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The iPad has came out quite recently, and ever since I have been thinking about getting one. I'd heard a lot of good things about it, but then again, I have also heard some bad things, so I'm not so sure what to do now. 

I would like some of your opinions on if you think if it is worth buying, or maybe if I should wait for a newer version to come out.  

Please, actually give me some reasonable answers, not something like "Oh, you shouldn't buy one because it's dumb..." or the sort. If you own an iPad, could you tell me if it has been useful for you and in what way?

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bumper44 (author)2010-06-22

https://thejoojoo.com/ Don't know much about it, but hey its an alternative!

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zascecs (author)bumper442010-06-22

Wow dude, this is ____ing awesome! Thanks so much for showing me this!

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DJ Radio (author)2010-05-20

I would not buy one.  Here's some reasons why:

- It's around the same dimensions as a tablet PC, other Tablet PC's can do stuff the iPad can never do
- No camera like the iPhone
- No multitasking
- Freaking pricy.
- If you plan to use it as an eReader, the weight of it can really hamper your reading experience
- The weight will also hamper your gaming experience
- Doesn't fit in a pocket
- No built-in physical keyboard.

I'd just get a regular iPhone instead.

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zascecs (author)DJ Radio2010-05-20

Good points there, DJ... 

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NachoMahma (author)2010-05-19

.  Nacho's Rules Of Computing - #24: Never buy version 1.0 of anything. You're just a beta tester for version 1.7.

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zascecs (author)NachoMahma2010-05-19

That's what a lot of people say. Just the thing is, when will a better version even come out?

By the way, thanks for answering so quickly.

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NachoMahma (author)zascecs2010-05-19

.  Is there any feature the iPad has that you just have to have (and are willing to pay a considerable premium for)? If so, you are probably what is known as an "early adopter" and Rule #24 doesn't apply - go for it. Otherwise, wait until the bugs are worked out.

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zascecs (author)NachoMahma2010-05-19

Well, partly so. I like the idea of it having a touch screen and being lightweight, but I don't want an iTouch because the screen is just too small. 

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NachoMahma (author)zascecs2010-05-20

.  Sounds to me like you're looking for someone to tell you that it's a good idea. If you want one, get one.

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caitlinsdad (author)NachoMahma2010-05-19

 Nacho's Rules of Computing - #25: Follow or ignore rules #1 - #24.  Your mileage may vary.

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PKM (author)2010-05-20

I saw my first one of these in the flesh the other day.  A guy on the train was watching Family Guy on it.  He was sitting in a train carriage of businessmen doing business-like things on their Thinkpads and netbooks. 

If you have a burning desire for a large-screen PMP, or your business-critical applications (whatever those are) require a large multi-touch screen, maybe you should get one.  Otherwise I think you'd be better served by a netbook or laptop for productivity and watching video on, and/or an iPhone for mobile web access and "things that there are an app for".

tl;dr- solution looking for a problem

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Lithium Rain (author)2010-05-20

I hear typing on it is enough to drive a man to insanity.

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bumpus (author)2010-05-19

Nooo, you can't multi-task!

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gmjhowe (author)bumpus2010-05-20

 You mean multi-task, like say on a netbook?

I wish I had a netbook to multi task on. >:(

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-05-19

 If you have some money burning a hole in your pocket and need to be an early adopter of apple gear, then go for it.   Will this just be a new toy or do you need it to replace a laptop or an itouch that just seems too small?

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zascecs (author)caitlinsdad2010-05-19

Nope, I've got to admit, I never had anything made by apple, and it isn't replacing any other gadgets. I'd like to get one to use more as a "laptop"; no, it can't do all of the things that a laptop can, but I like the fact that it has a touchscreen, and it is lightweight. 

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nickodemus (author)zascecs2010-05-19

I think there are several touchscreen laptops available, just a suggestion.

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