First we had radio, then it was television, after that computers, followed by cell phones. All considered gadget-y when they first emerged onto the scene. Each creating an initial stir, as experts and consumers weighed in on the pros and cons of each in relationship to any potential use and possible abuse. So it comes as no shock the iPad's introduction has people at either end of the spectrum clucking their tongues and singing its praises.
And then there are those who fall in the middle because they either take their time making decisions or may be saving up for a purchase when prices may eventually decrease.
Just like any other decision families make about television, radio, computers and cell phones, the decision of who gets to watch, play or work on the iPad is one we will all make based on what we think works for our household. Matt from Softsquatch got it for his toddler:
My iPad arrived early Saturday morning and I have not put it down since. The touch screen format is the next generation of computing. Believe it or not I decided to get a iPad because of my 3 year old son. He is always stealing my iPhone or my wife's. We were surprised to see how easily he navigated around the iPhone watching videos on YouTube and playing games.
But beyond home use or for business purposes, maybe schools will identify the iPad as a less expensive alternative to the Smart Board or buying laptops for their classrooms. My nine-year-old son claims half of his classmates received iTouches over the holidays, so is it a far reach to think the iPad may be next on the list?
What about you? Will you buy an iPad for your family? For yourself? Can you see it being used in schools?
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