This picture pretty much speaks for itself. Now I am not outright saying that all applications are absurdly priced. I am not even saying any of these applications are ridiculously priced. More to the point I am trying to point out how much steeper your investment may be once you start purchasing apps. I definitely see the feature set that the iPad could and very well likely be gunning for. I see the iPad being used as a jack of all trades for those that previously used work stations. With the right applications the iPad could easily replace a computer for a secretary, or could allow you to leave your office stuff in your office while you continue to work on your project on a nice soft love seat in front of your television. I am seeing more and more usefulness out of the iPad as time progresses and although doubtful of the usability of such a product at first I find myself liking it more and more. So to all of you out there using the App Store be mindful of your purchases because they can add up a lot faster than you think.
On the other side of the conversation is that there are many extremely useful free applications that will not add any extra expense to your pocketbook. WordPress, tweetdeck, and many other useful apps are available for nothing but clicking install and typing in your password. Also just because you are using a productivity app does not mean that you are purchasing several other apps. I think the picture above exaggerates cost a little bit to make a point about the cost you may incur after your purchase.
[image credit: Engadget]