DH has talked about wanting an ipad and also really thinks that I would enjoy one. I've looked at the Apple website and as far as I can tell it's just an oversized iphone that can't make phone calls. Am I correct? Is there any other use for them aside from browsing the internet, watching movies and playing games?
We have one, and I was on the fence about it but I love it
I let DD play games on it, and they have a lot of neat preschool things. Interactive books, memory games, puzzles, etc.
I use it for browsing when I don't have a computer -- so if I need a recipe I can have it in my kitchen and use the Epicurious application.
If you like word games and such, it's great for that
Earlier this week, I heard a tech reporter on the news suggesting that the next generation, probably arriving early next year sometime, will have a bunch of additional features. Features like expandable memory, a camera and webcam for video conferencing. If you aren't entirely convinced that you want/need one right away, then you may want to wait.
Even if you don't want the fancier version, when it arrives the price on new and used (Craigslist) first generation iPads will drop.
We've been debating an iPad for a while now, and I think we will wait a little longer since we've waited this long.
We had one briefly. I didn't like it. I have an iPhone. I have a Macbook Pro. The iPad was just redundant, and couldn't do a lot of the things I like to do when I am browsing the internet(like have multiple tabs open and running and viewable to me at all times). It just wasn't worth the inconvenience for me.
But then again, some people love it. So.... To each their own.
Oh, I guess it would also be cool if you want to download books and read them on a device(like a Kindle or Nook) but I don't like that, either. I like good old-fashioned paper books. So there wasn't any benefit there, either.
I love mine. I have an imac, iphone 4 and the 3g ipad. I personally have no need to make calls, take pictures or video conference on the ipad. It does exactly what I need it to do, it runs the itunes apps I love. The maps app is much better on ipad than iphone, and so is web browsing. For me it's replaced about 90% of what I'd use a laptop for in a much more portable and lighter package. The only thing it can't do for me is run World of Warcraft LOL.
I LURVE my iPad. It's all I have, I don't have an iPhone (rather dislike that phone company) or a Mac (yet).
But I needed a new iPod (mine was a 2001 brick) and wanted an eReader, so for $100 more I got the smallest gig iPad. It's wonderful.
I have the keyboard and use it for word processing. Can't wait to try it next semester for notes in class.
And I have a dication app that I am experimenting with.
Yes it's used for games, but I use it mostly for reading emails on a bigger screen than my Palm and for reading books so I don't have to find room in my already overflowing bookcases (and not freak out the librarians every time I walk in with my 10-20 interlibrary loan requests a month).