During my recent worktrip, I had a transit flight to Singapore. That was when J persuaded me to buy the iPad. He said that I could read my ebooks on such a useful tool. Furthermore, my work companions also reinforced the idea by saying that the baby could develop good motor skills with the number of free applications available for babies on the iPad.
On the flight back to KL and while in transit at Changi, I checked out the price of the iPad. The iPad 32GB (wireless only) was only RM100 more expensive than the selling price in the USA. So, needless to say, I succumbed to the temptation.
Now, what I didn't know was, after buying the iPad, you need to buy accessories to it. For instance, the screen protector and the iPad case or cover. Because the screen is bound to get scratches and fingerprints from having such a large surface and you keep tapping on it. After using it for about 2 weeks, I started to research on the available products.
My boss who got her iPad from the USA, also bought an Apple case for it there. She got her screen protector installed locally at a Machines store. She told me for the 2 items, each would cost over RM120! Wah, it's like after buying the cow, you need to buy the yoke.
Anyway, I read reviews about the 2 items, and I found out that the best screen protector is the "Invisible Shield", which is expensive, but it is a horror to put on. Even local sellers who sell it here will not dare to install for you. And the official Apple iPad case is actually lousy at protecting the device due to it being flimsy, and also there is no strap or anything to hold the cover closed, and the velvet-like material gathers dust easily.
Then I found this medium-range case developed by More (a Hong Kong company). The Shocking Case comes in shocking, vibrant colours and the best thing is, a free More crystal screen protector. The cover flips close like a diary and has little magnets to keep it closed. And the company which sells it is based in Sunway and can provide free installation. The service was very good too. By the time I brought my iPad to them, the screen was practically smudged all over. The service staff cleaned it with a cleaning detergent called "Applesauce" (just imageine the things that can develop as a downstream industry from Apple products). Then he sprayed some solution on the screen, fitted the screen protector and smoothed out all the bubbles. It was very professionally done, and I am glad I didn't for one minute think that I could ever do it myself. All these for the cost of RM175, I count myself lucky for reading reviews first.
Post-note: iPad launched in Malaysia today (30 Nov) and really good value for money, for the model I bought it's RM150 cheaper than in Singapore.