Should You Buy an iPad, an iPod, or an iPhone?

We all know how popular Apple products are these days. The recent launch of the Apple iPad has many businesses re-thinking tablets and many people reconsidering their lifestyles: yeah, these gadgets are that important. The iPhone continues to do well in the market place. The iPod is now considered a classic essential. If, however, you don't have an iPad, an iPod, or an iPhone, there's one single question: which gadget should you choose, anyway?

These are all gadgets, after all, and there's no way you'll want to bring all three with you on that next business trip. If you only have the money to choose one, which one will give you the most bang for your buck? After a quick glance at's comparison between the three devices, we hope you'll drop back over here for our thoughts on the issue.

First, you'll want to consider a simple question: what will you use the gadget for? If you know you've been missing a gadget that offers the feel and comprehensive features of a laptop but don't necessarily care about having your phone on you 24/7, then you might want to consider the iPad. If you want to keep things even simpler and want simple music and video with maybe some web browsing service in hot spots, the iPod Touch is a perfectly appropriate gadget - and will set you back a lot less money. What kind of gadget fits your life depends on not only your lifestyle, but your tastes and likes/dislikes.

If your answers are still inconclusive, it's important to consider the defining characteristics of each of the gadgets. Each product comes with its own defining characteristic, with the possible exception of the iPod Touch, which is stripped down compared to many other Apple products. But if you'll consider the iPhone, you'll also want to take note that it is indeed a phone; if you could use a mobile device to handle your phone, email, games, videos, and music, then the iPhone can handle all of that for you at the same time.

When it comes to the iPad, the tablet's essential feature is a strength: it has the size and feel of a larger computer, a computer that can handle more advanced demands than an iPod could. You can still listen to music on the iPad, but you can watch movies on a larger screen and interact with the tablet via a keyboard hookup, making it feel more like a small, light laptop.

If either of those particular selling points appeals to you, then you might find yourself developing an inkling for which gadget might really be right for you. But maybe neither the iPhone or the iPad seems like it would necessarily be a big improvement for you. If you're a simple man (or woman) with simple tastes, it might not hurt to consider the selling point of the iPod.

The iPod started out as a way to carry songs in your pocket - more songs than we used to be able to, sure, but still: just songs. These days, an iPod Touch can handle video, music, and even web browsing: it's essentially becoming an all-in-one gadget, minus a few perks present in the iPhone and the iPad.

If all you want is music, an iPod product like a simple Nano is all you need to get by. If you're already happy with your smart phone deal and your current phone rates, there may be no reason to switch over to an iPhone and its AT&T plan.

Finally, I'd like you to consider this little gem: these products are really not all that different in the big scheme of things. If you choose the wrong one for you, at least you'll have many of the same features as you originally set out for while you wait to sell it and buy what you really wanted.