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.
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
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.