Why I Won’t be Purchasing an iPad

Apple has really taken the march into innovative gadgets that people seem to flock their hard earned cash into.  Maybe it’s my conservative nature pounded into me by my Dad.  Maybe it’s my tilt towards non-Apple products and saving on the “Apple Tax”.  Whatever the case may be,  I am not purchasing an iPad let along pre-ordering anything from Apple. Even with an estimated 90,000 preorders the first day, I don’t think the iPad is all that, let alone any sort of sliced bread. Here are my reasons…

1) There is nothing innovative with the iPad.

To broaden in this statement, let me just say that the iPad is an oversized iPod touch.  Yep.  That’s it.  Even at it’s starting price of $499, why would I want to purchase this thing that doesn’t even handle any flash based web applications or multitasking?  The iPad does not bring anything new to the table.  If anything, it has kept the important things off.  If anything, it’s an item with more surface area.  I don’t need bigger things in my life to deal with.

2) It helps me with absolutely nothing in my life

My iPhone right now does the following…
a) Point and Shoot camera
b) Video Recorder / Live Streaming Recorder
c) Sync’s my email for both work and home
d) Address / Phone book
e) Games for off time
f) Organizes my calendar (in the offshoot that I actually have something to keep track of).
g) Alarm Clock

The list, as you can see, just goes on and on. the iPad replaces NOTHING.  It’s actually a step backward if you think about it.  With all the innovation Apple has demonstrated, this device brings nothing new.  My iPhone does all (and MORE) than the iPad can do.

This is a simple list of reasons I will not be purchasing an iPad.  It still baffles me why people are rushing out to pre-order this device that doesn’t bring anything new to the table and is just as capable of doing what the iPhone does. Until a new device comes around (or the Windows 7 Mobile gets into my hot little hands), I will stick to my iPad Nano.

5 Comments

trekkerguyMarch 12th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Amen brother

VerillianceMarch 12th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Well, there’s the bookstore and ereader interface that I think a lot of people are excited about (including me). Also, I do think the bigger screen is a whole lot of something. My guess is that a lot of people who don’t have a laptop, or even people uncomfortable with computers (yes, they still exist) might find that this device is more user friendly for the basics.

Also, though it will do a lot of what my iPhone does, the apps are specifically improved for the iPad. One example is the calendar app. It’s much more robust.

For myself, I see it as a device I would bring along when I don’t really need or want my laptop, but I want something more than my iPhone. A meeting with a client where I want to be able to showcase something for example.

CharlieMarch 13th, 2010 at 8:19 am

@Verilliance – I will have to give you on that. I have a laptop so it is easy for me to move around and consume media / work on the Interwebs. For someone who doesn’t have a laptop, an iPad may be viable to you.

Also, if the Calendar App will become more robust, I can’t see why they wouldn’t do that for the iPhone as well.

Showcasing to clients can be done with a laptop. Alas, you don’t have one so refer to point one of this comment. :)

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RokanApril 5th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I live in Bangladesh. But I am a big fan
of apple. I want a ipad . How it possible

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