5 Reasons To Buy The iPad

The Apple iPad launches on April 3rd. Personally, I’m still on the fence regarding purchasing this tablet but thats not to say the iPad isn’t a worthy product. The iPad does many things well and should be considered for mobile users in search of something more than a smart phone.

To keep this topic as straightforward as possible, I’ve created a list of five reasons you should consider the iPad. Although the iPad can do much more than what’s on this list, I wanted to focus on specific elements of the device and steer clear of marketing jargon. So without further ado, the iPad:

  1. App Store
    The app store revolutionized the market. It allowed third party manufacturers a centralized place to index all the wonderful applications available for the iPhone and iPod touch. There are now countless apps in the app store to satisfy your hunger. Essentially, the app store allows users to expand their mobile devices to match their limitless and changing needs. What’s great about the iPad, unlike other devices on the market, is this device will launch with a massive app catalog. Most of the apps currently in the app store will work on the iPad at launch and apple has already opened the SDK so developers can build iPad specific apps prior to launch. Essentially, the app store will keep your iPad fresh and new for as long as you use the device.
  2. eBook Reader
    Kindle or Nook? These devices costs around $260 and do one thing really well, books. They allow you to discover, purchase, and read books on the go. Unfortunately, beyond reading these products are very limited in functionality. Along with the iPad, apple is launching the iBookStore. Basically, the iPad will have all the functionality of a Kindle in one, easy-to-use application. Function specific devices be damned, there is a new sherif in town, and it does so much more.
  3. Digital Picture Frame
    The dark horse on this list. Have you ever looked into purchasing a digital picture frame? High quality digital picture frames can cost $500 or more and only serve one purpose. With the iPad, users can easily sync all their photos to display on the high resolution, vibrant 9.7inch screen. Plus, the iPad can connect to the web so you can display photos from flickr or picasa as well.
  4. iWork
    Apple understands a device like this cannot always be used for fun and games. Built from the ground up and optimized for touch, Apple will be releasing pages, keynote, and numbers for the iPad. These apps, which correspond to word, powerpoint, and excel respectively, allows users to easily credit, edit, and email critical assignments all from their portable tablet. Whether it be PDF’s, microsoft office documents, or iWork files, the iPad can manage them all.
  5. Price
    Prior to the iPad announcement, bloggers expected the apple tablet to cost just bellow $1000. With the base model actually starting at $499, the iPad is much less expensive than expected. I cannot tell you the last time I saw a high quality, touchscreen tablet for $500. Although the iPad cannot multitask, it’s power will rival similarly priced netbooks allowing the iPad to compete with both tables and netbooks. A high quality 9.7″ touch screen tablet, 16GB of flash storage, a great music player, and more for $500 is a steal.

8 Comments

The true and full Microsoft Office (and specially PowerPoint) is what is needed in the iPad. And no, the iWork does not cut it. And exporting/importing is awkward and simply does not work too many times.

Thanks for the review even though you come across somewhat biased towards getting the ipad.

Great product, I am a bit upset with apple’s “protecting” their revenue and limiting the browsing experience by not having flash. The lack of multitasking can be a pain too, but if I need a powerful multitasker, I’d go for a computer anyway. I like how the ipad looks and feels, if safari browser were flash capable, I think it would take the lead in terms of feel and environment. Eye strain can be an issue with that super bright screen, and the dimmer doesn’t really do that great of a job but it’s a great attempt.

All in all, apple offers a very beautiful experience for those with money to throw away, and/or for people looking for beautiful design and high.

However, I don’t like being enslaved, and I like “freedom” to at least explore other software without apple walking me by the hand or threatening to crash my ipad if hackers decide to improve it. It’s their product, they have the right to do it, but I think I’ll wait to see if the copycats do a great job.

Apple are innovators, it’s a shame that others aren’t as good as them in terms of creating, but I think I’ll be patient and see where it all goes. ipad has extreme potential, but apple’s policies (monopoly of media – hulu, flash, modifications to the device) annoy me. They also keep updating software to frustrate hackers, but it only ends up annoying me bc they want my money, etc. blah blah blah.

I would advice u when you sell, try to include the cons of the product you’re selling too a little better. it will make you more credible and humble and draw more people to respect your opinions.

ipad is great, but I’ll wait and see

oh, and in terms of price, I think if kindle, b&n, or anyone comes with a color, almost ipad feel for an ebook reader at less than 300 dollars, I would go for that above an ipad too.
What ipad would have to do in terms of books for me is to quickly increase their text books, and become flash compatible. Not everyone wants to use quicktime & itune’s memory-hog abuse.
BUT AGAIN, I think the ipad is beautifully and ingeniously designed. It has its market, and I don’t think apple will loose their faithful customers.
If they opened up a little more to share, they’d b better. Microsoft did, google does, and that’s why they’re on top. Not because they’re better, but because they’re willing to explore.

oh, and in terms of price, I think if kindle, b&n, or anyone comes with a color, almost ipad feel for an ebook reader at less than 300 dollars, I would go for that above an ipad too.
What ipad would have to do in terms of books for me is to quickly increase their text books, and become flash compatible. Not everyone wants to use quicktime & itune’s memory-hog abuse.
BUT AGAIN, I think the ipad is beautifully and ingeniously designed. It has its market, and I don’t think apple will loose their faithful customers.
If they opened up a little more to share, they’d b better. Microsoft did, google does, and that’s why they’re on top. Not because they’re better, but because they’re willing to explore.

The true and full Microsoft Office (and specially PowerPoint) is what is needed in the iPad. And no, the iWork does not cut it. And exporting/importing is awkward and simply does not work too many times.

oh, and in terms of price, I think if kindle, b&n, or anyone comes with a color, almost ipad feel for an ebook reader at less than 300 dollars, I would go for that above an ipad too.
What ipad would have to do in terms of books for me is to quickly increase their text books, and become flash compatible. Not everyone wants to use quicktime & itune’s memory-hog abuse.
BUT AGAIN, I think the ipad is beautifully and ingeniously designed. It has its market, and I don’t think apple will loose their faithful customers.
If they opened up a little more to share, they’d b better. Microsoft did, google does, and that’s why they’re on top. Not because they’re better, but because they’re willing to explore.

Thanks for the review even though you come across somewhat biased towards getting the ipad.

Great product, I am a bit upset with apple’s “protecting” their revenue and limiting the browsing experience by not having flash. The lack of multitasking can be a pain too, but if I need a powerful multitasker, I’d go for a computer anyway. I like how the ipad looks and feels, if safari browser were flash capable, I think it would take the lead in terms of feel and environment. Eye strain can be an issue with that super bright screen, and the dimmer doesn’t really do that great of a job but it’s a great attempt.

All in all, apple offers a very beautiful experience for those with money to throw away, and/or for people looking for beautiful design and high.

However, I don’t like being enslaved, and I like “freedom” to at least explore other software without apple walking me by the hand or threatening to crash my ipad if hackers decide to improve it. It’s their product, they have the right to do it, but I think I’ll wait to see if the copycats do a great job.

Apple are innovators, it’s a shame that others aren’t as good as them in terms of creating, but I think I’ll be patient and see where it all goes. ipad has extreme potential, but apple’s policies (monopoly of media – hulu, flash, modifications to the device) annoy me. They also keep updating software to frustrate hackers, but it only ends up annoying me bc they want my money, etc. blah blah blah.

I would advice u when you sell, try to include the cons of the product you’re selling too a little better. it will make you more credible and humble and draw more people to respect your opinions.

ipad is great, but I’ll wait and see

Thanks for the review even though you come across somewhat biased towards getting the ipad.

Great product, I am a bit upset with apple’s “protecting” their revenue and limiting the browsing experience by not having flash. The lack of multitasking can be a pain too, but if I need a powerful multitasker, I’d go for a computer anyway. I like how the ipad looks and feels, if safari browser were flash capable, I think it would take the lead in terms of feel and environment. Eye strain can be an issue with that super bright screen, and the dimmer doesn’t really do that great of a job but it’s a great attempt.

All in all, apple offers a very beautiful experience for those with money to throw away, and/or for people looking for beautiful design and high.

However, I don’t like being enslaved, and I like “freedom” to at least explore other software without apple walking me by the hand or threatening to crash my ipad if hackers decide to improve it. It’s their product, they have the right to do it, but I think I’ll wait to see if the copycats do a great job.

Apple are innovators, it’s a shame that others aren’t as good as them in terms of creating, but I think I’ll be patient and see where it all goes. ipad has extreme potential, but apple’s policies (monopoly of media – hulu, flash, modifications to the device) annoy me. They also keep updating software to frustrate hackers, but it only ends up annoying me bc they want my money, etc. blah blah blah.

I would advice u when you sell, try to include the cons of the product you’re selling too a little better. it will make you more credible and humble and draw more people to respect your opinions.

ipad is great, but I’ll wait and see