Think Apple iPad Costs Too much? Think Again (Chart)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By OP Editor

One of the myths about Apple’s new tablet computer and eBook reader is that the iPad is too expensive. Actually the iPad is not over priced. Here’s why: There’s a chart for that!

Apple iPad price expensive, chart for that, ebook competition comparison

Darren Beckett explains the question of “Does the iPad Cost Too Much?” with a logical chart. The great chart compares the Apple iPad with its eBook reader competition: Fusion Garage JooJoo, Amazon Kindle DX, Sony Reader, Phillips Rex, and Barns & Nobel Nook.

iPad vs. e-Book Industry Competition

The e-Book comparison includes screen size, storage size, input method, multi-tasking, multi-function, and connectivity of iPad with competitors.

Verdict? No. the iPad doesn’t cost too much.

The iPad feature comparison chart didn’t even have to mention iPad’s high quality IPS display, Apple’s intuitive multi-touch input, among other advantages of the Apple iPad tablet.

Does the iPad Cost Too Much? [darrenbeckett]
via Infographic: Does the iPad cost too much compared to the competition? (No.) [cultofmac]


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8 Responses to “Think Apple iPad Costs Too much? Think Again (Chart)”

  1. Bij

    This is a completely single-sided view of what you’re paying for. Apple isn’t marketing this as just an eReader (which it is not.. have you tried reading on an IPS display vs e-INK? IPS is crap for that).

    Apple is marketing this as pretty much a netbook with eReader functionality however it really has neither… if it’s a netbook, it needs a camera, more storage, USB hookups, etc otherwise it’s useless

    and if it wants to be a good eReader it definitely NEEDS eInk or a display that won’t tire your eyes and it doesn’t have that either.

    So yes it DOES cost too much, for $500 you can pretty much get an entry level laptop that has 100x the functionality with half the UI experience.

    • GumbySupreme

      You’re right, if it were a netbook it would have a complex OS not designed for a small screen, no multitouch, the need to run anti malware software (esp. if its windows 7), it would probably have shorter battery life, it would be 2-3X as thick, the display wouldn’t be as vibrant and colorful, and it wouldn’t have thousands of apps developed for it with smaller screens and touch in mind. Thank goodness it’s *not* a netbook.

    • Rob


      Now you mention it, it seems like you might have to add the cost of ebook reader + netbook + PC tablets together to match what the iPad is offering.

    • It does not cost too much in comparison to a “NetBook” considering that Netbooks CANT play HD video (crappy graphics), 3G service is $60 on Netbooks and it is LIMITED to 5GB ($30 on iPad and unlimited usage), and Netbooks in general are EXTREMELY SLOW due to the resource-hog Windows OS.

      Netbooks are cheap laptops for people that can’t afford the real thing.

  2. RM10

    BJ makes a totally wrong statement:
    “Apple is marketing this as pretty much a netbook with eReader functionality…”

    Apple outlines 7 things the iPad was designed to do better then a smart phone, but less capable than a laptop. It can only be compared to a netbook in the price range it is being sold.

    “…however it really has neither…”
    BJ compounds his wrong statement.

    “if it’s a netbook, it needs a camera, more storage, USB hookups, etc otherwise it’s useless.”
    Having set up a strawman, BJ proceeds to wrestle with his own imaginary creation. He ignore the chart, which shows the iPad has more memory than its competitors and calls for more memory in order to be an equal to a different product group. He calls for an ability to connect to USB ports, which it can do, and a camera which is not common in its category of competitor devices.

    BJ wins an argument with himself, but not one with the facts in the chart. Jobs laid out the specifications for their design goals and in that they excel over other readers by being multifunctional and offering color. The iPad excels in portability with a long battery life and low weight. It excels in 140,000 touch optimized applications, a proven UI familiar to tens of millions, and multiple was to connect to the internet and other devices (such as printers).

  3. regularg0nz0

    Ultimately, this is the same old type of discussion that went on for both the iPod and the iPhone. It costs more than the average thing that’s out there right now that it’s sort of similar to, but doesn’t have all of the features or options than the other things out there that it’s also kind of similar to.

    What everyone fails to grasp each time is that the goal isn’t to copy an existing product and make it cheaper or flashier… and it’s not to combine two existing products into one that’s cheaper and flashier… (yes, I do get the irony of using the word FLASH-ier in this argument :).)

    The goal is to create a device that does the things that it does conveniently, competently, and effortlessly. Often, these functions will, in part, be functions that other devices already do, and even do better within that single niche, but the value is in the union and usability.

    Sure… I could carry around a Kindle, PocketPC, Netbook, Creative Zen Jukebox, a Tom Tom, a Nintendo DS, and a phone. And each of these devices will do its own job admirably. (except for the netbook, because it’s just plain inconvenient to unfold a keyboard/screen combination an alot of situations). But I take up too much space as it is. Add a 25lbs of electronics in pockets and pouches and backpacks, and another 15 lbs of chargers and adapters, and I might just as well stay at home than try an go anyplace.

    Right now, I’ve condensed all of that down to my iPhone and a Netbook Hackintosh (for the bigger typing surface and faster browser). If I can shave 3/4 of an inch off that Netbook’s thickness, and not have to unfold it to use it, as well as have almost every function of my iPhone duplicated on a 10″ screen, then that’s a win for me, easy.

    But comparing the iPad to existing devices for price and features is like comparing a modern smart-phone to a Palm-Pilot. It’s a wasted exercise.

  4. Spam Rockets

    You forgot to compare the iPad to a PC laptop. You know…the things that the iPad tries to replace that aren’t eReaders.

    • So which PC at $499 has

      IPS display
      Multi-touch display
      Responsive OS
      Accessibility for blind people
      Digital compass
      Ambient light sensor
      1.5 pounds
      0.5″ depth
      10 hour battery
      High user satisfaction
      Industry leading support


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