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Why I am Scared of Buying an iPad.

Some of the core reasons to avoid buying iPad and wait for android tablet devices. This article will tell you why not buy iPad?

The world of technology is so fascinating and fast-evolving today that it is mighty hard for an “informed” guy to abstain from spending money on buying latest gizmos. Whether it’s laptops, Netbooks, Smartphones or gaming consoles, affordable pricing and irresistible offerings has exploded the sales of funky gadgets that once used to get sold to elite customers only.

This ever-growing hunger of the new breed of consumerist-major generation has led to fierce competition at almost every tech landscape you talk about. Every major technology company today is either busy defending its own once-monopolistic business (Microsoft: Windows & Office, Google: Search & Advertising), aggressively invading into other’s businesses (Microsoft: Bing, Google: Chrome OS) or competing to dominate future-centric markets (Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM, Nokia, HP: Mobile OS and Apps).

And quite recently, an untouched breed has started to appear across tech world, which may soon define an all new category of devices, the category of Touch-enabled Tablet devices. It’s also the category that’s currently synonymized with Apple iPad, a meticulously crafted evidence of technological advancement, built by Apple.

Why Not Buy iPad

Honestly, i can’t stop admiring iPad and there are countless reasons for that. Being a gadget freak myself, I am sold to the beauty of iPad already and want to own it anyway.

Still,  I am scared of buying an iPad. Sounds strange ?. Here’s why i think so…

  • I own a Windows PC not an iMac
  • I own a Dell Laptop, not a MacBook
  • I own a Sony MP3 Player, not an iPod
  • I own a Motorola Droid (Android), not an iPhone

In short, I am happy keeping myself away from buying anything ‘Apple’. I am aware that Apple produces the best breed of desktop machines (iMac), the best laptops (MacBook), the best Music player (iPod) or possibly the best Smartphone till date (iPhone, although i would love to argue on this), but all of that fails to convince me to turn to Apple.

Although I would have loved using that iMac ‘Magic Mouse‘ or using that long battery MacBook or that beautiful iPhone etc. But I am happy with my existing set of gadgets and don’t feel the need to expend unnecessary over Apple’s high priced product line, just because that’s ‘cool’ or more ‘aesthetic’ and stuff like that.

But iPad has a different story altogether. When i think of consumer-oriented touch slate devices, i find no options but the iPad. It’s something that’s a little annoying to me as a lack of options invites frustration to anyone (barring Apple Fanboys, of course) and we, the consumers are not used to having zero options. We choose, not accept !

Now, i admit that Apple has produced a futuristic device in the form of iPad and I would rather love falling for an iPad rather than waiting for HP or Acer or any other OEM to launch an iPad competitor.

But still, I am scared of buying an iPad. Not because…

  • I hate iPad (I already said I love it!)
  • I hate Apple (No, I admire Apple as a company for all its achievements and successfully building an absurdly religious cult)
  • I hate Apple products (Again, I don’t hate Apple products. They’re too awesome to hate )

I am scared of buying iPad because I am scared of becoming yet another Absurdly religious Apple Fanboy !

It’s a human tendency to admire and defend what you own. It’s because you’re not defending the ‘product’ you bought, you are actually defending “your decision” of buying that product.

And I realize that once I buy an iPad, I won’t be able to stop myself showing it off to every other guy and explaining folks why this sleek gadget is ‘magical’, ‘revolutionary’ , ‘extraordinary’ etc., an early symptom of becoming a Fanboy.

I can foresee that soon after buying an iPad and unleashing its crafted beauty, I will turn so addicted to it that I will start wondering how was I bearing those clumsy, non-glittering, poorly designed ‘Non-Apple’ gadgets I had been using all along.

And eventually, I will replace my PC with an iMac, my Dell laptop with a MacBook and I Droid with an iPhone. In other words, I will surrender to the Cult of Mac by becoming a part of it. All this transition won’t happen immediately but once all my existing device approach their expiry, i won’t choose anything but Apple’s.

Although iPad would cost me just $499 or more but in a couple of years, I will transform into an ATM machine for Apple, who will be ready to spare hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on every product launched by Apple and plenty of apps, music and other stuff from iTunes.

Ultimately, I will start to prefer ‘Apple‘ over ‘Options‘, ‘Affordability‘ & ‘Openness’. I will become a devoted Apple Fanboy !

All the above thoughts scare me so much that I prefer to abstain from taking that first step (buying an iPad) towards the Black Hole(Apple’s Ecosystem).

As I am quite happy with my Android Smartphone (Droid) so far, I would love to buy an Android Tablet/Slate, as and when it hits the shelves. Till then, I better avoid thinking about iPad anymore !

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. lew flauta

    July 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

    yes, you’re a little bit fragmented in device and operating systems. You can get the best of all-worlds, but fragmented systems do bring about fragmented productivity.

    Anyways, I was in the anti-apple camp as well. I’d always look for that alternative mp3 player, alternative phone, etc. I had a sansa mp3 player, treo phone, etc etc.

    I took a good look at what I was doing when my nephews and nieces made fun of my stuff one day. No, I’m not overly swayed by the likes/dislikes of little kids (and apparently ipod is the xerox of mp3 players for them, they don’t even realize anything else exists). But I did realize that the only reason I was buying different devices was so I wouldn’t fall in love with Apple products.

    Going Ipod/Ipad/touch in my house is good since I can share media and programs with the whole family of devices which my whole family loves using (from adults down to children). I notice the browser and browser/cloud-enabled application are the big link between my PC and apple devices.

    http://www.digitaljutsu.com/2010/05/ipad-feminine-hygene-product-or-manly.html

    I say give it a try. I’m sure you will be able to find someone who will love buying it from you if you don’t like it yourself.

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  5. Beothuck

    August 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I HATE IPAD!! I was given one for my birthday but I HATE everything about it. I can’t transfer my Outlook folders. Can’t mass delete on Inbox and Trash folders. What the H*** is it good for. Read a book? Do you know how many books can I buy for $800??

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    October 12, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I have to say after using the iPad around the house it is a joy to use. All you spare time will be taken up by this device!

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