Planning to Purchase an iPad 2? Maybe You Shouldn't

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DJSPIN80

If the iPad2 is an incremental upgrade, I'm skipping it.  Presently, I don't have an iPad (I have the iPhone 3G), but the nice to have list for me are:

- Retina Display

- More memory (not 1GB of RAM, I want 4 to 8GB of RAM)

- SD Card slot

To me, there are no real reasons why the iPad2 shouldn't have these.  They have had plenty of time to get it done.  I would love to be able to load pictures into a separate SD Card slot that I can use to view my pictures in.  For photographers, this is invaluable.

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Caboose

2 out of those 3 I don't see happening. Especially the RAM. You must be one of those Apple fans that loves to not have any money but loves to have the latest and greatest toy that Steve-o tells you that you need to have eh? 8GB of RAM in a tablet? What for? Why would you need 4-8GB of RAM? Are you doing video rendering, heavy photoshop? Flash ani... wait, nevermind.

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avenger48

I am proud to say I've never owned an Apple product, and, if at all possible, I never will.

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ShyLinuxGuy

I don't think many readers here would even give the purchase of an iPad any thought. However, Android tablets may be a different take, though. I might buy my mom an Android tablet for Mother's Day so she can get her recipes off the internet without having to run back and forth to her laptop to see how much of what to put in, how long to stir, etc (she doesn't like paper recipes). Nothing fancy, just something in the $150-200 range, but something functional.

Android tablets are more flexible, more powerful and feature-packed than an iPad (from my point of view) and give more bang for the buck. iPads are just blown-up iPod/iPhones anyways.

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ShyLinuxGuy

I don't think many readers here would even give the purchase of an iPad any thought. However, Android tablets, I'm guessing, are probably popular among you guys though. I might buy my mom an Android tablet for Mother's Day so she can get her recipes off the internet without having to run back and forth to her laptop to see how much of what to put in, how long to stir, etc (she doesn't like paper recipes). Nothing fancy, just something in the $150-200 range, but something functional.

Android tablets are more flexible, more powerful and feature-packed than an iPad (from my point of view) and give more bang for the buck. iPads are just blown-up iPod/iPhones anyways.

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FrancesTheMute

I have the 1st gen iPad...Right now i'm not planning on getting the iPad 2.  The extra speed and probably memory (i'm betting it will be at least 512MB like the iPhone4 if not 1GB) would be nice, but honestly I'm not having any speed or lack of memory issues with anything I'm currently running on it.

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warlok180

Well, I actually own an iPad and love it for what it is. Agree with everyone that these tablets are overpriced and when Apple first showed the thing, I thought it was just an oversized iPhone. However, after having this for about a year now, my wife and I love the simplicity of it. We have a laptop if we need to do more tasks, but browsing the internet, reading/writing emails, playing apps or using iTunes with the iPad is what's made it useful for us. Not having to hold or carry a heavier laptop is another reason why we love it---especially on trips or riding in the airplane.

I think it's dumb if Apple does release an iPad 2 with minimal upgrades and improved features. They should wait, especially given the competitive offerings out there.

Probably for most people on this website, the idea of a tablet is a waste. We just love the convenience and the functionality of the iPad and the ability to bring our apps from our iPhone to it without having to pay again (something I wished Sony would do with their PS3 and PSPs). It's an expensive convenience...but maybe now that there are more competitors the price might drop??? Knowing Apple...probably not.

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burntham77

The Andriod 3.0 tablets seem pretty interesting. I love the idea of being able to carry around books, magazines, comics, and various other digital files, while also having the flexibility of the Android OS, whereas iOS seems a bit too regulated (not to mention the lack of Flash). I could get these things done on the older, smaller tablets, like the original Samsung Galaxy, but I want the bigger screen for easier magazine reading.

Right now, the Xoom seems like the best option. Really the only reason I have not bought it yet is because I am just about the move, so I am holding off on big purchases. Soon though.

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burntham77

The Andriod 3.0 tablets seem pretty interesting. I love the idea of being able to carry around books, magazines, comics, and various other digital files, while also having the flexibility of the Android OS, whereas iOS seems a bit too regulated (not to mention the lack of Flash). I could get these things done on the older, smaller tablets, like the original Samsung Galaxy, but I want the bigger screen for easier magazine reading.

Right now, the Xoom seems like the best option. Really the only reason I have not bought it yet is because I am just about the move, so I am holding off on big purchases. Soon though.

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EyesSewnShut

I've owned an iPod touch 3rd Gen for about a year now. I haven't actually owned an iPhone but have played with friend's iPhones. I wanted an iPhone but managed to find a deal with Verizon for the Samsung Fascinate Android phone.

I don't believe that the android operating system is as polished as the iOS. The first thing I noticed is the scrolling and app launching isnt quite as smooth on Android. Also the app selection on the Android isn't as good as on iOS. But the Android does have USB and microSD and this version of the phone has a lite version of Flash. Hopefully with time Android will improve. I wish Google had a bit more quality control for the Market. And I also wished that Samsung and Verizon wouldn't bloat my phone with crapware and just allow me to install the pure Android Operating System like on a PC. I'm still on 2.1

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Caboose

Regarding removing the bloat, check here: http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/

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EyesSewnShut

I've owned an iPod touch 3rd Gen for about a year now. I haven't actually owned an iPhone but have played with friend's iPhones. I wanted an iPhone but managed to find a deal with Verizon for the Samsung Fascinate Android phone.

I don't believe that the android operating system is as polished as the iOS. The first thing I noticed is the scrolling and app launching isnt quite as smooth on Android. Also the app selection on the Android isn't as good as on iOS. But the Android does have USB and microSD and this version of the phone has a lite version of Flash. Hopefully with time Android will improve. I wish Google had a bit more quality control for the Market. And I also wished that Samsung and Verizon wouldn't bloat my phone with crapware and just allow me to install the pure Android Operating System like on a PC. I'm still on 2.1

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nmanguy

I still don't get why people buy these. Between the $600 smartphone, $600 gaming PC, $600 laptop and $600 TV, there's just no more room for another $600 device... but what do I know? Those things are selling like hotcakes.

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turbonugget

$600 gaming pc?...where do i buy this..

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Caboose

Me too!

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ChyITGuru

I hate to say it but Android cant compete with iOS. I have owned 5 Android phones and every single one had the same issue even after updates, constant force closing on apps, freezing, dropped calls, text messages not sending or receiveing, having to restart the phone 10 times a day because it locks up and renders its self useless. I have had Verizon, ATT, T-mobile and none of them have a Android phone that actually works. I know with the text issues and droped calls it would be blames on the network, to be honest thats what i thought until i switched to an iPhone 3GS, bam no more dropped calls, i get all my messages, no more freezing, so much better.

I have played with Android tablets and am not impressed, same problems as the phones, force closing, freezing, its not worth the $500-$800 pricetag. And good luck trying to inform google of the problems and trying to get a solution, if they havnt found one ye tthey never will.

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haboh

I have and iPod Touch (last gen, whatever that one is..), which admittedly is 1.5 years old now, but I often have apps crash, force close, freezing, laggy scrolling, and even a couple complete crashes where I had to "reboot" it. Most of tese things happen in iTunes and Safari as well, not some janky fart apps. So I'm not sure where this idea that iOS is so perfect comes from.

On a sidenote my wife has an iMac which has it's share of hanging and weird issues. It's not often, and she maybe have mistreated it, but I don't think it's that much better than my Vista 64 machine.. Not the flawless expericen they want me to think OS X is at least  (yeah yeah, I'm not surprised, just saying..) 

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Caboose

Which Android tablets have you tried? The cheap $200 ones you find while hunting on the net? Those Android tablets?

As for these issues that you speak of, you know that Android has a world-wide community backing it. Unlike Apple which has a small, overworked group of people in the USA. And a lot of these "issues" are the cause of carriers requiring their own special brand of crap. But that's all fixed once you root your phone and install a far superior custom ROM. My favourite is Cyanogen. Oh, and Google, Samsung and HTC won't brick your phone on you for rooting it. Unlike some other company that I know of (other than Motorola).

I'm on my 3rd Android phone (upgraded from the G1 to the magic to the Galaxy s vibrant) and the only issues that I ran in to, were when I was running a beta of Cyanogen Mod 6.1 on my HTC Magic. And that was primarily slow response as I was really stressing the hardware. I'm going to be rooting my Galaxy S Vibrant soon as well.

I find that those people who go from the iPhone to Android and back are afraid of all the freedom that they have with the device, and enjoy the covered, closed in, and filtered world of Apple.

If you're happy with the kool-aid and the apple tax, then thats fine. But we're all loving the Android and I don't see that ending any time soon!

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ubuwalker31

Oh yea, ChyITGuru?  I had an iPhone, which I loved, and when the battery died after a year, they wanted to charge me $200 to get a new iPhone because the stupid water sensors had turned red, even though it had never been immersed in water.  And when I told them that it was definately the battery that was the problem, they not only refused to troubleshoot the phone, they also told me that to replace a battery would cost $100.  Really Apple?  FFFUUU!  Got a new Andrioid (Captivate) and couldn't be happier.  

Browsing is better, games are better, touch screen is better, streaming music is better, I can watch Flash video in webpages, Skype, and no dropped calls (even with AT&T).  All of my female friends have been dropping their blackberry's for Androids.  Showed another one of my friend's Google Sky and she was blown away.  I've been using the free My Tracks App to keep a record of how far and fast I walk and run when I exercise...all without spending a dime on a paid app, like I would have to on an iPhone.

That said, your complaints are valid as well...I've had problems with force closing apps (usually a developer, not an android issue...I'm looking at you Verizon FIOS dvr manager people)...and a friend has had trouble with text messages...which eventually got fixed.

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aviaggio

I have a Captivate on AT&T and have none of those issue.

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Spartacus

That's funny. You almost exactly described my troubles with my iPhone 3G.

Apps closing to home screen at random? My iPhone does that

Dropped calls? About one in 15 or so.

text messages not sending or recieving? Check (note I'm unlocked to T-Mobile, and its really T-Mobile's fault, because their network blows)

Having to restart due to lock-ups? Got that problem too.

Personally I'm pretty skeptical you've actually had those problems. If problems like that with Android were so prevalent, you'd think someone would have noticed. I have those problems with my iOS device because is an old ARM v6 CPU, which iOS lacks any optimization for, and because I'm stuck on T-Mobile, which has a seriously pathetic network. It still sucks though. I'm planning on switching to a Verizon Android setup the second my contract expires.

 

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bling581

No dropped calls on a 3GS you say?  Interesting considering that I have the same phone and can hardly hold a conversion with someone because they're constantly breaking up or getting dropped alltogether.  I live in a high populated area so it's not like I'm lacking coverage.

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ChyITGuru

I hate to say it but Android cant compete with iOS. I have owned 5 Android phones and every single one had the same issue even after updates, constant force closing on apps, freezing, dropped calls, text messages not sending or receiveing, having to restart the phone 10 times a day because it locks up and renders its self useless. I have had Verizon, ATT, T-mobile and none of them have a Android phone that actually works. I know with the text issues and droped calls it would be blames on the network, to be honest thats what i thought until i switched to an iPhone 3GS, bam no more dropped calls, i get all my messages, no more freezing, so much better.

I have played with Android tablets and am not impressed, same problems as the phones, force closing, freezing, its not worth the $500-$800 pricetag. And good luck trying to inform google of the problems and trying to get a solution, if they havnt found one ye tthey never will.

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aviaggio

Honestly I'm not excited by any of them. Show me a full-functional tablet for under $400 and then I'll get excited. I simply will not ever spend $600+ on a tablet -- not when for the same money I can get a really nice laptop.

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Caboose

You've got a long wait ahead of you then...

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schneider1492

Or a nice laptop...

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aviaggio

I'd like to think these companies will eventually release lower-cost models after they push their high-end ones, but I'm not really holding my breath.

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Red Ensign

Viewsonic G Tablet. It's under $400 and will easily be able to run Honeycomb. You will need to install a custom build though as the default is utterly useless. Check out it's section on XDA. No need to overpay, check it out.

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Red Ensign

Hit save once and double posted :-(

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