$250 iPad now available

With Apple coasting on fumes, you’re better off with an old iPad

invite to Oct.23 Apple announcement

I bring you big news on Apple tablets, a full day before the official announcement of the iPad Mini:

The $250 iPad is on sale now in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary.

Yes, $250, the expected starting price of the new iPad Mini (or Air), is also the going Craigslist rate for used 1st generation iPads.  It’s tomorrow’s price today, and as a bonus you’ll get a full-sized screen.  If it’s scratched, you can probably haggle it down to $230. You’ll meet an interesting new person, and you won’t pay taxes.

Hate me yet?

Sorry everybody, but there’s no better time than right before a Cupertino product announcement to troll Apple fans question society’s troubling devotion to the Apple cult.  I’ve been called a partisan for suggesting Android tablets as an alternative to the pricey and constraining iPad, so let me clear the record by stating definitively that the iPad remains, by a small margin, the best tablet computer I’ve used.  The problem is, none of the advancements since the first iPad have improved the experience much, while the sticker-price has yet to rationalize.

After a decade of technological innovation, Apple is now coasting on fumes, offering minor upgrades or pointless variations in increasingly transparent efforts to keep the product cycle spinning. Whereas once their products changed our lives, they are now marketed in Apple-speak as revolutionizing only themselves. iPhone 5, as the slogan goes, is ”the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.”  Not since the Smurfs smurfed us very much has a product degenerated into such nauseating solipsism.

So: is the world clamouring for smaller tablet computers? Not really.  But there exists a huge untapped market for cheaper tablets, which Apple doesn’t want to surrender to Android or anyone else.  Without cannibalizing their own top-tier iPads, they are set to offer a down-market product in the form of the iPad Mini, which it seems Apple is slashing its profit margin on.

It’s an aggressive move to bring new markets (educational and developing nations included) into the Apple fold, where they will be constrained from buying music, apps, movies and books that are not sold by Apple.

As an independent critic who doesn’t get kickbacks (or even product loans, for God’s sakes) from any tech company, far be it for me to advertise for the competition by suggesting that an open alternative like Android might be the way to go.

Instead: if you want a cheaper iPad, by all means, buy an old iPad.  It’s the best iPad to iPad iPad since iPad.

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$250 iPad now available

  1. I share your dislike for Apple Mr Brown. Gave away my iPhone and iPod for free once they started suing Samsung for being better than them!

    • No, you didn’t. We’re not idiots. You paid good money for those things when you got them, your iPhone was still under contract, and nobody with even half a brain would give hundreds of dollars of miniaturized electronics away on principle just because you don’t like their legal department.

      • The iPhone was unlocked so no it was not under contract and my mom wanted an iPod.
        I got a samsung s3 when apple started acting like a spoiled brat so I did what I could to withdraw my support to a company I now actively despise.

  2. A few comments from a self described Apple user. The fanboy moniker doesn’t really fit my use category. (I’ll apologize about jumping all over your post) “…far be it for me to advertise for the competition by suggesting that an open alternative like Android might be the way to go.” Might we put this misnomer to bed. I’m not programmer but with majority of people that have android products (tablets included) Open isn’t the word any of them would use to describe Android items. It might be different here in Canada, but speaking to with a Telus and Bell user respectively about the lack of open access to the newest Android OS isn’t making them to happy. Another friend that went to the states to purchase a Samsung note running Android is in his words, “dumbf*cked” that he needs to download a boot loader to root his device. I don’t even know how to jailbreak my iPod Touch or iPad, but this doesn’t sound like a very open alternative. “After a decade of technological innovation, Apple is now coasting on fumes, offering minor upgrades or pointless variations in increasingly transparent efforts to keep the product cycle spinning. ” I completely agree but have to ask you if anyone cares. I’m sure you’ve heard the argument that no one puts a gun to anyones head when it comes to buying Apple products, but really no one does. If you have the money you buy it. If you don’t you live with what you’ve got. The best senario is the buy and pass down root. Which my young family has continued to do. Three iPods (Classic, Mini and Nano), iPhone 3Gs which will turn into a iPod Touch and iPad that will go to my parents if we decided to get a new iPad or an iPad (Air). “Without cannibalizing their own top-tier iPads, they are set to offer a down-market product in the form of the iPad Mini, which it seems Apple is slashing its profit margin on”. I enjoy this statement the most because if any company enjoys eating its young its got to be Apple. I’m not an investor, I just enjoy watching their Keynotes, but you’ve got to love when a company can make one product and come out year after year making another one to better the one before. They talk about competition but really the competition is Apple. These guys live to cannibalize their own stuff. The iPad eats into MacBook Airs, which eats into MacBooks which eat into iMacs that have already been eaten by MacMini. Just my two cents, love all your post Jessy! Cheers

    • Paragraphs can be your friend.

    • The competition is Android. If Google et al were not eating Apple’s lunch in 7 inch tablets, I don’t think Apple would have released one. As of a few months ago they were jumping up and down making fun of small 7 inch tablets. Just like they made fun of big-screened phones because their screen was the right size and everyone else was stupid. Until Samsung and others started making phones that put the iPhone to shame, looking like something from 2005 with its dinky little screen.

  3. Go for it Jesse!

    As for myself I am a contrarian and I am still very happy with my $200 Blackberry Playbook. Probably I will replace it with an Android, if none will be available when my current device will stop working. Best value for the money on the tablet market!

  4. Was given a 1st gen iPad for xmas a couple years back. No interest in upgrading. Who needs a camera that big?

  5. Don’t need it, don’t want it. Apple is a greedy company.

  6. I iPad you. ♥

  7. $80 off target

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