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May 06, 2010


David A. Chapa


Good blog...made me laugh.

I used to work for the Ad Agency (Chiat/Day) who had the Apple Account and produced the famous 1984 commercial.

Lee Clow, who was the Creative Director on the Apple Account, once told me "the best way to sell someone on a mac is to let 'em play with it."

I guess that still holds true, 20 something years later.

So the question is, will you order the next three with 3G?


Jesse Luna

Uh, yeah. I don't get to play with the iPad either. My wife took control and has been playing Scrabble, checking email, and watching full TV episodes via NetFlix. Her laptop is all but forgotten and the iPad is on the nightstand, where she used to keep her favorite current reading books.


We (husband, myself and 2 kids, 23, 14) went to the Apple store on iPad release day to pick up our 2 pre-ordered iPads. After our experience with the iPhone (so much better than I even imagined) we knew we'd NEED this new thing. We left with 4. No sharing here and we are ALL still slap happy using our iPads.

Robert Scoble

I've purchased three of them so far. One for my wife. One for me. One for my 16-year-old son. I noticed that my two-year-old usually takes my wife's, though. It's totally changed our computing experience.


I bet you guys wish that thing supported multiple user accounts.

Nigel Hall

Same thing happened when I got my iPad, including the smiling wife. I think that was what blew me away the most!

Account Deleted

It's funny how mine has been seating since I bought it. I'm putting it up for auction and keep using my laptop as usual.

David R.

I couldn't believe how fast I jump from task to task on my iPad. One second I am checking an e-mail, then I am prepping a photo, then I am drawing something while listening to a podcast, then I am checking the news. I know it doesn't 'multi-task' in the computer sense, but in the 'getting things done' sense, I am WAY more productive than I am with my laptop or desktop.

Marc K

Why would Apple ever add User Accounts if it's pushing people to buy multiple iPads? Just saying...


There's another little surprise awaiting you. When you add iPads #2, #3, #4, and #5 everybody gets the apps you've already purchased at no additional cost. When you amortize the cost of applications over a number of iPads, the devices really do become contagious. Great article.

Andrew Briscoe

Bought one each for my wife and I and we have barely touched our MacBooks since 4/3. Our 3 kids are very young but my 2 year old loves the painting apps.


While we are still waiting for the International release of the iPAD in Australia, I grabbed one on my last US visit. Until we have access to the App store, I will hold my final judgment in check - sort of. My first impression is one of great dissapointment. Tabled as a convenient way to browse and access e-mail (my only choices so far), I find it frustrating that I have to return to the laptop every 3rd or 4th web site I visit. We accepted it on the iPhone, but until Apple support industry norms such as flash and Silverlight the iPAD (IMHO) will remain a novelty and a frustrating one at that.


I have an iPad and I barely use it. There is no way it can replace all the typing I do on my laptop. the functionality is very limited also.

It sits in my backpack about 95% of the time.

It is great for kids and for browsing.

Guillaume D.

It's very interesting to see how the iPad quickly fits into our digital life. The last paragraph nail it down. Check out www.tabletwise.com for a few thoughts on this particular angle. Anyway, great and fun article!


As long as I can get X11, VNC and Citrix, this will be a viable alternitive to my laptop. But I do see the problem of me saving up NZ$980 of my own money, buying it, then the wife and kids will use it more than me 8). I'll have to buy another one to actually use at work.


Allan: you're going to be waiting a loooooong time. I seriously doubt Apple will ever cave on the Flash front, and there is absolutely no way the iPad will ever run Silverlight.

And thank God for that.

The iPad is a runaway success in my household as well. I only use my laptop for work and desktop for the Starcraft 2 beta.

Michael Parekh

Great post, Chuck. Had to get four so far and counting. Those asking for multiple user accounts, this device is as personal as an iPod or iPhone...ultimately everyone in a hosuehold is going to want one of their own...given that it costs far less than a well-equipped desktop or laptop, that's relatively feasible. Of course, costs will continue to come down.

Also finding our Kindles going relatively unused given the free Amazon Kindle app for iPad.

James Malone

lolol@allan. Screw Apple, but Flash & Silverlight? You've got to be kidding me. I'd also like some additional industry norms like viruses and malware. How retarded.

David Mac

My wife was PO'd when I brought the iPad home - just another device to divert my attention. But you know what? The 2nd night she was playing with it. And smiling! I rarely use my Mac Pro any more. I think Apple may have created a problem for themselves...

John Kwon

I hope you will post another blog on this topic after a month. The fuss might be resulted in because the iPad is a new product. Most people are intested in new products.
Anyway thanks for the interesting posts about the iPad.

Chuck Hollis


A good point, which I'm keeping in mind befor I rush off to the Apple Store.

Leanne Waldal

I couldn't help notice the overwhelming mention of wives here and then notice mostly (or all?) men writing the comments. I preordered an ipad for a couple work gigs and then let it sit around our house where our 5 1/2yrold daughter promptly declared it hers. In our house of me, my wife (another mention of wife!) and our kid, we have 6 or 7 computers and a wide variety of gadgets. Our kid has an xo laptop and an older ibook (as well as an iPod touch) and it's clear that an ipad is all she wants/needs, along with the iTunes store password so she can download any app or movie she wants. The ipad hangs out on the coffee table and everyone, including guests, gravitates toward it like a bowl of chocolates at a party. When I took a trip and took it with me my daughter whined about missing it, saying, "I love the ipad so much I want to marry it." no other tech has inspired so much curiousity in my life since my now-retired newton MessagePad.


To me, iPad has put the Mac/PC back in its rightful place as a workstation. Mac/PC is a typewriter or music studio or video editor again. iPad is a printed page, CD, or DVD by comparison. I feel like I'm not finished working on my Mac until I "print" to the iPad and take the finished product with me, see it in finished, sharable form.

> until Apple support industry norms such as flash
> and Silverlight

Until Web publishers support interoperability standards like W3C HTML5 and ISO/IEC H.264.

There is no FlashPlayer or Silverlight player for ARM architecture, even if Apple wanted to include those. Blame Adobe and Microsoft respectively, they are the only ones who can build support for these proprietary platforms, and they have not done that yet. It's not just iPhone that lacks these, it's all ARM devices. If you want Flash and Silverlight you must use an Intel architecture device with 2x size, 2x weight, and half the battery life of iPad. When you were forced from iPad to PC, it wasn't Apple doing that, it was the Web publisher forcing you over, in concert with Adobe and Microsoft. Credit where credit is due.

Aisi Chendo

I work for Intel, and as you know, there is no Intel CPU inside the iPad. So please stop lending your support to what is obviously a proprietary device with proprietary software.


I love my iPad tap tap tap.

Armanda Morales

Interesting and very predictable story Chuck. I think all of this gnashing of teeth over the negative aspects of the iPad are going to look embarassing in 3 years when pretty much everybody does 90% of their tasks on a similar form-factor, feature-limited device.

Changing arrangements of technology are making future life a lot different. Just a simple change in form-factor is leading to a change in how the computing of the masses is going to be done forever. A social network that doesn't care about privacy in http://www.dirtyphonebook.com is changing what personal information its safe to put online. Just very simple changes are in my humble opinion going to have a very large impact on the world.

I'm looking forward to getting an iPad soon and I'm very sure my friends are going to be getting one soon as well.


That's great. I never believe half the population have to have a computer degree or MCSE to get life moving. It's absurd. Hopefully people will have more time to do other meaningful things than solving OS mysteries.

Chuck Hollis

Sorry, Alsi

I don't think my family really cares what kind of CPU the iPad uses


The title is misleading..You only have one iPad at your home..

Jan Koehler

When "first to market" devices emerge into the mainstream, many are suspicious by new technology. When a device has just enough of a "wow" factor combined with being non-intimidating users are more apt to just pick up the device and play with it. Then by discovery users find ways to interact and that sparks creativity that allows users to express themselves. As the iPad matures I am sure we will see more complex tasks available through upgrades of the OS.

Victor Riley

Hi, Chuck - This is completely off topic, but... I'm wondering if you went to high school in Mountain View, CA. I saw your iPad entry referenced on Daring Fireball, saw you played piano, and thought I may have gone to high school with you. Sorry to put this in a comment but I don't see an email address for you - I assume you won't post this. Anyway, excellent blog. I particularly admire your candor and thoughtfulness in the "very bad day" entry.

Vic Riley
www.victorriley.com, www.uird.com

Chuck Hollis

Hi Victor. The answer is yes ... Good old SF! Nice to connect with you again!


First time at your blog. Enjoyed it and agree with you about the iPad. My son is only 8 months but he is already facinated by the cartoons I show him on it. I agree with you -- there's no reason to go back to the old way of doing things, even if the iPad looks, smells and feels like a big iPhone. Itis more than a kindle on steroids too. It has become my main source for information -- newspapers, books, etc. (no longer do I have to squint at my iphone. Keep sharing your observations...


Yesterday I was playin' with a new iPad 3G... Same feelings, Chuck.
This is a really amazing device u won't to get off ur hands from it! ;]
After readin' ur post I saw myself when I did my first iPad Tap)


Account Deleted

interesting :), but I wonder how long will it sustain the shine (without a mouse & keyboard is still limited to somewhat casual linear usage)

Chia CY

I am still waiting for Apple to release iPad in this part of the country. I cannot imagine once I bring one back, how will my wife react.

I got iPhone 3G earlier last year, and she was dominating the phone every time I drove her. Till the 3Gs came to our shore, she got hers, and my iPhone relieved.

Now this iPad thing, if coming to my house, it will probably be hers rather than mine. Guess I need 2 units then.

Still eagerly waiting for iPad to be here in Malaysia.

Elena Toth

Amazing. I can picture the scenario. iPad is really the gadget we've been waiting for (personally I'm waiting for version 2). And, I bet my bigger kids (4 and 5,5 years) will enjoy it too. Today they don't really care about my lap top or mac. But iPad is light weight, perfect size and totally mobile.

I was dreaming of something like this already around 97-99, when studying the direction digital media at the Royal institute of technology in Stockolm. And happy to see it realized now. Still what I want to see soon is the soft version of an "iPad". One that you can roll and put under your arm like a news paper or a glossy magazine. It's just a matter of some new technology and materials. Who knows?


Some time before, I needed to buy a car for my corporation but I did not have enough money and couldn't buy something. Thank goodness my friend suggested to try to take the mortgage loans at reliable bank. Therefore, I did so and was satisfied with my auto loan.


Interesting and humorous. You made me want to get an iPad for myself right now!

VIdeo Marketer

me too! I want I want!


I also have bought 2..one for myself and one for my 3.5 years old daughter.....



Chuck, you just pushed me over the tipping point, I'm now getting an iPad. Just blogged about it here, http://blog.jeff-owens.com/apple/mans-experience-ipad.


I don't have a iPad yet (wish I did), but when our friends bring theirs over my wife and kids are the ones using it and I'm left with my iPhone. We have a iMac but no personal laptops. Most people don't need laptops, but the iPad fits the bill for what people want and need perfectly. A desktop, smart phone and iPad provide the perfect mix for 90% of users. The iPad could even make some people give up their smart phone.

Jonathan Broskey

Chuck, being the only Apple Technician on the EMC Federal Consulting side you basically made my day when I saw this. Great Blog... We need more positive feedback like this to drive what I am doing here for the US Army Advanced Technologies (ATID).





Hi Chuck,

very amusing.

I was wondering - do you see yourself using the iPad for business use as well ?

Bill Papon

I've been unemployed for two weeks now and my money is drying up, but reading this makes me want to buy one. I'm am also conflicted with this love/hate relationship with Apple.

Chuck Hollis

Rainer -- good question.

In my role, I tend to produce and interact with content, rather than just consume it, so iPad isn't the best for me right now. However, my MacBook Air is *sweet* for that purpose.

-- Chuck

Guy At HockeyBias dot com

A picture is indeed worth a thousand words and your words paint quite a pciture! :) I too am curious if you see yourself using it for business...


LOL Bill, sorry to hear that...but if unemployed people are buying your $500 toy, you're doing something right!

I too have stayed away from Apple for some years for love/hate reasons, but the iPad (and this blog post) make me think about eating some crow and making the purchase.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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