I’ve been squirreling money away in an online bank account titled “iPad” pretty much since Apple released their first version of the tablet. Yeah, initially I questioned the point of the device, but after seeing it in action, I decided that this was something that I wanted. Let me be clear… the iPad is hardly a must have… I still believe that it’s an expensive gadget. I won’t go as far as calling it a toy, but all of its functions are easily covered by my iMac, iPhone, and even my lowly laptop running Linux. I still wanted one though.
But as much as I wanted one, I was never convinced that the original iPad was the one that I was saving my pennies for. There were too many little things lacking… namely USB support. Oh, and the first generation of anything is usually over-priced.
So I’ve been quietly setting money aside, a couple of dollars at a time, into my bank account… waiting patiently for Apple to announce the next generation of the iPad. Well, last week we finally got a peek at it. It’s smaller, it’s lighter, it’s faster… it has not one, but two cameras! Although I’m having a hard time trying to imagine when I would use the one on the back, but oh well… it’s there.
Still no USB though. Is this a deal breaker for me? I don’t think so. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder whether or not it’s worth the money. The price of the original iPad has been lowered by $100, keeping the new one at the existing pricing point. Is there really enough in the new one to make me want to go out and buy that? I don’t know. I would be looking at the 16GB WiFi model. I don’t require any more storage than that. I don’t require 3G networking. I just want something that I can set on the table when I’m laying on the couch, and casually pick up to read an article or check my email, or watch a video. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
That being the case, I already have more than enough saved to buy either of the low-end iPads. I’m just at a cross-road where I’m debating whether that money can be better spent on something else… especially given the current work environment. If I can’t draw a clear line between this purchase and some sort of revenue stream, it’s difficult to calm that nagging voice in the back of my head that keeps questioning whether the iPad is truly my best investment.