Now I may reconsider.
That's a lot of money to pay just to get EDGE.
Seems like the WiFi model's the way to go.
Seriously, you'd think they'd have a special deal for current iPhone 3G subscribers to where we'd get the feed for free, but I guess that makes too much sense.
Anyway, it's still tempting only because I wouldn't be totally dependent on WiFi, but I'm thinking the price is probably too high.
I'd rather use that money towards getting a Wifi only model that has more memory.
After all, the difference between the 16GB 3G and the 64GB WiFi is only 70 bucks.
Anybody buy one?
Friend bought one and hates it. I don't have much more information than that, He says it's too big to be handy, to small to be useful or something along those lines.
Originally Posted by Los Angeles
I have a 32GB and I enjoy it.
I don't have a measurement of how much computer time it is replacing. I'll use it to surf the web when I don't feel like being "locked in" to my desktop, or just when I feel like holding the web in my hands like a magazine instead of staring up at a monitor.
I'll watch Netflix on it, read digital books, read Marvel comics, check the news via an app the pulls in stories from a multitude of sources, watch news video clips from a different app, I use it for note taking at work via the $10 word processor available for it (which is basic and will not replace Word or WordPerfect any time soon, but gets the job done for my simpler needs), obviously check email. I have some games I play on it. Sometimes if I'm staying put for a while I'll listen to podcasts on it. I'll watch video podcasts on it. Browse youtube.
I have the drop box app so I can read documents I put in my desktop's drop box folder when I'm away from home and have internet access (which can be obviously wifi, but I also can tether it to my phone).
That's most of it. I'll mess around with other stuff too depending on what I see in the app store.
I just often prefer it versus being glued to my desktop (you can "curl up with it" wherever you feel like sitting or laying down), and I like being able to pick it up and take it with me.
I think its usefulness depends on personal preference and need. It works pretty well for me.
Thanks for the feedback! My laptop is ancient and thought about getting one to replace it for around the apartment - as 95% of what I'm doing when not at school (which is over now anyway) sounds like what you use yours for.
I'm cool with having my MacBook lying around. I played with an iPad at an Apple Store and felt very unfulfilled. (TWSS)
Hicks, do you think it would be useful as a device to show high quality pictures on? Does it have any sort of iPhoto app?
Cool Cool. That is basically how I would see me using it, to show photographs easier to more people. I will hold out for the next generation of them though, they can only get better.
By the way, the battery is great on this thing. When they said you could watch 10 hours of video, they weren't kidding. I haven't literally done it, but I believe I could if I wanted to.
And when you turn the screen off for when you're not using it, it takes a long damn time to drop even a single percent in battery life.
I think like the next iPhone they should add a front facing camera for the next one of these. It's the most obvious thing missing on a device that can do a lot of things.
I think it would be great to have Skype video or iChat video conferencing on these things.
Also, the ABC app is very slick, but I just don't watch their shows 99% of the time. But great video quality and fast loading. At least on a wireless n connection.
Good to know
I've never had an iPhone or iPod Touch, but I just opened up a new iPad for Christmas.
So my question for you more experienced users is, which are the absolute need-to-have apps? So far I'm having a lot of fun playing with this thing. It seems like it's been forever since I had a new toy to play with on Christmas.
The Twitter, Netflix, and Friendly apps are a must, I agree. Angry Birds is great. A lot of cool cookbook apps if you like that sort of thing.
I love downloading video podcasts from the iTunes Store and watching them on it. Look up 'TED Talks' for some really captivating lectures and presentations.
I would also suggest you download a browser app. I don't like Safari because it doesn't have tabbed browsing. Just search the App Store for 'browser' and there are a few choices, all of them decent.
Gizmodo came out with a guide yesterday for new iPad owners. It's pretty nifty.
Many thanks Duke and red foster. This thing is awesome. I would never say that it has made my laptop obsolete, but as a supplementary type of thing it is amazing. Highly recommend it. I have the 64 GB with wi-fi and 3G, but since I have a Droid X with unlimited data plan I can just use it as a mobile hot spot and don't have to mess with paying an additional AT&T fee, or deal with their ****ty network.
Whenever I get asked about my iPad, I always tell them you don't need it, but you'll enjoy it. It doesn't replace what you have, but it's a great lap companion, so to speak. Mine is Wifi only, but I would imagine it'd be more useful/versatile with 3G/Edge.
For me, I have found that I have been using my laptop and desktop less outside of work and using my iPad instead.