iPad Review: Is it Worth Adding to your Apple Collection?
This is an attempt at a fair and honest review of the Apple iPad. I’m not an Apple fanatic, but I’m definitely not an Apple hater either. I just started using a MacBook Pro at work – and so far so good. I could see myself being a PC convert at home eventually. I’ve never owned an iPhone, but I’ve seen and heard great things about them, and they are incredibly functional for the size and price.
But I’m having a hard time seeing the allure and craze for the iPad. Before I get into my analysis, let’s run through the technical specs of the iPad.
- 9.7 inch diagonal LED display
- 16, 32, or 64 GB flash drive memory
- 1 GHz processor
- WiFi and 3G enabled
Let’s compare that to the iPhone 3GS tech specs:
- 3.5 inch diagonal LED display
- 16 or 32 GB flash drive memory
- WiFi and 3G enabled
OK, so basically you have the ability to expand on the memory (albeit not significantly), you have a bigger screen, and probably a faster processor. But…..
iPad in comparison to a MacBook Pro Tech Specs
- MacBook pro has a 13″ diagonal screen (vs. 9.7″)
- MacBook Pro has a 2.53 GHz processor (vs. 1 GHz)
- Connectivity is equivalent
- 160 or 250 GB of memory (vs. 100)
Portability is the same, plus I have a standalone keyboard on a MacBook versus an annoying touch screen (call me old fashioned, but I like the feel of keys). Now, I realize the MacBook Pro is more expensive, but an Apple lover is going to have a MacBook Pro or other MacBook variation anyways. Which brings me to the impetus of this review.
Who is the iPad Targeting?
- Is it Targeting iPhone Lovers? Well, if my goal is to use the iPad for the same things that the iPhone does, I’d much rather have the portability of the iPhone – plus it’s at least $300 cheaper.
- Is it Targeting MacBook Lovers? Probably not. It really doesn’t have any functional benefits over the MacBook Pro, if you’re looking for something bigger than the iPhone. In fact, I’d find it to be much less functional and powerful than a MacBook.
- Is it for Apple Lovers? Most likely. But if you love Apple, you probably already have one or both of the aforementioned Apple products to offer you the same or better functionality than the iPad. So, other than falling for the hype, what other reasons are there to get an iPad?
But who is the iPad really targeting? Gamers! If you visit the iPad apps page, you’ll notice that six out of the eleven highlighted apps are video game apps – Real Racing HD, At Bat 2010, Asphalt 5, Scrabble, F1 2010, and Labyrinth 2 HD. The only other possible target audience I could see is Apple lovers who are huge book readers. However, if book reading is your thing, you might be better off with the Kindle DX Wireless.
- Do you think that the iPad is worth the money? Why or why not?
- Will you be buying an iPad? Take the poll!