This is true. That doesn't mean to the discerning customer it isn't useful though. Posers also get fancy laptops.
I see tons of iPads around where I go. I personally think it's more of a status statement, or fashion accessory to most of them. "Look! I got an iPad and you don't!" "iPads are cool, so since I have one, I'm cool also!"
Say the same for smartphones. Or in fact, cell-phones ten years ago, we all managed just fine without it. Or broadband and the expectation of always-on internet.
Most of the people seem to have gotten along fine without it, and everything I see them doing with it they were also doing previously, just using other (less expensive) devices or objects.
you're not cutting edge at all, since the edge of my 4 year old desktop can cut your unneeded iPad in two.Are you really that dumb? Cutting edge doesn't mean faster than your PC. The Nokia 3210 was cutting edge once. Smartphones are not comparable power to a PC either. When your desktop PC can weigh the same as a paperback book, that argument makes sense.
When did anyone say an iPad was anything except a luxury item? Is your logic nobody should buy things they don't need? I assume you don't have a flat-screen or a games console?
Quick money lesson here: Don't look at an object and ask yourself, "Do I need that?", because you'll convince yourself that you do.
Instead, a year from now, as your going about your daily life, when you encounter a problem that the iPad would solve, ask yourself whether it's worth the investment.
Remember, it doesn't cost you $500. It costs a *minimum* of $500 for the *cheapest version*, which is WiFi only.
The sticker price is not the real cost of ownership. You are throwing away $1200 or more on something you absolutely 100% DO NOT NEED.
- Want more than 16gb storage? Extra $100 to $200.
- Want the 3G mobile one? Additional $130, plus the extra data costs on your phone bill ($480 over one year)
- Ofcourse, now that you have one... you need apps for it right? Ofcourse you do! You want a popular device to look cool, so you need the popular apps that everyone's talking about. Another $200 in spontaneous buys over 1 year.
Is the iPad useful? Definitely. Do you need it? Absolutely not. So should you get one? No.
Indeed, then you can die rich.
Instead of buying something that'll cost you $1200 over the next year, why don't you invest the money, to make you $1200 over the next year. Do you need more money? Yes. Having money is cool. Making/saving money? Now that's cutting edge and smart.
Not to mention, an iPad is an excellent purchase as a developer, to make money by creating applications independently or by selling your time to another company.