My wife purchased the 32GB Apple iPad for my Father's Day gift. Fortunately, for me, you don't receive the iPad the day of purchase. Here's how it works: You buy the iPad, they send you an email when it arrives at the Apple Store, you have 24 hours to pick it up or you lose it. It might take three to five days to arrive at our local store. Thank goodness, because I'm having second thoughts about it.
If it arrived today, I wouldn't pick it up.
My reservations are numerous. I'm excited about the prospect of having it but I'm also a bit put off by the $800 or so that she spent on it. For $800, I could get the latest, high-end laptop or desktop system loaded with software. I'm having buyer's remorse. I'm considering telling her not to pick it up.
Sure, I can write about it and I can use it in place of a laptop for short periods of time but I just can't get past the price. At $400, I'd look to it with anticipation. But, at $800, with all of the bad and lukewarm reviews on Amazon.com, I just don't know. I'm also pretty sure that Apple doesn't have a return policy if you aren't satisfied.
I've never owned anything Apple and I have the jitters about it.
I used to support clients who used Apple computers but I never found them interesting or intriguing enough to purchase one for myself.
I'm a Linux guy who also uses Windows. I also use Solaris. I don't use anything Mac. And, it isn't just the fear of the unknown, it's the fact that $800 for a toy is hard to justify.
Do you have an iPad? What's your suggestion? Should I pick it up or let some other poor unsuspecting fool pay the outrageous price?
How did you justify the price and are you glad you bought your iPad?