Hey everyone, ya I'm new here. I've been reading these pages alot the last 3 weeks or so and driving my fiancee crazy talking about tablets.
The iPad caught my eye when it first came out and I always found myself intrigued to go fiddle around with it at Best Buy when I was there, but I never jumped on it and bought one. So in comes the iPad 2, a little better here and there, and a few dissapointments, but overall a solid refresh. i then started reading about the Motorola Xoom and Android Honeycomb, this also caught my interest ( had a droid phone for a while and liked it).
Anyways, so I was excited about the Xoom (reading about it) but then that excitement sort of vanished once it was released and I saw a few things I wasn't keen on, mainly that glossy screen (ugh for a tablet) and though at first I liked the look of honeycomb, I kind of grew to not care for the look after a little while.
So in the absence of any real competition I was seriously eyeing the iPad 2 again. I was ready to make a choice and settle on the iPad 2 and after reading all sorts of discussions on it went to Best Buy and took a look at one and shocker!!! It had backlight bleeding.
This has set me back, now I'm lost, I'm not sure what to do. This may not come as a surprise but my Best Buy has been out of stock for a week now anyways so it's just given me all this time to doubt the product. :|
I'm no fanboy for anything really, I have a Win 7 desktop, an ipod ofcourse (which has the white screen of death) and I own a 1.3ghz iBook that's ~8 years old I think. I like the way Apple does some things, but not all, everyone has pros & cons right?
My concerns are these:
I would be the kind of person that if my iPad had any backlight bleeding it would drive me insane and I've seen alot of videos on Youtube and discussion threads at various sites with ppl having this issue, coupled with the fact that my local BB's floor unit had bleeding (first hands on impression) and the lack of stock I fear I'll drop a bunch of money on something I want to be awesome and it has backlight bleeding.
My second concern is the flash thing, ya I know you guys are hard of hearing it, and I'm not really here to complain about it, I have been trying hard to figure out how I can make the iPad 2 work for me. Here are the things I'd mainly like to do with the iPad
Surf the web: I don't care about flash games, or lack of flash banners, BUT I would like to be able to watch The Daily Show & The Colbert Report on the iPad but the Comedy Central (ComedyNetwork.ca carries this content in Canada) webpage uses flash, so that's a no go. I don't want to even entertain the idea of purchasing these shows through iTunes when I know they're available for free out there. So do any of these flash workarounds for the iPad work on these sites to stream the shows for free? The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, that's all I care about.
Third concern, iOS obviously feels dated and limited, are you guys expecting any sort of dramatic changes with iOS 5?
Last concern, I've been hearing things about iPad 3 possibly coming sooner than the usual refresh cycle, what's going on? (Who has a crystal ball here?)
Ya, I know it's a wall of text but I'm thankful to anyone that took the time to read it. Did anyone else have any doubts before buying? Was anyone tempted by the promises of Android only to see it's not quite there yet? Is anyone curious about the upcoming Galaxy Tab refresh?
Sincerely, confused shopper.