Justify the iPad for me

Apple’s iPad recently went up for pre-order in Canada and many early adapters and Apple Fanboys (and girls) clicked that button to make sure they had their new device on May 28. I was not one of them.

I’ve been torn about this thing since it was first announced. I quickly threw it in the want pile, because I sure don’t need it. It’s a sleek device that, with WiFi or 3G access, you can find your way with Google Maps, show off your family pictures, watch movies, go on the Internet, read books…etc. The list goes on, but all those things are available on the iPhone/iPod! It’s less portable than an iPhone and I’d be kind of scared taking that out on the TTC.

Many would buy the iPad for reading, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a fan of the reading actual books. The tactile feel makes a difference, and I’d be worried if something happened (or in the future another bright and shiny device is released) and I couldn’t access my books anymore; where would my library be then?

Another big factor is before the new year I bought a MacBook Pro. I simply can’t justify the cost of buying a half-computer, which the iPad basically is. I’d much prefer my laptop over the iPad simply because I can multitask (though I know that will be added this summer), I’d like to print documents and sometimes I need to use DVDs.

Until the day comes when this kind of device is not a supplement to actual computers, I can’t see myself justifying the purchase.

What is it about that iPad that draws you to it? Have you made the pre-order or are you having trouble justifying the purchase, like I am?

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About Sean Bailey
Social media specialist who also happens to be a tech geek that's addicted to reading, movies, music, sports and coffee. Anything said on this blog is my opinion (obviously).

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