Hi. I have been lurking for a while to get some info prior to buying an iPad. I registered today because I should be buying one this Sunday. I live in rural Iowa, so Apple stores are not real plentiful. I wanted to actually touch an iPad before I bought one, which I finally had a chance to do last week. I didn't buy it then because the store only had one model in stock, and it wasn't what I wanted (although until I actually hand over my credit card that is still open to reconsideration). Hopefully one of the two Apple stores on the south side of Minneapolis will have what I want in stock when I am in town to pick up my daughter from the air port.
Since I have not bought one yet, I am open to opinions and recommendations. For some time I had planned on purchasing the 32g wi/fi. Then for the past week I was strongly considering the 3g option. Today I was having second thoughts for two reasons. One is that I really wanted to get the iPad this weekend, because I am going to be at a conference next weekend, and wanted to bring it along. Second, in the next few months I am planning on changing my phone to an Android which will have hot-spot capability, so the 3g seems redundant. If I'm missing something, give me your opinion. Also, I'm a little bummed about the change in the data plan this week, and not quite as impressed as when the top plan was unlimited. I know it is still possible to get the unlimited plan if you buy or order by Sunday nite, but that ordering isn't an option if I'm going to have it next weekend, and the only store that had a 3g in stock today in all of Iowa and Minnesota had only the 64g, which is more than I wanted to spend. I was only planning on using the 3g as an occasion option while traveling anyway.
A little personal info on how I plan on using it, just in case someone wants to offer some advice. I'm a minister. I do a lot of reading, much of it on my phone. I'm really looking forward to a bigger screen. Along with other books, I'll be loading it with lots of Bible translations etc. I also plan on using it for taking notes at meeting I attend. For this I plan on getting the blue tooth keyboard and using Note Taker HD for handwritten notes.
I'm looking forward to having something more portable than my laptop for traveling. I do a lot of PowerPoint programs, and yes, I need to stick with PowerPoint because the program I use for our youth programs is PowerPoint with loads of Flash. So I won't be editing that with the iPad. My MediaCenter laptop will still be doing that duty. But at 8.5 lbs., not counting the power brick, its not fun lugging through airports.
I'm considering the 32g. My daughter's fiancee has the 16g and is very happy with it, and he's in IT, so is in no way technically challenged. Any opinions out there. (I know someone has to have one).