Yes, I’m a huge nerd and I prefer not to make a big purchase until I’ve sussed out how much it’s going to cost for EVERYTHING involved.
| iPad 16GB
|| $519 CAD
| iPad 32GB
|| $619 CAD
| iPad 64GB
|| $719 CAD
| Data plan
|| wi-fi or
iPad: 32GB $619 CAD before tax
Okay, now that the dollars and cents are right in front of me I can see right off the bat I won’t be going for the Wi-Fi + 4G. I am usually within reach of a Wi-Fi network and if I really need to access the Internet etc. when I’m away from a Wi-Fi network I’ll be able to use my iPhone as a hotspot. (Of course, I currently use an Android but when it’s time to swap my phone I’m heavily leaning towards an iPhone.)
I store most of my files on Dropbox.com anyways so I’m not too worried about having enough space on the iPad for files.
Okay, so maybe I don’t need a super fancy case and TWO different types of stylus but I’m planning on making this little iPad a real laptop alternative, especially for art, so I’d like them. If the price is too much, I could always downgrade or put off accessory purchases until I have more money.
Wow. Okay, so when I was researching apps I thought I was spending a small fortune but when it comes down to it, the apps are costing me less than $40! Apps being that cheap means I don’t feel the need, at all, to skimp in this area.
That’s about half of what I paid for my laptop and around the same price as what I paid for my net-book. Down the line I may want to add a wireless keyboard for $~70 but I’d like to try it without, first.
So, am I going to go for an iPad? Eventually, yes, but my miser-heart will be happier if I can raise at least half of that money through selling stuff I no longer need/want, first.
Hope this breakdown is useful for somebody else! If you have anything to add, leave a comment! I’m curious how other people use their iPads and how useful they’ve proven to be for them! (Or, yanno, hit me up on twitter @tammalee )
*iPad with 4G $917.82 + $240 for one year of Data plan