Apple's iPad not so shiny once you get it home

Brits too busy to fondle their slabs...


Many Brits can't be bothered to use their fruity fondleslabs once they have them and don't think they're worth the money, a new study has found.

The survey, by money-off coupon site MyVoucherCodes, showed that over a quarter of UK iPad users only used their Apple tablet once a week and one in 10 don't even bother with it that much.

Only 42 per cent of the 1,531 users asked said they use their iPad every day.

In fact, nearly half of the participants – at 46 per cent – don't think they're getting their money's worth out of the Apple tablet, and 18 per cent said they would consider selling it because they hardly ever use it.

Of those who use their fondleslab less than once a week, more than half of them are apathetic because they don't have a 3G model so they can only use it with Wi-Fi. Which does rather seem to defeat the purpose of a mobile device, since you're only truly mobile if you live in and travel through a hotspot haven.

Apart from that more legitimate reason, 61 per cent said they were just too busy to fondle their slab and 27 per cent said they didn't have any need for it.

Before you wonder why they shelled out over £400 for it then, it turns out not all of them did. The survey found that 14 per cent of people polled had been given the iPad as a gift and hadn't had much use for it in the first place.

This is clearly just a timely reminder to all of us coming up to Christmas: keep your gift receipts, even when handing over what should be the awesomely generous pressie of a shiny new tablet. Also, do try to find out if your intended gift recipient prefers Android. ®

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