This is a new section I hope to add to regularly enough, as the consumer in me is always finding new and exciting ways for me to blow a crap ton of money on things I cannot afford and for the most part, do not need.
I’ll admit, the other day, reading the engadget.com live blog (pics included) of the Apple event in San Francisco where they unveiled the Ipad 2 (check it out here at the Apple store), I got caught up in the hype. All of a sudden, something I had always coveted (slightly) became something I could not live without. This probably had to do with the fact that, I was refreshing the live blog, meaning that each new feature that was announced just added to the pile of want building up inside of me.
“It has a slick new case.” Ah, my credit card debt isn’t that much, what does it matter if I put an iPad on there? “It’s faster, which kind of means better.” Seriously, my laptop is a bit old and tablets are the future. “It has 2 cameras! It’s also thinner and lighter.” I’ve held out and haven’t bought a smart phone, so, I kind of deserve this. “It’s the same price as the original Ipad and the battery life is the same despite all of the new enhancements.” Ok, I’m getting this, when is it coming out again?
It’s a good thing that Apple didn’t start taking pre-orders on Wednesday, because otherwise I’d have one reserved already. It took a bit and some calculations to figure out, um, ya, maybe not yet. My calculations aside, I still want an Ipad 2, just now not with as much vigour as I did on Wednesday when it was announced and when I get that email alerting me to the fact that I can pre-order an Ipad 2 (March 11th for those wanting to know), I probably won’t jump all over it.
If I had a ton of money stacked up, most definitely I’d pre-order one. But I don’t. While the iPad 2 is a machine to be reckoned with and no self respecting techy would ever turn one away, I just can’t seem to sell myself on it anymore. Why the turn from the Hulk style “ME WANT NOW” to wishy-washy in 24 hours?
Well, luckily or unluckily enough, engadget.com posted a review the next day about one of the latest laptops to come out along with its pricing. That’s when I realized, ok, hold on, for not even $100 more, I can get a full out laptop with more storage and the ability to do more than just use apps? For the record, with tax the iPad 32gb with 3G with tax is $825 + $39 for the case of sheer awesomeness + 79 for the dock and Bluetooth keyboard. The review of this new laptop had it priced less than the iPad with the additions of the case and keyboard.
Following that was this little skit on Conan. Which isn’t something I take as credible, but it is kind of true and makes you look at it the hype from a different viewpoint.
Here’s a link, just in case that youtube video is taken down.
And then to top it all off, an Engadget editorial on the Apple announcement of the iPad, telling me exactly the reason I had felt the need to have an iPad in my life. Mmmm direct my life Engadget writers!!
In this new world, Apple no longer has to compete on specs and features, nor does it want to. There is no Mac vs. PC here — only “the future” versus “the past.” It won’t be a debate about displays, memory, wireless options — it will be a debate about the quality of the experience. Apple is not just eschewing the spec conversation in favor of a different conversation — it’s rendering those former conversations useless. It would be like trying to compare a race car to a deeply satisfying book. In a post-PC world, the experience of the product is central and significant above all else. It’s not the RAM or CPU speed, screen resolution or number of ports which dictate whether a product is valuable; it becomes purely about the experience of using the device. What that means is that while Motorola and Verizon will spend millions of dollars advertising the Xoom’s 4G upgrade options, CPU speed, and high-resolution cameras, Apple need only delight consumers and tell them that specs and and speed are the domain of a dinosaur called the PC. Apple isn’t claiming victory in the Space Race — it’s ceding space to the competition.
So, with all of this being said, I’m going to sit back and wait for the iPod Touch 5th Generation to come out and see if it has 3G capability. After that I’ll make my decision as to what I’ll be buying. The iPad does come out March 25th. For now I’ll just have to use my old laptop and my old iPod touch, both of which work perfectly fine, i guess.