Earlier this year Apple introduce the iPad to the world and many people wondered if it’s just not another touchscreen notebook computer. Apple experienced overwhelming success with the iPad and millions of units have already sold. It has been one of the most successful electronic devices of all time. The reason it’s been successful isn’t because it’s just another touchscreen notebook. As a matter of fact it’s quite different than any laptop or notebook computer on the market. The introduction of the iPad gave birth to a new category of computer all together called a slate computer. A slate computer that doesn’t have a keyboard, DVD drive, memory card slots, printer port connection, or many other of the standard features that you expect to see on laptop computers.
If the iPad is missing so many of these features that are considered important on regular laptop and notebook computers, why then is it so popular? I believe the reason it’s so popular is because the way the iPad is designed addresses a basic need of people. People have been reading paper books for centuries. There’s something that is calming and comforting about sitting in a comfortable chair with a good book. The Apple iPad is designed to be held just like a book. You navigate through the Internet and its menus just like you would be navigating through a book by using your fingers to turn the pages.
Using the iPad feels much more like reading a book than using a computer. People really seem to connect with the touchscreen interface of the iPad at a primal level. When people first pick up the iPad, it’s common for them to comment about how easy it is to navigate through its many menus. Using the touch screen on the iPad is almost instinctive in nature. It requires very little learning and is fun to use. The iPad has opened the door to an entirely new class of computers that is taking the world by storm.