Hayles, I'm just like you. I have the iPad 3 and I've enjoyed every version of the iPad-and I've gotten each one on launch day. I'm not ashamed. I don't drink, don't go out (except for the rare date with the hubby---RARE!), I'm not a clothes horse, or a shoe ho, however I do like my Coach bags, but I digress. My iPad is my one true splurge that I save up for every year. Yeah, I said it, every year. I'm a gadget geek and I like my gadgets. I take my iPad with me everywhere I go, but I don't always take it out. I just like having it with me. POWER TO THE IPAD PEOPLE! (with my fist thrust in the air). Lol. Ok, now I'm just being silly.Originally Posted by Hayles66
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Thanks for posting that link, AC_OQ. I agree that you always have to be conscientious of where you are in public and behave accordingly. Here in Fort Wayne, most folks are polite and keep to themselves, we maintain a pretty good personal space. I was at a restaurant the other day and there was a family of eight sitting at the next table. There were three teenagers in the party. One had an iPad, another was playing on a game device, and a third was texting on a smart phone. It occurred to me how totally isolated the kids where at the table. The five adults where engaged in conversation and never engaged the kids. My companion was watching me watch them. He leaned over and stated, "Now you know how you look when you are involved on an iPad as the party swirls around you."
If you live in some of our large cities and you are technologically burdened there is a real danger of being un-burdened. Whether or not you feel like an elitist using your iPad in public is true too but only so far as how validated you feel (it's mostly in your head). There is another experience using an iPad in a public setting--it is also isolating.
I don't think of iPad as an elite product, especially when I regularly see people wearing expensive watches and other jewelry, wearing shoes worth hundreds or carrying purses that cost hundreds or more, not to mention the pricey cars that many people drive. It's just a matter of choice for many people, I figure.
In major metro areas in the U.S., I see people using iPads all the time. Not a big deal. In Asian metro areas that I frequent, everyone seems to have a smart phone. The main thing in those cities is portability; it's not convenient to hold an iPad when jammed up against people on the subway, for instance. But in such cities, everyone seems to have a smart phone, including lots of seniors who don't look tech savvy.
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Just about the only place I take my iPad is Starbucks when I'm having my monthly coffee get-together with a friend. Any time I go to a Starbucks, it seems that place is crawling with gadgets. Sometimes I look around and mentally calculate the value of the inventory at that particular time.
Its funny, really. We always go to the same location, and see a lot of the same people. There is the main that puts his iPad in his lap, but reads a newspaper. There is the man who always wants to take to anyone with an iDevice about jailbreaking (he's a huge fan). There is the woman who alternates between an iPad, iPhone, and Macbook Air (I think thats what it is). And there are always a number of customers with assorted laptops, ereaders, and smart phones. My friend and I both have iPads and iPhones; last week we were both looking up something at a web site and showing each other pictures. I also have a work-issued BlackBerry Bold; on which I was receiving calls, emails, and text messages.
I've never taken my iPad anywhere else; I haven't had a need to. But I feel safe with it at the gadget sanctuary!
Haha, I know the feeling..
I'm 26, and a returning student. My wife and I are both nurses and make pretty good money (we also both work a lot..)..there's nothing weirder than being in class with "starving and struggling" students who are talking about their part time job at Target etc, while I'm there taking notes with my iPad.
I kind of do feel ashamed and like I'm "bragging" by using it around other students. It's a GREAT study aid, but I feel I can't go into detail with it unless I want to come off as rubbing it in their face, etc.
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LOL for me it depends on the location
We had two thugs grab an 8 year old's laptop at a local Mc Donalds, they ran out but cops knew who they were and went to their Apt. found the laptop and kid got it back. So I say you never know when a thug will grab it and run off with your stuff. Happens to high dollar cameras all the time.
I don't let anybody from the press tell me what is elitist and what is not. The press is elitist!Originally Posted by AQ_OC
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