Thursday, January 28, 2010

Are you going to buy the new Apple iPad?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 6:06 PM

If you haven't heard by now about Apple's new tablet, the iPad, you're living under a rock and need to join the rest of society.

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You're excused this time though — you're not missing too much.

Why? Because from where I'm sitting, the iPad — which Apple calls a "magical and revolutionary device" — isn't much different from my own trusty iPhone. And I don't even have the latest VERSION of the iPhone (that being the 3G2. The regular ol' 3G is fine by me, thanks). I can already access my e-mail, watch videos, read books, take notes, launch Safari, flip through photos, access iTunes and watch YouTube videos via my smartphone. OK, so maybe my iPhone is a little smaller than the 9.7 inch screen that the iPad boasts, but I'm going to be real with you: If I want to watch a movie, I'll watch it on TV. If I want to read a book, I'll just read one the old-fashioned way. But hey, that's just me.

Not to mention that my iPhone has two functions that the iPad doesn't: Making phone calls and taking pics.

But some have speculated on an iPad Revolution. Could it be? While of course I personally hope something will ultimately save the newspaper industry, I don't know if this is it or not. How many people do you know will shell out money for an iPad to access their fave news outlets when they already have a smartphone, a laptop, a desktop computer and multiple TVs in their household — and can readily buy a newspaper at the gas station?

If you are interested in this new product (as I'm sure there are plenty of Apple nerds out there salivating in anticipation), here's what you'll be spending: You can get a Wi-Fi iPad for $499 to use on existing Wi-Fi networks, or, for wireless access anywhere, you'll spend $629 for the 3G iPad.

So ... what say you? Will you be purchasing the new Apple iPad? (By the way, you'll notice I didn't say ANYTHING about the name, unlike others.)

It seems Hitler wasn't too happy with the new iPad.

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