Trading in my iPhone for the iPad

Before you write this off as the psychotic ramblings of a raving mad man, hear me out!

Because I am a radio hobbyist, I feel this is the best way for me to explain this, as it was also the immediate thought I had right before this revelation. In 1996, the F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) released its famous Telecommunications Act which lifted restrictions on radio station owners limiting the number of stations they could own in each market. This lead to a buying frenzy in a period of, what is known today as, “consolidation” where leaders in the broadcasting field began buying stations in each market by the crate load. This widened the profitability gap between large commercial owners and individual owners. Thus, out of the fray, companies like CBS, Cumulus, Citadel and Clear Channel (owning the most with 1,190 of the 13,660 total stations in the US) changed the landscape of the radio industry with their nearly monopolistic hold over it.

In recent years, however, the radio industry has begun hemorrhaging money — losing their most profitable demographics to streaming radio (i.e. Pandora and Last.FM). This was due in part to a stagnation that occurred because of their contentment with mediocrity. In short, they did not search out new content like they had before when they were in ardent competition, each looking for an edge. This provided a chink that outlets like Pandora and Last.FM have happily filled. Since this time, radio industry leaders have slowly begun to deconsolidate — realizing that their most profitable structure is not particularly in owning as many stations as possible, but in most efficiently utilizing their already present infrastructure and matching up with content think tanks. In fact, in our home of the Bay Area, this is the case with Channel 92.3 (once Channel 104.9) who, after moving to the stronger 92.3 FM frequency, was put on the chopping block by owner Clear Channel who had deemed it a profit loss. When I last checked, they were put into a Trust, with Clear Channel poised to sell them.

Now, what does this have to do with my move from the iPhone to the iPad? Well, it has to do with this realization of what is most “profitable” (I use the word liberally). Should I, like the radio giants did, consolidate as many of Apple’s products as possible? To what end?! Specifically, I couldn’t wrap my head around the necessity of having an unlimited data plan for the iPad 3G on top of my current combination phone and unlimited data plan on my iPhone 3G.

As I compared and contrasted the iPhone and iPad, I realized something: “YES! WHAT PEOPLE SAY IS TRUE! The iPad is a GIANT iPhone!” So, instead of not buying the iPad, I shall sell my iPhone, buy some cheap phone through AT&T and have the iPad for everything I’ve always wished I could do with my iPhone!

What are these things, you ask? THE ANSWER IS IN ITS SIZE! The iPad’s size offers more usability! I don’t want to watch movies on the puny Nano or my iPhone! Throw it away! I don’t want to play games which require my two thumbs that take up two thirds of the screen! Throw it away! I don’t want to type notes and contacts with that tiny keyboard! Throw that iPhone away — and give me the iPad instead!

You thought THIS would happen? fo' realz?!

I have believed for many years that, while man’s technological innovation up to this point has been defined by building things smaller and increasingly more powerful, there would come a point when his creations would stop decreasing in size when they began detracting from his maximum capabilities. For me, that time has come.

What else can I say other than, anyone wanna buy an iPhone? Other wise, I’ll give it to the “Will It Blend?” guy…

About Baron Cannon

Baron Cannon hails from San Jose, California and is a Senior at Boston College (Class of 2011). With specializations in Economics, English and Media Broadcasting (Radio), he will graduate with Honors as a Philosophy Major and History Minor. He is a regular contributor for and, a news and politics publication, as well as a free lance journalist for Boston College's newspaper, The Heights. To contact him, email to [email protected]

6 thoughts on “Trading in my iPhone for the iPad

  1. A discussion I had on Facebook after I published this article:

    Ergy Jean-Baptiste: You my friend are an idiot.

    Baron Cannon: yeah, why’s that? explain yourself!

  2. Ergy Jean-Baptiste:

    You are trading your iPhone in for a larger screen that can’t make phone calls. The iPhone at least has portability, calls, and the SAME apps. You get an iPad with 3G and WiFi(I hope because Wifi is faster and 3G is not everywhere.) you are technically downgrading to a less useful FAT iPhone. The processor is nice and speedy for the iPad but doesn’… See Moret have multitasking 🙁

    You also have a macbook(pro?) why get an iPad you would also most likely need the doc with the keyboard MO’ MONEY. I don’t mind apple fanboys, but don’t be a blind fanboy.

  3. Baron Cannon:

    I don’t need it to make phone calls! I can get another phone that doesn’t have 3G. One thing I think is redundant is having two data packages. At least I’ll take the one that I can get more functionability out of — that’s the iPad.

    The iPad not only has the SAME apps, but it also has even MORE, BETTER apps. For me, the iPhone has always been a hindrance b/c it’s so small. Having a device the size of the iPad (in between my iPhone and my 15″ MacBook Pro) with the ease and function that comes with it is just about what I’ve been looking for. It suits my needs better than the iPhone has, in my opinion.

    The 3G and Wifi is exactly the same whether I have the iPhone or the iPad, so that’s not a selling point for me…

    When I first got to play around with the iPad, I realized that it could fit my travel needs better than either my computer or iPhone could. Long road trips or airplane rides back and forth from Boston to CA is a substantial portion of my life. On one hand, my iPhone’s battery could handle the time, but it’s too small for entertainment. On the other hand, my 15″ MacBook Pro is too cumbersome for the cramped spaces of airplane seats and cars, the battery doesn’t last that long, and I can’t charge it in the car with my airplane charger, yet it was large enough to work on papers or comfortably watch a movie.

    The alternative is the iPad and for a person like myself in the situations I am frequently in, the iPad actually makes sense. Plus, I don’t mind giving up my iPhone. I’ve loved it to death, but it’s due for an upgrade. iPad shall be my the “smart” and whatever I get through AT&T will be my “phone”.

    Simple as that!

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