Partners, kids force iPad owners to take more tablets
Get you effin' hands off my gadget
Tablets breed tablets, it seems, with 17 per cent of iPad owners having more than one in their home. A similar percentage of punters expect to purchase a second tablet too.
Ditto e-book readers. According to UK pollster YouGov, 15 per cent of Kindle owners have one or more extra units. For Sony's Reader, 13 per cent of owners have more than one.
The reason? Mostly - 36 per cent of cases - it's because the owner found his or her other half wouldn't stop using it, forcing the owner to acquire a new one.
You can bump the total up to 46 per cent if you include those folk who couldn't wrest their first tablet away from the kids. And then up to 59 per cent if you factor in the impact of the more nebulous "other family members".
Some 21 per cent of the 269 multiple-tablet types surveyed by YouGov said their second unit was a gift, possibly from the Significan Other who has been monopolising the first one.
Rather a lot of folk simply bought other, secondary tablets to try them out - 17 per cent said that.
Punters looking to buy another tablet are most likely to opt for the iPad (55 per cent), Kindle (35 per cent), BlackBerry Playbook (15 per cent), Sony Reader (12 per cent) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (11 per cent).
It's worth noting that these numbers derive from a research conducted in November, before Samsung released the Galaxy Tab Luxury Edtion, which will surely put the others in the shade with its free Bluetooth headset? [No, it won't - Ed].
It also come before UK carriers began offering subsidised iPads.
Again, though it's those pesky partners and kids who are forcing tablet owners to consider buying another one. You don't hear netbook owners make the same complaint. ®
Although what you say is true, it's not the whole reason. As the article suggests, even if the single iPad had multiple profiles, it still does not solve the issue of one person monopolising it.
I've seen this first hand in my house, whereas my wife used her* iPad all the time, leaving me to consider getting my own.
* I wanted an iPad, but I purchased it as a birthday present for her, with the full intention of taking over it once the shiny wore off on her. To my dismay, almost a whole year later, she still uses it most of the time. The nerve of some people!
I call BS
In my house we have on average 2 computers per person, all with multiple profiles. Each have logins for all. By your logic we would only want one computer.
There are times when everyone is using at least one computer and multiple user profiles won't fix that.
I expect ipadding is much like that too.
So people who can afford iPads can also afford multiple iPads? No kidding. I'm sure a similar percentage of people who own super cars also own more than one.
It's not, I assure you, as though the significant others of the world haven't been strongly hinting that a netbook would be a fine Christmas gift.
My personal pad
Correct. Right now it is definitely my 'personal pad'.
I can't lock it up with a K-Lock, so I keep it in my briefcase. It's like handing someone my wallet, there is no need to hand someone my iPad.
True, I'm sure Captain Picard's PADD had 'user profiles' but guess what? Folks today are not graduates of Starfleet Academy, so I think it works best.
It would not be fun to deal with useless profiles and user accounts on the iPad. But if you want profiles and accounts, create a web application that does that. Require users to login, etc.