Ep 22 of 2010
May 31, 2010
Last Thursday, Australian’s finally got a taste of Apples’ iPad a little over one month after its launch in the United States. Demand for the device in the US exceeded supply within a week, and to the dismay of many Apple zealots around the world, it pushed out the global launch a little more than expected. So the iPad has finally arrived, to scenes which were quite demure compared to previous Apple launches, well at least in Australia anyway.
So if you haven’t made it to the local Apples store, what’s stopping you? Well here’s some food for thought. Both Adam and I from the Tech Talk camp, had iPads since the US launch, and in that time, personally speaking, the device has found its place in the family environment. If you didn’t know, the iPad comes in two flavors, a wifi only version, and a combined wifi and 3G version. The price difference between the same capacity devices is anywhere between $100 and $200, so which one is right for you?
The answer to this is determined by what you want to do with it. Our iPad hit the mark with the younger folk, especially the one that can’t type or read yet. The iconic style interface opens up a world of games, books and applications that traditionally would require adult help to open.
The iPad at this stage seems robust enough to take a few good knocks and drops without sustaining any harm- so early days seems to say that are childproof. The downside of easy navigation is having the youngsters find their way to Youtube where little eyes can see things that they probably shouldn’t. The good news is that it is easy to remove the icon from the desktop in effect removing temptation, so my advice to those with kids is to remove this icon before you hand it over – then they don’t know what their missing.
So the iPad is now the ‘always on’ information and entertainment device which resides in the kitchen and living room, but if you’re going to make the purchase, which one to get – wifi and 3G or wifi only? If your iPad is going to be like ours, then it’ll spend more time connected to the wifi at home. 3G is only necessary outside the household environment.
Chances are you’ve got a mobile phone with a data subscription or add on, and if you can turn it in to a wireless hotspot, they you don’t need 3G, so there’s a saving of a hundred or so bucks. If you have a jail broken iPhone, then an investment of $10 will buy you the my-wifi app and you won’t look back and save plenty.
The iPad will become as ubiquitous as the iPhone, so if you think it’s a flash in the pan fad – then think again.
This week on TTR
- In case you missed it, Apple’s iPad finally arrives in Australia.
- Apple takes the lead from Microsoft in net worth stakes.
- Google’s copping it from all countries over the wifi privacy issue from snooping camera cars,
- the sub $50 broadband market steps up a notch, and
- Microsoft looks to IE9 to try and regain some ground in the online world as well
- Adam heads to Bondi for the opening of Apples newest Australian store