Pros and Cons of Giving an iPad as a Christmas Gift

If you are looking for a great Christmas gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for person on your shopping list, the Apple iPad is certainly an idea to consider.  The iPad is one of the most popular electronic devices on the nation’s ‘To Buy’ list this year, and with good reason.  The iPad is selling out all over the nation, and people everywhere are clamoring to get their hands on one, after one of the biggest advertising campaigns of the year by Apple. 


But should you give one as a Christmas gift?  When someone special in your life hints that they would like an iPad, you may find yourself wondering if it is really a good idea.  Today, we will take a closer look at the iPad as a Christmas gift.


With the iPad, you will have the comfort of knowing that you are giving a gift that the recipient is almost guaranteed to love.  These high-tech devices can do everything from surf the web, check email, view documents and videos, play music, movies and games, and much more.  Anything you can do on a laptop you can do on an iPad, and they’re much smaller and lighter, which make them twice as portable as a laptop.


In terms of connectivity, iPads are highly capable and can get 3G service or connect to a wireless network.  You will also find that you can get one with up to a 64 GB hard drive.  A 1ghz processor also ensures extremely fast processing.  You can even use an iPad to get cheap international phone calls and free computer-to-computer calls if you install the free application Skype and buy a Skype headset with a microphone.


On the downside, the iPad is still pretty pricey.  Expect to shell out about $500 for a new iPad, more if you want any extra software installed or if you want a personalized engraving on the case (a service that Apple currently offers). 


If you are buying the iPad for a child or young teen, bear in mind too that the iPad is fairly delicate and its touchscreen interface can easily be damaged by sticky fingers or spills.  A single hard drop onto the floor is usually enough to send them back to the shop for an expensive fix or replacement. So be sure that your child or teen is responsible enough to know how much the iPad costs and tell them that you won’t be paying for the fix if they manage to break it!


On the whole, the Apple iPad really is an excellent Christmas gift for most adults and responsible teens.  You will find that the device is ideal for men and women alike, offering numerous capabilities and the chance to play great games.  The device is small and light enough to be carried in a handbag or purse, making it a wonderful gift for anyone who travels a lot or loves to read. 


At the end of the day, the final decision depends on your budget and on the amount of time you think the recipient will spend using it.  There are many devices that offer similar capabilities such as laptops and iPhone, but the iPad is a great all in one media device with the additional thrill of it being this year’s hot novelty item.

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