Countdown to iPad – Game Changer (Use Case 34)

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Why granny, what a cool computer you have!
Why granny, what a cool computer you have!
Our next use case illustrating iPad as a game-changing device is drawn from the website NorthTemple and from the personal experience of one of their regular contributors Rob Foster.

In his post On iPads, Grandmas and Game-changing, Rob relates 3 conversations he had the week following Apple’s iPad announcement, “I had a curious set of three conversations this week. One with a grandma, one with a technophobe and the third with a self-proclaimed luddite.” I share the 3 experiences/vignettes below, in Rob’s own words. I trimmed his comments for inclusion in this post. Click here to see the complete post.

“My mother-in-law walked in the door the day of the keynote and the first thing out of her mouth was ‘Did you see that new Apple iPad? That looks like it would work for me. Would that work for me?’ I was utterly flabbergasted. She NEVER talks about computers or technology. She tolerates them at best… After learning a little more information about it, she has decided that she wants an iPad. It actually borders on technolust.”

“A good friend of mine is an attorney and reluctantly uses technology for his work. In age, he’s somewhere between my generation and the baby boomers. He recently lost his phone… on our recommendation, he decided to… give the iPhone a try. I had never once seen him exhibit any excitement over technology but the next time I saw him, he could barely contain his enthusiasm for his new phone. ….Fast forward to last Wednesday evening. I told him about the new iPad and his eyes grew wide. He blurted out ‘Wait, are you talking about an iPhone but with a bigger screen? A regular sized computer THIS easy to use? …When can I buy one?’ …He had been won over completely by the user experience of the iPhone.”

“I have a good friend and neighbor who works remodeling houses… I don’t know anyone else who hates computers more. He has refused to get an email address. …he often mocks me anytime I even mention computers. …I’m not exaggerating his attitude. At all. …He stopped by my house the day of the keynote… I happened to have some iPad photos open on my laptop. He asked me what they were about and I casually described the new Apple “tablet” that had just been released. I didn’t spend a lot of time on it considering his historical lack of interest… Three days later, he called me and the following exchange ensued. ‘Dude, I think I want to get one of those Apple tablets for my business.’ ‘Really?’ I said. ‘Yeah, I went and looked at them and they seem really easy to use. I think it would work great for showing potential customers my work and for doing bids on.’ I was completely speechless.”

To further quote Rob, “Apple has gotten people excited about computing. …But this time, it’s not nerds or geeks and certainly not IT industry analysts. It’s everyone else.” Rob is spot on, the iPad is truly a game-changing device. We are going to be surprised at the computing converts to follow. Who knows, I might finally get my mother-in-law on Facebook. Hey new users, iPad is calling.

iPad – truly user friendly computing

Countdown to iPad Series – There are countless articles and posts citing what the iPad isn’t or won’t be good at. We think they are wrong. Join us as we celebrate the countdown to iPad’s debut by posting a daily iPad use case. Think of the possibilities!

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