With about a month to go before the iPad is released, you might be asking yourself, which iPad am I? Will you be waiting for the 3G version, or maybe you haven’t decided which capacity you want 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB? I’m personally torn between the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi model. I’m not to big on having to pay for another data plan, since I already pay for two, with mine and my wife’s iPhones. I’ll get back to that a little later. Or are you simply going to wait, because Apple has stated that they would lower the price of the iPad if it doesn’t sell well.
9to5Mac, is currently running a survey asking this very question. They’ve broken it down between Wi-Fi and 3G, with their respective storage capacities. As well as two other categories for “Going to pass on this one” and “Comments”. As I write this article it seems that the 16GB Wi-Fi and the 64GB 3G models, are tied at 18%. However, there are 29% of the people who took the survey that are “Going to pass on this one”. These people are the ones that probably have no interest in getting an iPad, or they are simply going to wait for Apple to lower the price.
In my opinion the whole lowering the iPad’s price if it doesn’t do well has a fifty-fifty chance of happening. Apple never stated what they deem to be “doing well,” and in what time frame they will act on this price alteration. For all we know Apple might sell the iPad for less at launch. This would in the long run sell more iPad’s; however, Apple might wait two months and drop the price like they did with the original iPhone. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
I mentioned earlier that I’m torn between the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models. I currently have a 16GB iPhone 3G, and I tend to have about 5GB of free space. So, I’m not sure if I’m going to need the extra 16GB, because I’m not sure if I want to load my music and Videos on the iPad. I think I would load more videos than I would music, but I also want to load photos on it. So you can see my quandary. I’m also really excited about the iBooks application that will allow me to read books on the iPad. I’m not sure the size of an iBooks download, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see which one will better suit my needs and wallet.
I want to take a moment and talk about the 3G data plans with the iPad. I think it’s great, however, it’s not for me. The only reason I’m saying this is because I feel at this point AT&T is taking advantage of their current iPhone customers who already are paying for a data plan. In my case I’m paying for two data plans. One for my iPhone, and one for my wife’s iPhone. AT&T should incorporate the iPad with their current iPhone customer’s data plan. Whatever AT&T’s reasoning for this is, be it for charging twice for the same service, or it might be that they are trying to curtail the traffic on their already over saturated network by deterring customers to get the 3G version, is just simply wrong. The only thing I can say that they have done right is to provide the service with no contract, and offer two plan options, one for 250MB of data and the other for unlimited data use.
Whichever storage capacity I decide on I know I’lI enjoy using the iPad. Now I would like to hear from you the reader – Which iPad are you? Will you be getting the Wi-Fi version, or the 3G version? Or are you simply going to pass on the iPad? If you are, I would love to hear your reasons. If you think it’s just a big iPod Touch, then, I would like to hear from you too. Leave your comments below. I would love to hear everyones opinion. In the end it will make my buying decision that much easier.
Photo Credit: my paper iPad