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    Having trouble finding value in my iPad -- about to return...

    So, I finally got an iPad (16gb wifi) a few days ago. I also picked up an Evo last weekend, with plans on shortly rooting for free wifi tethering. If I keep the iPad I plan on jailbreaking it (I had a iPhone 3GS last year and jailbreaking was very worth it imo).

    I didn't really believe all the hype, but felt that I could find enough value to justify the purchase, especially since it would replace my Kindle (2nd gen) which I could sell for ~$200. Problem is, I just don't see $300 more in value. Am I missing something?

    Web browsing can be fun, but several times I've run into sites that I need to send to my laptop to view (flash), and isn't that much better of an experience than on the Evo (smaller screen, but Android browser automatically fit text to the screen size so it doesn't run over when you zoom in so it's actually pretty functional). Games are fun, but are very expensive, especially seeing as they are the equivalent to free flash games on the PC (or, in some cases -- Wesnoth -- ARE free games on the PC). Email I do on my Evo. Calendar I do on my Evo. Pandora and podcasts I do on my Evo. RSS reading is nice on the iPad, but NewsRob on the Evo is more functional than anything I've found so far on the iPad... And to make matters worse there's no return period in the App Store like on the Android Market, so I'm out the money every time I buy something and I find out it doesn't do what I want.

    So far the only other uses I've found for the iPad is reading PDFs, which I do a lot for work, watching Netflix, and setting up the iPad as a second monitor once it's available for the PC. But that doesn't add up to spending $300 over the selling price of the Kindle.

    So... Am I missing something? Or is this just not the right product for me and I should return it and pay the $50 restocking fee?

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    Sounds like all you need is your Evo. It's a wonder you didn't realize that before buying the iPad.

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    Don't forget to turn off the lights.

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    If you force trying to justify an iPad, you will fail. You don't need an iPod, just tune in a radio. You don't need a big screen TV if you already have an old one. And as long as your repair costs do not exceed the price of car payment, you do not need a new car.

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    Are you really saying that iPad games are the equivalent of POS free flash games found on the internet??? LOL ***...

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    Ok, what's the point of the thread? Return the iPad if you don't want it. Do you need our approval to do so or did you just come here to start trouble/complain?

    I am a huge Android phone fan, and I would never own an Evo. The phone's battery is a piece of ****. Watch a full movie, listen to music for two hours, or play some of those crappy games for two hours on your Evo and see where your battery stands...

    I've been using my iPad for two days now without a recharge, including watching a movie, playing games, surfing the net, downloading apps, and using a bunch of apps, and I'm still at 68%. I know for a fact with any real use equivalent to what I do on my iPad your Evo would barely make it though a work day.

    so if you're satisfied, why do you need to convince us of your decision? Go return the iPad so someone else can get it used or refurbed or repackaged or whatever.

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    For me, it's apps, apps and more apps. The major advantage to the Apple ecosystem is that there is SO much you can do with the iDevices. If you just want to browse, there are cheaper ways.

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    When people ask me about the iPad, one of the comments I always use is, "The Apps are really what make the device awesome."

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    For me the primary selling point was the movie player. I travel a lot, and before I was watching my movies on a tiny Archos 5 with 250GB of storage...but the device itself was pretty crappy.

    Now I have branched out into games, surfing, a little music, potentially note taking if I can find a good app for lefties, research, document storage, etc.

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    Come on now, you can not in all seriousness compare the crappy android apps to the iPhone/iPad apps! I have a droid and I have given up on trying to find an app that is not a POS. I use my droid as a wifi hot spot for my iPad and of course as a phone. How in the he'll can you even compare an EVO with an Ipad? Your post must be some kind of test or you are just pulling our legs. Flash games? What a joke! Oh and the Evo fits the microscopic text to the screen ? Oh , how wonderfull (That just gives me the shudders and goose bumps) Hello, you do know that you can resize the text with a two finger gesture? Sounds like you don't even own an iPad . No one who has used an iPad would make that resizing comparison. Please , go buy one then come back and tell us of your expierence.


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