Sticking to Gen 1 for sure. Does everything I want it to and the arrival of GarageBand for single track recording and light editing tasks is going to be a real joy for me. Saving my $ for iPhone 5 as skipping the iPhone 4 was not easy. Maybe in a year or two I'll consider an upgrade.
I've been waiting to see if the iPad 2 was a meaningful upgrade before I purchased one or the other; to me the update wouldn't make much difference.
That said, I decided to eschew the tablet altogether and get a Macbook Air, as I just can't see living without a full keyboard for typing. Also, I use the web with my laptop... on my lap. It's tough to change habitual behaviour I suppose.
Here's a longish post will all my thoughts about the 2nd gen (mostly a repeat of my post on TouchArcade, with a few updates here and there).
I love gaming on my 1st Gen (64GB + 3G) and although I can rationalize why it's worth upgrading to the 2nd gen equivalent, there are a number of reasons why I prefer the 1st Gen.:
- Weight. Yes, the 1st gen can get heavy, but I like the heft (perceived durability). Not too much of a difference between the two, though.
- Speed. Everyone wants the latest and greatest. Except for photo blogs, the speed of the 1st gen is just fine with me. Sometimes a little stutter or lag when scrolling photos, but not enough to balk over.
- Cameras. Regardless of the quality / resolution / focus features of the cameras, this *could* be a big thing for me as I like to video chat with my young daughter when traveling (which is rare). But for real photos, I can't see taking photos outside as being practical (especially on a sunny day) and would still take out my m4/3.
- New Cover. To be honest, the thought scares me. Appears to be a magnetic metal hinge. Metal on metal = scratches.
- HDMI adapter. Works with 1st Gen too. Sure, 1st gen won't support 1080p, but neither does the Adapter/iOS 4.3 (appears to be 720p limit for movies and mirroring not full-screen 1080p). AirPlay and composite cable works just fine in a pinch.
- Memory. Still an unknown while we wait for someone to crack it open. This could be a big thing for the 2nd gen, especially if it helps avoid app crashes when multiple apps are swapped to the background or Safari is rendering large/multiple pages. I do run into some app crashes from time to time, but nothing a reboot or closing the BG apps doesn't solve.
- GPS? No change
- Screen coating? Meh. would be nice but not enough to merit an upgrade.
- Safari - this could be a big one but not enough for the few times I run into problems.
The biggest feature that I was looking forward to was the hotspot (to simplify my Eye-Fi/Shuttersnitch combination. But it's confirmed that's only for the iPhones. No worries - JB and MyWi still works a treat.
Lastly, I'm not sold on the new design. Don't like the way the screen appears to be raised at the edges and the rear speaker grill is going to create problems for skins.
I won't be upgrading since I already have an iPad, but I fear the advancements made in the iPad 2 will create a significant divide once developers start rolling out new apps. You'll be seeing a lot of apps that will be optimized for the next generation iPad architecture.
There should be some distinction that most people passing are iPad 1 owners who will have to deal with disposal in order to upgrade, and those who aren't owners who are fence sitting to see if iPad 3 will be worth the wait.
Since my iPad went to my MIL for Xmas, I am needing one now. So iPad 2 is in my future.
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I'm probably passing on ipad 2 as I'm saving up for iphone 5 this summer (out of contract). My girl is pretty much sold on ipad 2 though, and unless iphone 5 has a major "killer upgrade" she'll probably be going for ipad 2 sometime in the near future.
If I'd not been lame and gotten the n97 instead of an iphone, I'd probably be trying to sell a first gen ipad to get a 2nd gen
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