Cat Chat episode 6: iPad, iDunno

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The jury is still out.

Should I get an iPad — or should I get something else? Like a MacBook Air. Or a Kindle. Or, hmm, a flat-screen HD TV with Oceanic’s full range of digital cable?

Don’t get me wrong: I get the wonders of the iPad. I know about its convenience, its portability, its awesome 9.7-inch high-resolution display. But even though I’ve tackled this issue in an earlier post, I still haven’t decided.

So I asked Nonstop’s tech-and-gadget guru John Garcia to break it down for me.

Let the convincing begin!

Got another reason why I should buy the iPad — or a reason I shouldn’t? Post your thoughts here. We love hearing from you!

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41 comments
Ynaku
Ynaku

Oooh Free Apps. Thanks. it's a start. Anything else?

tokidote
tokidote

Great Cat Chat episode. I don't think the iPad is a "instead of" but rather an "in addition to". It's a great device that compliments what you already have if you live in the iOS/Mac world. The one topic you mention will be moot this January when the OS X app store is launched so the Air will be able to purchase and download apps -- voila!. One selling point that sometimes isn't mentioned is the touch interface. Interacting with apps using touch on a big screen is a different experience and one you can't get on the Air. My advice? Get the Air *AND* the iPad =)

Flipboard
HootSuite
Kindle
Zinio
Instapaper
And games games games! Too many to list here =)

valdezign
valdezign

My five fave iPad apps:

1. Stanza - Digital comics! Oh, and for those funny ebooks/docs with words only, too.
2. Square - Mobile cash register with push-button inventory. Comes with a credit card reader, as well (free). Kukui High customers love signing their name on the iPad, btw. :)
3. Flipboard - Visual news reader. Find your own feeds or add suggested ones. Lays out stories in attractive magazine format. Swipe screen to "turn" the page. Varied layouts keep it fresh.
4. Adobe Ideas - Sketchbook app. There are many out there, but Ideas also plugs in to your Adobe/Photoshop.com account from which you can pull in uploaded photos and projects.
5. Dropbox - Cloud storage. Install on each device for seamless file syncing.

Oh, and did I mention all of these were free? :)

padams
padams

Like the song that never ends, this question never ends--to wait, or...not?
WSJ hints that we "waiters" may hit a sweet spot in early 2011.
Among other things, Google and Acer bring a speedy AndroidOS
internet-only laptop to the party. Price war?--stay tuned!

M
M

Hello Cat!
For me it's a matter of do I need it or do I want it.
If you need it, go for it.

MaxMaxMax
MaxMaxMax

Waitnig for the iPad 2 myself. Early guestimates are that it'll ship sometime between Feb. and April.

As for a 3G model... Why pay extra? Just use tethering to your iPhone's Internet. I do it with my MacBook Pro all the time. And it is actually quite fast!

WildeOscar
WildeOscar

Today's Chat was excellent. Thank you John and Cat. I never wanted an iPad before today. Basic iPad, with keyboard docker and case is about $600. Not bad. My netbook battery and charger are both shot, and the iPad with all the available apps and iBooks is looking pretty inviting.

Ynaku
Ynaku

I ordered a refurbished IPAD. Saved $100. Only thing is, I'm still waiting for delivery. They shipped it from China, then goes to Hong Kong, flew to Tennessee, went to customs, then on it's way to Honolulu. Waiting for it to land in Hilo then get to play with it.

Google: Refurbished IPAD Right now they have 16, 32 & 64 with 3G. I got a 64 wifi for $599 (didn't have refurb 3G). I use my DROID for email while on the road. I wanted something small that can do multiple tasks. My wife has a netbook so I didn't want to have duplicates (good excuse yeah to get an IPAD :) ) I'l see how good the refurbished unit are. Supposed to be set to factory standards. Hope I get it today. Come on FedEx, I'm in my office today.

Thanks John and Cat. Nice discussion. And it's true. If you goinig wait for something better, you'll never buy one,

How about a post of favorite IPAD Apps? I would love to know what works and what doesn't.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Oh, and the camera framing wasn't my idea... :-)

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

that was informative: 'tell me what you do & i'll tell you which device is best suited to your needs.' and right on re: John's statement: (sic) "if you're waiting for Apple, you'll be waiting forever, because they are always coming out with something new." my activity is more like Cat's; surf net (not Queen's), and comm with friends.

kaytee100
kaytee100

For me it wasn't a matter of whether to get the iPad for Christmas. That was a no brainer. The hard part was deciding which one to get. Is it worth getting the G3 when you already have a smart phone? Now that's a whole 'nother decision and tremendously adds to the price. I've heard that a number of people bring their iPads to their business meetings. Way easier than lugging a laptop around.

CodyZamboni
CodyZamboni

I Pad, I'll eventually get one. But cost big $$$$$. And I just upgraded. I upgraded from a Commodore 64 to a an Apple IIC. So I"m on pace to get an I Pad in about 28 years. : )
Cat, I like your look with the eyeglassess. Very nice.

strobie
strobie

My friends who live on planes say they never bring their laptops anymore, just the iPad. I can see the value there. People I know who have them just love 'em, but I can't see having BOTH that and a laptop. I'd just think of other things I could use the money for... or save it. I know, boring.

808marv
808marv

LOL you keep asking Cat, I think maybe you better satisfy your curiosity already. For me the rumors are getting stronger about the second version coming out possibly by mid-2011 I'm willing to wait that long and see what happens. Here's an article from CNET that might help you a little:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-18438_7-20025027-82.html

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

CAT: Cool interview. I like the studious look, matched the subject material. Bottom line is, as JG stated, if you got the dough go for the go! Me, i no got the dough, so iDunno.

tokidote
tokidote

@docrock he he he, as they say, great minds my friend, great minds... =)

docrock
docrock

@tokidote Just another thing for kdote to say we think alike. Nice B

MaxMaxMax
MaxMaxMax

@valdezign I used Stanza previously, but have really gotten into iBooks lately.
Dropbox is da bomb!

MaxMaxMax
MaxMaxMax

@johngarcia Yikes!!! A smaller screen? As much as i love my retina screen on the iPhone, I'd rather have the same size screen, even if it's non-retina. Honestly I was waiting for the camera, but not at the expense of screen real estate. Hmmm... that would be a deal breaker!

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@MaxMaxMax Hearing it's going to be a smaller screen (7") perhaps retinia, camera and a few other bells and whistles. Camera would be cool, but I like the size of my iPad now. Don't think I'd dig a smaller screen than this. I find it to be a great surface size.

MaxMaxMax
MaxMaxMax

@WildeOscar @johngarcia @docrock Nice follow up docrock! Another thing you can do to save battery consumption is to go into "airplane" mode, that is if you're doing everything on the iPad and not online... or, if jailbroken, use SBSettings to turn off only the components you don't need.

Cat
Cat

@Ynaku Yep, stay tuned! You DON'T want to miss that!

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@Ynaku Thanks for the comment! Nothing wrong with refurb equipment, especially from Apple. Good as new and still has warranty! Let us know what you think when you get it!

I'll be doing an app rundown with @docrock sometime within the next couple weeks! Stay tuned. :)

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@Cat Yeah — it's grown on me. :) I tried putting a checklist on the right but it was perfectly not enough space. haha

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@docrock @kaytee100 I had the same methodology. I currently have ATT and RoadRunner mobile with a cradlepoint and it works like a charm, but sometimes you don't want to have to lug the hot spot around and wait for boot up. Quick and easy access. At work and at home, wifi is great!

docrock
docrock

@kaytee100 I got the WiFi only version and opted for a connection from Clear 4G. The bullet points are:

• 4G is Faster
• ClearSpot let's me connect 8 devices, iPhone, iPad and MacBookPro @ the same time
• AT&T 3G $30 per month vs ClearSpot 4G at $40 (Apple only version $25)
• Free WiFi is freakin' eveywhere

Hope this helps

Cat
Cat

@kaytee100 I actually bought the BF an iPad — he doesn't have a working laptop and uses his iPhone for web browising — and thought about that very question. Opted for the 3G+WiFI because the option is always there. He's had it for months now and hasn't subscribed to 3G yet. But he's thinking about it.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@kaytee100 Great question — if I were to do it all over again, I would definitely drop the extra $100 for the 3G+wifi version. It's month to month access and something you can fall back on in a pinch. It's just easier if you don't have to worry about connecting sometimes. I'd almost recommend getting the 16GB 3G+wifi over a 32GB wifi. All depends on what your intentions are and what kind of user you tend to be. If you want lots of static media like movies and music, the 32GB will come in handy. 16 might fill up on you. If you're good at media management, 16 is fine. Most casual users can get by on the base model.

Ynaku
Ynaku

@CodyZamboni I still have the green screen Apple II monitor somewhere. I think we have the Apple IIe here in my office with the floppy disk too. =)

strobie
strobie

@johngarcia Ooh, that's good to know. Of course, all things will have to wait until after I get the MacBook Air. ;-)

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@strobie I agree. As a travel companion, the iPad is amazing. Especially if you're on a plane with wifi or airports with access. Seamless entertainment. Battery life is excellent and you can do everything from check e-mail to play Angry Birds HD without worrying about having a surface space, posture or screen angles.

If you already have a laptop and it still works, but is a couple years old, the iPad may breathe new life in to your workflow. As an Android user, however, I would recommend looking in to the Galaxy Tab as it would probably integrate in to your current electronic line-up better. I've heard good things.

Cat
Cat

@808marv I know! I know! I think I'm going to wait!

docrock
docrock

@Melissa808 I'd buy you one too if I had the $$$ you'd love it. You need a Sugar Daddy ASAP!

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@Melissa808 You'd love it, Melissa! Wish we had it in the budget to get you all an iPad! I'd totally drop the money. :)

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