1. The iPad has a slot in my life: somewhere between the Macbook pro and the iPhone.
2. Unlike my laptop, which I don't really like anyone else touching, the iPad is much more communal.
3. Every person visiting has been hooked on the iPad for all sorts of reasons and it is passed around continually.
4. It now has a place in the lounge room not the office. People pick it up and pass it round: why? Lots of its use is finding things out at the precise moment of need; lots of use is games (users are seduced by the wonderful screen and graphics) and then checking messages, notes and doing more personal work.
5. The OS itself helps rather than hinders this: if you want to do one thing you have to close the other and this means that each new user does not experience the legacy of the last person to use it (apart from their finger marks on the screen!) You hand it on with the home screen showing.
6. Regardless of how familiar or unfamiliar a user is with the iPhone and its way of working, no one has asked, once, for a tutorial. Everyone without exception has worked it out in seconds. BIG test tomorrow. I am going to give it to my 90 year old mother and see what she makes of it. That will test the intuitive interface to the limit!
7. I would much prefer to learn from the iPad than my laptop because of the crisp focus on the matter in hand. No disturbance from emails coming in or Skype bleeping and no 36 windows open on the screen at once. Clean, simple: uni-task. But always connected and always able to jump. A great metaphor for learning.