I love everything hardware and design wise about the Apple iPad 2, but still am totally shocked at home much of an Apple tax you pay for having internet access on the thing.
Rummors are suggesting the base 3G model will be £199 + £720 over the course of 24 months. This is 2011 people, if you want internet on a device, make sure your phone has tethering, or better yet, wifi tethering. Then all your wifi devices can utilise one cost effective 3G contract, assuming you need 3G at all, won’t you be at home or in the office most of the time it is on?
A 3G dongle with exactly the same amount of data plan, and fair usage, as well as often including the 3G dongle, costs £240 over 24 months. So if we deduct that from the £920 apple solution, you are still paying £680 for the base model which retails for £429-499 (not confirmed yet).
The mobile phone companies need to have a good long think about how they can add value in to this space, either inclusive data on certain systems, like Skype or Facetime, maybe even a email mailbox. Not saying they will make it worth it, but right now it’s simple enough, we know you want it, so we can charge silly money.
If you are that enthusiastic a user that you want the latest iPad, then for the love of God give us a call and lets talk about how to get internet access through your phone or a wifi router you can carry around. Infinatly better solution, and scales to more than just 1 device.