iPad Madness

Gareth van Zyl thinks that consumers shouldn't allow themselves to get ripped off when it comes to purchasing touchpad devices

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iPad Madness Some consumers have paid over $ US 1200 for an iPad
By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  April 13, 2010

I’m amazed by a report on Arabian Business that there are people in Dubai who paid over US $1200 for an iPad.

The iPad has not been officially launched in the Middle East yet, and as this particular retailer (mentioned in the article) managed to get hold of a few iPads; they had carte blanche on pushing up the price to whatever they wanted to charge.

Even after Apple officially unveils the iPad in the Middle East (and people pay the actual price of around US $400 for it); I still think it’ll be a good idea to wait a while before getting this latest gadget craze. I know it’s getting rave reviews and there’s an incredible amount of hype surrounding it, but there will be competitive alternatives in terms of both price and features.

You might have already heard about Microsoft and its Courier tablet. The Courier is looking like it’s being built on the basis of being a digital journal with a stylus, and this combination will be particularly geared towards, for example, graphic designers and even those who just want to make digital notes.

According to reports circulating the internet, the Courier is built on Tegra 2 and runs on the same OS as the Zune HD, Pink and Windows Mobile 7Series, which is apparently taken to mean Windows CE 6.

Other vendors such as HP have also developed a tablet, the Slate, which supports Adobe’s flash. According to Engadget, it will cost US $549 in its base configuration. Engadget further say that it will have a 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback, 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM.

There's also conjecture that there will be a $599 version with 64GB of storage, and both models will have a five-hour battery life, an SDHC slot, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector for power, audio, and HDMI out.

The thing that I find most interesting about all this is how this seems to be different to what I think is the current saturation point in the mobile phone market, where every touch screen phone looks just about exactly the same. At least there seems to be some sort of differentiation emerging in the tablet market space.

I will also be waiting for the market place to become more flooded with these devices and then get my hands on a tablet that offers the best features. I also really hope that I won’t read anymore stories about consumers allowing themselves to get ripped off by those who have limited stock of these devices.

3251 days ago
Sim Aurile

iPad in UAE is very expensive.I suggest buying it from Apple's website.And for iPad eBooks Download visit: http://download-ipad-ebooks.blogspot.com/

3258 days ago

I wonder when sometime adults behave like small kids in a toystore i.e. struggling to get, no matter at what price. What is an iPad, not more than an oversized iPod touch. Right? Why so much noise.

3260 days ago

Here is another rival called the 'WePad' from Germany. http://www.pddnet.com/news-ap-german-tablet-pc-sets-out-to-rival-apples-ipad-041210/

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