Should You Buy An iPad?

Posted: March 11, 2010
Should You Buy An iPad?

The highly anticipated Apple iPad arrives in stores on April 3rd, but Kevin Pereira finds out if consumers like you should be an early adopter of this revolutionary device, or wait for the next round. Dan Frommer from Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo's Matt Buchanan help Kevin make sense of it all.

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  • jason.ritzke

    Skip the Ipad and wait for the Notion Ink Adam.

    Posted: April 5, 2010 7:01 PM
  • crystalx3d

    The problem with releasing a low cost device for a very specific need is that it's not possible. In order for a tablet device to be able to do any one of the tasks you described, it would require just about the same hardware to do all of the tasks. See what I'm saying? You wouldn't save anything by buying a device that only plays games but can't read books or surf the web because those features don't require any additional hardware, only software. You could sell a limited device cheaper by selling at a loss only if you plan to make your money back through content sales, but then you would want your customers purchasing all kinds of content, not just books or just games, or just movies. That's why it just makes more sense to make one device that does everything. The only exception would be a device that just reads books, but then you wouldn't need a touch screen or even a color screen and what you're left with ends up looking a lot like a Kindle.

    Posted: March 13, 2010 10:38 AM
  • Ricky_D

    Part III
    I think that when you introduce something that allows you to get your greasy fingers all over it and touch it until your fingers fall off, the public will get goo goo eyed for it. Yeah, Star Trek and Minority Report are really cool, but it appears that all of their devices have a good reason for existing and are not something that will end up in the junk box. Sure, let the wealthy buy it because they just can. The iPad is great for making tech companies put more energy in creating a better tablet device, but really, the iPad doesn't belong.

    Posted: March 13, 2010 9:55 AM
  • Ricky_D

    Part II
    Oh, almost forgot! The iPad has games. But so does the Xbox, Playstation, and hey, if you like that motion controlled stuff the Wii is the thing for you (oh! and Guess what, Playstation has just showed us their new motion controller and Microsoft is working on Natal). But there is one thing that the iPad does that many of these things cannot or just does better. That is its ability to make an amazingly fluid touch response system.

    Is that touch interface really worth $500? Do you really want to carry this rather large device in your bag along with your laptop and all the other junk you carry around? Are you going to really whip out the iPad to just browse the net when you are through writing whatever it was on your laptop? Sure it may be better to play games on when compared to your iPhone, but do you really want to spend $500 just for that?

    Posted: March 13, 2010 9:54 AM
  • Ricky_D

    My post was too long so I made three parts (damn I’m a geek):
    Part I
    Does this device really change how we use the internet, browse photos, watch videos, and play games? Jobs seems to think it does, but I do not. This device doesn't replace anything and that is its major flaw. The laptop has replaced the binder and paper notebooks, the Kindle replaced novels, and the mp3 player replaced CD's. Now look at what the iPad can do: It browses the web, but our phones as well as laptops do that. The latter allows you to run bigger and better programs, so the iPad doesn't replace anything here. But the iPad also allows you to browse photos. However, I have been doing that forever with my phone, laptop, and desktop (even some people have computers connected with their televisions to browse such things).

    Posted: March 13, 2010 9:53 AM
  • BlackLable69

    What all these company's need to start doing is release more tablet PC's that are low cost for very specific needs. For example: Apple, Dell & Microsoft could have released a tablet for just browsing the internet, one for just e-reading, playing games, applications & a more expensive model for everything. This way no one could complain about pricing or not trusting another company.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 9:46 PM