Hidden Costs Series: iPad Mini

Hidden Costs Series: iPad Mini

Healthcare experts claim that tablets aren’t
ergonomically suited for proper spine alignment, backed by a 2007 study finding the leading
national cause of missed work days is chronic neck and back pain, or 1.2 billion disability
days. A new survey conducted by Manhattan Research confirms the number of U.S. adults
using tablet computers for health-related activities grew from 15 million in 2011 to
29 million in 2012. Health: B
Did you know it takes 75,000 trees to produce the Sunday edition of the New York Times?
And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 2 billion books, 359 million
magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published every year and less than 50% of these products
are recycled. If you’re an avid reader, you can reduce paper waste by purchasing e-subscriptions
on your tablet. Environment: B-
Although the iPad Mini’s ultrathin and sleek design is far more intimate and convenient
than its larger iPad counterpart, some reviewers argue its lower resolution and weaker A5 processor
make the hefty $329 price tag less than ideal. Economy: B Final Grade: B

7 thoughts on “Hidden Costs Series: iPad Mini

  1. You forgot the wifi radiation EMR

  2. What about the hidden costs involved in producing an IPad? For instance:
    * An e-reader’s manufacture emits approx 30kg of CO2
    * An e-reader generates approx 150kg of CO2 during its lifetime.
    * An e-reader needs 300L of water to produce batteries and circuit boards.
    * The carbon footprint of all tablets sold this decade would be approx 24.8bn kg of CO2 – the equivalent carbon footprint of Tunisia or Angola."
    from columbitetantalite com/will-ipads-kindle-a-massive-carbon-footprint/

  3. Not including all the toxic minerals and metals that go into producing them. A tablet is in no way more eco friendly than a book. Someone needs to do their homework better.

  4. These dudes are Apple lovers, lol!

  5. The hidden cost is feeding that disgusting country called China by getting these made in sweat shops which have safety nets to stop "employees" from commiting suidice, giving extreme financial power to a comunist country which is the main souce of pollution in the planet.

  6. as others have said, I don't the analysis of teh enviornmental impact is thourough enough. there's no anaylsis of what the enviormental impact of manufacturing them or disposing them (which is a big problem with other electronics)

  7. Their kids are sooo good sub them! 🙂

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