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Why buy an iPad

Updated on December 28, 2012
My iPad 3: Boy! Do I love these Apple products!
My iPad 3: Boy! Do I love these Apple products!

I was confused about whether buying an iPad was the right thing for me too. It was actually a terrific decision that will pay off big time.

The $750 price tag is nothing compared to the features that come with it - the App store for one. Not to mention, the iPad is basically a mini computer coming with all the stuff that laptops would need too.

I guess buying an iPad has some inherent costs. I am talking about the accessories that can run up quite a big amount. An iPad cover is requisite for these delicate tablets for obvious reasons and this can ring you up to as much as $70. Seriously!

This is why it is a mini laptop: It comes with mini keyboard accessories!
This is why it is a mini laptop: It comes with mini keyboard accessories!

The main reason for getting an iPad (1, 2 or 3) is the great catalog of apps. With its video calls and long battery life, the iPad – preferably get the iPad 3 – functions almost like a smaller version of a 15.6’ or 17’ laptop.

The iPad has many advantages over a laptop, though. The primary one being that it is a creation device or more precisely a mobile creation device. Its multitouch feature is much loved by content producers who make a lot of video and podcasts in addition to audio. The dual core processor aids this in the iPad 2 and 3 which was not present in the iPad 1.0.

The iPad serves as a great way to lean back and read. Perfect for lying back under a beach umbrella to read magazine articles and web pages in addition to the usual pdf documents. If you’re a heavy reader and looking to make use of the tablet mostly to read, then I suggest the now less pricey iPad 1.


As great as the iPad is it definitely has its drawbacks with most users complaining that it is not a big supporter of open standards. Buying an Apple product like an iPad especially if it is your first Apple purchase ropes you into the Apple network. If you’ve enjoyed the luxury of having access to different platforms such as XBOX 360, Windows, Linux, Android, etc, it will be difficult to get the rather restrictive iPad to play content from other platforms that you desire.

The ultimate status symbol!
The ultimate status symbol!

The iPad has definitely revolutionized the tech sphere and if you have the means, you should definitely get one. It’s just cool to have an iPad nowadays and it has so much creation value in addition to the consumption value in this day and age when the tradition TV screen is fast becoming obsolete. I must admit that it has been quite a while since I sat by the fireplace and watched a show on TV in the living room.

Even watching TV in bed is becoming a thing of the past. It was in 2008 that I was watching an episode of ‘Gossip Girl’ (don’t care much for the show; who watches it anyway?) when I heard a remark from a kid on it that went ‘Who watches TV on a TV now, anyway?’. I totally agree with that and in a time with a tech revolution filled with multifunction devices including smart phones and tablets, it’s time we hop on the bandwagon and get ourselves an iPad 3 or the just arrived iPad 4.

How to tell which model?

Look at the blue circle: This one is an iPad 3- the A1416 lets us know so.
Look at the blue circle: This one is an iPad 3- the A1416 lets us know so.
Walking through LaGuardia and guess what I saw!
Walking through LaGuardia and guess what I saw!

What with airports signing off on it. It’s a status symbol indeed!


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      vinayak1000 5 years ago from Minneapolis

      Thanks a lot alocsin! It really means a lot coming from a highly successful Hubber like you.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, I got the best of both worlds by spending not so much and yet getting an iPad by buying the iPad mini, which we like a lot. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Nick Ross 5 years ago

      The iPad is definitely the next generation. Tablets have been the wave of 2012 and a lot of companies that haven't gotten on the bandwagon have suffered losses. For instance, Logitech (LOGI) and HP(HPQ).