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OK, I know this is going to be blasphemous, but other than having my books on the iPad, I am quite a bit underwhelmed. To start this off right it is a phenomenal peace of technology, however, I do most of my work on the MBP, and a lot of article reading on the iPhone 4 prior to my purchase of the iPad.

I bought the 64 GB WiFi model in white. I got the gray smart cover and the Stealth Armor cover.

I have not owned the 1st version of the iPad, so this is new to me. Again the larger screen to read books and forums is the main reason I bought the iPad. I am beginning to think I could have bought something considerably cheaper for what I need.

So the question is, should I just sell it and get a basic document reader? Or give it a little more time?
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I do A LOT with my MBP...so I have a tough time scaling the tasks down.
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If all you're going to do with it is read, sell it and buy a Kindle or Nook.
I love my iPad, but I use it as an everyday replacement for my MBP.

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That's precisely why I haven't purchased an iPad to date. I'm comfortable with my current paradigm (a laptop for general computing, and a desktop for gaming) and the iPad just doesn't fit in. It's not really powerful enough to do all of the things I use my MacBook Pro for, and it's not small enough to fit in my pocket (like my iPhone is).

I would say that if you are a big proponent of desktops for general purpose computing, but you want something like a notebook/netbook to surf the web on while you're sitting on the couch, then an iPad makes a lot of sense. But if you're already using a notebook for most of your computing tasks, it's kind of redundant - especially the high end models of the iPad, that are within spitting distance of a low-end MacBook/Air price-wise.

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Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. But I go to sites like this and a bunch of Forensic forums to that makes it nice to keep current and up to date.

I'll give it another couple weeks. It seems I'll have no issue with selling if need be.
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Sounds like you need a good used or refurb first gen 16 gb wifi. It'll do what you need for a lot cheaper, but you'll still have an iPad for exploring apps and such. It's usefulness may grow on you over time.

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That's precisely why I haven't purchased an iPad to date. I'm comfortable with my current paradigm (a laptop for general computing, and a desktop for gaming) and the iPad just doesn't fit in. It's not really powerful enough to do all of the things I use my MacBook Pro for, and it's not small enough to fit in my pocket (like my iPhone is).

I would say that if you are a big proponent of desktops for general purpose computing, but you want something like a notebook/netbook to surf the web on while you're sitting on the couch, then an iPad makes a lot of sense. But if you're already using a notebook for most of your computing tasks, it's kind of redundant - especially the high end models of the iPad, that are within spitting distance of a low-end MacBook/Air price-wise.
This is the same case with me. I could use one but I don't need one.

Just today I went to the museum and saw someone use it to take a picture of a quilt. I smiled as I was trying to get past them.

I don't want to buy one and use it like that. >_<"

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I started out exactly this way. I have a MBP for me and my wife has an MBA. She had an iPod touch and I had an iPhone - why would I need an iPad? Anyway my second child was born - so I bought an iPad for my wife figuring she could use it one handed (more or less) while feeding.

Everything that everyone says is true. For general purpose computing the iPad is NOT a replacement. That being said - most tasks for most people on the computer are not general purpose computing tasks - they are media consumption tasks - which the iPad excels. Email, Web Browsing, listening to music, watching movies (other than flash) all work quite well on the iPad - the big screen helps with all of it as well (bigger than an iPhone at any rate)

So why did my wife keep the iPad 1? Why did I order an iPad 2?
-First and foremost as a media consumption device the iPad rocks. The battery life and form factor are great for just about anywhere - vs a laptop really needs some kind of sitting arrangement to use - and Power can become an issue for long travel days.
-Secondly as a viewing station for created media (photos and videos) it is also more convenient than a laptop. With the camera kit - I can view my photos and videos on a larger screen. I also have a contour helmet cam - it is a great way to view these videos without having to carry a full on laptop.
-Thirdly - notetaking. There is a thread where I talk about taking notes on the iPad.
Taking Notes on the iPad
To summarize - it is more pen and paper like - and doesn't feel as impersonal as busting out a laptop and typing away - when I meet with clients.
-Lastly - I can also remotely access many of my machines and work machines though team viewer, citrix, ssh, etc giving me a very nice thin client in the iPad.

As stated before, you can do this on a laptop - but given the choice of carrying my 6.6lb MBP or a 1.3lb iPad - the choice is pretty clear unless I am running CAD software, doing heavy Office work, or heavy Photo/video editing. And if it comes to it - I can remotely log into a real machine in a pinch.

Justifying the cost - well that is a different matter.
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It is a real "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" that should be enough reason to keep it

On a more serious note though, I have 3 computers that I deal with. My 4 year old MacBook, which is doing great as my current HTPC, I have a Linux beast of a laptop that I do all my code and my heavy duty work on, and a third workstation for... Wait, where would the iPad fit in all this?

The iPad is phenomenal and shines when I am running into a meeting where we have to review a lot of documents, I download all the PDF, or office docs to my iPad and Boom! No more shuffling papers in the meeting.

Also, some times I need access to some of my PDFs but lugging around my laptop is just not practical, again, the iPad to the rescue, even if I don't have said document on my iPad all I have to do is cruise to the website or email where that particular document is and bresto!

Another biggie for me is traveling. I travel across country (from San Fran to North Carolina) at least once a quarter, plus some other trips all over the year. It is a great feeling to carry you iPad through the check point and read, your books, watch movies, and listen to music and still have 50% battery when you get to the other end of your trip.

One more thing... All my casual web browsing, and paying bills is done on my iPad 2 now. It simply makes the interwebs more personal.

But to each his own... Give your self some time if money isn't an issue you might end up appreciating more. If not, they are still selling like hotcakes on eBay, heck you mit even make some money off of it.

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It most decidedly is not a computer. You will never load software on it in the traditional sense. If you think of it as a larger iPod Touch, that is more in line with what it is. Shows your videos on a screen large enough to view, allows you to watch TV anywhere, small light package to read your books and magazines on with a screen large enough to actually see, read and respond to your email easily, and, of course shop and surf the web.

That is what this device is all about - small, light, portable, convenience. If you need a computer, use a computer. Just don't plan on carrying it as easily as the iPad. With the possible exception of the MacBook Air but that is twice the size of the iPad and only has 64-128 gig of storage on the 11" model.
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I have to admit... I find my iPad a bit underwhelming also. Don't get me wrong... I do like it for how we use it, and we did replace our MacBook Pro with it (which was overkill for how we used that), so it is working out much better for us. But people who are just all in love with it and call it "magical"... I don't get it. I really don't. It may be because portable computing isn't a great need for me. Maybe I'm just used to iOS since I've had an iPhone since early on. Maybe it's because a surprisingly large number of apps/games I have on my iPhone have yet to make versions with iPad-friendly resolutions, and I strongly dislike having to settle for a 2x magnification. I really don't like using it as an e-reader. I think this may change if/when they go the Retina Display route with it, because right now I don't think the text is sharp enough to be enjoyable as an e-reader.


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This is the same case with me. I could use one but I don't need one.

Just today I went to the museum and saw someone use it to take a picture of a quilt. I smiled as I was trying to get past them.

I don't want to buy one and use it like that. >_<"
I felt the same way but I use mine to help with designing since it seems a lot of design is going digital. but I for sure did not need it. An iPad is not a necessity that is certain.

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Interesting. My text is razor sharp on both my iPad and iPad2. That is one of the main uses I have for it - reading books. You may have a screen protector installed that is getting in the way of clarity.

Of the 360,000 apps available for both iPhone and iPad only 65,000 are aimed at the iPad. Only 65,000. Not bad when you consider that the iPad has just been in existence for one year as of yesterday. Happy birthday iPad!
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Interesting. My text is razor sharp on both my iPad and iPad2. That is one of the main uses I have for it - reading books. You may have a screen protector installed that is getting in the way of clarity.
Razor sharp? Lol! No, there's no screen protector, just a comparison against my wife's iPhone 4, which does have razor-sharp text. The iPad does look good, but not as good as my wife's iPhone 4, nor printed text. Not by a long shot.


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Of the 360,000 apps available for both iPhone and iPad only 65,000 are aimed at the iPad. Only 65,000. Not bad when you consider that the iPad has just been in existence for one year as of yesterday. Happy birthday iPad!
That's all well and fine, but it doesn't change the fact that of what *I* use, many are not iPad friendly right now.


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When I got my iPad (xmas), I found that it almost immediately asserted itself as my "leisure activity computer" and made my laptop an "all-work" computer.

IOW, I do fun things on the iPad. Reading, surfing, email, games, videos (not much music, I have an iPhone for that). I will eventually get a BT keyboard and give "serious writing" on it a go, but so far it's just been a fun machine, which means I don't have to sit at my desk to do "fun" things with my notebook (which 90% of the time just sits on my desk, as my job is very desk-bound).

In short, this separation of duties has been a good thing.
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