1.27.2010

iPad Pricey


I suppose if you are interested in the new Apple iPad you already know all about it, but look at those prices. And if you bought the 3G one, you've also have to pay between $15 and $30 per month for access to the 3G network.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

iPad sounds like a feminine product.

Anonymous said...

Cost doesn't matter. Just ask the Bridgeport ISD. They dumped thousands of dandy PCs to replace them with much more costly Apple products. My tax dollars - wasted. Any wonder the bond issue failed with arrogant disregard for fiscal responsibility?

Anonymous said...

Typical of Apple, overpriced, under storaged, and no camera.
Meh!

Dpcbb said...

Good news for us slow adopters is the thing will cost half of that as soon as everyone that wants one gets one. (ie 3 weeks after launch)

Anonymous said...

Typical response from someone who has never used an Apple product. These are generally unhappy users who never say "I love my Dell POS". People are tired of having to reload their PCs every 2 or 3 months or having to buy a new hard drive because it crashed or call the Geek Squad to come out and fix their $399 laptop that came with nothing on it except Internet Explorer and a bunch of software that expires in 60 days.

Anonymous said...

If you love your iPhone, you will love any other Apple product. The craftsmanship and reliability of them are worth the price. Try it you'll like.

Anonymous said...

4:39PM, you are a moron. You're looking at short-term, not long-term. Apple products hold their value longer, and are generally higher-quality than just about any other manufacturer. That is what you want when you've got kids handling these day in and out. There are several districts that switched to Macs. Small districts, that went for lower TCO than your $399 Wal-Mart specials. Districts that do not have, and cannot afford dedicated support staff. Quanah is one example.

Double Fake Albert Einstein's Illegitimate Son said...

Phhfftttt to all of y'all.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Rolling my eyes at 7:22pm.

Its called fiscal responsibility. Something that is not present when administrators dump perfectly good DESKTOP pc's to replace them campus wide with Macs.

Myself and my taxes don't appreciate it. And if you are a school employee, remember; YOU work for ME. The Taxpayer.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

PS - I use both macs and pcs. They are both just computers. Pros and cons with each. Like 'em both.

Reloading PCs every two months? LOL, how about never. On many PCs. Quit sucking on that Apple fanboy pipe.

Anonymous said...

Read this slowly and you'll understand. The ONLY market for apple products currently are artists (video, movies, photos, etc), educators (mainly k-12 school districts), and those in the general public that consider themselves "hip/with-it" but aren't smart enough to operate a PC. That equals and will always equal about 10-25% of the market share. So, they should remain viable, but if you are in the real world, learn how to use a PC.

Anonymous said...

That makes my core tingle!

Anonymous said...

He needs to market a 3G abacus for Wise County residents.

Anonymous said...

Honcho, did you not sign in when you left the 4:39 comment? Your moron is still showing. They're not dumped. They're sold at auction. Quit whining. A homogenized enviroment lowers support costs, lowering your precious MY TAX DOLLARS. I'm glad the school district doesn't listen to people like you, we'd still be stuck in the dark ages. Oh wait, Texas still is with the new school book standards coming out.

I don't work for a school district, but I have worked in IT for a few decades. Your last comment shows you have no idea what you are talking about and just want to whine and spout off anecdotes. If Windows was so stable, there woukld be no need for the array of malware, virus, and imaging software to exist. Let me guess, you think Windows Server is stable and secure too, right?

Anonymous said...

I don't wamt to get into the internet slapfight above, but I do want to leave this clue bomb here: If people think that the Dell/HP/whatever that a business or school has is cheaper, you're mistaken. A decent desktop from Dell would cost the same as a Macbook. What people don't realize is you can't buy the cheapest Dell. It won't last, even just sitting on a desk. When it does break, you'll be sitting around waiting for parts to fix it without a Gold support contract. Which for a $400 PC, would be equal to the price of the computer. This isn't a dig against PCs. These are facts born out of IT departments everywhere.

To add to that, knowing school districts, the PCs were probably end-of-life and out of warranty. Then the support costs go throught the roof. Not to mention the cooling and electricity costs of keeping that ancient Pentium 4 running.

I don't use Windows or Mac, but it is a fact of life that a BSD-based OS (that would be Mac OS X) is more stable and secure than Windows. And there is the big catch, you have to spend thousands in even a small deployment to kepp Windows protected.

But I don't care, I use Linux, the ultimate in smugness. Virus scanners? What is that?

Anonymous said...

I have an IBM thinkpad laptop...never had a problem...and I have a clone PC desktop...never had a problem. I bought my son (student, tragically hip, socialist, artsy fartsy) an Apple Laptop and an IPOD. He ended up selling the both and got a PC. I may buy the IPAD I think the book feature will be better than the Kindle.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what incentives school administrators get for selecting Mac's?

Anonymous said...

I wonder what incentives school administrators get for selecting Dells? I wonder what incentives school administrators get for selecting HP? I wonder what incentives school administrators get for not doing anything right the first time?

Anonymous said...

5:31 Talk about idiocy, what price do you think any 3 year old computer gets at auction? Gee, if you can get someone to cart them away for recycling you'd do well. Fact is over 90% of the world runs PCs. Apple is a fine product - with features and costs that are not needed for our schools. And do you realize how many peripherals and software have to be replaced/relearned in the platform switch? Sorry, the difference between Windows 7 and Apple is so little that the price justification just doesn't compute.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

At last count, I have used 5 PCs at work and 3 at home. I have yet to reload Windows on any of them. I have used two Macs. Also stable.
I like them all and can argue for and against 'em all.

And 7:22pm, if you work in IT then I think that explains it all.

I leave it with this point... First, we were told we had to have district wide Apple conversion in a Bond election. It fails. So we have a second bond election to consider it in a seperate case. It also fails. And what are we told? "We will pursue with our own funds." Umm... how about you just keep what you have until they are scheduled for replacement and then make the switch? How about we hold off on laptops for all until times are better fiscally?

Oh that's right, because even though the economy is down, people are hurting financially, and we are struggling to recover, our school taxes didn't change one bit and BISD can operate in a different fiscal environment than the tax base it resides in.

Rant off. Tired head has set in.

Anonymous said...

Two things Barry:

First, you do realize that the original iPhone was $499 for 4GB and $599 for 8GB, right?

Second, the 3G contracts are monthly — you can cancel at any time.

Anonymous said...

The rivalry that consumers have between macs and pc cracks me up. I have both and can use both. The only big advantage of the pc is the right click of the mouse. I get tired of having to scan for viruses on my pc.