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    Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and hope to have a new iPad soon. I think. Currently I have an iPhone 4 and always thought, "why do I need an iPad? My iPhone does everything I need." Except I'm getting older and my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. It might be nice not to have to hold the device up to my face, squint over the top of my glasses, etc. I'd also like a device that I can read magazines and blogs on.

    I have a Kindle ereader, and am a big Amazon fan, so when they released the Fire, I snagged one of those. Its a great little device, but I quickly released that I needed more. I liked the 7 inch size, so I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab. It was more in line with what I was looking for, but the magazine reading experience wasn't what I was looking for.

    Eventually I realized that the Samsung Tab wasn't what I was wanting, either. After all my years of using an iPhone, I find that I am too entrenched in the iOS, and wasn't loving the Android device. Unfortunately, I realized this too late and missed my Amazon return window by 4 days. Dang it!

    My boyfriend laughs at me, and says I just need to suck it up and get an iPad. I suspect he's right, but the price holds me back. If I get one, I'm pretty sure I want a 3G version; that way I'd be able to use it for work when I travel. I know I want one, but I just wonder if I can justify the expense. They are so expensive, and, if I'm being honest, somewhat redundant considering I have an iPhone and a netbook (as well as my work-issued laptop) that I CAN travel with. Oh, and my Kindle ereader.

    But I want one!! Is that why most people buy them? Just cuz they want them? Tell me, please, what does an iPad do that my other devices can't?

    Also, do I want to wait for the 3's and get one of those? If I decide to do that, would I have a long wait ahead? I'm remembering how it goes when the new iPhones come out; is there a huge demand when the new iPads are released, making it hard to get one?

    Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings ;); and thank you for any words of advice or encouragement you can offer.
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    it is portable and does lots of amazing things (word processing, spreadsheets, lots of apps). and yes, wait for the 3. order directly from apple.
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    Oh wait all iPad generations are 1, 2, and 3.
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    I wish I had spent my cash on more hd and not the 3G there so many hot sopts now I don't use the 3G much and its slow
    Mine replaces kindel and laptop when out and does loads of cool stuff worth the cash to me
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    U will love padding...
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    My uncle sold the IPad to me with a few simple words. I asked him why should I get an IPad? His response........ You will only ever know why you need one once you have one! He wasn't wrong either.
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    The iPad and the iPhone are not the same beast.

    Technically, they are identical, but from my point of view, an iPhone is a small iPad.

    The iPhone is a convenient way to access the internet, read emails, view pictures and so on. The iPad is the perfect way to do those things!
    And since you already have an iPhone, just get the WiFi version since you can connect of your iPhone internet access if no hotspot is available.

    By comparison, it's a portable chair vs a couch: both let you rest, but the couch is way more comfortable and cozy ;). Oh, you can't bring your couch on the road tho... Anyway, you get the picture.

    VicoPad addict!
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    If you love your iPhone, you will love your iPad even more and you'll find you will go everywhere with it. I have 3G and wouldn't be without it, if you want true GPS get a 3G. Wait for the 3, it won't be long now!

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discussion-forum-for-ipad/id412896524?mt=8
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    http://www.support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/
    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/21590-tips-tricks-those-us-who-dont-know.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-os/49581-ios5-tips-tricks.html
    We have rules like any Community so please read these also
    http://www.ipadforums.net/forum-rul...um-rules-everybody-please-read.html#post14697

    Once again we welcome you here and are so pleased you have joined us!
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    Are you saying to just use my phone if no wifi is available, or use it as a hot spot? I can't do that without giving up my unlimited data plan.
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    Oh no, did I violate a rule? And, thanks for the links.
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    That's is so true , for years I was anti iPhone. Then finally got the 3gs
    Changed my life. Now i know need it (have 4 now) :)
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    As a hotspot... But you're right, I forgot that some plans do not include tethering. With Rogers in Canada, it's include by default with a 1 gig data plan and above...

    VicoPad addict!
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    No, not at all, that is a link to the Rules is all. Nice intro by the way.
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    I wish it were like that here. I can get it with a different plan, but can't bring myself to give up my current plan. Sometimes I think I should check my actual data useage and see if I could get by with one of the tethering plans.
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    Whew! I'll admit that I hadn't read the rules yet, being so anxious to jump right in. I've read them now, though!

    And, thanks!
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    I have a 6 gig data plan (for the price of 1 gig ), and the maximum I reached in a month was 5,6 gigs. And that was by never using wifi and using it as a modem on my laptop. Of course, if you watch a lot of Netflix or other video streaming service, it's easy to bust. But other than streaming movies, it's really hard to go over 2-3 gigs in a month.

    My sister had an unlimited data plan also with her old cell phone. She wanted the iPhone 4, but she had to abandon her unlimited data plan to do so. After checking her data usage, she realized that she was using merely 0.5 gig/month... So she moved to the iPhone 4 with a 1gig data plan which is more than enough since her big data usage is done over wifi at home.

    Unlimited can be useful if your 3G is your only internet access. Otherwise, it's not that useful. It all depends on what you do with your iPhone.

    But as stated earlier, in a normal usage for me, meaning lots of Skype video conference, GotoMeeting, some video streaming, i hardly go over 2-3 gigs a month.

    VicoPad addict!
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    Wow, I just checked my data usage and found that my highest month of data was 418mb, in November. That's the month I went to Vegas for 3 days and ended up having to do some work on my phone. So, its kind of looking like I've been hanging on to this unlimited data plan for no good reason. I could pass on the 3g and get more storage.

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