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How people use their iPads

By Ezra Klein

Business Insider publishes its survey. When the iPad came out, I decided to wait for the second generation before putting down that kind of money. I wish I hadn't.

By Ezra Klein  | November 18, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
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I made the same decision, and I think all the reasons I did so are still valid, despite my rampant technolust. The battery life isn't where I'd like it to be, and it's still basically an iPhone with a larger screen. The second generation will not only see improvements based on more development time, but hopefully some competitors will get some more tabs out there and give Apple some incentive to put some new and interesting things in the iPad 2.

Posted by: MosBen | November 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I have an iPad and I think it was worth the money, although I purchased the 3G version just in case I was traveling and have yet to activate the feature. At this point in the iPad life cycle, I'd recommend that you wait for the next version, especially if they change the form factor enough that you would have to get another case, as often happens with the iPhone.

Posted by: jnc4p | November 18, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"...and give Apple some incentive to put some new and interesting things in the iPad 2."

Yeah, like a real OS. Frankly, I don't care who makes it, just give me something that's more like my laptop than my cellphone.

Posted by: leoklein | November 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I didn't buy a first generation iPad because I didn't have the money, and I wasn't going to put it on credit. Bottom line. Same reason I probably won't buy the 2nd generation, either. But, if I had the money to spare, I'd definitely get it. As it is, I'm either using my iPhone or my laptop or my desktop to do stuff that would be much better on an iPad. Of course, I have a 1st generation iPhone (4gb) and it's showing it's age. If I had a new iPhone, I might not be quite as hot on the iPad as I am now. But I'd still like one.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 18, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Kevin, I've always been of the thought that you should never buy electronics on credit. Paying for something that's already outdated would annoy me.

As for the argument about whether the first-gen one is "worth the money", I'm sure it is. I'm sure that if I had one I would use it all the time and love it to death. At the same time, the second generation of most electronics products, particularly Apple's, are usually a pretty significant improvement over the original. The first one may be worth it, but the second one will almost surely be a better value.

For me, it really comes down to battery life. If I can't use a device like this throughout the day without worrying that it's going to die on me, I don't think it's really worth it. Hopefully they'll get the iPad 2 up to somewhere between 10-20 hours of battery life. I think that might be enough to push me over the top, assuming there's not a competing tablet out by that time that's competitive on specs and cheaper.

Posted by: MosBen | November 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Battery Life Improvement??? Gentlemen I have an iPad and I use it a LOT. I watch Netflix movies, read the news before bed, watch study video's, use it on the road to access documents through dropbox and well I just use it a ton... It NEVER ( sorry for caps l ) ever runs out of battery. The battery is awesome.

Also, you don't need the 3G. All you do is get mywi which let's you stream your Internet from the iPhone.

Posted by: ChadB | November 18, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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