Travel content and planning service GeckoGo has released results of a survey of members and their willingness to jump on the iPad bandwagon - but in short: mixed results.
The company asked 750 travellers using its Facebook application whether they would be interested in buying the latest in Apple's long line of devices and just one in five of those who had heard of it (71%) saying they were very interested in the product.
A further 18% say they are interested and another 30% somewhat interested.
Some might read it as overwhelming enthusiasm for the new product (68% of the two-thirds with recognition of the product), but given the rapid rise of mobile and its travel functionality and seemingly yet another device to consider, it may be just the "very interested" respondents that would go to the next stage and buy the product.
Nevertheless, 60% of those interested in the product would take the device on their travels.
Of the top potential uses, those very interested in the iPad say...
- Browse the web - 68%
- Email - 62%
- View pictures - 61%
- Travel on travels - 60%
- Watch videos - 46%
- Listen to music - 45%
- Read eBooks - 37%
- Play games - 17%
The interesting thing to note here is that two of the major elements of the iPad demonstrated by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at its launch in January 2010 (games and reading books) are at the foot of the usage table.