Re: "Apple doesn't even need to try anymore..."

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Davoud, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Davoud

    Davoud Guest

    Todd Allcock:
    They do the posting. I decide if it's funny.
    That's exactly what no company can do. There are lots of tablet
    options, most of them cheaper than an iPad. People learn from
    experience or from trusted friends that this is an incredibly
    empowering device and they buy it. If it turns out to be not so great
    they don't upgrade to the next generation. Have you seen customer
    satisfaction numbers for the iPad? Without precedent in retailing.
    With that attitude a company can sell a certain limited number of a
    product. Not trying doesn't make a company the largest, most successful
    venture in history.

    Get past this: the phenomenal success of iPhone/iPad is due to the fact
    that they are life changers and, after selling sufficient millions,
    world changers. One proof lies in the fact that these devices have
    changed the lives of so many Apple enviers by giving them something to
    rail against.

    They don't sell because of TV ads. They sell because someone says (to
    me in a restaurant this morning, e.g.,)
    "Excuse me, is that the new iPad?"

    "Yes, it's the latest generation, just hit the market yesterday."

    "May I look at it?"

    "Sure, try it. That's the web browser. Here's the HD video, books,
    music player, music composition, GPS navigation, today's NYT


    "Yes, it really is that easy. Just touch the icons. Slide, pinch,
    spread. Here, try the speech recognition..."

    "John, I'm getting one of these. Where's the best place to buy one?"

    "It's going to be tough for a while. I would order on-line and you
    should have it inside a month."

    And the iPad sells itself once (or, more likely, twice) again. But it's
    not for everyone. Honk if you've heard this before: if you don't want
    one, don't buy one. For your own safety, though, stand aside to avoid
    being trampled by the cognoscenti.
    Davoud, Mar 17, 2012
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  2. I wonder how many people buying the new iPad are upgrading from an iPad 2,
    how many from an original iPad, and how many are buying their first iPad.
    (not in actual numbers, but in percentage of buyers)

    I doubt that we'll ever know.
    Michelle Steiner, Mar 17, 2012
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  3. Davoud

    Davoud Guest

    Todd Allcock:
    No, that's not the case at all (for me). I mentioned a current
    experience because Gen. 3 is the current subject. I was asked countless
    times about my first two iPads, starting, in the days of the first one,
    with "What is that?" Almost everyone who takes their iPad out in public
    has such experiences, I would imagine.
    Not myself, for sure. I don't need to justify to myself what I buy. Or
    what my wife buys, for she bought the latest iPad so that she could
    give hers to her 87-y.o. mom, who is struggling a bit with screen and
    keyboard size on her iPhone. I assume it made sense to my wife to get
    the latest generation rather than another iPad 2. That's what I would
    have done, as well.

    True, that in addition to the three iPads that my wife and her mom and
    I now hold, my wife and I have bought a number of others as gifts for
    friends and family.
    Average for us: 12 years. We kept our last sedan 13 years, our pickup
    truck also 13 years. Our Prius and Avalon are both six years old and my
    Mazda Miata will be 20 years old in August. I have long been immune to
    new-car fever and other strains of latest-and-greatest fverer. My wife
    had a bout of new-car fever recently just because the Prius 12-volt
    battery needed replacing, but I reminded her of the young age of both
    Toyotas and she settled down, for now. I expect to keep her in check
    for four more years, then give the Toyotas away (we rarely do
    trade-ins) and buy a couple of new somethings.
    Davoud, Mar 17, 2012
  4. Davoud

    Wes Groleau Guest

    Well, actually, the Dragon app was a free add-on ages ago. And it was
    quite accurate. Seems to me there's little difference beyond being

    Wes Groleau

    Nobody believes a theoretical analysis — except the guy who did it.
    Everybody believes an experimental analysis — except the guy who did it.
    — Unknown
    Wes Groleau, Mar 18, 2012
  5. That has to be a burning question in the investment community. I bet a
    good approximation becomes available sometime from somewhere ;-)

    Leonard Blaisdell, Mar 19, 2012
  6. Davoud

    Bread Guest

    The fact that it's integrated into the built-in keyboard on most apps
    makes a huge difference. I've used Dragon and having to copy and paste
    back and forth between apps makes it not quite useless, but really
    annoying enough that I rarely bother.

    If it were in the keyboard that pops up any time I'm going to enter
    text, I'd use it all the time. In fact, I think it's been a severely
    under emphasized feature of the iPad3 and it's one of the bigger
    reasons I'm considering one as a gift for someone who doesn't type very
    Bread, Mar 29, 2012
  7. Davoud

    Carl Heinz Guest

    Dictation was a major factor in my upgrading from an iPad1.
    Carl Heinz, Mar 29, 2012
  8. Davoud

    Wes Groleau Guest

    I have a friend who doesn't type well because of Parkinson's.
    So we got him a copy of Dragon. He really has a way with words,
    and has published a lot. So it would be a shame to leave him
    unable to communicate. But now the Parkinson's has affected his voice
    to where Dragon doesn't understand him.

    So I'm considering an iPad, but I'm afraid his tremors might result in
    lots of double letters.

    Wes Groleau

    Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which
    the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.
    — unknown
    Wes Groleau, Mar 30, 2012
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