To iPad or not to iPad?

To iPad or not to iPad?

After being patient and saying ‘no’ to the Kindle II, then almost sliding the credit card to the Barnes and Noble book seller on the Nook handheld ebook reader, I had to say to myself, ‘hold off and wait for Apple’s iPad’!  So I held off on the Nook.

The reason I want the Nook is because I love to read. Second, I love Barnes & Noble more than I love Borders and/or Amazon. So if there is a handheld ebook reader to purchase it would be the Nook. But this isn’t about the Nook. This is about the newly announced Apple iPad!

PRICE POINTS DETERMINE WHETHER ITS AN IMPULSE OR A PLANNED PURCHASE

The price points were discussed on tech sites around the internet, and the price point that stuck in my head before the iPad debut last Wednesday was $699 to $999. Wow. At $1,000 I would fork out money on a new MacBook Pro and make that my end all media experience. But at $699, that is more of a carrot on the stick that might make me make the plunge. The iPad is more than just about reading a book!

By following Jason’s tweets (http://twitter.com/jason) we were able to gain insight on the Apple iPad before the actual debut.  Jason’s tweets were awesome and led to a lot of hype before the hype. I loved it!

The announced prices range from $499 to $829 from Wi-Fi and 16GB to Wi-Fi+3G and 64GB. The price range can be found at Apple’s website: (Apple iPad Pricing)

BE PREPARED TO SPEND MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT!

From my own personal consumer experiences,  I tend to believe that you should spend a little bit more than you are comfortable spending. That way you don’t eventually say, “I should have bought this, that, or the other thing” after the fact.

This is not good for someone like me – someone on a technology-frozen budget.

But just like buying a bike, or a car, or a computer for that matter, you get to your comfortable price point, make the purchase, buy the warranty, and still have to sign up for Apple iPad 3G price plan. This makes your spending, not a little bit more, but a whole lot more than you are comfortable spending.

I say ‘you’ but I really mean me. This will be me and I have to say ‘no-no-no’ to the iPad until I can actually afford it without feeling guilty about not taking my kids snowboarding or my wife to a weekend away.

Yes, I think about things like that – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be happily married or a happy father.

IS IT WORTH IT? IT’S UP TO YOU!

Okay, so I balanced, I weighed the pros and cons, I thought it all the way to the cash register on Thursday night where I bought the only Nook handheld ebook reader in stock.

To iPad or not to iPad was the question. Well, I have a month to think about it. For now, I’m reading my Nook… but I might not be in 12 days. I’ll keep you updated.

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