[geeks] iPad - NOT a 'Miss' for me I'm afraid
velociraptor at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 16:54:40 CST 2010
On Feb 2, 2010, at 11:59 AM, Mike Meredith wrote:
> On Tue, 2 Feb 2010 08:25:59 -0500 (EST), der Mouse wrote:
>>> So lets be straight. People on the bus and train watch video on
>>> their cell phones, iPhones, etc. all the time. These hand-held
>> This...umm, disagrees with my experience.
>> I've taken two train rides a week for most of the last year. My
>> laptop (which _is_ a real laptop, not a dinky little "netbook" or
>> some such) works fine. And, watching the people around me, I would
>> call laptop use "common" - it would surprise me if under 10% of the
> My experience of train journeys is a mixture of both. Trains that are
> likely to be used for chiefly small journeys (30m or less) will have a
> very low usage rate; trains with a mixture of long (2h) and short will
> have usage rates approaching 50%. Trains for longer distances (4h or
> more) have usage rates getting up to 90% ... I've once felt 'odd' for
> not having a laptop out !
> Mind you much of the laptop use I see is for working on documents
> rather than watching video.
In DC, I saw more people "working" on laptops than watching video, etc, and
relatively few that did so. I did see a lot of iPod usage, as well as
Blackberrys (games as well as email). Saw quite a few PSPs on Metro, too.
This was pre-iPhone. Taking pub trans in SF area, I saw more iPod/iPhone
usage than laptop usage. Of course on BART, you have to change trains 80% of
the time if your commute is >1hr, so people are much less likely to get out
the laptop b/c of the hassle involved. Of the laptops I did see out, more
were for homeward entertainment than work.
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