Tomorrow, the new Apple iPad will start hitting the retail stores and shipping to customers who pre-ordered theirs… I didn’t pre-order one, and I know full well that the stores will be a NIGHTMARE tomorrow and that I have precisely zero chance of picking one up.
But still, I’m drooling a bit.
An article posted on CNN.com yesterday, called “Your guide to buying the right iPad” , isn’t helping my resolve any. It talks about the different models you can purchase, based on media storage size and 3G vs. Wi-Fi Only models, and helps you decide which one if perfect for your needs.
I want them all.
Truth is, I don’t really need an iPad. I’ve got a perfectly good laptop, which is convenient for traveling because it’s lightweight and portable (though not a MacBook Air, which I maintain is ridiculously overpriced for its lack of functionality) There’s not a lot of functionality in the iPad that wouldn’t be nearly as convenient as my laptop.
But still… it’s pretty. And it’s the hot new toy. So I want one.
I can see the value in a desktop-plus-iPad combo… So perhaps when my laptop has reached the end of its life, I will consider getting an iMac desktop computer (the ones that are basically a GIANT monitor with the computer built in, plus a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse) and getting an iPad for my travel needs. But for now, I’m going to resist.
At least, until I finally get my hands on one and get to play with it in person… at which point, all bets are likely off.