How much is the iPad? Is the iPad tablet a bank-breaker or a bargain? Today, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s newest creation, the iPad.Â For weeks, the technology industry has been buzzing about the Cupertino, California based company’s newest invention.Â Would the iTablet, iSlate, or iPad (at that point we didn’t know what it would be called…heck it could have been called MacBook Pad or something for all we knew) revolutionize computing as we know it?
So just how much is the iPad? Apple’s iPhones are $300 with some AT&T plans.Â Some expected the iPad to cost well within the $1,000 range – after all, a simple laptop from Apple costs $999 – a far cry from the $250Â bargain netbooks you can find at Office Depot stores across the nation.
The iPad costs between $499 and $829, depending on which model you choose.Â You can buy the Wi-Fi only models – which only pick up wireless networks when you are in range.Â These are the most economical plans and cost $499 to $699, depending on what memory you buy.
The iPad is also available with 3GS from AT&T, meaning that you can connect to the mobile network wherever it’s available. These models cost $629 to $829 depending on how much memory you choose.Â Data plans start at $14.99 but your best bet is the $29.99 unlimited plan.
The iPad’s cost could out weigh its benefit, especially for those (like me) that like gadgets.Â As I write this on my little HP Netbook, I’m dreaming of typing on a phantom keypad on a sleek and sexy iPad.