Do me a favor and take a moment to watch the video above. Don’t worry, it’s worth it. Trust me. I’ll wait.
So it’s gotta be tough to be a journalist in Wisconsin nowadays, because Doug Higgins of Fox 11’s Good Day Wisconsin says that buying an iPad is going to cost you too much money because of all of the accessories that you NEED to have. I’m going to point out that by definition, an accessory is considered an “extra” item, but that’s just me and my fancy book learnin’ talking. Let’s dissect his video, shall we?
First, the case. Alright, it’s nice to have a case for your iPad. Is it required? Nope, not at all – but it is something you’d probably want. Then there’s the USB aspect of things. I’m going to cover this a bit more later on today, but let’s just state for now that Doug is incorrect. The iPad will charge via USB on some computers, just not all of them, and not all docks. Fortunately, it comes with a charger. That’s why you don’t need to buy a second charger, not unless you want one. The dock? Same deal. But Doug says you can charge it via the dock which once again, isn’t true if your computer can’t charge it via USB anyways. You’d still have to plug it into the wall. Headphones with a mic – really? The argument is that you can use the iPad for Skype conversations, which is true. Thing is, it’s by no means necessary. Besides, at this point, I think everyone in the world has a pair of white headphones sitting in a drawer somewhere, so I’m pretty sure that’ll work out just fine. Then he talks about the TV and camera plugs. Although I can see the camera dock being nice to have, the TV one isn’t really necessary unless you’re doing presentations. Finally it’s the keyboard, which is truly personal preference – and me, I’d buy a bluetooth keyboard anyways.
What bothers me so much about this piece is that it’s designed to make people mad that it costs so much to buy an iPad. “Hey Marge, lookie here. That new Apple product sells for $499, but you really need to have $303 in accessories for it. What kinda bait and switch is that?” It’s a load of crap, frankly. You don’t need a single one of those accessories for your iPad, and that’s the point. No reason to hype up everyone and cause an unnecessaryÂ ruckus.
But then the tipping point. “When you count in the cost of a basic iPad which is about $499, you’re getting close to $800. You could actually buy a real nice notebook computer for that price.” Well no kidding. I could also buy a Sansa MP3 player, a Motorola Droid and three turkeys, but what’s the point? Apple’s not marketing this thing as a computer replacement, so stop trying to say that it is.
I think Doug’s just upset because after spending all his money on fancy suits he doesn’t have the money to spend on an iPad.