Christmas is barely a month away and some of you out there may be considering getting an iPad for a loved one or maybe gifting one for yourself. Now that both the platform and the device are more mature, one would think that the decision is straightforward. Unfortunately, I really don’t think that’s the case yet. Let me dig into this a bit more.
Won’t somebody think of the the competitors?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab amongst other Android based tablets is coming out very shortly, and let’s not discount them so soon. Those who find the iPad too big or the Apple ecosystem too restrictive may drift over to either this tablet or even the Dell Streak, both of which are worthy competitors to look at this holiday season. In fact, if the gift recipient already sports an Android phone, a matching Android tablet is an obvious step up for them.
No, I’m not referring to iOS fragmentation. I’m referring to the reality that there are 6 versions of the iPad: a combination of 3G vs. WiFi, and 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Naturally, the list of pros and cons for each combination can go on and on. Still, though, at the end of the day, price will probably be your ultimate deciding factor.
Deciding between the iPad, MacBook Air and the iPhone/iPod
With the new MacBook Air at nudging at the iPad’s high end price point, and the iPod Touch (and carrier subsidized iPhone) nibbling at the iPad’s lower end, the decision just got a lot harder, especially given the similarities between the iPod, iPad and OSX Lion due next year. In my opinion, the biggest thing to keep in mind here is the recipient’s usage pattern and how familiar they are with touch based technology.
There’s a lot to consider, no? Afterall, this is a relatively pricey decision. Well, regardless of your final decision, here’s a recap and a few extra tips and tricks to help you get there.
1. What’s your price range? This will ultimately decide which model or device to get.
2. Think about your recipient’s usage pattern. Ae they usually at a desk? Are they mobile, or do they do most of their computing on a couch?
3. Is the recipient tied into an app ecosystem like Apple’s or Android’s? Knowing this will make your decision pretty easy.
Any other thoughts and suggestions for iPad gift giving? I’m sure there will be plenty of other Christmas gift giving articles and guides over the next few weeks. Keep your eye out for it!
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