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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by ravenellos, Sep 14, 2011.
3G and useful tourist apps included in rental price. Ipad delivered to hotel and picked back up.
No. For me, the iPad is a personal device with all my apps and other content loaded on it. Plus, it doesn't cost $25 a day for online access anywhere if I use my own iPad.
I am going overseas next month and hopefully by then I will have my iPad loaded with everything I'll need. So no not for me because I do all my research beforehand. If you could load the iPad with all points of interest for that particular city and what they'll be doing on their trip, some might be interested especially if skype was available for those who need to keep in contact. There's a lot to think about with this venture.
Assuming you're asking as a market research effort. A couple of thoughts.
() You're unlikely to find a reliable sample for your question on a forum like this. Almost all of us have our own iPads and most are relatively well versed in the apps available for travel. In short, when we travel we're likely to have our own iPads.
() I suspect you'd be better off with a less flexible, more portable, and more focused device than the iPad. Not to mention a less expensive device. A tablet (preferably one smaller than the iPad) pre-loaded with content (or web sites) specific to the city in question, e.g. maps, tourist attractions, etc. and easily accessible from a home screen would be the "value added". Think of the sort of audio guides available in museums, for example. Not necessarily in terms of audio tours (though that would be great), but in terms of ease of use and obvious value to the tourist.
() Keep in mind that as user friendly as the iPad is, people do take courses in Apple stores to learn how to use them. Simply handing a tourist an iPad and expecting them to know how to make use of it is likely to be problematic.
() Overall, I think you have the seed of a good idea. Focus on limiting the cost of the device, the ease of use, portability, and the value added in terms of specific apps/websites/content a tourist might want to access and you may have a winner. But don't underestimate the upfront investment (especially in the "value added" aspect of the device.)
P.S. As a fan of Rick Steve's travel shows in Europe, it's noteworthy that he repeatedly advises travelers to hire local guides in unfamiliar cities. If you think of the device you're considering as the electronic version of such a "guide," and price it accordingly, you may have a market.
No. I can get a real local guide throughout SEA for that much money...
Probably not. I'd bring mine with me.
And that...people...is how you break your answer down. Well written and thought out.
And I would not pay $25 a day for the iPad if I were going to another country only because if I lose it or if it's stolen, i will have to pay the vendor for the original price.
That and I'd be mad when it's time to return it because all iPad users always wonder how they got along before laying hands on one.
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I personally would never pay that ridiculous price. I also bereave the iPad is a very personal device. It is something you own rather than something you rent.
$25 per day could be tooooooo much...
Would rather having a book reading or others...
$175 a week to rent an iPad? Whoever is thinking people will pay that has rocks in their head.
If you know the person ask them if they want to buy any of the 19th Century South American Gold Shares I'm selling cheap.