Technology revolutionizes how people think and speak, but are costs so high that the revolution is only for the rich?
I’m sure that’s how the early versions of cell phones were perceived, and now they’re fairly prevalent amongst all walks of life. While the iPad is catered to deliver entertainment at your fingertips, the iPad and its Netbook comrades are expanding the utility of latest technology through it’s mobility and ease of use, and the improvements to its design will eventually make this device a necessity compared to using a smartphone, a laptop, or a desktop computer.
It is necessary to have something that is separate from the cell phone category but can do all of the fun things you’d expect from modern gadgets like iPhones and Android phones. iPads are powerful tools for their mobility (no wires), and the applications provided. College students can use it as an e-reader, saving on costs for new books. Kids can access educational materials, too — Angry Birds Star Wars is educational, right? In all seriousness, iPads and tablets make it easy for children to develop skills in comprehension as they are an interactive and fun way to learn.
However, broadband access is better than it ever has been (just look at the National Broadband Map and see) and the current administration and policy-makers understand that progress in this area of our economy has untold benefits.
We are in a in-between point as far as having superior technology to improve lives and having the resources to let these improvements be far-reaching. Thinking of cell phones, even the fastest, most cutting-edge phone won't work in areas devoid of network availability.
iPads are more than just toys for rich people, but until our society is able to support a competitive broadband infrastructure and implement a lifestyle of moderation for young children and their screen time, tablets like the iPad will still be a source of entertainment before it becomes a necessary tool.