Just because I live in the United Kingdom, the same iPad model is nearly £40 ($58) more expensive because of tax. Though, this forms only a tiny reason why I will not be getting one. Sam Gustin wraps up a mutual feeling in one single, simple sentence:
"Beware: Apple also built the world's most infamous paperweight. One word: Newton".
Just because I can, here is the first installment of my twenty more reasons not to get an iPad.
1. You can't type on a flat surface.
The design and ergonomics of the device have either been thought about too little, or thought about so much that they've managed to somehow flip back round again to a stupid way of thinking. You see all these pictures and adverts of users propping up their iPad at an angle an their knees, but what about those who can't just pop their knees up on the same surface?
Of course, you could shell out for an iPad dock and an iPad Bluetooth keyboard, but then that would only transform it into a low grade, slightly upper-class netbook like device. You'd have to carry more stuff around with you and it defeats the object of having an ultra slim and portable device, frankly.
2. It breaks really easily.
I know this video seems a bit Clockwork Orange at first, but stick with it until about 1 minute in or so. With only a few drops from waist height onto a carpeted floor, it scratches and the screen screws up. Even though the glass screen seems to be scratch-proof even to a six-inch nail, the under parts seem fragile at best.
The same can be said about the iPad. Forget working outside on a warm, summer's day, because you'll be blinded by the reflection of the sun; burned into your retinas for life.
6. Reading e-books is tiring on the eyes.
There have been quite a few posts about the iPad's capabilities to read e-books in comparison to e-ink technology on rival devices such as the Kindle. It is of two major opinions - both colleagues of mine, Matthew Miller and Jason Perlow - that the iPad is probably not the best device to have for reading.
9. Digital rights restrictions stifles innovation and application freedom.
Again with the applications, but it has made Apple's monopoly on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad immeasurable to other device manufacturers. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticised Apple's move towards using digital rights restrictions on the operating system to make only Apple-approved applications installable on the devices.
10. Share and print? Probably not going to happen.
PC World said last month just after the announcement that the iPad not only doesn't have a file browser but no printing support. Those putting finishing touches onto an essay or researching something quickly will have to email it to themselves only to print from another computer. You can share and export files through iTunes, but this would mean iTunes would be required on the other machine to download it again.