Bigger isn’t always better

Surabhi Srivastava

The iPad puts convenience at a high cost

Meet the iPad: an iTouch that seemingly encountered a sudden growth spurt. It’s like watching an inexperienced teenager develop into a strong, independent working individual. The iPad does everything the iTouch did and more, only bigger, brighter and better.
 A combination of the iTouch and Apple notebooks, the iPad is now available for pre-order. Photo taken from the official Apple website.
Like any other Apple product, the iPad is incredibly appealing. The design is so sleek, built with such perfection that we simply can’t look away. It attracts buyers like an electric light attracts an unsuspecting moth: we’re trapped before we realize what we have fallen for.

The features and benefits the iPad has to offer—Safari, email, photo, video, You Tube, iTunes, map, notes, contacts and iBook—already exist in other Apple products. It is easier to handle than an iTouch with more surface area for browsing , but with less functionality than a computer. The awkward size of the iPad also makes it hard to carry on a day-to-day basis.

Where does this leave the new golden gem of a product? This so called revolutionary device can be used for short term vacations or as a mini-additional computer in a household. It can neither replace nor provide the same benefits as an iPod, iTouch, or notebook. In turn, this makes the iPad a luxury.

However, expect vast disappointment after reading a description from Apple that says "Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price" only to see that the price is unbelievable.

We feel accomplished when we have access to the world at the tips of our fingers, but at what cost? The iPad is essentially a waste without the 3G network, and if you thought the starting price was a shocker, boy are you in for a surprise. A 16 GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G costs $629 — without tax.

The truth will only reveal itself once the iPad is finally in the hands of waiting customers. As a product, it has no detectable flaws.  We can access everything we want from one bigger, brighter machine (if we’re willing to have our books, our music and everything else we enjoy revolve around the Apple store). It’s yet another way that Apple has managed to make our life easier.

It’s price versus convenience.