Sunday, June 27, 2010

Reasons NOT to buy the iPAD

The iPAD was launched in USA on 3rd Apr.  On May 28th, it was make available to the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.  Apple will add 9 more countries to the launch, beginning in early July.   There is no exact July date but the countries on that list are Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore. Malaysia will most probably have its allocation by September.

In the last 80 days on the market, Apple has sold 3 million iPads and according to Morgan Stanley , it's on track to be the fastest selling mobile device in history. This works out to about 37,500 units per day, or about one unit sold every two seconds. Assuming an average selling price of $650 per iPad, Apple just generated $2 billion in sales. That's better than iPod sales from the March quarter, which according to Morgan Stanley's  only totaled $1.5 billion.

Steve Jobs said, “People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives, We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”
Apple also announced that developers have now created more than 11,000 iPad-specific applications. The iPad will also run most of the 225,000 apps created for the iPhone and iPod Touch, though graphics quality may be uneven on the larger iPad.

The iPAD is indeed "magical" generating such sales volume as it has several limitations. Apple is creating a new niche in tablet computing and the iPAD fits in as a cross-product in between the notebook and the hand-held iPod Touch. It can never replace even a generic branded netbook.

I was aware of these limitations but I still buy it mainly for its portability and convenience as I plan to use it mainly for browsing, emails, RSS, Tweets updates, reading eBooks and magazines . To maximize its usage efficiently,  I install some other  3rd party programs and further  " jailbreak" to install non-approved Apple programs. This will be elaborated in my subsequent blog write-ups together with the steps I have taken to overcome some of the limitations.

If you have doubts whether the iPAD is suitable for your needs, the below videos will assist in your decision making.  There are many such videos on the web " condemning" the iPAD. These videos are the more reasonable and better ones, and it could convince you NOT to buy the iPAD.

Reasons not to buy

Not impressed and dissappointed

5 reasons not to buy

5 worst things

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