Re: Y'all said the same about the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad...
Really? I distinctly remember telling people that iPhone and iPad will become big when it was announced. So "y'all" definitely doesn't include me, or anyone else in tech I personally know for that matter.
And I am not saying the same for this thing.
Why? Simple: iPhone and iPad served killer features no other device offered. None. All the "smart" phones that came before the amalgamation of the iPod touch app capability and the communication facilities of a phone, were, tbh. crap as smart phones. At best they were PDAs. The iPad offered the same, but with a screen that made it useful to actually work with, and not just read a quick email or scan an article online.
These products provided value that no other product offered. That's why I believed in them. That's why they became successful.
Now, where is the killer feature for this thing? What value does it provide to me? All I have seen so far, is already provided easier, cheaper and better by other devices:
- Office work: I have multiple UHD screens, precision pointer devices and a desk. None of those require me to wear a big headset. None of these prevent me from eating my lunch or sipping coffee without having to worry about damaging a really expensive piece of hardware in the process. On the move I have a laptop. And btw. the change that I'm willing to wear that thing wile sitting in a train, or any public setting for that matter, is ZERO.
- Recreational: My phone is always with me and has a superb camera. It's also generally more useful and harder to damage, and holds a charge longer. And my wife and me won't snuggle with giant VR headsets on our heads when we can instead crawl under a blanket in front of our giant LCD TV screen.
- Gaming: aka. the only semi-relevant usecase for VR. Has been explored for many years now, never really took off. My Quest2 is collecting dust already.
So, what else is there? More specifically, what else is there, that is so good, so unique to this device class, and so amazing to have, that I would not just pay 3500$ for it, but also wear a big headset that holds a charge for a few hours, and is limited to whatever the app stores of Apple have to offer?