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It appears that I will need to aquire an iPad for work purposes.

At a minimum a 16gig iPad with wifi is required. In real work use of the iPad away from work is there much point in paying the extra for more memory and/or 3g?

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I bought an iPad without 3g thinking "I already have a 3G in my cell phone, I don't need another device with it".
Today I'm very sorry to not bought with 3G.
 

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No. I have 1 16 gig one, all my docs are in dropbox and most apps pretty small unless you play games. If you really need cellular, a better deal is to get a MiFi portable hotspot, and use it with phones to laptop's at 4g speed if needed
 

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You will prolly use it for more things than you suspect. I have the 64gb 3G version and would not be happy with less.
 

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No. I have 1 16 gig one, all my docs are in dropbox and most apps pretty small unless you play games. If you really need cellular, a better deal is to get a MiFi portable hotspot, and use it with phones to laptop's at 4g speed if needed

Too many devices, man. I'm trying to get away from that.
 

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I already have a Blackberry that I am very happy with, an iPod Nano that provides me music while riding (as well as 16 gigs on my Zumo) and a Netbook for web sufing and route planning while on long rides. I don't really need an iPad and was not interested in getting one but I know that technology can be very addicting and that I would likely use it for lots else.

So will I feel that I am really missing things if I don't have 3g and if I only have 16 gigs? It is $100 more for 32 gigs over 16 gigs, and $100 more for 3g as well.

If an iPad could talk to my Zumo I would likely want it for eriding as I am sure web browsing and some of the other features would be real nice to have, but the main reason for gettign one is that I am required to have it for work. I odn't need to get it before mid January.. do prices generally drop after Christmas or does Apple's tight control of their market eliminate that?

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They do sell refurbs in the apple store online, Tom. They are exactly like new with a new warranty. Any refurbs from apple are blemish free with new accessories.
 

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I use my iPad 16GB with WiFi and have all my docs like a complete set of factory maintenance manuals for all my motorcycles, all work related docs, about 400 cd's of music, many useful apps and I've barely dented the 16GB environment. If WiFi is not available I just wireless tether the iPad to my 4g Android phone with built in Hotspot and I'm still in business.
 

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By dropping my business card into a fishbowl at a conference recently, some nice sponsor sent me a 16gb wifi iPad2. Now I rarely use my netbook or turn on the desktop at home. There's a bunch of music and videos for the kids that my wife put on there, a pile of ebooks, a remote desktop to get at my office, a bunch of other apps she seems to like, and it doesn't seem to make much of a dent in the memory.

I watch MotoGP and WSBK races on it while I'm making the kids' lunches and doing dishes (I'm a modern dad!!!). And sometimes I surf Stromtrooper, like now. If you're not an Apple user, it will take getting used to. Steve Jobs really is the ghost in the machine, and the peculiarities, and inability to do anything but his way can be annoying.

As for 3G, I sometimes wish I had it, but there's wifi just about everywhere, and our IT guy showed me how he can set up his iPhone to be a wifi hotspot. Unfortunately our BBs won't do that, but mine is getting so bashed up I expect he'll replace it with an iPhone shortly (I suspect he's waiting for the 5 to come out).

I wouldn't pay for it, but for free, it's a great entertainment toy.
 

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Video is what eats up memory the fastest. A single well-compressed 720p feature film can easily be 2-4GB.

I have an old iphone 3G with 16GB of memory, and I'm always bumping up against the limit, mainly due to the 11+ GB of music I keep on it. I don't even try to use it for video, because the screen is too small and it's pretty slow by today's standard. But video looks great on the ipad, so I can see storage being an issue if you actually load videos onto it (as opposed to streaming).

Also keep in mind that, as with all storage devices, the actual formatted size is less than the advertised number. The operating system takes up some space too, so a bone-stock "empty" 16GB ipad actually has about 14GB or so available.
 

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A friend has the ipad, and i am coveting one. Can I access my Macpro with the ipad? In other words can i retrieve music and apps using the ipad as a wireless remote device? Can the ipad and Macpro communicate wirelessly?
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A friend has the ipad, and i am coveting one. Can I access my Macpro with the ipad? In other words can i retrieve music and apps using the ipad as a wireless remote device? Can the ipad and Macpro communicate wirelessly?
gracias,
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In a word no. But there are apps such as AirVideo that you install on you MacPro and the iPad that let you simply drop movies into a folder on the Pro that you can stream to the iPad, regardless of the format. It's one of my most favourite apps actually.

As for wifi vs 3G, it really depends on your needs and wants. I personally wouldn't get anything smaller than a 64gb but I have a lot of shows and movies on it. I'm fact I'm always maxed out for space.

As for 3G, will you want to use it when not in wifi? If yes then it's worth it. We have one of each at home. I also have an iPhone that I use to create a hotspot which my wifi only iPad can tap into whenever I'm out and about and want to get online with the iPad. I don't think you have that option with the BB. We got the 3G specifically for when we got to the US. I'm tired of being raped by Rogers for US data plans. I can just pop in an AT&T dim card and use their pay as you go data when travelling there.
 

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I have a first gen iPad with 3G and the max memory I could get (64, I think). I wouldn't do without the 3G but I don't need that much memory. However, the Apple peculiarity that a previous poster mentioned in a pain, especially that it won't work with Adobe Flash. BUT, if I was in the market for another machine, I would definitely look at the new ultrabooks. Very fast, thin (like an iPad), and much better to type on since they have a normal keyboard. Those are the future.
 

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I have a 1st gen base-model, wifi iPad - using it right now. I use it almost exclusively for online research (and web-Stromming) - no music or office apps. More than adequate for my needs. Not the best text eReader. That would be a kindle, but adequate for occasional .PDF viewing. Lack of Flash support is sometimes frustrating.
 

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I bought a 16 gig wifi Ipad on day one of sales. Liked it but found that I wanted/needed 3g. Sold that iPad the next day and picked up a 16gig iPad with 3g and wifi the first day they were offered. Love this one. Haven't felt the need to go to a 2nd gen iPad as this one still does every thing I want/need (I don't play games much at all). I do have one warning for you though, turns out that my wife likes my iPad almost as well as I and I can see the purchase of a second one in our future.
 

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I've got 2 ipads and they are both 16 gig wifi only. For me it's fine. I have over 7 gig avail most of the time. Tons of apps and they don't take up much space. A digital copy of a movie downloaded from itunes will run over 2 gig. My 10 yr old has the other ipad and he has to delete things all the time to put more stuff on. He has tons of apps and movies and TV shows all the time and he has wished he had 3G as well on more than one instance. I have an iphone with unlimited data so not having 3g on my pad doesn't bother me in the least. Also..... do yourself a big favor..... I use the Apple bluetooth keyboard and it makes things like typing this response much easier...... get the keyboard.
 

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Also..... do yourself a big favor..... I use the Apple bluetooth keyboard and it makes things like typing this response much easier...... get the keyboard.
To me, that's the whole point of a tablet -- not needing the keyboard. If I have a ton of data to input, I don't grab the iPad.
 

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To me, that's the whole point of a tablet -- not needing the keyboard. If I have a ton of data to input, I don't grab the iPad.
Yep, I went and bought the fancy ZaggMate bluetooth keyboard/aluminum cover for my iPad 1 shortly after buying the iPad. Have only used it a few times, turned out to be a waste of money on my part. Found that if I need to do a lot of data entry, I just grab my Macbook 13 inch. My thoughts on replacing the Macbook with the iPad just didn't work. Don't get me wrong, I always carry the iPad on trips and use it a lot to read magazines using Zinio but for more serious use the Macbook or the iMac are used.
 

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Okay I ended up gettign a 64gig 3g iPad. (Work was paying some of it so why not?)

I am going to be in Californina for traing in late January. After the training is done, my girlfriend and I will be renting a bike (A BMW RT) and riding around for a week (Up highway 1, then likely over to Arizona and area.)

What would be the best American data plan/company for use down there if I want to have 3g coverage? I may not bother and just stick to wi-fi but am considering the possibility.

..Tom
 
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