An iPad Will Save Me Money

For the better part of 5 years, due to prosperity and for work, we’ve always been a multiple computer household. Until recently it was a powerful gaming PC, an iMac, an iBook, two iPhones, a PC I have connected to the TV to eliminate our old cable bill, my wife’s crappy work Dell laptop, two iPhones, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

… do the DS, Didj and PSP count? Anyway, that’s enough computer power err… to do something difficulty computing-wise. Or something. Now add an iPad on the list – remove one iPhone, and likely remove the MacBook. It’s still quite a list – and more than we need.

Almost all of these things are new, so I can’t even hide being the idea of this being legacy devices. Where was I going with this? Oh yes, I love the MacBook – I’ve written most GD posts and my three books on it – but it’s kind of heavy and it isn’t a comfortable read-in-bed Kindle platform (I’m a Kindle addict btw). I loved my iPhone, but I never used the mandatory data plan on it. So that was $20 a month we didn’t need to spend. Linda’s iPhone works, but she dropped it a year or so ago and the screen consists of spiderweb cracks. Good to use as a phone or iPod, but not as an iPhone.

Switching from a data plan to a plan with 2 more free phones from AT&T saves us $40 a month. The iPhone becomes an iPod – not touch, because of the cracks – and that leaves me without an iPhone or a kindle I can use in the dark of night during my frequent insomnia.

So, how can I fill all these needs at once and save money in the long run? Here’s the logic: iPad is a Kindle, iPod Touch, game playing system – all apps work and I’m record for loving iPhone apps – and if I throw in the awesome charger/hold it upright quality keyboard sold separately – I’ve got a lightweight laptop style writing device with a handy touch screen interface.

So, with the MacBook, not new but in great shape with some expensive software installed – Word anyone? – I should be able to get around $750-900 for it (according to ebay). iPad is $499 with 16GB (i don’t need more, really) and the dock/keyboard/upright holder thing is another $79. So roughly that’s a savings of a few hundred dollars. And this doesn’t even mention the $40 Linda and I are saving by dropping the data plan and not buying an iPod Touch, which was my other plan for Kindle and app reasons. The iPad is a poor replacement for the Macbook, admittedly, but it’s easier to travel with and does what I need. Well, except it doesn’t do Flash. Which annoying but I’ve three other much larger screens and computers that do.

That’s how I bought an iPad and saved money doing it.

The weirdest thing? Not having a mouse.

No Responses to “An iPad Will Save Me Money”

  1. Yay! Saving money!

  2. If you have trouble sleeping you should not read on an iPad or iPod. The backlit screen shines a lot of light directly in your face which, according to some sleep experts, not only keeps you awake but also prevents your body from producing some chemicals needed to have a good nights sleep. I would suggest spending some more money and buying a real e-reader, e.g., a Kindle.

  3. The Ipad looks like a better reader and it is color. I am tempted, though it looks like there are some other similar devices coming out soon that are pretty good.

  4. My family just got a MacBook, since we would always fight over our one and only computer (an iMac). I honestly don’t see the appeal of an iPad at all, really. I’d rather have a laptop or an iPod Touch than both fused into one device. And I like to read my books the old-school way.

    But hey, saving money is always good.

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