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Old 09-07-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Have mercy here — I still don’t have a cell phone or any other hand-held communication device. But I am thinking of going crazy and buying an iPad (against all my earlier objections).

A couple of questions …

What is 3G good for, practically speaking? I understand that it allows one to have the web and other remote services in public places with 3G available. But where are those places likely to be? I do not routinely hang out in coffee shops or other public places with 3G, but is that how you get service in a hotel or similar venue?

What chews up data storage most? For a price, one can buy the thing with 16, 32, or 64GB. I assume that videos are the most demanding, then lots of high-res images. What else uses a lot of space? Apps?

Is it possible that I might have almost as much fun with the new iPod Touch?

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3G means you have Internet access wherever there's cellphone reception; it's wi-fi that relies on cafes, hotels, your home wi-fi, etc.

As you say, videos chew memory, but it's not as if it would be your only storage. You can put a lot of stuff even on 16GB (remember the hard drives of yore?).

An iPhone or iPod touch is much more portable, but the extra screen space of the iPad makes it much more practical for some things. I know my iPhone is a strain on my eyes after a while because it's so small. I guess your choice should depend to a certain amount on how much you intend to get about with it.
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3G means you have Internet access wherever there's cellphone reception; it's wi-fi that relies on cafes, hotels, your home wi-fi, etc.
Glad I asked that, since I had it semi-backwards.

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As you say, videos chew memory, but it's not as if it would be your only storage. You can put a lot of stuff even on 16GB (remember the hard drives of yore?).
But we have sloppier stuff these days. Are most apps small?

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An iPhone or iPod touch is much more portable, but the extra screen space of the iPad makes it much more practical for some things. I know my iPhone is a strain on my eyes after a while because it's so small. I guess your choice should depend to a certain amount on how much you intend to get about with it.
Probably not too much. I want this thing viscerally, so am trying to figure out a practical use so as not to feel too guilty. But I suspect most use will be at home.

If it turns out to be easy to store my own PDFs in it, I might use it instead of sheafs of papers. Can you put it on a copier and get a good print?

   
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If it turns out to be easy to store my own PDFs in it, I might use it instead of sheafs of papers. Can you put it on a copier and get a good print?
I haven't seen it tried, but I doubt it. Decent printing support is still in the pipeline.
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I haven't seen it tried, but I doubt it. Decent printing support is still in the pipeline.
I figured as much. But copying is not exactly the same thing.

Guess I will only know if I get one and give it a try, huh?

   
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Copying won't work using a scanner unless it can be set to use backlight rather than reflected light.[/quote]Doh! I should have figured that out myself. Thanks.

   
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I found the virtual keyboard quite difficult to use for more than a couple of sentences, as I like some tactile feedback on the keys.
I played on a friend's iPad for a bit and discovered the same thing - I want and need tactile feedback. If/when I get an iPad, I'll get one of the portable Bluetooth keyboards to go with.

   
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You could always keep a copy of the PDFs on a normal computer and print from there when needed, no? Printing from the iThing would require proximity if not an actual tether to a printer. Which is probably connected to your computer already. Do the easy thing. <g>

   
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You could always keep a copy of the PDFs on a normal computer and print from there when needed, no? Printing from the iThing would require proximity if not an actual tether to a printer. Which is probably connected to your computer already. Do the easy thing. <g>
I usually do, believe me. I am the queen of ease!

That is the motive for this idea. But perhaps I was getting a bit extravagant (looking for a justification for buying a high-tech toy).

   
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Extravagant? Heavens no. Not at all. You can always READ the PDFs on the little fella, just not print 'em. Think of all those trees you'll save. Think of it as a blow for the green movement.

   
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