iPad 2: The 1971 Version

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

In case you hadn't heard, the iPad 2 comes out very, very soon. Geeks are already lining up.

We hate to pour cold water on such a momentous event, but frankly, what's the big deal about an iPad 2? As these five examples from a 1971 Sears catalog show, it's all been done before.

5. Watch movies!! You can watch awesomely detailed movies on your iPad? Stop bragging: Entertainment doesn't get much more hi-def than this thing. (Caution: Don't use on a bumpy road.)

4. TALKING View-Master technology: Unavailable on the iPad This baby probably has THX sound, and it was 3-D decades before Avatar.

3. Who needs mp3s? Not only does this offer 33 rpm AND 45 rpm AND AM radio, it includes "separate tone and volume controls." It takes four D batteries, which alone probably weigh as much as 80 iPads.

2. More storage than your iTunes can dream of "You can really stack up the records on the full-size changer," the ad says. And believe us, there is no better way to preserve vinyl than by plopping records onto one another. We're also curious about exactly which "10 popular 45-rpm records" you would get for your extra dollar. All timeless hits, we're sure.

1. Recording technology Sure, you can record stuff on your iPad, but check out this sleek, modern portable wonder. (Note: That huge silver thing is a "knob.") And all for the unbelievably low price of $25, which in today's dollars is about $135!

Follow Houston Press on Facebook and on Twitter @HairBallsNews or @HoustonPress

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.