The burning question we had on holiday this year had nothing to do with sunscreen. It was whether we should invest in an iPad. Or rather, should we invest in an iPad now or wait until there’s 3G here in the UK or wait until they improve the battery life or perhaps even wait until they come in different colours.
The problem of course is that everyone in the family really wants an iPad. I want to use Flipboard and cart it around London. My husband wants to be able to comfortably surf on the sofa. The children have plans to download games onto it (thanks, Uncle Ian, for showing them your library of mindless time-wasters!).
My fellow CyberMummy partners Susanna and Sian both have them and love them, so I know it would be a huge hit. That’s really the problem. My husband would want to use it, I would want to use and the children would develop withdrawal symptoms when separated from it. Whenever one of them picked it up, I would be seized by an urgent iPad task I had to perform. I would grow resentful about having to be “grown up” about it and let them have a go. Sure I could read books on it, assuming I’d ever get that much screen time.
If only we lived in Australia. We could book a domestic flight on Jetstar Airlines and rent iPads for the entire family for $40. Which begs the question, just how much would you pay for an iPad. A trip down under is way too much, the price in American still feels a bit dear, but £10 and the cost of a domestic UK flight? I’m sold.
UPDATE: Susanna has written about her iPad and its use as a kiddie networking tool.