The big decision.

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    I know I want an ipad, but buying it means spending almost all my savings. Is it worth it when I have a laptop (though I don't use it except for internet) and a smartphone? Is it worth the £399
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    Only you can say if it's worth it or not. I really like the portability of it, way easier to tote around than a laptop. If it will fit your needs and desires, then go for it. :)
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    The only thing that stops me is that I would still need the laptop to sync the ipad. Dam :-(

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    Do you consider "...almost all my savings." discretionary income? If so, go ahead. If not, use your laptop and smart phone and continue to save your money until you have enough discretionary income to purchase without feeling guilty. Just my $.02.:D

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    If you have to ask....
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    My income is £10 a week. (Uni earnings)

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    I want a lot of things, but not enough to spend all my savings on a single item. If it's something I really NEED, that's different. Very few people NEED an iPad. Ultimately it is your decision.
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    If I already had a laptop and smartphone I wouldn't have an iPad. I got my iPad as a book reader that became more with usage. I initially thought the iPad could out perform my Incredible phone but it does not. The only advantage, for me, of it over the phone is a bigger screen.
    Nothing against the iPad but unless you have a nice monetary windfall coming I'd save the money towards an ipad3 or similar tablet.


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    Dale! How the hell are you? Good post!
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    Probably not after the announcements by Steve Jobs on Monday.
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    I certainly hope you are right. Since Jobs will evidently be there personally, there is probably something very big going on with the expected iCloud, iOS5, and Lion announcements. I expect that we will not be disappointed. Stock up! ;-)

    dobby, it's worth a lot more than the £399 IMHO.
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    Yes, worth every dime. My laptop is now unused and I only use my heavy duty desktop for work. Everything else the iPad covers.
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    What's happening? Is Jobs doing a keynote speech

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    Would a us spec wifi ONLY work in the uk, because it works out way cheaper compared to the UK.(£100 saving) I have read the thread conserning the 3g, and I can't see any problems. Is that correct?

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    Once you factor in local taxes in the US, import duty, vat and delivery costs, that £100 saving soon disappears.
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    If you only use your laptop for Internet browsing, why not sell it and buy an iPad? You will not be disappointed :)

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    If it is not a tool then it is a toy - iPad2. Who needs an expensive toy?

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    I beg to differ, the iPad is very definitely not a toy. It can accomplish most things a laptop can, and with clever use of storage, data can be safely and easily retained. I remember being of the same opinion when I got my first iPad....( it's just a toy, a bit of fun) two years down the line and I have yet to find a task that hasn't got the appropriate app related to it. Sure, high end video editing and similar tasks still require a PC. But if you had told me that I would be able to set up an iPad as a recording studio I would have laughed politely. Now that's exactly what I do.

    A tip on making a decision, is to make a list of tasks you want to perform...... All of them. Then ask members here, or search the app store. You will find that far from being a toy, the iPad is a truly multifunction IOS device with many, many uses.

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    Thanks. For people like you, the ipad2 is certainly a tool. I have discovered that it is more of a tool to many people than being a toy. If it is a tool then any investment on purchasing one is a worthy investment. In other words, one can save to get a tool. I am happy many people see the iPad2 as a tool and a toy as well.

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    Spending your savings on something that is going to depreciate the second the next Ipad comes out( in 10 months or so) is, frankly, very poor financial decision-making. My advice would be for you to put aside a little every week/month/whatever, until you can afford it without emptying your bank account. If that means you can't afford one until the Ipad 3 then so be it, but I can't see the sense in killing yourself financially to own one.

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