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Opposing Viewpoints: Apple’s iPad is useless and overpriced

Posted By Hattie Gawande On September 30, 2010 @ 6:05 am In Editorials and Opinions | Comments Disabled

With an increasing number of students buying iPads for school-related reasons, it’s about time the question we’re all wondering was asked: is the expensive gadget really worth it?
Before answering that, let us first establish that the iPad is pretty awesome. It’s sleek, is half the size of the average laptop, and weighs only about a pound and a half.
And wouldn’t it be so convenient to keep all your textbooks at school while having alternate copies available at your leisure at home on your iPad?
Well, no. The cheapest version, at $500, has 16 gigabytes of memory and the most expensive version, at $700, has 64.
However, if this price seems okay to you, take this into consideration: these prices are for the iPad with solely WiFi as an outlet for internet capabilities.
If you want to be able to use the web at your leisure, or 3G, you have to pay either $15 or $25 each month, depending on how much data you are going to use. Yes, this means that the iPad’s internet usage is limited.
Additionally, with 3G, not including monthly fee that racks up really quickly, the iPad costs $630 and $830, respectively.
With the assumption that the average student would go for the relatively cheaper (and yet still exorbitantly expensive) version, it would be impossible to download an iTunes library, a few apps, a movie or two, and multiple textbooks.
Aside from the fact that the iPad can store a very select amount of data and information, the iPad is inconvenient for other reasons.
To begin with, on the iPad, one cannot type using a keyboard, and the many people who enjoy using keyboards will be disappointed to use solely a touch-screen for all their internet needs.
The iPad’s lack of keyboard detracts from the appeal of it; laptops have keyboards, and the iPad is unable to compete with it in that sense.
Another downfall about having an iPad is that it would seriously limit social interaction. You can deny it until you’re blue in the face, but the statistics speak for themselves: as of January, according to USA Today, the average kid from the ages of eight to 18 spends seven and a half hours “using media each day.
In a society where face-to-face conversations are brief, imagine what adding a cool new gadget to the mix would do. Between time spent “using media and schoolwork, we would have no time left over for friends and family.
The iPad serves virtually no purpose. It is the same price as a laptop, but with significantly less data, capabilities, and speed. One may argue that the $500 iPad is far cheaper than the average laptop, yet it has approximately one-fifth of the data of it.
The cheapest iPad, valued at $500, which does not have 3G privileges, is simply nothing to brag about.
To those of you who are not aware of what 3G encompasses, I’ll make things simple: it allows its owners to use the internet.
If you buy the iPad without the 3G, which many people do, is it even a laptop? No, not really.
Alas, despite all that has just been said, you and I both know the truth: I want an iPad. You want an iPad. Everyone wants an iPad. They’re sleek, shiny, and from Apple, and that’s reason enough for us.
Who cares if they are overly expensive, and awkwardly large? There’s no shame in wanting one’€just don’t claim to have a good reason.

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