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IPAD 2 - Considering getting one?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by onoski, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I have been watching and reading reviews on and about the ipad 2 as am considering getting one mainly for watching cbt videos and reading e-books.

    So my question is would I be better off getting the first ipad or jump the gun and get the ipad 2?.

    I have considered the archos 10.1 but reviews are not as spot on when compared to ipad or ipad 2.

    I do understand the ipad 2 is lighter in weight and also is faster in terms of running apps as compared to the first ipad etc.

    Any useful information from users of the device either first one or current ipad 2 would be appreciated taking into account my reasons for wanting to get one. Thanks in advance:)
     
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  2. Fergal1982

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    If it's a choice of getting an iPad afresh (ie not upgrading), then I would go for the 2 over the original. However, I have an iPad, and there is nothing that the 2 offers me that is a dealmaker for me.

    I went and bought a 3G version, but to be honest I might as well have not bothered. I don't use it, and the one time I tried (on the train), the signal was terrible. So decide in advance whether you will use it.

    I also have an issue with the aspect ratio, it's utter pish for watching films. I've fired on a few digital copies from films that supply it (such as Inception), and it ends up being like watching it through a letterbox.
     
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  3. Theprof

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    I was considering the Motorola Xoom... as a tablet of choice to be honest... But if I were to pick iPad or iPad 2 I would probably go with the second one.
     
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  4. GSteer

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    What Fergal said.

    Although if you're money saving then there are a flood of people selling the vanilla version at the moment so some good deals.
     
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  5. Sparky
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    Get one! :biggrin
     
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  6. onoski

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    Thanks all for the feedback as the ipad 2 is looking like the favourite so far:)
     
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    I don't know, there are already rumours that the ipad 3 is going to be release at the end of the year.

    -Ken
     
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  8. Theprof

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    These guys are pumping iPad's left and right! :p
     
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    As has been mentioned, you can probably get a good deal on a used iPad 1 at the moment, but you will get a little bit better speed out of the new model. I use my iPad every day for reading and watching videos. Works great!
     
  10. onoski

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    Thanks BosonJosh, as this is the type of information I was looking for especially as you've been using the device for the intended purpose as I have in mind.

    It looks like I'd be going for the ipad 2 the low end range as price wise it's on par in regards to my budget.
     
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    I was looking at this also.

    ipad 1 goes for around £329 - for an extra £70 you can get the ipad 2 - however, depends what you're after though.

    I was going to get one just for use at home, as my main computer is my works laptop, it'd mean i don't have to lug it around with me to and from work every day. I'd only use it for basic web browsing etc, and perhaps angry birds :D
     
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  12. Fergal1982

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    Thats standard for Apple. They have annual release cycles for their devices (or certainly the iOS devices anyway). I wouldn't say that's any reason to hold off on getting one.
     
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  13. cisco lab rat

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    Can I ask a really dumb a**ed question. I have been eyeing up the ipad (1 and 2) for a bit, spend at least half an hour in the apple store in my local shopping center pawing the things but I can't justify the expense of buying one over a decent specced laptop. Can anyone give me at least 3 good reasons to buy one.
     
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  14. onoski

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    The ipad is way cheaper than a high speccced laptop which would range from £300 to £1, 200
    The ipad is lighter and can be easily carried around.
    It can also be used in a train or bus even when standing, don't think you'd be able to do this with a laptop:)

    Cheerio and all the best as it really boils down to the intended purpose of what it would be used for:).
     
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    It is cheaper than a high-end laptop, but for the price of an iPad, I can get a 'high-enough' specced laptop that can do considerably more than an iPad, has good specs and can even play a number of recent 3D games with settings that don't make them look all that bad.
    The iPad is light, but the number of people that wrap them up in various 'skins' to protect the screen nullify this somewhat. A laptop closes up due to the screenlid and therefore there is no added weight unlike with the iPad needing a protective cover, so as far as making it easier to carry around say in a bag, becomes a moot point.
    I don't really have any problem using a laptop on my 'lap' in a train. They have trackpads for mouse use, and my arms don't get tired from keeping the device up at eye level all the time, but I admit a laptop won't be as easy to use when standing up in a train versus the iPad.

    However, an iPad is fine when in truly awkward positions, such as lying down on a bed. A laptop in those conditions becomes very difficult to use.

    If you're looking for fast, effortless startup for a device that has very good standby battery time, ease-of-use for things such as reading documents on a crowded metro and an otherwise easily concealable, shareable and 'fun' device to use, then an iPad makes sense.
     
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  16. cisco lab rat

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    For around the same sort of price of an IPAD I got myself an acer timelinex

    True, a little lighter, but then again I am quite a strapping big chap, a couple of pounds one way or another is not going to make much difference to me and I have never had the urge to even board a bus let alone pull out an expensive piece of kit out on a bus on the occasions that I have had to use a train (not tube) I have never had a problem with taking out the laptop.

    True, having had another look it really boils down to the apps, it's all about the features which can be gained from the device rather than the device itself.

    Cheers
     
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    You might want to get your facts right, HTC and Samsung launched over 30 smartphones last year alone!
    Thats almost 1 every two weeks... One has to wonder why Android is such a failure.

    Dont even think outside the iPad world, there is only one true tablet and that is the iPad.
    Get hold of the other ones and compare, not so much of hardware, but the magic is in the software and the flow of how you do things.

    The Xoom has already met its Doom! :twisted:
     
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    Androids failure or perceived failure is exactly that, releasing 30 new handsets a year, every network pumping out new phones every few weeks, its ridiculous
    spend some R&D making a rock solid phone that you can grow on, Android as a platform is plagued by compatibility issues because of all the changes in hardware, its pathetic, but the Android OS itself is sound, and on any given hardware platform it works fine, its interoperability issues are what plagues it
    HTC, Samsung, Motorola Et Al need to pour some effort into a single solid handset that can go a year or two without feeling crappy and aged
     
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  20. onoski

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    Getting the Ipad 2 for my birthday as gift from wife:) baby is on the way so might have to get my spending habit in check. I have looked at all the android tablets but the Ipad stands out in terms of operating system, durability and apps.

    I have an android phone and love it, samsung galaxy s2 so am not an apple fan:)

    I need the ipad for reading ebooks and watching cbt videos whilst on the train to and from work which adds up to about nearly four hours a day. Time is of the essense, please guys and gals recommend some must have apps, not games just good everyday quality apps an IT nerd would need on their ipad:)
     
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