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Thread: why should I buy/not buy an Ipad2?

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    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
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    Peckish ... there is a backspace button, upper right corner next to the P is a button with a white X in a black arrow that points left.

    I love my Ipad for a lot of things, but do not use it for everything. If I have a lot of typing - more than a "message" - I prefer a good old fashioned keyboard.

    Things I like ...

    While in front of TV if I want to look something up immediately ... I can. This is my favorite use for it.

    I like games (currently addicted to domino's, but I also play scrabble, boggle, and various others) and it's great for sitting in the family room with hubby while watching (or listening to) TV.

    I travel sometimes and I love bringing my Ipad when I travel. One bonus is that you can get an app to pick up your local radio station ... my husband is currently listening to WLS radio out of chicago while he sits in London (I don't get this as I would prefer to have BBC any day of the week!). They are great companions on airplanes!

    You can bring it into any room to display a recipe, quilt pattern, show hubby a quick photo or website ... whatever. I LOVE the portability of it. I even use it on the beach when I'm in Jamaica.

    Longer battery life than most laptops on the market.

    Unlike laptops it doesn't get hot.

    Much smaller, lighter and easier to carry than a laptop.

    The charger is tiny - no big clunky charger to carry around. The thing is a 2" cube and the prongs for the wall socket fold into the cube. You can charge it either on a wall socket (with the cube) or take the cable out of the cube and plug it into your PC and charge through your USB.

    Things I don't like or don't use ....

    Typing, as mentioned I will us it for messages, but not a lot of typing. Not only is the keyboard frustrating to use both in size and style (flat vs tactile keys), but modifying is a pain in the butt. You can back space, but if the error was WAY back there it takes a while. There is a "tap" to select then cut and past but it's kind of slow and not easy to select exactly what you want if the font is small.

    One of my favorite app's is Google Earth ... it does work on the Ipad but it's slow (even when right next to the router), and doesn't have the full functionality of regular Google Earth. So some app's that you are familiar with on a PC are pared down.

    Some websites will not function on an Ipad (it's becoming less frequent thankfully). If it requires a flash driver - forget it.

    Sound quality is passable ... not great. The sound quality on the original Ipad (mine) is better than the IPad 2 (husbands).

    I have used mine to read books, but like the Kindle - the free books are pretty limited.
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    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Peckish ... there is a backspace button, upper right corner next to the P is a button with a white X in a black arrow that points left.
    I realized after I typed that that I wasn't clear, I meant a back arrow button.

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    I would get an ipad if I were still working. As I am retired, it is on my list of things to get. The prices should go down soon enough for me to purchase one.

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    I resisted the iPhone/iPad thingie as my job forced us to use technology without training us!! What a disaster. But moving across country cured me! I learned the iPhone email system and how to take a picture on the phone and email it immediately to folks who wanted to know our progress. Then came the iPad with a much larger screen, but it was annoying to type on the screen, so we bought a "cover" by Logitech which is actually a typing pad. We gave our son our laptop. We just don't use it anymore. The iPad goes with us on car trips and a map app makes it so easy to see where we're going. Like a portable GPS. I do all the things on it Tartan does. There is a drawback in that it doesn't do FLASH apps, but I rarely go sit at the computer anymore. And I can sit in my recliner and have it print things in the other room. Amazing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RainydayQuilter View Post
    I have one and love it. My school district has provided me with five for my classroom, and they are used daily. From talking with other adults who have bought one - you either love them and use them constantly or hate them and they gather dust. I have 1 of the new 3rd generations and the others are all iPad 2s. Honestly to me the differences are not noticible enough to justify spending the money on the newest version over the iPad 2.
    Te only real difference I see with my i-pad 2 is that it has the camera... I use mine all the time for numerous uses...I even use it more than my lap top!!!!

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    I get all kinds of free Kindle books through Pixel of Ink and Inspired Reads which both come to me as a daily email. I also check books out from my local library to my Kindle, which is also free.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I have a Kindle and I use it only for reading. I have an Ipad and I LOVE it. I use it multiple times during the day. I can take it anywhere with me. I especially enjoy listening to broadcast of radio shows that I may have missed. I especially like "One Place" for listening to wonderful Biblical teachings.

    I am able to actually SEE my dear friend who lives across the country from me via "Face Time". That alone is worth the cost of the Ipad.

    I bet if you get one you won't be sorry.
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    I had purchased a Samsung Tablet, and tried to use it for about 9 months, and found it to be very frustrating.I shipped it back to the company,and headed directly to the store to purchase an IPAD (knowing that Samsung was sending me a new tablet to replace the defective one).I love it, but am still learning its advantages and drawbacks. I was very glad my salesperson took the time to tell me not to buy the IPAD 3 versa IPAD 2 for what I would use it for. Also he strongly advised buying the case which includes a keyboard. This case is by TARGUS , and has a keyboard which can be be turned on or off as needed to extend the battery life of the IPAD.I love the options opened to me by having an Apple product, and only use my desktop when I need to print something ( With the newer printer with AIR-PRINT features, I would be able to print from my IPAD)

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    Super Member alwayslearning's Avatar
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    Geri, I see a lot of people with walkers and canes, but am not inclined to get one of them. It seems to me that you are asking because you think you SHOULD want all the latest gadgets, but you are really not inclined to use them. It is OK. Spend your money on what really interests you: quilting.
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    Super Member Lyncat's Avatar
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    I agree with all of the others who love their iPads. I also have all my kindle books on my iPad and on my iPod. My kindle mostly stays in the drawer unless I want to take it out in the sun to read, because it has no glare.

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