“Last time there was this much excitment about a tablet, it had some commandments on it” – The Wall Street Journal
The iPad’s intuitive method of interaction with an ultra portable large sized screen always connected to the web and all my media is pretty sweet. Alright, so I am an Apple iPad fan. Now, I’m by no means an Apple junkie or a Mac head (yes, we have an iPod…ok fine, maybe several iterations of them) but talk about a nicely designed product that I see owning and using.
How do I justify not buying an Apple tablet….
Price. Yeah, that’s it. Even though starting at $499 seems a little affordable, I bet I can double, triple, or maybe even quadruple the price of the Apple iPad through some quick, completely non-scientific, made up in my exaggerated but probably more conservative than the regular iPad user, head.
Let’s get started:
- Buying the iPad ($629)
- We will even stick with the 16 GB version which seems pretty reasonable, but lets be honest, the best thing about the iPad is its ability to be an always connected internet portal. Let’s go with the WiFi + 3G version.
- AT&T; Contract ($360 per year)
- Looks like AT&T; will offer an unlimited data plan for $30 a month.
- eBooks ($90 per year)
- I love books and with a cool new eReader I would certainly be interested in getting a few. We will keep it conservative and say one new $15 book every 2 months.
- iPad Apps ($50 per year)
- 140,000 apps are supposedly at my fingertips. I’ll probably need a few of them, the iWorks apps etc. so let’s estimate $50.
- Movies on the iPad ($28 per year)
- Watching movies in the car, on a place, on a train, in a box, would be great with the iPad. I am not really sure how the rental or purchase store works but let’s just guess its like apple TV with $3.99 HD rentals. 4 movies per year sounds about right.
- Music on the iPad ($25 per year)
- I love music but really haven’t bought many new songs since college. The iPad would probably rejuvenate that a little since I could browse and preview songs on the go and during down time. At $1 a song lets buy a few albums a year.
- Productivy gains or losses (??? per year)
- Having my email, the web, all my media files, at my finger tips is sure to make me more productive. Having my email, the web, all my media files, at my finger tips is sure to make me more unproductive. I count this as a wash.
If you invest that $3,067 in a tax deferred account earning 8% a year and as a bonus give up spending money on pizzas (If the average pizza costs $12 and we assume 4 weeks per month, then you would have $48 extra a month to save. courtesy of the Dave Ramsey quick investment calc) after 60 years (I would be 86) I could give $1,226,322 to my grandkids to start their lives and to give how they please.
So with all that in mind….
When is the iPad available again?