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iPad Mania

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Welcome iPad 2. Although the 3G models aren’t in stores yet, the rest should be by 5:00 this afternoon. We can finally quit reading reviews and watching UTube videos and get our hands on the real thing.

It's hard not to be tempted. There is information overload about the Zoom, iPad 2 and others. My friends and family have iPhones and love them, so I became convinced I need an iPad.

Steve Jobs didn't help when he apparently rose from his sick bed and so convincingly introduced their new product. Like supposedly millions of others, I was hooked.

Here is what I learned.

The front and back camera would be cool. Tech writers point out how much faster the iPad 2 is for game graphics.  Even though I don’t play games, fast is fast.

Now that AT&T has a $15 a month plan that can be started and stopped without a contract, the 3G model becomes very attractive for travel. All have built in WiFi which works for home use.

It seems there can never be enough memory. I would think the 32 Gigabyte model would be enough to handle my music, books, movies and pictures.

Finally, though, it's all about money. To get what I wanted, a new iPad 2 would cost $729.00. With the fancy must-have cover and sales tax it would be around $820.

It was this price tag that made me decide I do not need the latest and greatest. However, since I had the thought of getting one in my mind, what else to do but turn to Craig's List. Kansas City had at least 15 of the original iPads listed and that was just one day. People were selling in order to buy the new model, is my guess. Wouldn't you know, I found what I wanted, a 32 gig, 3G original iPad with cover. In the end, for about $400 less than a new iPad 2, I bought the original model.

Here is my assessment. My lightly used (seller's words) does look and work like new. So well, that I can hardly leave it alone. It was probably not something I really needed, but I know I’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it. At least that’s how I am justifying the purchase.

How about it, if you have one, are you keeping or buying a Two? If you don't have a tablet, are you tempted?

Comments

Linda Hanney 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes, Agnostick, those are useful features that I forgot to mention. The ability to plug in to a television and project what is on the iPad screen also tempted me.

Joe Blackford II 3 years, 9 months ago

I have found there are only so many hours in the day to waste (24, I thought, until my iMac just jumped into DST). My MacBook Pro sits idle atop a free Canon PIXMA MP210, awaiting replacement by a 250 WallyWorld let me have for less than 2 new cartridges.

I have an original black MacTV w/remote, LNIB, in the basement I will trade for an iPad, 1 or 2, das macht, das nicht.

Linda Hanney 3 years, 9 months ago

I buy knock off printer ink but it still seems too much. Manufacturers have it backwards. Ink should not cost more than a new printer.

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