Is there really that much benefit for waiting for 2g?

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    I'm thinking of buying an iPad in around a month rather than waiting for the 2nd generation because i figure I will get more enjoyment out of it now rather than if I wait for it. I'm not too fussed on the idea of any sort of camera because I will likely never use it for video conferencing or for taking photos. Also, multitasking has been confirmed for this gen with iPhone OS 4.0.

    Minus the hardware changes such as camera and possibly an OLED screen, are there any software bugs in this gen and if so wouldn't these just be fixed with a firmware update? One of the main arguments that people use when arguing for waiting for the 2g is that that release will iron out any bugs. If there aren't any serious issues, then that is another reason for me to plump up for the 1g.


    I have the 1g iPod touch and it never really bothered me when the 2g was released. In fact, i never gave it much thought and have always been happy with my touch. I'm thinking that this train of thought will carry over to the iPad, as long as it doesn't suffer from any 1g software bugs and glitches that can only be fixed by an entire model update. Some people say not to buy into 1st gen tech, but I did with my touch and have no regrets.

    Thanks for your opinions.
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    Software bugs can be fixed with an OS update. I don't see the point in waiting for a second generation when it hasn't even been announced, features haven't been discussed, or anything like that. They can't even keep the 1st generation in stock, there is no reason for the second generation to come out for a long time yet.
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    The only bug that I found was that with the wifi. There is an easy fix if you own the network, and can change a few settings.

    Because we basically knew what iOS 4 was already, I decided I would rather have it now. No regrets whatsoever.
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    I still have a 1st gen Touch, and the only thing that bothered me was the speaker missing they added in newer versions. I found a cheap speaker that plugs into the port that has volume controls, so fixed that problem. (My 6yr old like to play games on it). And now no iOS 4 for it either....oh well.

    I am guessing this version will be around for a year or so, then some sort of upgrade. Guessing higher resolution screen, face chat over WiFi perhaps, etc.
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    Apple is really good at making products with enough in them to keep most people happy. And then as the competition starts to get close to an answer, they bring out just enough improvements to keep the market going strong. If you buy now, you will get a great deal of pleasure from an iPad. But you will also drool over the next generation. Remember when the big improvements on computers was more memory, better processors, and little more. With mobile media today, there has to be much more to keep up.
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    If you waited for the better device, you would never have any technology. Anything tech related is outdated weeks/months after it is released (usually). If I waited for a better phone to come out, for example, I would be waiting forever.
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    The most I can see is the eventual price drop of 100$ to the line 6-8 months from now.

    This is slightly offensive, but hopefully we are all adults here.... :D

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apple
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    I found myself asking the same question, but decided on this middle ground: I bought the lowest end iPad (wifi only, 16gig model) and when generation 2 comes around then I'll get the high-end model with all the bells and whistles that come with it.

    If you're on the edge of getting the iPad (but leaning towards one), and you can afford it, then I suggest going this route.
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    I'm not for a moment regretful of this iPad purchase. Right now, I can't think of any added features that would make me envious of a second-gen model. I bought the first-generation Kindle on initial release and never considered the second generation, and that had significant improvements.
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    Obviously the iPad 2G will be more advanced, weigh less and have a longer battery life. And when the 3G comes out it will be even better. The point is that you can always play the waiting game and never end up buying anything.
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    I'm still waiting for my 1st generation to show up. The 7-10 day waiting period before they even ship takes forever....
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    7-10 days...... My friend you have no idea what waiting is...;)

    I think there will be improvements that will impress some but for most they will not be huge. The best I can think of is a camera. Battery life is good enough, screen is good enough, weight could improve but by how much in reality, styling will not change much, cpu could improve but will not make much difference as the Ipad is currently quick.

    The only improvements that would cause envy in me is an SD slot (not gonna happen), and the ability to use it on different networks (that would be big).
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    Im thinking we will see at least two operating upgrades before the next gen iPad release. We will see the first one very soon, I think i recall someone on the forum saying by fall this year.. :confused:
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    SD card slot, possible....as they have a port adapter for a reader, don't they?

    VZW is still testing a model for use on their network.
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    Weight will improve(not by much), added front facing camera, no rear camera(although I want it), battery good enough, screen is fine(people are just too picky), iPhone 4 style hardware(beautiful). Hoping for HDMI output. It just makes sense.

    I've posted before that the iPad despite it's hardware style could be an impressive video camera especially partnered with an iPad version of iMovie. Holding it as a camera would be adaptable like anything else in life.
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    I was thinking screen resolution update, but that would only mess up every app that is being created right now, and the current ones.

    I can see a camera for the video chat being added.

    I bet they will not do much for at least a year for hardware changes. When sales starts to drop, a price drop to 399$ or 449$ for the 16GB WiFi will happen.
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    I'm retired and on a fixed income. No regrets about getting one now. Haven't really put it down much so by the time the second generation comes around - will probably be ready to pass this one down the line to my grand nephew and niece who are young enough to enjoy it even though it may be older technically. They are five and seven now. Games on the iPad certainly are less expensive than their current Nintendo DS systems I got them.
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    You make it sound like it is fact, you're just speculating.
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    The way I see it, the device is so inexpensive that once the next gen comes out I'll just get it too...then either sell the one I have or give it to a relative that doesn't have one. Even if its out in a year I think its worth it!
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    Yeah I could give it to my grandmother who would love it I think.

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