April 05, 2010
Waiting for the iPad 3G
So here it is, April 5th, and I have no iPad. That's because I want one with 3G. So my 32GB iPad 3G is on order, but I won't have it for a few more weeks. That really bites.
Honestly, I can't imagine why anyone would prefer a non-3G iPad over one with wireless anywhere (well, almost anywhere). I mean, the very reason my iPhone is so useful is because I have internet access away from WiFi hotspots. Does that really matter? It does unless you don't mind your life revolving around hunting for the nearest Starbucks and foraging for WiFi access. When I travel, the usefulness of my otherwise awesome MacBook Pro is seriously hampered because I never know if I'll find WiFi when I need it. Which made holding out for the 3G iPad a total no-brainer.
Yes, I am fully aware that I'll be forking yet more money over to AT&T for "service" and functionality I am already paying for (if I can only use one device at a time, why do I still have to pay service per device and not per person?), but in this case I am not willing to cut off my nose to spite my face. And yes, I have major iPad-envy right now, so much that part of my brain is trying to talk me into buying one without WiFi to tide me over. But I know that in a few weeks, it'll be all those who just couldn't wait for the real iPad to feel the envy. Yes, I'll be passing them by while they'll all crowd the Starbucks.
But seriously, it's really weird that Apple did this. I can understand that logistics may delay the 3G version a bit, but why didn't Apple simply wait with the iPad release until 3G was available as well?