I’m not a fan of i Tunes, and have consequently avoided using it whenever possible to this point. Once you have the i Pad you’re then much more likely to buy other Apple products, to visit your nearest Apple Store, to get used to the Apple way of doing things.

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can be cheaper, such as the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 which at $399 undercuts the new i Pad by $100.

Having already detailed my particular reasons for choosing the tablet I purchased, here are things all potential tablet owners should consider before laying their money on the Apple Store counter.

For a long time there was really no contest between i OS and Android.

You don’t need to become a sheep joining the Apple fold with the rest of the flock.

Buying an Android tablet instead means freedom – to tinker with the tablet to your heart’s content, to buy the apps you want to without them needing to pass through Apple’s overreaching App Store approval process, to actually own your product rather than feel it’s merely on loan to you from Apple.

Apple had the upper hand, with a stunning mobile operating system that worked, was elegant, and was actually a breath of fresh air in a tired marketplace.

But Google has worked hard to improve Android over the past few years, to the point at which I’d say Android trumps i OS quite convincingly.

Plus there’s the fact that you’re likely already in Google’s sights thanks to their omnipresence on the Web via search Unless you are relatively comfortable in terms of money, the i Pad is an expensive device to buy.

Certainly for a product that only fills the gap between smartphone and laptop, and consequently isn’t anything approaching an essential purchase.

With the i Pad, Apple has a great product that is dominating the tablet market. The i Pad looks amazing, works really well, and has a plethora of apps available for it.