First of all let me say I don’t consider myself an apple fun boy, I just don’t get the Mac OS.
The iPhone OS devices (iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad) are a whole different thing though… I have an iPhone 3G for about a year and half now and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next version which I am already pretty sure I will get as soon as it becomes available.
With the iPad I was a bit disappointed when it was first introduced – the missing camera (front AND back!) really don’t make much sense to me. Still I’ve been waiting to get on the e-reader wagon and Apples touch devices are in a completely different league than the others in my opinion…
My doubts went out the window when I held one of those sweet iPads a week ago at a friend’s party. One of the guys brought his new iPad and… that was that.
At that time we were still under the “iPad ban” by the Israeli ministry of communications, so I was mostly frustrated and considering my options. The moment I heard the ban has lifted – I got in touch with a friend who was on her way to the US for a short business travel. I sent her my wish list and kept my fingers cross…
You should know, that wish list included a 32 GB iPad wifi & and apple case. The 3G model was not yet available and frankly – I am still not sure about the justification with the limited added value of the 3G and GPS (without a camera the whole augmented reality angle seems very limited, and I already have those options in the iPhone…)
Anyway, as luck would have it, they only had the wifi & 3G model in the store so that’s what she got for me. I got the message very late last night and it really came as a surprise. As I said there’s the whole limited functionality and limited ROI that for some reason still don’t sit very well with me…
- That unit costs more (130 USD before tax)
- Going through customs there is the whole debate whether or not to declare:
- Declare and you pay about 100 USD more
- Don’t declare and get caught – you pay about 200 USD more
- Micro-Sims are not yet available
- Not sure if cutting a regular SIM really is an option as advertised in some of the blogs – I still haven’t found any evidence someone actually did it and it worked
But look at me bitch about it… I am getting an iPad!
I left the decision about declaring or not in my friends hands (for some reason I think the Israeli custom guys are too motivated at this point with all the publicity they got when the wifi model got out – to catch those who don’t declare… on the other hand my friend doesn’t look like the smuggling type so…)
I’ll be sure to talk about it in the coming days.
Thank you to my good friend and colleague whose name shall be kept off record for now I know getting it took some effort… love you babe.