Apple fanboys everywhere are biting their fingers and counting their pennies as Apple gears up for the impending launch of it's third tablet incarnation, the iPad 3 (expected in March). But among the non-Kool-Aid-drinking masses, the iPad (and its tablet competetors) is still stuck in "Do I need it?" purgatory. If you have an iPad, how often do you use it?
On three major tech benchmarks—size, price and functionality—the iPad is left vying for a position between smartphones and laptop computers in the mobile computing world. It's a big-screened iPhone. A more portable computer. For many, the iPad is left at home, collecting dust on a desk because it already does what their other devices can do. There's no doubt that there's a big overlap in function with other devices.
And yet, that's not a bad thing. In true Goldilocks form, many consumers have found that the iPad is "just right." It's small enough to drop in a bag, but large enough to view a full webpage. They love it because it fills the gap between their laptop and smartphone.
As the launch of iPad 3 gets nearer, we're sure there's plenty of potential buyers wondering where they fall between the two consumer viewpoints. If you're a person who already owns a laptop and a smartphone, is the iPad going to be the perfect middle-of-the-road device for you? Or just another expensive gadget to worry about?
So we want to know: Where do you, Apartment-Therapy-reading iPad owner, fall on the spectrum? Tell us how your iPad fits in to your daily life—with kids, commuting, traveling, reading and surfing the web at home. Help out us poor folks who don't have a tablet and want to make up our minds before the "OMG-it's-so-close" March launch of iPad 3.
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