Re: Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
Jon Rty Veteran Member • Posts: 3,838
Re: get both

I've got nothing against having multiple devices. But having multiple devices that overlap massively is inefficient.

With a iPad, you're committing at least 500$ for the device, and on top of that comes all dataplans and apps you want. With a dock, you buy a phone, and then you can decide if you want the comparably much cheaper accessory or not. Thus, the iPad has a much higher user lock-in. Now you pay at least 500 for something you can use only as such, and when it's old your only choice is to buy another one for 500. With a dock, you pay much less, and then you can at least update to the newer version of your phone, and keep using the dock with better hardware.

The only scenario where the iPad would be cheaper or offer less user-locking is for users that do not want to own a smartphone.

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It's also great when you get a phone call or need to make a phone call while your phone is in the docking station!

Seriously, though, I find no problem having a separate phone and a separate tablet or laptop. Sometimes you want to use the phone while using the tablet (or laptop). Or sometimes, you're in a meeting where someone else is viewing your tablet, and you can still use the phone to, say, read a text message, look something up on the web, or take a phone call. Or sometimes my wife is using the iPad, while I'm off doing something else. It would kind of suck if I had to leave my cell phone with her in order for her to use the tablet. There are plenty of instances where it's advantageous to have two separate devices...where both will continue to work when separated. Besides, with the combined weight of a cell phone and a tablet like the iPad already being significantly lighter than the portable computing devices we used to carry, I kind of doubt there are many people who look at an iPad and a cell phone and are saying, "Darn, that's a lot of weight and size! We need to combine the two somehow."

Whether you were talking about the Atrix or not, I just don't see a huge market for a device where you have to dock your phone to use your tablet or sub-laptop. That isn't to say that there isn't a niche for such a device. And as I said, I do think that it might be usable for traveling business people. But it seems like a tough sell because, for one thing, it's not an "open market" kind of product. In other words, first you have to commit to the phone. Then you decide if you want to add the dock. With the other devices in the market, you don't have to commit to a phone first. You're free to pick your phone independent of your tablet or sub-laptop dock. And are manufacturers going to make universal docking stations to work across brands of cell phones? Not likely.

Anyways, like I said, there are just a lot of advantages to having a separate phone and laptop and/or tablet. But I certainly applaud Motorola for trying something new.

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