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    iPad--worth it?
    hey guys, i was planning on purchasing an ipad probably around christmas. I don't know if it is worth purchasing the 3g version or the normal wifi version, keeping in mind the 300 dollar difference. The main thing I will probably do with it include reading books, taking notes, taking it on the subway and etc.

    Please share your thoughts

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    We have a fair number of good threads on this topic already...have you tried using to the search feature to check them out?

    By the way...are you located in the United States? Because I just checked the US Apple Store website...and I don't see any $300 differences between the WiFi & WiFi + 3g models. I only see about a $130 dollar difference:

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...mco=OTY2ODA0NQ

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    Hello,

    Only you can decide if it's worth it to you. It is worth it to me. I use it for eMail, YouTube, surfing the net, reading, and movies. It is the portability factor that I love, and great battery life. Sometimes, I don't feel like using the MBP. The MBP is an orphan because of the iPad.

    While I have the 64GB 3G version, I don't use 3G often if at all due to AT&T data plan price switch. There is only a $129 difference for 3G according to storage capacity you choose.

    While I use my iPad, I use the iPhone 4 more, waiting for iOS 4.2 for the iPad adding native Printing Support and Multi-Tasking. Once the update comes in November, the iPad should rock!

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    It's worth it
    It's not a computer. But it does things so well in a slim portable package that I find it very useful. I have a 64GB 3G version. On summer vacation at the cottage it's great and the 3G connectivity is better than anything else I've used. My wife uses it all the time, as she really has no day to day need for spread sheet or word processing power. With 3G you can connect to the internet all the time, if that is important. I think it's a hit.

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    I bought one when they came out and ended up selling it. I think I might pick up another one this afternoon. I miss her

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    Worth It!
    I bought the 3G version because I loved my iPod Touch and it aggravated me when I was out of Wifi coverage and couldn't access the internet.

    My iPad and I are practically inseperable, so to me, yes it is absolutely worth it. If you are only going to be an occasional user and/or you live where you have Wifi coverage almost continually it may be a different story.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Well I did indeed buy the iPad. Again. Anyone else end up buying and selling and buying again? Tons more apps out there (obviously). Just missed it too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdfuller View Post
    Well I did indeed buy the iPad. Again. Anyone else end up buying and selling and buying again? Tons more apps out there (obviously). Just missed it too much!
    WOW...congratulations!...I thought maybe you were kidding in your post yesterday!

    I don't remember...why did you sell your first iPad? Also...which iPad did you get this time?

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    Well I always have a hard time making up my mind with Apple products. When I end up buying it twice I know it is a keeper. I also have an iPhone so I just got the 16GB Wi-Fi. I figured with the MBP I didn't really need another MB/MBP/iMac. I am heading out of town again soon and it came down to another iPad or a 13" MB/MBP. Also, the newly released Sonos iPad app was also a huge part of it. It is also nice getting to use the 50 smackers worth of apps I already bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdfuller View Post
    Well I always have a hard time making up my mind with Apple products. When I end up buying it twice I know it is a keeper. I also have an iPhone so I just got the 16GB Wi-Fi. I figured with the MBP I didn't really need another MB/MBP/iMac. I am heading out of town again soon and it came down to another iPad or a 13" MB/MBP. Also, the newly released Sonos iPad app was also a huge part of it. It is also nice getting to use the 50 smackers worth of apps I already bought.
    Yes..you "feel" much better about a purchase it you buy it...return it...and then miss it. Then when you buy it a 2nd time...you know that you're comfortable with it.

    I've had my money saved for an iPad (16gig WiFi model) since May...but I want to see what iPad 2.0 looks like before deciding when & what model to buy (1st or 2nd generation...and whether to get a WiFi or 3G)...I don't have an iPhone...wife has an iPod Touch.

    I don't know if you remember...but I wrote a "sort of review" of the Apple Magic Trackpad a month or so ago shortly after it was introduced. I thought that it was a really neat device...but then I returned it before 14 days were up so I would get all my money back. I just felt that $69 + tax for the amount of use I was getting out of it wasn't worth it. It was simply a dollars & cents thing.

    I've seen them selling for close to $35 bucks now (refurbished)...so I might get another one soon...at a much more favorable price!

    Enjoy that iPad,

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    I've had my money saved for an iPad (16gig WiFi model) since May...but I want to see what iPad 2.0 looks like before deciding when & what model to buy (1st or 2nd generation...and whether to get a WiFi or 3G)...I don't have an iPhone...wife has an iPod Touch.
    That's the same with me. No iPhone, (have no desire for one) but definitely in need of a small light weight device like the iPad. After seeing it used by several friends I'm convinced that it's the future. But like you I'm waiting for the second generation. And I definitely will get 3G even though there are many free WiFi spots around here. My wife and I do a lot of traveling in and out of the Dallas Fort Worth area to some spots in Texas where's there's nothing but the cattle to talk to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    But like you I'm waiting for the second generation. And I definitely will get 3G even though there are many free WiFi spots around here.
    I'm sort of leaning towards the 3G model as well. I like the idea of the month to month AT&T data plan for when either my wife, myself, or both of us go out of town...and use the 3G abilities on the road if necessary. Then use free hot spots otherwise.

    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    My wife and I do a lot of traveling in and out of the Dallas Fort Worth area to some spots in Texas where's there's nothing but the cattle to talk to.
    Well at least the cows/cattle are good for pleasant conversation...as long as you're speaking to the proper end (PHEW)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saban View Post
    If you are crazy about games and music than you can buy ipad wifi version because it too good for internet user,itouch and ipad not more difference but i think ipad is too batter then itouch for gaming and vedio
    I have both an iPhone and an iPad. To me they serve very different purposes. I cannot read my Cisco pdf's on my phone. I cannot type worth a crap on my phone. I cannot browse the web (effectively) on my phone. I cannot watch Sunday Ticket (and actually see what is going on) on my phone. Netflix is too small on my phone. Sorry to beat a dead horse here. My point is I bought into the whole the iPad is a big iPhone/iPod Touch thing and ended up selling my iPad. After being without it for a few months I realized it is not even close to the same. I wasn't arguing with your post. Actually, I could not even understand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdfuller View Post
    My point is I bought into the whole the iPad is a big iPhone/iPod Touch thing and ended up selling my iPad.
    See...size DOES matter!...even if the iPad is a big iPod Touch...but that's ok!

    Quote Originally Posted by mdfuller View Post
    I wasn't arguing with your post. Actually, I could not even understand it.
    Me too!

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    I couldn't decide ... WiFi or 3G
    So i bought WiFi+3G ... Kinda nice to have both.

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