1. mtnmedic's Avatar
    Despite its commonly perceived shortcomings, I'm still very, very happy with my iPad. For some odd reason, I'm not (yet?) as excited about the upcoming iPad 2. Maybe it's because I'm just taking a "let's wait and see" attitude toward it. So you can bet I'll be watching tomorrow's Apple event with great curiosity.

    In testimony to my happiness with the iPad, I'll say that it came in VERY handy during the last two winter storms that caused extended power outages.

    I live in the high foothills (around 4000' elevation) of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California. In late November and again just this past week, we got walloped with snowstorms that left upwards of 3 to 4 feet of snow with temps down into the teens. With that came power outages that lasted 4-5 days at a time.

    No biggie. Fire up the wood stove. Bring in the 115 amp-hour deep cycle marine battery portable power pack with charging ports. Boil some hot water on the wood stove for the cocoa (and cook meals). Turn on the battery- powered lanterns. Then fire up the iPad on 3G (I live in a fringe area where AT&T and Sprint towers are located about 6 miles across the canyon).

    Then...watch episodes of Futurama and a couple of movies on Netflix, surf the web, do email, listen to and watch my basketball team's games, watch some internet TV, check weather and power outage status, download and read National Geographic and other magazines using Zinio, play Angry Birds and do crossword puzzles, listen to the local radio station broadcasting via the web, read an ebook, do a little art, write in my journal plus work on my poetry and even make some phone calls. All on 3G (I have one of the grandfathered unlimited accounts...SO totally worth it!). Sure, there were times when the signal would drop to Edge, but while that was too slow for surfing, etc. it was fine for emails and streaming radio. Just so many different things to do when you're sitting in the lantern-lit dark by the fire when you're not shoveling snow.

    The big thing is that I was able to keep in touch with my family and friends with the iPad at a time when the power takes out my phone service and my cell phone is barely getting any signal at all (have to stand out on the deck in one spot for that). That impresses me the most. Especially since I live alone, have no close neighbors and-with the amount of snow-being stuck at home for days on end before a plow comes around (in fact, nobody on my road could get in or out).

    So, besides being an entertainment device, my iPad has allowed me to be productive, occupied and in touch when I'm socked in. Trust me, the lack of a camera, Flash, retina display, etc. hasn't even entered my mind. I'm just thankful for such a device that performs so well for so many things. And for the battery life...it's tremendous. There is just no way I would've been able to do all of this stuff with my laptop, particularly with regard to portability, ease of holding and battery power (I can NOT stand toting around an AC adapter and charger plus trying to find an AC socket to which I'll be chained to every 2-3 hours! BOO!).

    So here's to my iPad, which I've had almost a full year. Will I replace it with an iPad 2? Possibly not. Why? The primary reason is battery power. While the new iPad is most likely to be lighter and thinner with more features (possibly a more powerful processor and more memory, along with camera or two, etc.), the chance of it having the same battery power-let alone have more- seems to be getting a bit less likely. That's a deal-breaker for me. The three most important things to me in a portable computing device are: 1) form factor (thus portability), 2) sheer functionality with consistent performance and 3) long battery life. I'm sure the iPad2 will address the first two points but the third may be somewhat of an issue. Hopefully, I'm wrong. That'd be an amazing feat to overcome. We'll see.

    But, for now, I'm happy as a clam with my iPad.
    03-02-2011 12:38 AM
  2. jonmark's Avatar
    I feel ya there! I actually JUST got my iPad about a week ago, and I'm loving it. Sure, the iPad 2 is coming out and I could have just saved my money, but I got a really good deal on this one in mint condition that I just couldn't pass up. And I'm sure the iPad 2 will offer some great features, better form factor and cameras. I think the REAL upgrade for it will be the cameras, although I know there'll prob be some major upgrades under the hood. But for me, the iPad is pretty fast - I don't think I'll lose any sleep if I can't load my twitter feed 3 seconds faster. As far as the cameras go - I personally don't need a camera on every device I have. I already have the camera on my MacBook, and of course my iPhone 4 ... I don't use FaceTime or Skype (skype maybe once every few months, not enough to justify upgrading solely for a camera) ... But I am personally very satisfied with the performance of my iPad, and what all I can do with it. I honestly think the only thing I would want improved is to have retina display. Everything else is perfectly fine with me .. I don't see myself upgrading any time soon.
    03-02-2011 02:25 AM
  3. FutureTVStar's Avatar
    I'm stll lovin' my 1G iPad too, I just got mine on Christmas and it has served me well. I don't video chat so I really don't care much for the new 2 cameras. The new model may be faster but the one I have works just fine for me (mainly used for Web browsing, to keep track of tasks, e-reading & the occasional game).
    03-02-2011 02:53 PM
  4. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    iPad 2 is a nice upgrade, however if you are happy with your current gen I don't know that you will be truly missing out on much. I too could live without the speed bump, cameras, gyro and hdmi support. But man that white one looks so nice!!!
    03-02-2011 04:20 PM
  5. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    You and I think alike. The white is also what drew me.
    03-02-2011 04:52 PM
  6. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I loved the iPad 2 event now I'm just waiting to pre-order mine. The white one was cool it was definately unexpected even though it was leaked but black for me. The thing I find interesting is everyone thinks now that the new one is coming people seem to think the first one is gonna start to sell for pennies. Ughhh now I have to wait for a month when people understand the 1st gen wont be selling for $200. I'm in Canada just for reference if the pricing looks a little weird.
    03-02-2011 05:35 PM
  7. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    I wish they would open up pre-orders but word has it that they arent.
    03-02-2011 06:19 PM
  8. iPadJay's Avatar
    I like the new upgrades but I'm not quite convinced that I should upgrade
    03-04-2011 10:07 AM
  9. mackattack00's Avatar
    I don't see myself upgrading. I don't care about the 2 cameras. I have my iPhone 4 and have facetimed only once since june. And whos going to shoot a video with an iPad?
    03-04-2011 09:31 PM
  10. farseer's Avatar
    me too....
    03-04-2011 10:26 PM
  11. courier's Avatar
    Cant wait to get my hands on the 2 , I hope my website builder can work on the flash programs by then
    03-05-2011 02:06 AM
  12. MooPenguin32's Avatar
    I don't care about the cameras, but I love everything else. The added horsepower will definitely be nice. I've noticed the iPad to be a bit sluggish at times.
    03-05-2011 02:59 PM
  13. zdkaram#IM's Avatar
    hmmmmm, White iPad.....Once you go white, brace yourself for a long night...
    03-06-2011 10:35 AM
  14. miabs1's Avatar
    I may have to get the iPad 2 just for the simple reason that my wife is trying to take my current iPad....sheesh!
    03-07-2011 03:19 PM
  15. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    I got a sweet deal on an iPad over the weekend. 32GB wifi with black apple case and all original materials for $300. Got it for my wife and I'm picking up the new one on Friday.
    03-07-2011 03:44 PM
  16. aimon's Avatar
    I just got my iPad yesterday. I never could really justify buying one, but this one is a 32GB, brand new and I got a great deal. Last year I kept score at my son's ball games on my iPhone. I can't wait till this season starts so I can keep score on my iPad and not have to wear glasses!
    03-10-2011 02:18 PM
  17. BrindawithanI's Avatar
    I just got my iPad yesterday. I never could really justify buying one, but this one is a 32GB, brand new and I got a great deal. Last year I kept score at my son's ball games on my iPhone. I can't wait till this season starts so I can keep score on my iPad and not have to wear glasses!
    Got mine Saturday and I feel you on the glasses! How tiny does your iPhone feel now?! LOL!
    03-10-2011 04:17 PM
  18. rumsoft's Avatar
    ... do crossword puzzles ...
    If you like crossword puzzles on your iPad then you should check out CRUX Crosswords for iPad, if you haven't already. Send us an email or PM for a promo code!
    05-07-2011 08:09 PM
  19. Acint1924's Avatar
    I am so love with my iPad 2! Just recently sent it back in to exchange it for the 3G model and I am going crazy without it. I ended up writing an article on my blog about how big of a role it now plays in my daily "internet life"

    themacfanatic
    05-07-2011 09:10 PM
  20. mtnmedic's Avatar
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    Will send a PM shortly!
    05-08-2011 12:17 PM
  21. ongre10's Avatar
    My black 64gb WiFi iPad2 came three days ago. By the end of day one I had 37 gb of music (5258 songs.) 40 wallpaper pictures, and 3 videos on board. Yesterday I attended a meeting, took notes and tethered the iPad with a thunderbolt phone to the interweb thingy and brought up a page that explained some details to the group. (Election precinct map pdf's actually. Ha! Now I can deduct it from my taxes next year!!!) Purchased iSwifter and can see the NWS weather radar, a flash webpage, on the iPad. It actually works.
    By the end of the week I should have 3, count em'! three different cases.
    My buying this thing developed from my workplace using blocking software for any but "work related" web sites. To many cubicle dwellers were spending to much time on Twitter and Facebook. I use the internet during Lunch to keep up with news and emails so now tethered to the TBolt I will be able to keep up, not that there is much good news about.
    About the only questions I have are, which office suite is the best for me, is a stylus necessary and will it work well?
    To answer your original question, yes the iPad is a toy or tool for the better off among us, a laptop is a much better "value" for the dollar but the tablet form is the future undoubtedly and Apple owns it for the next several years anyway. Two or three generations of devices from now, watch out, every kid will have one!
    Last edited by jonthebru; 05-08-2011 at 03:55 PM.
    05-08-2011 03:44 PM
  22. Rocktapus's Avatar
    I used to want a MacBook but after taking my iPad on a plane trip...I'm SOLD on only using tablets as my portable computer. I love how it doesn't take as much space or weight as a laptop AND you don't need to lug around the ac adaptor. I still intend to get an iMac for home computing purposes...but with everything going to the cloud in the future, there's no reason for me to own a laptop anymore.

    ALSO for the stylus question. it's not necessary. I use one because I am an artist, and would rather have a pen than finger paints. but I find myself using it for just about everything else except typing. just make sure you do your research and read reviews first.
    05-08-2011 08:15 PM
  23. Cozmik's Avatar
    @jonthebru, how did you tether to your Android? I've got a BlackBerry and would love to be able to tether it to my iPad 2 until such a time as I move to an iPhone 4 or 5.

    As for the iPad/ iPad 2, I'm very happy with mine. Waited 7 months for the PlayBook and replaced it with an iPad 2 after a week. The PlayBook was nice but I find the iPad is just far more user friendly at this stage of the game. Other than the odd time I really don't seem to need Flash all that much. All in all the iPad 2 has been a very good purchase for me and my fam.
    05-10-2011 10:13 PM
  24. millerke#IM's Avatar
    I love my iPad 2. It is my first one and I love it! I have a Blackberry 9700 and the Playbook just didnt interest me.

    Don't underestimate the effect of a thrown ipad. Yesterday I ran my hand into the corner of it and I have a huge bruise. So yeah these things can hurt!
    05-10-2011 10:25 PM
  25. takeshi's Avatar
    @jonthebru, how did you tether to your Android? I've got a BlackBerry and would love to be able to tether it to my iPad 2 until such a time as I move to an iPhone 4 or 5.
    Won't help to know how tethering works for an Android device if you're trying to tether to a Blackberry. Try a Blackberry forum.

    From the iPad's perspective it's just another WiFi access point.

    a laptop is a much better "value" for the dollar
    Not my laptop. I could have a fleet of iPads for the cost of my laptop.
    Last edited by briareus; 05-10-2011 at 11:00 PM.
    05-10-2011 10:58 PM
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