I've recently decided that since I'm starting an online startup (my second) and need some kind of gadget to help me out with communication, maintence etc. I've been looking for some time now at the iPad 2 - and it looks like it's very easy to get things done on the go (including editing documents in my dropbox folder and using the browser to make modifications to the website on the go). Not only this but I could also play around with Garageband and iMovie on the iPad, which I've wanted to do for some time (I haven't got a Mac).
With a hefty price tag of Â£399 (GBP) - I'm wondering if it's worth getting (the money would be going directly out of my savings account (which has been sitting there for a long time and was supposed to be for when I'm 18 (I'm only currently 16) - however there is no where near enough to even contribute to anything big like a house or a car (there is only around Â£800)).
Do you think I should get an iPad 2? If so, why?
Answer by Illusion Slayer · May 12, 2011 at 09:02 AM
Do you need it? No. Will it be beneficial to you? Maybe.
If you're going for the 3g version don't forget monthly cost. If you're going for the wifi version why not just get a laptop?
Answer by Josh_M · May 12, 2011 at 01:07 PM
If you are unsure about whether it is beneficial for you or not, I would suggest going to an Apple store if one is available near you or if you know a friend that has one, ask them if you could borrow it for a week. Also, if a cell phone carrier offers the iPad in your country, you should be able to go to one of their stores and try it out for a few minutes.
Answer by Joel · May 12, 2011 at 08:56 PM
What does an iPad provide that a netbook or tablet PC doesn't that you need? One big difference between a PC-based tablet and an iOS tablet is the cost of software. I quickly looked at code editors for the iPad and couldn't find a free one. Any free Windows code editor will run on a netbook/tablet PC. There are netbooks with 3g; it's not an iPad only thing.
Maybe if you are completely computer illiterate and all you want to do is play games, watch YouTube, and view some PDFs (after you probably pay for a reader) then an iPad is worth the extra money.
First determine what you need. Then compare the price of what will accomplish the task and how easily it will do that.