Indeed. You are also paying for a very locked down piece of kit. But why is it so very locked down? Could it be that Apple are concerned about security? About making sure that it all, quite simply, works? That'd be a "just maybe" then - because it indeed does all, quite simply, work. I was a PC type person, until I set about running an Artroom full of Apple stuff. Until then, like many others, I had sort of heard of Apple and taken no notice - I think it took me about 12 months to get rid of my Windoze PC and buy a Mac. This is written on a 27" iMac, it's about two years old and hasn't missed a beat and I, too, am seriously looking at an iPad because this computer can't really go anywhere, like outside where I often like to be, or my kitchen when I'm in a cooking mood (which is quite often). Putting my 1,000 odd recipes onto it will be a doodle and then I'm good to go.You are paying a premium for the 'i' - many other 7, 9 and 10 inch tablets are available that will do what you want. I have a Samsung Tab 2 that was only 149 squid and is brilliant.