before I got a chance to stop him and delete them all. I have never seen him play around with my PC or laptop and figure out how to do anything.
I even recently took my mom to Best Buy to see how she could do with one. Although she wasn’t as fast to figure it out, it wasn’t long before she had the hang of it. She is, however, the only one of the family who doesn’t feel like she needs one. So instead my plan is to convince her to buy an iPhone first for her new phone and work on her.
The iPad has much potential. It currently dominates its field, but competition is coming soon. It has obviously struck a chord, though, with Best Buy claiming it makes up half of their “laptop” sales now. The future is as bright and shiny for Apple as the casing of their new “toy.”