Ten Things To Think About Before Being Sucked Into iPad Fever
6- Content can also be pricey.
While Apple is introducing its own bookstore called the 'iBookstore' (of course), some publishers are pushing to raise the $10 standard price of books on Amazon's Kindle to as high as $12. An assortment of newspapers and magazines will also be available at launch, but will most likely sell above online subscription prices. The Wall Street Journal, for instance will sell its iPad edition for $18 a month, or nearly $10 more than its online subscription.
7- Games are more costly.
Games costing $1 for the iPhone were listed at $2 and $4 more for the iPad. According to US News, the titles disappeared from the App Store after this negative publicity. No current word if this pricing will remain. Apple's justification for such a move is based on the size of the screen. Much more viewing space to play a game on your iPad than your iPod Touch or iPhone. Whether or not the public will agree is to be seen.
8- Lacks the cool factor.
According to Huffington News report, negative reviews have been coming in from the digerati naysayers ranging from "It's a giant iPod Touch. Who care's" - to "They couldn't even put an SD card slotting the thing. Seriously?" However, on the other side of the spectrum, Moms and millions of average consumers may enjoy it for the opportunity to surf the Web, read emails, share photos and generally have access to everything they had on their smartphone, but with a larger screen.
9- No GPS.
There is no built-in GPS, a feature that allows iPhone users to obtain data on everything in a local vicinity in which they are walking, from home prices, to restaurant reviews, to sales, to navigational functions. Lacking this feature also disallows the use of augmented reality which is partnering with many of the other tablets to offer points of interest (POI) overlays and data markers for the location-based user set.
10- No multi-tasking.
In a world where multi-tasking comes second-nature, its surprising that the number one toy on the market doesn't allow you to juggle several projects at one time. With no USBs, no headphones, no weather, clock or stock apps, the iPad is in some respects less robust than your iPhone. Additionally the email app lacks the ability to create folders and doesn't include rules for auto-sorting addresses.
While I did not include weight as a negative, your new iPad-baby at 1.5 pounds might get a wee bit heavy in your hands after a certain period of time. In comparison, the Kindle is only 10 ounces.
So, now you are little more well-informed, and can decide whether or not to join in the bragging rights of 'first adopter.' Its important to remember that the iPad is just one of many touchscreen tablet devices being released this year. The JooJoo is already out, and the HP Slate (based on Windows 7), and the Microsoft Courier (dual-screen), are all but confirmed to be on their way. Dell, Notion Ink Adam and Archos models are also scheduling releases at different price points. Check out my previous blog, titled "Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam," for more up to date consumer reports on the various options available to you.
Also, please post your comments below for all those that are about to shell out 500+ denaros, and please stop back after your purchase to provide us with some first-hand feedback, whether its positive or negative. President Obama seems to think it's a deal-breaker!