This morning I went to Best Buy with Lora. She bought a really nice Dell for about $530.00. While she was completing her transaction, I sauntered over to the Apple display and checked out the iPad. What I saw left me unimpressed.
Don't get me wrong - it was pretty. But a base model costs $500.00. Compare the functionality of the iPad with the Dell laptop my daughter just purchased. For roughly $30 more dollars I could buy a machine with a lot more potential. Needless to say, I did not buy one.
My daughter asked me why I had wanted an iPad in the first place. I told her I wanted a digital reader. "That's it?" She asked. I thought about her reaction. Yeah, I really want a digital reader, and I am unimpressed with the Kindle. Yet I am quite enthusiastic with the concept of digital readers. So what gives?
Basically, I can't bring myself to spend $500 for something my laptop can already do. Before I would buy an iPad at its present price, I would have bought a cute little laptop like the one Lora purchased.
I do believe in digital readers, but I have a feeling that for students would prefer a platform that would translate to their cell phones. The iPad and Kindle, to me, seem like a moderating step between the two. I will buy more e-books for my students as soon as Follett devises a platform to transfer e-books to students' cell phones.