The iPad is supposedly selling very well from pre-orders: Around 150,000 people have estimated to take the plunge. Guess what though? I'm not one of them. I am not going to pre-order the Apple iPad, and I am not changing that. There is simple and logical reasoning behind this as well, but most are ignorant to the facts.
So let me begin by explaining why I wouldn't pre-order the Apple iPad, even if I was willing to in the first place.
First off, the iPad is a first-generation device. And like most first-generation devices, it is bound to have issues. I can't recall a single product launch that has gone flawlessly, and it takes several iterations of a product to get it right — there are bound to be complaints and, quite possibly, serious issues with the iPad. Sure, that isn't the risk-taking, edge-of-your-seat mentality that most technology enthusiasts share, but I am certainly an exception to that.
After all, isn't this thing merely a jumbo-sized iPod Touch? Sure, it will have new capabilities — it will have applications better designed to handle the large screen. But at the end of the day, it is still an iPod Touch on steroids, and there isn't much that is revolutionary about this. No one better dare attempt to tell it differently. People make this thing out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but we have already had this device for the past few years — the iPod Touch. Who knew?
The next issue I have with the iPad is the price. So it might be drastically cheaper than we all expected, but that still doesn't automatically make it a worthwhile purchase. What we have here is a gadget that most people will be unwilling to take out of their house. What value is that in a world where gadgets are designed with portability in mind? Seriously? If you have an e-reader, an iPhone, or even an iPod Touch, there is little reason, if any, to buy this thing.
Also, with the Lenovo Ideapad U1 Hyrbid coming out — where you can get a laptop and a slate in one package — I'm not quite sure that the Apple iPad will be the most worthwhile product in the tablet category. The Microsoft Courier is really looking special as well. Why does Apple get the favoritism? Well, of course we know why, but it only proves consumers are less intelligent than I would have hoped.
Beyond that, the most important reason that I am not pre-ordering it is because pre-ordering is stupid! It doesn't matter what the product is!
Why is someone going to slap down the big bucks for an unknown product that they have never touched, never experienced, and never read a single review about? What is the logic behind this? Are people afraid that if they don't pre-order now that they won't ever have an iPad to purchase? It's ridiculous! Who cares if you don't have one in your hands on the third of April? I can assure you that they will have plenty in stock in following month, if not in April.
So why not wait until other people get their hands on it and see what the overall consensus is? It costs you nothing, and it gives you the satisfaction of knowing you waited for a great product that you will use.
While the Apple crowd will probably look down on their fellow Appletons who go this route, I would applaud it. It is both the right and the smart thing to do.