‘Why I’m Returning My New IPad’
Published: April 1, 2012
âWhy Iâm Returning My New IPadâ, My new iPad is going back to the store.
I paid $600 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, and although I like it well enough, I donât think itâs worth the money.
Before the Apple faithful take my head off, allow me to explain â and to note that Iâm keeping my original iPad. Also, I have such mad love for my iPhone 4S, I want to cook it breakfast every morning. You get my meaning; this isnât just wayward iPad-bashing.
When Apple announced the new tablet, I was underwhelmed but intrigued. Iâd skipped the iPad 2, so I figured I âowedâ myself this upgrade. Plus, it would be a business expense; I do write for a blog called iPad Atlas, after all.
Mostly, though, I got caught up in the hype. After reading gushing praise for the new iPadâs Retina Display and blazing processor, I had to see what the fuss was about.
The fuss, it turns out, was more overblown than a Kardashian wedding. The screen? Yep, itâs nice. Does it make my eyes leap from my skull and dance a marimba cha-cha? No. Neither does it cure cancer or introduce me to supermodels, despite what some drooling bloggers intimated.
The new iPad is admirably peppy, though I never found my original iPad to be slow. My kids enjoy messing with the built-in cameras, but thatâs a luxury I certainly donât need. Using an iPad to snap photos or video is like driving a monster truck to the grocery store: uncomfortable and impractical (to say nothing of showy). The only thing that Iâll actually miss is big-screen FaceTime â but for those moments I can always Skype on my laptop.
4G LTE? Again, nice, but I have no need for it. And that leavesâŚwhat? The new iPad is a little slimmer, a little faster, and little easier on the eyes than the original. Not enough, Apple. I want my $600 back.
As fate would have it, a Kindle Fire arrived shortly after the new iPad. (Itâs a loaner, due back to Amazon in about a week.) As youâre no doubt aware, itâs a hair less expensive: $199.
Yes, it has a smaller screen, less storage, no cameras, no 3G/4G, no Bluetooth, and so on. But you know what? I love the little guy, because it better suits my needs.
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