iPad Confusion

Heaven's Gift or Abomination?

The iPad has released and people have been going gaga over Apple’s newest creation.  But why?  The device creates this confusing genre somewhere between your smartphone and a laptop, trying to overpower the field of netbooks.  But does it excel in any of these areas?Today I made a visit to Best Buy to try out the iPad for myself.  First let me lay on the table, my pre-existing thoughts of the iPad were it’s too expensive and you can buy a much more robust laptop for about the same price.  Let’s see if my opinion can be swayed.  Here’s what I already know; it’s locked and restricted to the app store, it’s limited to 16-32Gb of hard drive space, you can’t replace the battery yourself, it’s flat (a negative for me because this makes it awkward in situations I’ll get to later).  After getting my hands around the device I have to say, it is sleek with Apple’s usual style.  If I were to buy my products on looks alone I would’ve already brought one home.  The display models were already covered in fingerprints and a couple had scratches on the screen.  The applications either upscale if originally designed for the iTouch or you can buy specific iPad versions.  If you already own the iTouch version, you have to re-buy the iPad version (no free upgrades).  Games that were designed for the iTouch were very hard to play on the much larger screen.  My thumbs could not reach specific controls while still holding the device, so I had to set it down on the table to play.  This would obviously be changed for the iPad specific apps but is still something to keep in mind if you own a lot of apps already.

At launch you can buy a case which when it is unfolded can be used to prop the device up at an angle to more easily type.  I think this accessory is almost a must-buy because you will want to protect your iPad anyway (as seen from all the scratches on the demo units, on DAY 1!), and the added feature of propping the device up eliminates the flat surface/no hinge problem.  You can also buy a keyboard dock which adds a full keyboard to the device.

So let’s see, was my opinion swayed?  I do like the device more after holding it and testing out the programs.  But I still cannot justify the price.  For $600 I can buy a laptop with windows 7 and a much larger harddrive that will play games, surf the web, install any programs and doesn’t restrict my options for upgrading in the future.  As a geek I would buy this in an instant.  It would be easy to carry to my local coffee shop and type out a couple of articles or play a quick game.  But as a practical shopper I need it to be cheaper.

Did anyone else make the plunge?  Are you waiting for a price drop? or are you making others jealous around you, being the first to own an iPad?

Written by Bryan

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3 Comments

  1. Hamu-chan says:

    I guess it is cool but can’t spend this much money for this now.

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  2. Paige Bagwell says:

    I just don’t see the point. the battery is over a hundred dollars, you have to rebuy apps you already own (like my grip with Nintendo) and everything is so expensive, like the keyboard you can buy is $69! for a keyboard! so you can easily spend over $1,000 just getting everything together and ready to use. It looks neat but there is no way I’m buying one.

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    • Bryan says:

      Exactly. I know several people that bought one now and their argument is always, “but it’s cool.” I guess it’s cool to spend lots of money.

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