Nice post. Enjoyed reading it and I share some of your beliefs. I also would add that I believe companies like Apple ought to be able to sell products at a reasonable profit at a price people are willing to pay. Apple definitely did that with the iPad and my hats off to them for their tech genius. I just wish I didn't NEED the latest gadget all the time -wait, they're calling my number, Apple store now serving number 2,339 for iPad 2..."
As a product planner I wanted to share some insights. However, John Gruber of Daring Fireball hit a homerun IMHO... check out his link.
Thanks. I am about to purchase my first iPad. I have been looking through the web for the best price 3G enabled with a data plan. Groupon suposidly had a good deal running for 3 days (which runs out tomorrow) for an iPad 1 32Gb for £49 up front and £27 a month for 24 months which gives you 1Gb data allowance a month.
I thought this looked like a pretty good deal.......however, if you break down the numbers this deal is actually pretty bad with a full contract cost of £697!
I looked through Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-mobile and Three and found Three to have the best deal. However there is recently launched company called Incahoot (incahoot.com) who are a group buying site selling the iPad from Three Mobile with cash back. Their iPad 32Gb is £149 up front, £20 per month, a whopping 15Gb data allowance per month AND £20 cash back. This means the full contract cost is £609!!!!! Thats almost £100 cheaper than groupon's ''amazing'' deal.
Check Incahoot out and let me know what you think. They are quite a new company so I would like some reassurance before I purchase from them.