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The iPad, a tablet you use and everything (Nintendo Wii theory as a decoration item)

You’ll be taking the Nintendo Wii home with you for Christmas to have fun as a family with an energetic boxing match and a bowling session in Wii Sports. Your parents are amazed and immediately decide they want one. You don’t wait too long and those same Kings get one. Their neighbours soon try the game out too, and like a virus, suddenly everyone needs a Wii.

I’m sure you remember the situation, it was very common a few years ago, as common as all those consoles ended up gathering dust as just another decoration item in the living room. Something similar happened with the tablets , everyone wanted one and both last Christmas and the one before that were undoubtedly one of the star gifts.

The iPad, a tablet you use and everything (Nintendo Wii theory as a decoration item)
The iPad, a tablet you use and everything (Nintendo Wii theory as a decoration item)

This is a great invention. One that for the first time truly brings personal computing to users of all profiles and age ranges

No wonder. After all it is a great invention . One that for the first time truly brings personal computing to users of all profiles and age ranges. My father checks the latest eBay auctions comfortably in his armchair while my mother reads lying on the couch some e-book or surfs the Internet laughing with the last link her friends have passed to her. And yes, a Wii watches them from the corner of the room where it’s been off for the last six years.

But of course, my parents use the iPad , their second generation to be more exact, and they use it every day because they not only like it, but they also understand it and know how to use it for things they really wanted to do but often didn’t because of the heaviness of sitting in front of the computer and facing its thousand and one inconveniences (from boot time to the difficulty of use, last minute technical problems or distance from the fireplace, also an important factor).

Their neighbours also succumbed to tablet fever, but the 479 euros of the iPad (or the 399 euros of the iPad 2, already discounted at that time) was much more than they were willing to spend on this occasion. By luck for them, the offer of tablets that had emerged in the shadow of the iPad extended in all directions wherever they looked in the department stores. Samsung, Sony and also hundreds of hitherto unknown brands were (and still are) crowding in with much more attractive prices, some of them almost ridiculous. After all they all work the same and serve the same purpose, don’t they?

After all, they all work the same way and serve the same purpose, don’t they?

Apparently not . Or that’s the first conclusion you come to over and over again every time you look at Chitika’s tablet web browsing charts and see that year after year, no matter how much the competition pushes and the market remains flooded with tablets at bargain prices, hardly anyone uses anything other than the iPad. They have tablets, yes, but as decorative objects.

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Because not all tablets are the same. Even those that work great, even those that on paper surpass the iPad in technical data that certainly does not interest any mother. Only one has iOS, only one has 500,000 applications that are not extended versions of mobile phones, only one hit the nail on the head so that those of us who have had one for years keep squeezing it out without feeling the need to buy another one. It’s called the iPad and the first one you buy will be your faithful companion for longer than it suits Apple itself. The rest? Well, they look great in the magazine rack or right on top of the Wii.

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