Then it finally dawns on me that despite all of this device's capabilities, my mother would likely use it for one or two things: e-mail (which she current does just fine on an old Sony laptop I fixed up a couple years back) and watching Korean dramas dubbed in Vietnamese on sites than run primarily flash.
Dramafever.com features a number of popular Korean drama TV shows for online viewing.
To me, for $500, the Apple iPad is a wonderful, value-packed device if you happen to use all of its features it has to offer. However, as a turbo-charged e-mail machine that fails to run half the video sites she already watches makes me question if this is a smart buy altogether. In reality, I'll probably buy it anyway and 'borrow it' on occasion if/when she grows bored with it, but sometimes I wish there was a nice way to explain technology shortcomings to your mother without sounding like a genuine jerk. Have you ever purchased tech for a parent knowing very well that they would not be using the majority of its features? (Image: Apple)