Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Are We a Nation of Gadget Slaves? TODAY Sees the Release of Apple's New iPad. CHRIS HOLE Asks Whether These Type of Gadgets Are a Good Thing - or Are We a Little Obsessed?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Are We a Nation of Gadget Slaves? TODAY Sees the Release of Apple's New iPad. CHRIS HOLE Asks Whether These Type of Gadgets Are a Good Thing - or Are We a Little Obsessed?

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IT'S a computer, a games console, a media centre, diary - and almost anything else you can think of.

Apple's iPads have taken the world by storm over the last couple of years.

Today sees the release of its newest model which claims to be the best yet - with an improved display, camera and connectivity.

Apple themselves say: "It is brilliant.

In every sense of the word."

But are such gadgets and gizmos really worth all of the hype? Or are we becoming technology obsessed? Dad-of-two Sean Johnson is hugely pro-iPad and says his iPad 2 is indispensable.

"I use it for everything," the 24-year-old, from Middlesbrough, said.

"I use it every day and it's always by my side!" Sean is a huge fan of the music creating software GarageBand but uses his iPad for a host of different reasons.

He believes that using such technology is simply part of modern society and is fine - as long as it doesn't become an obsession.

"It means you can do things that you wouldn't otherwise be able to do," he added.

"The iPad's really easy and useable too - my seven-year-old child can pick it up and use it.

"I can understand the hype and I would definitely recommend it!" Despite their hefty price tags, Apple products have become hugely sought-after items.

Hundreds queue for hours - or even days - around the world every time a new product is unveiled.

Queues were forming yesterday ahead of today's launch.

Apple also make the iPhone, one of many "smart phones" which are regular sights in people's hands and fixed to user's ears.

No longer are mobile phones only for making calls - they are mini computers, satellite navigation systems, and a whole lot more.

But some say there is a danger that people spend too much time fiddling around on their phones, texting, surfing, tweeting and anything else. …

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