The Apple iPad is quite possibly the biggest thing to hit mobile computing since the netbook. This tiny tablet packs some serious power under the hood, and gives you one-touch access to your email and the Internet. However, the iPad has some serious drawbacks, especially if you want to use it to play games. So, without further ado, here's five reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPad!
5. If it Ain't Apple, It Ain't Cool
One of the nifty things about owning a PC (or a Mac, for that matter) is that you can install any program you want on it. No matter whether it's a $600 office suite or a freeware image editor, you have endless options for what you want to install on your computer. However, your options on the iPad are limited to what you can find on the App Store, and those micro-programs all have to be screened by Apple. And considering Apple will weed out any content it finds offensive (or competitive) that limits what you can do with your device considerably.
4. Major Developers Deliver Micro-Games
No one can deny the fact that Angry Birds changed the landscape of mobile games. But I would argue that gaming on the iPad, while it certainly can be fun, doesn't deliver an experience that is comparable to what you would find on a Nintendo or Sony-branded handheld. Games like Infinity Blade (made by Epic Games) and Dead Space 2 have been huge sellers on the iPad, and created compelling handheld experiences. Game-makers like EA, Activision, and Capcom are increasingly releasing bite-sized versions of existing games. But franchises like The Sims, Street Fighter, Madden, and Call of Duty have all received the App-ification treatment, and often to dismaying results.
3. Expensive Hardware Price
Though the popularity of low-priced apps certainly has industry attention (most vocally from Nintendo), the fact is that even though the games are cheap, the hardware is not. Getting an iPad will set you back anywhere from $400-$800 depending on what model you want (and how big you want the internal memory to be). That makes it the most expensive handheld device on the market, and even though games are generally $10 or less, the entry price is definitely something you should be wary of.