The iPad: what the hell?
So, for those of you know that know me, you know I don’t like Apple products. I totally respect Apple – they revolutionized the idea of mp3 players etc., but I am just uncomfortable with their products. I think it’s just that I don’t feel like I can personally customize their products, whether physically or virtually – a lot of stuff is locked in, like having to use iTunes etc. (If you are wondering what I use for mp3 player, creative all the way! Although currently I have a sansa fuze because I left my creative on a plane in Switzerland )
But anyways, the iPad. What the hell? I really, really don’t understand why people are so amped to use this thing. Seriously though, any way you look at it, its almost a step backwards. It’s either a really big cell phone without the ability to call (iTouch anyone?) or a damn laptop without a keyboard. There was a tweet from @RainnWilson (Dwight from the office) and it said “I wish my iPad were smaller and made calls, or that it folded up and had a keyboard attached.” Haha love it
Via apple.com “iPad – a magical and revolutionary product at an unbelieveable price. Starting at $499” . What? Magical? Revolutionary? Maybe magical and revolutionary in the sense that you are getting people to pay a ridiculous price for a product they dont need.
But really though, hats off to Apple for creating a product that no one needs but a vast majority of people want. Check out this quick video from college humor – its exactly how I feel .
In addition to ths iPad being annoying, what is more annoying is having to hear about it constantly from all the feeds I subscribe to on google reader. Seriously, if I search “iPad” in my reader, there are over 700 articles that mention the dumb device, and that is only since January. Even worse is that about 300 of them are since the beginning of April alone. Basically everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, making apps, holders, and other iPad compatable gear. You can’t blame them though, companies have to follow the trends, no matter how dumb it is.
So what do you guys think about the iPad, do you want one? Think it is actually innovative? I myself wouldn’t mind toying around with it, and I wouldn’t turn it down if it was free (I love free stuff) but I would never pay any money for it. Especially not 500 dollars.