If you were following Twitter, Facebook, or any tech blogs today, then you know that the Apple event surrounding the announcement of the Apple iPad (insert feminine hygiene joke here) dominated today’s news, and it will surely dominate tech news for the rest of the week. I followed along with sites such as Gizmodo and Cult of Mac for their live blogging of the event, and I must say that while the iPad is pretty darn impressive, it is lacking in some areas (but then again I am a tech nerd). I have stronger opinions about technology devices than the average user. One piece of news that did REALLY impress me was the price of the iPad:
- $499 for 16GB w/ Wi-Fi
- $629 for 16GB w/ Wi-Fi and 3G
- $599 for 32GB w/ Wi-Fi
- $729 for 32GB w/ Wi-Fi and 3G
- $699 for 64GB w/ Wi-Fi
- $829 for 64GB w/ Wi-Fi and 3G
These numbers surprised me, because I was thinking Apple was going to brand it more like an alternative laptop and keep the base model price high enough to keep out the more price-conscious demographic, but at $499 for the base model, that will appeal to a lot of people in the market for a netbook and/or laptop alternative. The prices for the models with 3G means that those models will be able to connect to the Internet using AT&T cell towers, but that comes with a monthly price. It’s $14.99 for 250mb of data (which is nothing), and $30 for unlimited data. Although, there is NO contract involved for these data plans.
What’s great about the iPad
- It appeals to a wider demographic than Apple usually gets.
- The price is appealing.
- It’ll be a great alternative to buying an iPhone or iPod Touch.
- Apps for the iPad will be cheap as well. As low as $9.99 per app.
- Great for mobile workers such as sales people, real estate agents, etc.
What’s NOT great about the iPad
- No Multi-Tasking features.
- No built-in camera (though there are rumors it may include one).
- Jury is still out on the keyboard.
- Does not support Adobe Flash.
Like every new Apple product, the next version will be a HUGE upgrade from the first. A great example of that is the iPhone. The first one had quite a few issues with the operating system and was on EDGE data network, but the 3G was a huge upgrade. It might be smart to wait until the end of this year when they could possibly roll out another version, but if you’re looking for a great mobile device that acts as a combination of many different devices, Apple gets it right with the iPad, except the name of course. Couldn’t they have come up with something a little more clever like iSlate?
If you want to check out all of the detailed specs, click here
Also, here is the video of the Apple event with demonstations: