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

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    why should I buy/not buy an Ipad2?

    Here is my quandry....I see so many people now using these Ipads I am wondering if maybe I should buy one? I did finally buy a Kindle last year....not the most expensive one, not the least either, the one in the middle....and to be honest I do not use it....I did not want to "buy" books to read, thought I could use as a library, but most of the authors I like to read do not subscribe to the "free" section...so I still use my brick and mortar library a lot. So I am wondering if an ipad in my hands would end up in a drawer too. I do not do any bill paying on line now, merely use it for this board and several others.....do some looking/maybe shop on line (very seldom)and just use the web for info and oh, yes, recipes for something new when I cook...sometimes good, sometimes waste of time.......So would it be worth my while to invest or just skip it and live my life as I have been - a ludite.....and save those bucks I would spend on it and apply to something quilty!!!!!

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    I use my IPad more than my regular computer. I use it for Google, Quiltingboard and other sites. I have downloaded apps for games and Missouri Star Quilt co. It has a nice little pop up keyboard for most of my message needs. Some people use them to bring up coupons for shopping and the clerk scans the Ipad. You still need to link up with your regular computer if you want to print something out. I have my email on it and you can get an app for texting as well. I use the camera for taking photos but I haven't been able to upload to QB yet. I can take a picture of what is on my screen to save the information for later. You can use it as an alarm clock. You can view books or magazines. You can do lots of other things too but I am just learning as I go.

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    Did you try downloading books from your public library? Not sure what you meant about subscribing to the free section. Is that through your library? Or Kindle?

    Re: the iPad, all those functions I have on my iPhone, but smaller which works for me. But I am intrigued by the iPad too just because...

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    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.

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    I have an android tablet, got it on sale cor $139.99.
    im returninv it tomorrow coz it skips typing and gettinv a new one.
    I love it.
    we donot have a comp in the house, so for now this is it for us. It does all i need and the price was riht.

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    I have the new 32GB iPad, and I love it...even though I am just learning how to use it. She has joined my other three computers and my Nook and Kindle. I can download books from the Public Library to my Kindle...all you need is your library card number and you should be able to get what you want (I DO think there are some restrictions in titles...).
    I use my iPad for all the things I use my regular computers for, at least the ones I can do now...obviously I need some more instruction! And that too, is coming up as soon as I find a ten-year old with some spare time...
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    I also do not have a computer, only my iPad. I love it and I do just fine with just the iPad. I use it for everything!

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    There are lots of free books available for the Kindle. There are many websites to find free books, one I recently discovered is called BookBub. You subscribe to it, it's free, and it will send you email notifications when there are free books available in the genres you are interested in. I can also check out library books through my library onto my Kindle. Another alternative is to search Amazon for Kindle books and have it sort by price. It will list all the free ones.

    My husband has an iPad, but after playing with it for a few months I've decided I much prefer my laptop. It simply has more functionality than the iPad. Sure, I can surf the internet and cruise Facebook, Quilting Board, and other similar forums on the iPad, but I find typing on it a little difficult (why is there no backspace button???) and there are lots of websites that use Flash, which is not compatible with the iPad. So then I have to go to another app to use those websites, and it just becomes a pain. I also like to sit with my DH in the evenings and play with Electric Quilt and work on various projects for work, which I can't do with an iPad. So after much consideration, I decided that for my needs, a mid-level laptop (priced about the same as my husband's iPad) would be a better choice for me.

    Having said that, I think an iPad would be perfect for my mother-in-law. She uses a computer to check her email, do online banking and bill pay, surf the internet, and play games. She doesn't utilize any software, so an iPad would be ideal.
    Last edited by Peckish; 10-05-2012 at 07:26 PM.

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    iPad works as a hand held, interactive tool which is great to implement into the classroom. The Apple sites suggested that this product, inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool on a device that students really want to use.Its a powerful built-in application from the App Store let students engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant and access an entire library wherever they go. And now with the introduction of Multi-Touch textbooks, iPad takes learning to a whole new level”

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    I was given an Ipad for my birthday just recently and I just LOVE IT. I still of course us my main computer but for me it is is portablility that I like. I take it to work and it gives me something to "play" with in my lunch break. If I am trying to choose fabric I just photograph what I want to match and take it along with me and it is there right in front of me. I do not have to use my camera (which has a much smaller screen) and the colours are true to life.

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