Owning an Apple iPad can get expensive

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Bought an iPad! Now, iPoor. But iPumped about its beauty, intelligence, creativity, elegance and power.

It took a while to get my iPad because I wanted the most popular model: the $629 3G. The “3G” part means that I can buy monthly AT&T phone service that permits online access anywhere.

My iPad was finally available for pickup on July 3rd. And guess what — it cost me way more than the $629 price tag. When I walked out of my local White Plains, N.Y. Apple Store, I had rung up $922.22. In the month since, I’ve continued to buy little things here and there for my special gadget.

Rob, assistant manager at the White Plains, N.Y. Apple Store helps me get started

Before I get into itemizing what I’ve spent on my iPad, I must stop and say I LOVE it. But sometimes, I wonder. Is this what it’s like to be on crack?

People who already have iPhones and then buy iPads tell me there are a lot of similarities between how the two function. But as a BlackBerry girl (I like Verizon phone service), everything I’m experience with the iPad is new.

So here I am, finally shopping for apps like their candy. I’m also totally addicted to the speed this baby offers.


And I look forward to commuting with it to work during the fall semester. Instead of lugging my precious 5.3-lb. MacBook on the train and all over Manhattan, I’ll be packing my relatively featherweight 1.6-lb. iPad. On the down side, I already know that it can’t do all the things that my laptop does. For instance,  I can’t edit student homework attachments on it because there isn’t a Microsoft Word app that can provide track changes. Still, the iPad is still valuable to me.

But at what price?

Okay, here we go. This is what I bought on the very first day…

  • $629 for the 3G iPad
  • $99 for Apple Care service, which will cover the cost of repairs
  • $99 for MobileMe, which gives me access to Apple software and online services
  • $39 for iPad protective carrying case
  • $14.95 for a stylus, a pen-like tool for drawing and writing
  • $29 VGA adaptor for plugging the iPad into classroom audio-visual systems

This beautiful device is worth every dollar & dime

Since then, I keep shopping for extras…

  • $14 on apps
  • $29.95 for “My New iPad” book
  • $43.30 for a fancy but practical iPad stand
  • $31.43 for a card reader that will allow me to download photos directly to the iPad

I am now up to $1,040.90.

That doesn’t count what I just spent today…

  • $25 for one month of 2GB AT&T phone service
  • $59 for one month of 50 MB AT&T international phone service

I plan to spend the next few weeks learning to really use my iPad while I’m in India.

But that’s another post. More soon. xoxox.

Comments 8

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    a word of advice — i paid for the internet service while i was still home in ny. but i can’t get it to work here in india!! i’m also annoyed with at&t. the company sent me a confirmation email with a number to call if i have any problems or questions. but when i called it a few minutes ago, a recording said the number isn’t working right now. there goes my fantasy about blogging my way across india at a moment’s notice. i’ll do my best anyway. :-)

  2. You are pretty addicted to Apple. Somehow it is very unreasonable for their surcharge of Internet access and I don’t like AT&T. That’s why I am not crazy in getting iPhone and really save me $$$ by NOT getting it. I don’t even own a blackberry. In term of the cellphone, I am not updated. LOL

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    the at&t thing has been a total disaster. when i get back home from india, i am gonna try to get a refund. and i applaud you, shirley, for not updating! my new goal in life is to unplug as much as possible from technology. that’s gonna take me a while to figure out but i will do it, i swear!

  4. You should fight for a refund if AT&T refuses to settle with you when you come home.

    Another reason that you had troubling in using iPad in India because the limited wifi and this country is very common in out of electricity. Have you experienced any blackout it yet?

    I experienced at least twice in the first two days after my arrival in New Delhi.
    That was in 2008. But the amazing thing you would not believe the technician/repair workers would bring their bamboo ladders in the middle of the night and fixed it within a few hours even in the heavy rain nightmare.

    I was very impressed by their efficiency in repair in term of electricity that I have never seen in USA or other Asian countries which are modern world.
    In USA, it takes them forever to fix the electricity problem or the highway potholes. LOL

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      yeah, i will call at&t when i get home. and i don’t think i’m ready for a blackout. it’s the tail end of the rainy season — finally getting a wet day today. not sure that i can handle more natural elements!

  5. Prepared for the worst so you don’t be surprised it comes to you.

    Last time the FIRST blackout was caused by me. There were two ACs in my former colleague’s rental apartment. One AC in the living room and the other AC left was installed in one of two bedrooms. He gave me the bedroom with AC, it was very nice of him. I turned on the AC when I was ready for sleeping. Within 5 minutes, the whole apartment went dark.

    In the beginning, my former colleague did not know I turned on another AC. Later he learned the fact and then told me due to the poor electricity line in New Delhi, his apt could not have two ACs running in the same time.

    Since then, I had been very cautious when it came to electricity or appliance in his apt. during my stay. LOL

  6. Another dream! Hope to get ono soon but you have scared me away from them! That is really expensive and if it is that price in NY than it is probably double here in Portugal. Will have to post a picture up on my fridge and hope it comes to me! :)

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