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<p>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? </p>
 

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<p>We have one, and I was on the fence about it but I love it</p>
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<p>I let DD play games on it, and they have a lot of neat preschool things. Interactive books, memory games, puzzles, etc.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
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<p>If you like word games and such, it's great for that</p>
 

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<p>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.</p>
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<p>Even if you don't want the fancier version, when it arrives the price on new and used (Craigslist) first generation iPads will drop. </p>
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<p>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. </p>
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<p>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. </p>
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<p>But then again, some people love it. So.... To each their own.</p>
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<p>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. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Snow Cherries</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281434/ipad#post_16069231"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>it's just an oversized iphone that can't make phone calls.  Am I correct? </p>
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in my opinion yes you are correct. that's what i think of the Ipad too. </p>
 

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<p>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.</p>
 

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<p>I am really a apple junky... 1 i Phone 3gs, 1 Mac Book, 1 Mac book Pro, 1 i Mac and an i pad... Really Apple wonders me each time... Practical, design, very light... Apple can do it ;-D</p>
 

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<p>I LURVE my iPad.  It's all I have, I don't have an iPhone (rather dislike that phone company) or a Mac (yet).</p>
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<p>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. </p>
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<p>I have the keyboard and use it for word processing.  Can't wait to try it next semester for notes in class. </p>
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<p>And I have a dication app that I am experimenting with. </p>
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<p>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).</p>
 
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