Originally Posted by extremeskater
Well the Apple store isn't exactly crashing like some predicted. I don't believe pre orders are going to be all that high, I think people are going to want to see this device first before buying one.
This is certainly true for many of us. In some ways iPad disappoints but what will keep me away for awhile is the lack of solid info on the device and first hand usage experience. In other words I want to get my hands on one for a test drive.
The lack of info is another issue altogether. Here my concerns are with the unpublished info, such as RAM size and A4 specifics. The allocation of RAM is especially important because it will functionally limit apps and the potential for multi tasking. At a minimum I'm hoping for 512 Meg but 1GB would be better. Hopefully the beans will soon be spilled here because to little RAM would be a crying shame. A4 is more of a curiosity than anything but even here understanding exactly what you are getting can go a long ways to defining just what software will run on iPad.
Even at the lowest cost of 500.00 with a few small accessories going to bring this to 600.00 with tax. In this economy large groups of consumers aren't going to give out a min of 600.00 without at least giving this device a try or waiting until some real consumer reviews come along.
Being a careful and conservative shopper has nothing to do with the economy. Besides the economy isn't that bad. What is bad is people thinking it is so bad that a $500 purchase is out of the question. Think like that just creates a downward economic spiral.
The lowest 3G model someone is looking at close to 700.00 before they get out the door.
$630 plus tax if you pay tax. That is shaving things a bit close of course but it is basically chump change. The bad part is that the low end model is an incredibly bad deal in my mind. The reason for that is that apps will be even more useful on iPad so a greater portion of your Flash space will go to filing those apps. This will of course lead to far less room for media.
Interestingly though the low end model can and likely will be popular with businesses. No 3G and enough flash for core business uses will be compelling.
As you can see I'm conflicted here, but i really have this fear that this is a very Rev A version of the iPad. Admittedly it has it's appeal but it the lingering thought that there might good reason to hold off is there.