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July 20, 2012

Why iPads will Replace iPhones

By Julie Griffin, Contributing Writer

You use your iPad to watch videos, read magazines and search for information. But ever wonder what reasons everyone else has for using their iPads? The answer to that question is both disappointing and profound – depending on how you look at it. People are using their iPads for the exact same reasons people use computers.

Pew (News - Alert) research reveals that only four percent of adults in the U.S. use tablets, but what this small population of iPad users tells the rest of the world is that the use for other devices is quickly becoming irrelevant. Eventually, devices in size ‘medium’ will evolve to become ‘one size fits all’.

A recent survey conducted by Business Intelligence that pooled 2,242 participants, indicates that 84.1 percent of iPad users have no interest in a Kindle Fire or a Nexus 7. And why should they? Furthermore, 46.7 percent claim that the iPad is now their primary computer versus 29.1 percent from a survey conducted after the release of the first generation. Also, users claim that they spend the most time, at 47 percent on their iPad than other devices including the iPhone (News - Alert) – which is used only 17 percent of the time.

The iPad is often serviced similarly to the iPhone, as indicated by the fact that 45.2 percent of users surveyed reveal that they use the wireless version as opposed to wifi. Additionally, 63.2 percent claimed that the wireless carrier they selected for their iPad was the same as their phone service. The fact that the iPhone and iPad use similar services suggests that people could be expanding their ideas of how the iPad could be used as they think about consolidating services.

It is still quite uncommon for people to use the iPad to make calls because the iPad needs accessories such as handsets and microphones. Furthermore, some sources suggest that there are only three ways that people can use their iPads to place calls: Skype, Google (News - Alert) Voice and Talkatone.

But, as people begin to use their iPads more and more, it seems that it wouldn’t be a far stretch to predict that the next generation iPads will evolve to accommodate this need.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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