Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

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Jags4186
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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Jags4186 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:03 am

Unladen_Swallow wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:28 pm
I am so cool, I'm practically ice! :D
As the great George Carlin once said

"You ain't cool, you're chilly! And chilly ain't never been cool."

Perhaps back in the early days of tablets the Galaxy tablets were good, but right now the $250 iPad (available for under $200 if you catch a good sale/promotion) is unbeatable.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Gretchen » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:37 pm

michaelingp wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:54 am
My wife too, although she bought it herself. I would feel the same way as you if she were watching cat videos, but she's reading the same books she used to read on paper. Now she can get any book she wants much quicker than paper books from the library, change the font and look up the definition of words. She can take as many books as she wants on vacation. While I'm still reading books on paper, it works fine for her (and me).
My iPad Air 2, which I bought in April 2015, is still going strong. I've saved the entire purchase price (at least!) in the books I download from the LA County Library instead of buying them. It's wonderful not to have to tote a bag of books when we travel. It's also good for web browsing and listening to podcasts. I manage my email on my Dell laptop, but the iPad works as an inconvenient backup if I'm out and around. I refuse to put email on my phone so it doesn't annoy me all day.

I don't think a day goes by that I'm not using the iPad. When it finally dies, I'm buying another the very same day.

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"old iPad"

Post by Bogle7 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:57 pm

Gretchen wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:37 pm
My iPad Air 2, which I bought in April 2015, is still going strong....I don't think a day goes by that I'm not using the iPad. When it finally dies, I'm buying another the very same day.
+1
And, I paid $600
Can be replaced for <$300. Amazing

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Dead Man Walking » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:50 pm

I have a Kindle Fire that I used to check email and surf the internet. My wife has an iPad and I was impressed with how much better the touchscreen was compared to my Kindle. Consequently, I purchased a 6th generation iPad. Another feature which helped convince me was the ability to use our wireless printer with an iPad. I bought a strap for $5 that allows me to comfortably hold it with one hand like the broadcasters on TV. I use it almost exclusively for email and visiting websites. However, I don’t use it to log into my Vanguard account because of Vanguard’s security policy which requires a firewall, antivirus software, etc. According to the experts, security software is not necessary for iPads and iPhones, but I am not taking any chances. The fact that an iPad can be linked with an iPhone is a convenience. Being able to comfortably use it while sitting in my recliner watching TV makes it worth it to me.

DMW

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Calli114 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:13 pm

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:54 pm
OP here, my other concern is planned obsolescence.

My wife has an iPad Mini (maybe 1st or 2nd Gen) and it’s virtually unusable. It’s so incredibly slow and laggy, I suppose because the memory has been zapped by the OS but can’t really confirm that.

By the way, thanks for all the replies!

I have perhaps a similar problem, an iPad Air (I think) but I got the one with the smallest memory and ran into a catch-22 when apps would not run without an upgrade, but not enough memory left to upgrade the operating system.
I decided to get a MacBook Air in lieu of an iPad because I needed to scan stuff and make some files, but I'm hanging onto the iPad which I still prefer for email, music, Internet surfing.
Personally I think a new iPad with plenty of memory would be worth it; I may end up springing for one since I'm just so used to it.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by bluebolt » Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:57 pm

FYI - the 128GB iPad 7th generation wifi is on sale for $329 at Amazon. $429 on Apple/list price, normal price on Amazon is around $400. This is the lowest price it's been on Amazon, though the same price as it was on Black Friday and around the holidays last year.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/Apple-iPad- ... B07XR5B32Q

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Jags4186 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:06 pm

bluebolt wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:57 pm
FYI - the 128GB iPad 7th generation wifi is on sale for $329 at Amazon. $429 on Apple/list price, normal price on Amazon is around $400. This is the lowest price it's been on Amazon, though the same price as it was on Black Friday and around the holidays last year.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/Apple-iPad- ... B07XR5B32Q
Stack with one of 3 current AMEX Amazon promos:

$20 off $50 — $309 final price
$40 off $100 — $289 final price
20% off up to $50 — $279 final price

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Eyeski » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:30 pm

I think so. My 11” iPad Pro is nearing 3 years old and I’m still smitten. I bought it to replace an old 2012 MacBook Air. The only time I prefer the MacBook is when I have to type a substantial amount of text.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by bluebolt » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:54 pm

Jags4186 wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:06 pm
bluebolt wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:57 pm
FYI - the 128GB iPad 7th generation wifi is on sale for $329 at Amazon. $429 on Apple/list price, normal price on Amazon is around $400. This is the lowest price it's been on Amazon, though the same price as it was on Black Friday and around the holidays last year.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/Apple-iPad- ... B07XR5B32Q
Stack with one of 3 current AMEX Amazon promos:

$20 off $50 — $309 final price
$40 off $100 — $289 final price
20% off up to $50 — $279 final price
These are all rewards for Amex cards with Membership Rewards, correct?

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by hudson » Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:15 pm

My preferences in order for computing stuff.
1. Windows 10 desktop with large monitor, keyboard, and mouse...or a Windows 10 laptop if typing stuff
2. Iphone...the large size
3. Ipad
4. Chromebook

The Windows desktop and the iPhone get the most use. The iPad comes in third. I'd buy all 3 again.
If I'm typing more than a few words, I'm on Windows 10.
It's all good! I touched on punch cards, and missed the commodore 64, but I've been doing this stuff since the apple IIe, 8086, dos 3, and Windows NT.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Jags4186 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:23 am

bluebolt wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:54 pm
Jags4186 wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:06 pm
bluebolt wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:57 pm
FYI - the 128GB iPad 7th generation wifi is on sale for $329 at Amazon. $429 on Apple/list price, normal price on Amazon is around $400. This is the lowest price it's been on Amazon, though the same price as it was on Black Friday and around the holidays last year.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/Apple-iPad- ... B07XR5B32Q
Stack with one of 3 current AMEX Amazon promos:

$20 off $50 — $309 final price
$40 off $100 — $289 final price
20% off up to $50 — $279 final price
These are all rewards for Amex cards with Membership Rewards, correct?
Yes. Use 1 Membership Reward point towards purchase to claim the discount after your activate offer.

I challenge anyone in the credit cards reward thread to beat a $50/pt redemption on any travel item :wink:

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by peterinjapan » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:45 am

I am a heavy user of a 12.9 iPad Pro. I find it to be almost the perfect device. No drivers, no software licenses to install, everything is as automatic and safe as could be, far better than any Windows or Mac. I write a lot (Wordpress) and translate (Google Sheets) which works well. The only "hard" work I can't get done is UI scripting, which I do when scheduling posts for social media, which is obviously not something that most people do. Also, I can't fun Windows inside my iPad like I can inside my Macbook Pro.

Everything else is purely brilliant. If you get one, ALWAYS get the cellular version. That way you can buy just 1 GB (or whatever) when you go on a business trip, when your cell phone goes on the fritz, etc.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by bluebolt » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:43 am

Jags4186 wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:23 am
bluebolt wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:54 pm
Jags4186 wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:06 pm
Stack with one of 3 current AMEX Amazon promos:

$20 off $50 — $309 final price
$40 off $100 — $289 final price
20% off up to $50 — $279 final price
These are all rewards for Amex cards with Membership Rewards, correct?
Yes. Use 1 Membership Reward point towards purchase to claim the discount after your activate offer.

I challenge anyone in the credit cards reward thread to beat a $50/pt redemption on any travel item :wink:
Too bad none of my Amex cards have Membership Rewards.
:(

Jags4186
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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Jags4186 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:50 am

bluebolt wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:43 am
Jags4186 wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:23 am
bluebolt wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:54 pm
Jags4186 wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:06 pm
Stack with one of 3 current AMEX Amazon promos:

$20 off $50 — $309 final price
$40 off $100 — $289 final price
20% off up to $50 — $279 final price
These are all rewards for Amex cards with Membership Rewards, correct?
Yes. Use 1 Membership Reward point towards purchase to claim the discount after your activate offer.

I challenge anyone in the credit cards reward thread to beat a $50/pt redemption on any travel item :wink:
Too bad none of my Amex cards have Membership Rewards.
:(
Time to get one and nab a sign up bonus along with it. It is worth having one just in order to take advantage of these promos as they come along fairly often — at least 2 or 3x a year.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Poorman » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:55 am

Personally I'd rather use a nice portable 14 inch 10 battery hour laptop that runs windows 10 for $400. Does everything well.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by Caduceus » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:19 am

Depends on what you think you're going to use it for. Anything I can do on the Ipad I'd rather do on the laptop. And when I'm out and about, I exclusively read on my Kindle Paperwhite, so the Ipad has no utility for me. Come to think about it, I don't seem to see as many Ipads around compared to a few years ago.

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Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Post by thatme » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:49 am

I use mine MUCH more than I expected. The big thing I’ve found (which may or may not apply) is that in order to use my work laptop I have to connect to the VPN, but my iPad Pro is always on via the Mail app so I can deal with email much more efficiently than getting my laptop out. Some of the more senior folks I work with have gone to iPads exclusively, even though they don’t interface with our document management system - they can just email someone like me to send them docs instead. :-)

My iPad is always with me, laptop not as much. I have the iPad Pro with Apple keyboard and it simply works, love it. Much better than typing on a phone, much more convenient than a laptop. And when I’m traveling it’s great for watching Netflix, etc...

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