Dan Seitz at Guyism posted this marvelous linkbait, but I’m falling for it because I think it’s hilarious:
The Apple iPad 2: Why are we recommending you not bother with this one? Because the iPad 3 is inevitable next year, and there might even be two of them. It’s not worth $500 for a device that will be obsolete in three to five months.
The most popular and best-rated tablet by far, the one that defines the entire tablet category, should be avoided when buying it as a gift for someone else1 because a new model for this product that’s typically on a 1-year cycle might come out in three to five months.
As soon as that happens, the one you received as a gift this month will be obsolete, which means that it will cease to be useful for modern-day tasks. (Ask owners of the 22-month-old iPad 1 whether their tablets are still useful.)
OK. So which tablets should we buy? Apparently the Asus Transformer Prime, a hacked Nook Color, or the “not fully functional” Nook Tablet.
How useful will any of those be, as tablets, in 22 months? How about that “obsolete” iPad 2?
Imagine the look on the recipient’s face when, hoping for an iPad, they open up a suspiciously small box to reveal an opened, rooted Nook Color.
“It’s better!” ↩︎