Why I’m Not Getting the iPad 2

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    The iPad 2 is now upon us. The first reviews are in, and they are as strong as the reviews for the original iPad which was released a year ago. This time the device is lighter, thinner, more powerful, comes with two cameras, and has the ability to utilize a neat magnetic cover which doubles as a stand. The competition hasn’t caught up with the original iPad, and everyone seems to agree that the iPad 2 is even better.

    I’m not going to lie to you. I want the iPad 2. I’ve thought about it a lot. What if I sell my current iPad? I purchased a 32GB 3G model last year, but I don’t need the extra capacity nor the 3G service since I have a mifi spot I’m already paying for. I could cash in my existing iPad for $350, and purchase a new 16GB iPad for $500 – or to put it another way, I can buy the iPad 2 for $150. Trust me, I’ve thought about this a lot. To be just as frank, it’s been kind of cool having the latest gadget, and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of that. Now my iPad will be old, yesterday’s news, and a piece of me is kind of bummed about that.

    But I’m not going to buy the iPad 2. It’s a hard decision emotionally, but a really easy one rationally. Let us count the reasons why.

    The iPad 2 actually isn’t better than the iPad
    Technically this isn’t true, but practically it is. I don’t need a camera on my iPad and wouldn’t use it if I had it. A thinner and lighter iPad would be nice, but I would still have to put it down at some point because my arms would get tired. Yes, the dual core processor has been rated faster than the single core chip my device uses. But I’ve been here before. All this talk about the better processing will mean about a second or two quicker page loads and slightly improved app performance. It kind of reminds me of TVs. Go to the store and look at two TVs, one will stick out for you as better than the other. But often you can look at that same TV by itself and feel just fine about it. Unless I plan to use both iPads at the same time, I won’t notice the difference in performance at all.

    It would be a hassle to sell my iPad and buy a new one
    Not a huge hassle, but more effort than I want to put into it. I work a full time job, have a four year old son, and want to spend time with my wife on top of the time I am using to edit my second book and learn how to play guitar. I don’t have a lot of disposable time, and I certainly don’t want to spend it on this.

    Sometimes you just need to be happy with what you’ve got
    I love my iPad. I read on it, watch news videos on it, surf the web on it, play games on it, blah, blah, blah. I use the iPad almost every day. I have zero regrets about this purchase. But the fact is that the iPad 2 won’t make me any more productive or happier than my current model does. This is where my rational brain fights with the emotional one. Why do I want the iPad 2 at all? It’s the hype machine. It’s the brilliant Apple marketing that has nothing to do with their ads. It’s the American consumer economy that suggests that almost all the goods we buy are disposable. But they’re not. There’s a cost to each electronic purchase we make. An environmental cost and a human cost, not to mention the financial one. I don’t mean to get too dark here, but our purchases have consequences and rampant consumerism is a frightening thing. I’m not saying I’m not going to buy electronic equipment anymore because of these things, but I would have to be completely soulless not to recognize the impact of my decisions on the world. Kind of puts that hype machine into perspective, doesn’t it?

    The iPad 3 will probably be way better
    I will buy a new iPad, but it just won’t be every year. Maybe it will every other year, or perhaps less frequently (although I’d bet on every other year). If the price stays the same, an average of $250 a year for a new pad every two years isn’t too bad. That’s just $20 a month. Dirt cheap compared to some hobbies I know people engage in.

    So that’s my thinking. Laying it all out like this, I feel confident about my decision. It makes perfect sense. I can’t argue for the purchase of the iPad 2. Yet somehow I get the feeling that on more than one occasion after posting this editorial, I will consider buying the iPad 2 again.
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    Totally agreed!
    The iPad 2 even is not better than the iPad 1, though people say Apple iPad 2 is Faster, Thinner and with Same Price, and maybe feels and acts drastically differently from its predecessor, but it can't really appeal to me, and buy it at once, no SD slot, no Retina display, and no Gorilla glass, just as you listed!
    I think I would stick with the 1gen iPad, and wait the iPad 3's launching, maybe it's not called iPad 3 but iPaper ;)
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    I was perfectly content with a clunky old Windows Mobile phone until the screen grid bent, causing calibration to be impossible. I moved up to a Droid Incredible after it had been on the market for months, side stepping newer releases because it fit my hand.
    I bought my ipad 1 last week AFTER the announcement of the 2 release date because Target lowered their price by $100, it's my first venture into the tablet world, the 1, like my Inc, is a proven winner and I prefer the extra girth in my xxl glove size hands .
    I've got 5 children ranging from ages 20 to 3 so I don't have time or desire to "work the bugs out" of the newest gadgets. Plus I'm super happy with my Zagg Mate and don't want to buy another cover/keyboard while awaiting one for the 2. That's a waste of time and money to me.
    I, like you, do not want a camera and got a wifi only model and can hot spot off my Inc if needed.
    If I get a 2 it will be just before or just after the launch of the next big thing.
    When our kids see us caught up in the race to have the latest (love the Best Buy buy back commercials) that is teaching them the wrong lesson about "stuff". I got caught up in the race years ago and by the grace of God was able to get off the track.
    I don't need am ipad 1 but am very happy to have it and see no need for what the 2 offers for my uses.I feel like I'd be settling just because it's newer

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    Great post Mossman. Mim feeling the exact same way. It's an internal battle of wanting the newest device vs. Already being happy with what I have. I do want to video chat with my fam very badly but I can getba refurbished iphone4 from AT&T for only $100 and do that to hold me off till ipad3 drops. You right, consumers have been conditioned to think everything we have or get is disposable and have to get the latest thing. What you posted is a very mature statement. If I had $$$ comin out da $&& then yeah, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. But I have a 6 month old daughter n priorities come first. Not pleasure or adult toys per say..lol especially if I already have an iPad. Now if I didn't have yeah, I'd get ipad2 in a heartbeat. But I'm like u, constantly thinking about it and weighing the pros n cons. We are better thn apple's marketing schemes. I'd rather update every other year. Cuz if I get ipad2 now then ipad3 drops, be back n the same boat n be mad..lol. So I'll wait I long as I can till ipad3 is here, which will be the mother of updates! Can't wait!
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    I pretty much agree with the OP. This new iPad is better than the old one, but it's not so much better for what I want to do with it. I'm happy with my 1.0, and will likely wait till the 3.0 or possibly 4.0.
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    yeah. i'd stick with my ipad1 and be happy if it was me, then wait for ipad3.
    but being as ipad2 will be my first, i'd probably wait until ipad4 (or 5) to upgrade.

    i never upgraded from my 1st gen Touch, and continue to be happy with it :)
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    Not me I upgraded my iPhone and iPad when new versions come out no matter what.
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    I don't get it when peole say their iPad will be old now because of the iPad 2. How many people do you know with an iPad? It's still a very niche item, a luxury tech. It really has not been outdated in any way by the 2. It's even sexier than the sequel, and anyone without an iPad wouldn't know the difference, and most people WITH and iPad wouldnt know the difference. Confused, confused
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    Some people take living in the now way too far. Thank god you aren't a droid fan or you would be drowning In minor hardware updates
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    There's nothing wrong with my iPad. It's like new. But it's in my hands and in use enough to kill the battery every day. Looking back over the last year and the last 53 years, it's been used more than any other electronics item I've ever owned. I've already ordered an iPad 2 and can't wait! My iPad and apps are the one way I indulge myself. And the old one won't go to waste, I have a son who will appreciate it very much!
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    As a 1st gen iPad owner, the decision process was easy for me: I didn't need a second generation device, so I don't find myself thinking too much or coveting it in any way. I am glad for the existing users who are looking forward to upgrade, and for the first-time users who may have delayed buying the first device and patiently waiting for the second - but I'm just not that emotionally invested. (It's just a thing.)
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    Well I do like new tech but I can't in any way justify upgrading when mine is doing everything I need so far. Like someone above I will say the Ipad is used more than any electronic device I've ever had and I use a computer quite a lot. (and I've been a digital photographer since the 90's doing commercial work up until 2 years ago) I didn't expect it to be this useful or this much fun. I'm an Ipad junkie for sure and its turned out I'm the go to person for all my Ipad friends LOL. Still, I'm going to wait for gen 3 and put my miney towards some new photo gear this year. If I was buying my first one, no doubt I would buy the 2 and have already recommended to some friends who didn't jump in with the original.

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    Great post Mossman! I agree with everything you said. I don't have children at home or have concerns about 'sharing' my iPad (the BF has his own). The thought is nice, I LOVE new gadgets! but, like you, I don't see the changes as being a deal breaker for me either. This is just about the coolest little device I have ever used and I have absolutely no complaints with it. It's that I can't see spending money just to be spending the money! (hope I don't have to eat these words in a weak moment at the Apple store!!!)

    Chiky
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    I have an advantage LOL. The closest Apple store is over an hour one way so I don't just amble by it. Good thing. However, Best Buy is close and they will have it also. I'll avoid that side of the store. However its not nearly as enticing as in an actual Apple store

    Diane
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    All good reasons. Camera's are the main functional upgrade. The power boost won't be very noticeable for most people who aren't using power hungry apps like iMovie etc.

    Camera is a big deal for me as I do a lot of skype, and that's one of the main reasons I never bought an iPad 1 and waited for the new one.
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    My iPad is fairly new to me (Christmas gift). I did not want it before I got it. Now I am glad I have it. Ergo...since I don't want an iPad2 it can be deduced that I would love to have one. Now try and logic me out of that dedcution. LOL

    Seriously...I find my Droid phone more useful than my iPad. Don't get me wrong...I love the iPad when I am in my living room or at work...sometimes. But the Droid is in my pocket everywhere I go, unlike the iPad. When I go fishing, my Droid gets used. When I go alpine hiking the Droid gets used. When I go hunting the Droid gets used. I just don't spend that much time in my living room.

    This is not an argument of the iPad vs the Droid. You could make the same argument for the iPhone. It's more about smartphone vs pads. I like the bigness of the iPad, but it makes it less practicle for the on-the-go lifestyle I live.

    Therefore...even though I know I would like an iPad2...I just can't make it pencil out on the logic side of things since the iPad does everything I want it to do (or things I never wanted it to do but find cool) and I just don't use it as much as other electronic devices I have. The money will go towards a new smartphone when one finally hits the market that makes me want it more than my Droid.

    Nate
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    It's just like any computer, you have to decide if upgrading for power and speed is necessary for what you do. I do photography, video, and music composition. I loved my iPad's form- factor when away from home, but I always ran into the same wall with apps. They were always just short of what would have made them useful for me due to ram, processor, and graphics speed limitations.

    With the iPad 2 I will be able to shoot and mock-up commercial videos, edit the spots, and score proposed music approaches all on one thin, portable device.

    Selling your old one takes no time or effort at all. I sold mine online to Gazelle for $530. I did it on my iPad and it took about 5 minutes. They even covered shipping costs.

    The real advantages of the new model will become clear when apps made exclusively for the new specs begin to show up (like iMovie). But if you only surf the web there would be no need for the new hardware.
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    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Now the iPad 3 will likely be a different story for me. If it gets Retina Display then that's a game changer and I'll pop for it.
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    If I have the money I would but I don't. I'll shut up until I can afford it and if that's close of the iPad 3 release then it will be the iPad 3. Then the iPad 2 owners will be discussing this subject.

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