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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

iPad 2: Will you buy it?

By Washington Post Editors

Apple announced today that a second generation of its popular tablet computer will hit shelves March 11.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 2, 2011; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Apple  
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For those who decide to buy one within an hour or two of the demo, don't you want more info than just the one-sided show? Does the image a lonely guy-dog unable to help himself when a poodle in heat walks by sound at all familiar?

Posted by: bobgeo | March 2, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Bob, it's gen2. It's not the first iPad on the block. As the first has already shown its utility (or lack thereof if that's your bent), acting on this show would hardly fall into your oh-so-tasteful example.

However, Rob, I was unable to answer your poll b/c "I was going to but had hoped for price drop" isn't among the options.

Given the cost of iPad at max storage + keyboard + case, I think I'll just go buy that MBAir I've been lusting after, instead. It'll run me $500 more, but integrated case and keyboard, greater storage, real OS all add to utility and make up the price difference.

Posted by: Bush--notrelated | March 2, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, I don't know if I can wait three more months for an iPhone 5. My 3GS is dying a slow and painful death.

Posted by: whitneyuevans | March 2, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Bush, that may have been a little too colorful an image. And I agree that the 5 options for the survey were pretty inadequate.

Even though it's gen2, after the show inspired "buy now" subsides, the central question is the value of what's in v.2 that wasn't in the original. The first few hours of impulses will fill lots of screen space and air time but let's check back in a few weeks for a better assessment.

Posted by: bobgeo | March 2, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

@Bush: I think if you need all that, then maybe a tablet isn't the right "post-PC" for you. As it is, I think the iPad is actually well priced. $499 for the base model with WiFi isn't bad. Sure 16GB looks limited (in the days of laptops with gazillion GBs) but how much storage does one really need on a *tablet*? After all, your email is in the cloud. Your pics are in the cloud (only temporarily on the tablet b4 transfer to the cloud). Your calendar is in the cloud. And once Apple does something with their purchase of lala.com, your music will also be in the cloud.

Posted by: tundey | March 2, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Nope. Already have an Ipad.

I'll wait for the HTC Flyer. A much more useable small size (I like my Ipad a lot, but it's dang near impossible to type on it..... please, don't suggest I get a separate keyboard..... I use the Ipad on the couch, in bed, etc.).

The lack of flash is very annoying on my Ipad. Particularly as so many restaurant web sites use flash, and I use the Ipad for ordering delivery, etc. And the new one won't fix that.

And it's just not portable. I think I'll use the smaller HTC Flyer a lot more, as I can see putting it in a jacket pocket, in the car, etc.

Posted by: TheHillman | March 2, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Still no USB port or SD Slot and lack of Flash support is a deal breaker. See ya Apple, I'm moving to Android.

Posted by: kettke1 | March 2, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't plan to waste the money on this iPad or any upcoming version.

It is just a silly toy and there are a whole lot more practical uses for the money.

How many stupid gadgets do people really need?

Posted by: Janice11 | March 2, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

As a piece of hardware, the XOOM is already better, however, iPad/iTouch/iPhone have the iTMS, which almost makes it worth buying an apple device just for the free apps & games.

But the XOOM is very nice, and it connects to a better network.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 2, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

My email isn't in the cloud: I IMAP it so it's with me always (as those poor sods who use web-based gmail, only, have discovered).

Yes, Dropbox now allows by-folder syncing, so I don't need QUITE as much storage as I might otherwise, but who knows exactly what they'll need when? And if I'm paying this much for a device, I want it for more than mere couchsurfing. My iPod Touch already is a near-computer (where oh where is a pop-out Belkin keyboard like I used to have for my Palm?), the iPad could be all that and a bag of chips.. and almost is.

I love people who complain that they're going to Android b/c Apple locks down their devices. Did you know that Android phones etc are also locked down? There's a jailbreak for Android, too, b/c "Open Source" doesn't necessarily mean "Open".

Posted by: Bush--notrelated | March 2, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

@kettke1: Yep. No USB port. No card slot. No Flash support. No BSOD. No security "updates" every time you get online. No WinDoze. No 4th-party bloat-ware.
Sounds like a winner to me!!!

Posted by: sandbagger | March 2, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I have an iPad, and will upgrade. What I won't buy is another dust collecting wintel desk/lap top. With the two new major apps, note also that Apple is redefining content creation in major ways.

Posted by: RichSC | March 2, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't understand how people trick themselves into thinking its a useful product. Its nice to sit on your coffee table and show to your friends, and it might be to waste time on while traveling (but you could waste that time in more enriching ways perhaps?)...

So put in a "I won't because the product concept is pointless" box.

Posted by: quandary87 | March 3, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I saw a pretty neat set up at a stereo dealer where they used an IPAD as a giant remote control for a music system. I suppose that would be a good use for the thing.

Posted by: John991 | March 3, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

No!
Jobs' cyber racket still cannot beat my little Toshiba. I can upload whatever programs I want (don't care for rap noise, though).
Whe Jobs comes up with REAL computer the size of an iPad, then.....

Posted by: analyst72 | March 3, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I travel a lot and my iPad has totally repleaced my laptop. No need to lug around a 5 pound laptop that dies halfway through a flight. The iPad is a fraction of the weight, and has a great battery. Totally worth the cost (3G 64GB) Any serious computing I do on a desktop anyways. That said I migth hold off for the iPad 3 that is rumored to be released in the fall to match the release schedule of iPods.

Posted by: uva185 | March 3, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

My (white non-pro) Macbook does everything I want and I'm not feeble enough that I can't take it everywhere, so I don't need anything else for now. And with a Droid for a phone, a third device is overkill. I have no reason for getting an iPad, but if people can find a way to get a return on their investment with the thing, more power to them I guess.

Posted by: alarico | March 3, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Made in China so greedy Apple can reap even more profits. Sorry Apple I quit buying your products until they are made in the good ole USA. If that never happens well I'm becoming less of a conspicuous consumer. I have learned I don't need the newest, shiniest, most current model to make me happy. Hoping others have learned the same thing.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 3, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

non-technical people with no good advice will continue to goto the well everytime to get their fix. some people never learn.

Posted by: bdubdc | March 3, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the tablet prices to come down. With all the major electronic manufacturers getting into the act, it won't be long. Some people will still overpay for Apples, but they alway have.

Posted by: st50taw | March 3, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Looked at the first gen IPad and decided not to buy one. Looking at this one and thinking about it seriously. Biggest drawback is lack of SD or USB slot since I use my laptop for picture management when I travel and I use my camera a lot, not the cheap camera's in any portable device. So does anyone know what typing on the thing is like, i have always been a touch typist and wonder how well it works.

Posted by: chet_brewer | March 3, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

to Desertdiva1: You won't buy an iPad because they are made in China? What do you wear - almost all clothing is made outside the USA. What furniture do you have in your house - most furniture is made outside the USA. And the list goes on. Unfortunately, very few of the things we use everyday are actually made in the US anymore. While I like to support US companies, I do need clothes, shoes, furniture, etc. and have given up trying to find things actually MADE in the US.

Posted by: SuzeVA | March 3, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

quandary87 said: Don't understand how people trick themselves into thinking its a useful product. Its nice to sit on your coffee table and show to your friends...
So put in a "I won't because the product concept is pointless" box.

And to all the others with similar comments - if you've never tried it how do you know it's useless, pointless, etc. I have one through work and I use it all the time both in the office and out. It's great to take to meetings to take notes both typed and recorded which can be emailed as needed with a click or two. I find it great for reading ebooks and researching, studying for tests, online shopping, email, even finding pics of new hairstyles to take to my hairdresser. This is just a fraction of the things I use my iPad to do. It doesn't sit on the coffee table and collect dust.

Posted by: SuzeVA | March 3, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

quandary87 said: Don't understand how people trick themselves into thinking its a useful product. Its nice to sit on your coffee table and show to your friends...
So put in a "I won't because the product concept is pointless" box.

And to all the others with similar comments - if you've never tried it how do you know it's useless, pointless, etc. I have one through work and I use it all the time both in the office and out. It's great to take to meetings to take notes both typed and recorded which can be emailed as needed with a click or two. I find it great for reading ebooks and researching, studying for tests, online shopping, email, even finding pics of new hairstyles to take to my hairdresser. This is just a fraction of the things I use my iPad to do. It doesn't sit on the coffee table and collect dust.

Posted by: SuzeVA | March 3, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Apple's once a year release schedule is going to be their downfall here. The Xoom is already out and has comparable or better specs and a better tablet OS. Apple has been able to stay ahead in the smartphone market (to an extent) because the iPhone is always the unquestioned best at release, and it takes the competitors a couple months to catch up. The iPad just doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from existing tech, meaning that, after a couple months, it's going to be in the dust. The case is cool, though.

Posted by: crashinghero | March 3, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

After having owned 3 iPods that all crapped out, I will never buy another Apple product. Their stuff is trash, cheap made-in-China trinkets and not worth the money.

Posted by: 7891 | March 3, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

After having owned 3 iPods that all crapped out, I will never buy another Apple product. Their stuff is trash, cheap made-in-China trinkets and not worth the money.

Posted by: 7891 | March 3, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

SuzeVA wrote: to Desertdiva1: You won't buy an iPad because they are made in China? What do you wear - almost all clothing is made outside the USA. What furniture do you have in your house - most furniture is made outside the USA. And the list goes on. Unfortunately, very few of the things we use everyday are actually made in the US anymore. While I like to support US companies, I do need clothes, shoes, furniture, etc. and have given up trying to find things actually MADE in the US.
---------------------------
There's an entire search engine devoted to companies and products made in the USA. I also own a business that the product down to the packaging is made entirely in the USA. From beginning to end so spare me the "everything is made in China today" crap because it's not. There are furniture mills in the Carolinas With a little work you can find what you need and I don't buy ANYTHING made in China. Not happy with the current unemployment rate? Then look at all the cheap chinese crap in your homes. Here's a link to the search engine-

http://www.madeinusa.org/

For furniture and home decorating products here's a second search engine-

http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/homedecor.html

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 3, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

the poll is missing the statement - "I would never buy an Apple product." That I could choose. Apple is so limited in all it's various products. No this, no that. why? Because Apple says we don't really want this or that. Apple is not the thinking persons product.

Posted by: therev1 | March 3, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I own a single Apple product: A tiny Ipod Shuffle that I use when I work out as I need something light that doesn't get in my way. It is a perfect fit for my needs. Though I am increasingly irritated with Itunes and if/when the time comes to replace my player I probably will choose a device from a different company.

As for tablet devices, I just don't see the need for it in my life. And having a gadget just for the sake of having the gadget just doesn't mesh with my lifestyle (or my budget).

Posted by: NoneoftheAbove08 | March 5, 2011 3:44 AM | Report abuse

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