April 1, 2010, - 4:35 pm
On Saturday, the latest Steve Jobs Apple techno gadget goes on sale. But I doubt I’ll buy an IPad, at least not for a while. Even with the relatively competitive $500 price and the relatively light weight/easy to carry tablet design.
For me, the biggest problem is the idea of reading books on it, which would be one of the bigger reasons for buying it. You can’t resell the book. You can’t turn the pages and easily flip back to another page because they all look the same and you’re instead touch-screening back to find something. Also, I do most of my book reading on the Jewish Sabbath. Under our religious laws, we can’t use electronics on the Sabbath, so that’s out for me. I need the physical, tangible real thing–a bound book.
And there are problems with issues such as–when you buy a better, later model of the IPad later on–whether or not you can transfer the book to your new IPad. I just can’t imagine the term “curling up with an IPad,” the way you would with an actual bound, published book. My eyes would get tired of staring into the lighted keyboard. If there’s ever a black-out, like there was back in 2003, you won’t be able to recharge or power your IPad, once it runs out, so then, book reading will be totally out, if you don’t have the real thing.
And then there are other things. I wonder how typing on it and transferring images to a website works. I doubt it will be easier than using the PC platform I have now. Probably, it will be harder.
Yes, these are minor problems, many of which affect only a minuscule group of people during instances which rarely occur. But they make the purchase less attractive to me.
So how about you? They are expecting to sell between 200,000 and 300,000 IPads on Saturday. Will you be in line on April 3rd or thereafter, trying to acquire the latest “it thing” in computers? Why or why not?
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Steve Jobs