Step 1 – choose the color
Step 2 – choose storage and networking method
There really are only a few configuration options for the iPad. Choosing the options that met our needs involved only two steps. Step one involves color choice between black or white. We chose black instead of white because we expect a dark color to stand up better to handling by our son.
In step two, the choices are between storage sizes (16GB, 32 GB, and 64GB) and network connection methods (WI-FI or WI-FI + 3G). The prices adjust according to the selections made. We chose the 16GB WI-FI version at $499 (click here to go to the Apple iPad 2 website at for detailed pricing and configuration options). Our son is only using the iPad at home and at school. For a $15 monthly fee, we can tether the iPad to his iPhone if we change our minds about him being able to use it elsewhere.
I then made device specific configuration settings. I’ll describe settings in my next posting.
One of the reasons that a tablet computer is an attractive option to me is the lack of a big negative that I’ve experienced with PCs. That is the bewildering array of configurations. I see too much choice as a negative because I believe that lots of choices works for cars, but not so much for computing devices. So much of the decision to buy a car is down to personal tastes. The fact is, car owners generally view cars as part of their identity. Even if they later regret the buy because they realize that marketing targets the buyer in ways that have nothing to do with the car. Especially, if the buyer overlooked key quality, ergonomic, safety, or handling deficiencies in favor of something less tangible such as appearance of the car.
Personalization of the device is not a factor as our child did not have any say in the decision. Not like he might when the time comes to buy him a car. In this chapter, I’ll share with you the decisions and setup tasks for the device and the software apps running on it.