iPad addiction and withdrawal syndrome: Why Apple’s tablet continues to dominate

“So far, touch wood, the neck of Nova Scotian woods I live in has been spared experiencing the great Christmas blackout that has afflicted much of the U.S. Northeast and eastern Canada,” Charles Moore writes for TechnologyTell. “There has been some ominous flickering of lights, but transitory, and never taking things down.”

“However, several blackouts (of more ‘normal’ duration) over the past couple of years have revealed how addicted I’ve become to my iPad,” Moore writes. “I really miss the iPad even when I’m outside of WiFi range even for a few hours, let alone for days. Cellular? Too expensive for both the iPad with cellular support and the service itself, for the amount I would ever use it, although it would be convenient during power outages and when traveling.”

“What I probably miss most about the iPad is that I’ve gotten used to computing in a variety of locations around my house that are more comfortable (and, at this time of year, warmer) than sitting in a task chair at my office workstation. I also miss the no-hassle spontaneity of iPad use, even though my new MacBook Air represents a substantial step in that direction thanks to its speedy flash storage drive, Haswell processor, and OS X Mavericks’ efficiency,” Moore writes. “I think it is that quality that explains the massive impact on the IT sector the iPad has had in such a short time. Functionality-wise, I still much prefer using a laptop or desktop personal computer, but even a thin and light unit like the MacBook Air can’t match the ease and simplicity of using an iPad, and why it would be hard to turn back the clock to where we were before Steve Jobs unleashed the iPad on the world not quite four years ago.”

Much more in the full article here.


    1. Yeah I’ve had that also. It’s is horribly annoying. Unfortunately MDN, like most websites that fund themselves via advertising, don’t seem to control which ads pop up when. Sometimes I get the one that makes almost the entire iPad screen black, and you have to futz around to get rid of it.

    1. russ, I’m not sure if you intended what you wrote.
      I think it would be quite easy for anyone to go cold turkey from an android tablet/phablet.
      Just give the former Android user an iPad.

  1. If Charles thinks he’s addicted now, he should breakdown and get the cellular.

    I love my iPad(s). Yes that’s plural. I have an iPad Air, and an iPad Mini Retina. The funny thing is, both have cellular, and with AT&T’s new shared data plan, my monthly bill is now $50 less since I no longer use the mobile WiFi hotspot device.

    I take the mini everywhere. It astonishes me how much work I can accomplish with that little guy. Sometimes I just forward my phone to SKYPE on the iPad and take calls there.

    Got a call from a client yesterday morning. His email was not working properly, everything except email from one specific client of his was coming in. With the iPad I could connect to his computer, take over his screen, then to his email server, determine the messages never got there, then to the firewall to find out that the messages were Quarantined because of (sigh) Word attachments with viruses. I even removed the viruses from the attachments just by opening the documents on the iPad, then saving them as .doc files in his dropbox account.

    I used to carry a backpack and laptop everywhere for things like that.

    I only buy books and magazines from iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle store now. The iPad is my primary Web surfing and news reading device.

    At home, I never use a television, I just open the TimeWarner App on the iPad and watch what I’m interested in there, which is mostly news.

    All the regular stuff… email, social network stuff, etc. and so on I do through the iPad.

    I create documentation, network diagrams, reports, security audits, on the iPad. I move stuff back and forth through iCloud and Dropbox, preferring applications that run on both Mac and iPad.

    The darn things are better than Sonic Screwdrivers!

  2. If he had bought a Chromebook, he’d really have been screwed since it can’t do anything without an internet connection. However due to its low price point, it seems to be the growing device of choice by the consumer looking for a bargain.

    1. Sure, Scientist. But he could still write several chapters of the Great American Novel on battery power. Then several more on his other iPad.

      We’ll have to wait for the next big blackout up there in the Frozen Nawth to see if he can pull that off.

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