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    Hey everyone

    So, I bought my iPad in mid-November and have been extremely satisfied with it since. It is my only computer-type thing and I am just a freshman in high school. With the release of the iPad 2, I have been distracted and bothered by having an "old" device (that's just how i am). I have some extra money around and I could pretty much afford the iPad 2, but the question is if i really need it. I will use video chatting occasionally and use the camera pretty often, and try to use the video camera as much as possible. I really like the design and new faster speeds, but there is nothing very revolutionary, more evolutionary, but i still want it. I am deciding whether i should keep mine and wait for something better, or buy the iPad 2. I know there will be an iPad 3, and probably a 4, but I don't know when, and I'm very impatient. My iPad does what I need, but I still want the iPad 2. Please help me decide!
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    This may or may not help:

    I'm in the same boat, and have been debating all week. I use my iPad 1 daily, usually have to charge it every day or every other, draining it Ruhr down to the battery. Also obsessed with getting the newest generation, but my MacBook does everything my iPad doesn't. So my biggest upgrade would be FaceTime. Now, my mother-in-law just got her first webcam and is constantly trying to chat with us, and an iPad with a camera would just be easier than "dragging out" the laptop ( which is how it feels now that I'm used to the iPad).

    I'm heading to the mall to wait in line tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, first generation iPads are still selling for $500+ on eBay. :)
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    If you want to video chat, then iPad2 ... ipad original has no cameras.
    Graphics performance is way up, this is revolutionary... surprised everyone.
    Expect the next upgrade next year... soonest. IMO If you are impatient, why wait. Sell your ipad for what you paid for it (hopefully) and get iPAD2. List price is the same.
    Those waiting for higher resolution will be waiting a very long time ... IMHO.
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    So you will be selling yours? My selling situation is a little tougher since it has my name engraved, but I'm sure someone, including my friend, wants it. My problem is that I don't have another computer, so the iPad is my main device, otherwise i wouldn't be so crazed over this and I would just keep the first. But it's good to know I'm not alone and just crazy :)
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    What I mean is that the iPad is constantly evolving and changing, which is why it's is a gamble to get the second if a third will be out... But a year seems so long
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    I sold my old iPad months ago in anticipation for the iPad 2. I have no choice now but to get the latest of the greatest. :D
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    I'd spend the money somewhere else. It really depends on what else you might spend your money on - opportunity cost. At your age, the options are endless or you could blow it tomorrow. I'd concentrate on things I don't have that do something different that I highly value or a once in a lifetime experience like travel.
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    Opportunity cost is the exact thing that is giving me a problem. I also don not really want anything else and have not wanted much else since I purchased my iPad; for Christmas I got gift cards for my iPad and money because I never really want too much, but when I do, I can't stop thinking about it.
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    still hearing Q4 release rumors for third gen. considering the manufacturing backups with v 2 i dunno now. i'm holdin' out. i am usually a first and third gen adopter.

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    What does everyone think about the rumors of the September iPad 3 release rumors? It is one of the main things affecting my decision.
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    I think it's just a rumor... Why rush the iPad 3 with the iPad 2 just coming out. You probably won't even be able to walk into an apple store and buy an iPad 2 till around July.
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    With the crisis, I definitely feel like it's a rumor. Android is featuring 3 sizes but apple is so much better that it doesn't have to feature three sizes. Do u c ppl sitting outside best buy for an android or a xoom? Heck no!!! They're like zooming to get an iPad 2. If I wasn't at school, I would be one of those ppl there at 4 am in a sleeping bag. If you have a 1, I would be content for now. Wait until everything dies down. I would hate for you to sell it and something happen and you can't get one immediately. That would hurt. Just be patient. The 2 will rise again, into your palms. How many ppl at your school have them anyway?
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    I'm waiting yet also buying..... :)

    With exception to the extra speed and FaceTime gen 2 doesn't interest me. I will need 4G and higher res screen to upgrade.

    I would hold tight if I were you. Much wiser/better things to purchase at your juncture.

    Me, I have actually purchased two more first gen iPads. Gave my first one to the wife, purchased a still in plastic 32GB/3G for $400 and another 16GB for my daughter.

    Keep your savings. Gen 3 will be here before ya know it.
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    I wish I had got that $400 deal dang. Where are you?
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    If you can afford it get it. It's just like upgrading a normal computer. I mean you aren't still running a 1.2G Thunderbird are you? It's a small incremental upgrade, but it is an upgrade.
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    That's the exact thing Mr Jobs wants you to think. :)

    But like you eluded to, if you have the disposable income and it's not remotely needed elsewhere, why not, right?

    The question one must ask is: Is your current iPad - lacking the upgrades that the iPad2 has, effecting your use or enjoyment of your current iPad beyond just wanting the latest and greatest etc? Besides, just because you have the money doesn't mean it's smart to spend it, correct? My parents taught me this theory many, many, many (did i say many?) moons ago and I am quite financially "well" because of it.

    I'm by no means am here to judge how anyone would spend their hard earned cash. And I know that a want/need is different when in your teens/twenties vise mid life... I too find the new pad quite appealing yet realize it wouldn't really enhance my use of the current and it's "small incremental upgrade" doesn't remotely justify the expenditure.

    For the person above asking where I found my "deal".
    When iPad1 first hit the shelves last year I actually stood in line waiting for a 64GB/3G. Ready to drop what would have been $900+ total with case, cover and tax etc. My inner voice told me to "wait". Today we own two 16GB and a 32GB/3G. $960 total - all in the plastic when I took possession. Craigslist and folks in the Dallas, TX area wanting to upgrade resulted in the new 32/3G for $400. The first 16GB I snagged last summer from a recent raffle winner who obviously didn't know what it could really sell for - $260(pure luck) That was within a week or two of me almost buying the 64GB....

    Cheers
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    So we are all "tools" for Mr. Jobs because we simply upgrade? Give me a break. You sound like a depression era baby. And you sound like someone that has never even had their hands on an iPad2. I use mine a lot at work, it is invaluable. Twice the speed is important to me, apps running smoother because of this speed increase is important to me, the lighter weight is important to me.

    We also always have the "wait for the next generation crowd", always waiting for the next best thing supposedly around the corner. It all boils down to; can you afford it and will you enjoy it. Don't listen to others "moral" objections to upgrading, that is absolutely ridiculous.

    I also find it slightly comical that someone that is so "frugal" would run the risk of buying ANY electronic device off of Craig's List. YMMV
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    I tried out the new iPad at Best Buy, and really did not feel a difference in the thickness. Probably because the 1st gen is tapered so the thickest part is in the center, where you are not holding on to it. Mine is always in a Hard Candy case so obviously thicker than out of a case.

    It was a bit snappier, and slightly lighter, but that's about it for me.

    Personally I think the new covers are a joke. They only provide screen protection, nothing for the back or sides if the iPad is dropped.

    We are likely getting new iPhones when they are released on Verizon, so really don't need multiple face-time camera devices.

    If I did not have one, it would be an obvious decision. But just not worth it to go threw the trouble of selling current iPads, and buying brand new + new cases.

    iPhone 3 to iPhone 4 was a better upgrade senerio, with the upgraded Retina screen.
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    I was in the same position. Had first gen iPad but really wanted iPad 2. I have no legitimate reason to get iPad 2 but I wanted it for the flat back and slimmer body. I sold iPad 1 for 350 and paid the extra 150 for iPad 2. IMO it was a good deal.
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    Wow,
    You obviously took my post the wrong way. And yes, I did fondle the iPad2 several times prior to deciding "no", and several times after.... Damn you Steve Jobs!! :)

    I said nothing about you or anyone else being a "tool" for wanting or desiring to upgrade. I actually agreed with you that if one has the money then why not. My comment about Mr jobs was a small jab sure yet it applies to near all manufactures. They all update and change things to get the consumer to continue purchasing - and there is nothing wrong with that.

    And no "depression baby"' "wait for next gen crowd" or financial moral preacher here..... Just some humble opinions
    What is actually comical is how when one speaks of "saving" money or being wise with financial decisions it's labeled being "frugal". This country and 90% of its populace wouldn't be in the mess we are if we were smarter with our money.

    Craigslist - has nothing to do with being frugal, rather a good deal is a good deal. And you do have to be careful and understand-accept it's pro's/con's.

    Bottom line, all of the reasons you mentioned that caused you to upgrade I liked and appreciated as well. I would have done the same if they were as "important" to my use/enjoyment with my iPad as they were with you. They were not thus I chose to wait.

    Sent from the iPad itself..

    Cheers

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