to iPad or not to iPad…is there a question??

to ipad or not to ipad…is there a question?

Am posting this here in hopes my PLN can convince me one way or the other…and am cross posting on my blog site as well.

Techie Teamann, technically yours, yadda yadda yadda…techie toys make me happy. I love my macbook…I love my iphone…my ipods…my itouches…sigh.

Now we have this iPad…toy. A toy I don’t have…for a myriad of reasons. I’m going to go through my pros and cons and I truly want to hear what you think. As in comment. Vote. Tell me (and er, MT) what ya think…

Pros (go buy it!!) Cons (No! No! Resist!)
seriously? It’s cool. It’s expensive! For the smallest (which is plenty big) without 3G, I’d be out $500.Β For the 3G version, $629. That’s a lot of allowance!
It’s so portable. I have an i{Phone, an iTouch, and a Macbook. What more can I fit in a travel bag or trendy purse?
It’d fit in my purse! As does my phone. And my iTouch. Depending on the bag, so does my Macbook.
It’s the newest and the coolest. Really Amber? Did you just write that? (sigh.)
All your friends have one. No, they don’t. They may have a work one, but really? They don’t HAVE HAVE one. As in they decided it was worth the $$$.
I can use it in the car! And its a bigger screen than my phone! (oooohh ahhhhh) Only of you pay more. AND YOUR PHONE DOES TOO! The sheer annoyance of having to pay a seperate data package annoys me.
If I just get the cheap one (cough cough) it’ll only work where there is wifi. Which I might add, is also where YOUR MACBOOK ALSO WILL WORK

Do you see my dilemma? Is there a dilemma? It all boils down to the very simple fact that I WANT it. I hate that I think I might be grownup enough to resist it.

iPad puzzled,


  1. Bill Belsey said:

    Dear Amber,

    I agree with the following Tweet:

    RT @Larryferlazzo Why I Don’t Want an iPad for Christmas …why I am waiting for the next gen-didn’t mention no USB

    Good luck!

    Bill Belsey
    “Canada’s Coolest Class!”

    December 23, 2010
  2. Bernie said:

    I hear you. I’m going through the same dilemma. Now I might wait until April for the newer version….I think.

    December 23, 2010
    • Let’s see if we can hold out! πŸ™‚

      December 25, 2010
  3. Dale said:

    You can tether the iPad to your iPhone to get 3G πŸ™‚

    December 23, 2010
    • Which is SUPER helpful information!! Thanks!!

      December 25, 2010
    • Mike Reading said:

      Can you really tether the ipad to your iphone? I was told that this was not possible…

      January 6, 2011
      • Dale Jarvis (@vicdale) said:

        Mike & Amber: Hmm… my friends and I (who talk Mac) thought it was possible to use our iPhones to tether to an iPad in the same way we tether to our MacBooks, but I don’t know for sure! I’m glad you questioned it – time for some research.

        January 6, 2011
      • Mike Reading said:

        I checked with the apple store (I’m in Australia). They said it was not possible…they want you to spend more money on getting the wifi capable ipad…

        January 12, 2011
      • Dale Jarvis (@vicdale) said:

        Thanks for checking on tethering, Mike. The answer is disappointing! Given the use I get from my iPhone’s 3G capabilities I can’t imagine buying an iPad without it.

        January 12, 2011
  4. Dave Meister said:


    I feel your pain! I lost this battle last April or thereabouts. My son always has my macbook…he also comandered my touch. My daughter got my second one. My droid just is too small (no good att coverage in my area). So…I gave in and got the ipad, wifi addition. I must say I love it. It sits next to my desktop and my dell laptop when not in use. As to the iPad II coming out? Maybe I can talk my daughter into wanting the iPad I have now (she fell for it before!)

    Hope I have been helpful

    December 23, 2010
    • I wish my hubby was in ANY way a techie, then he’d appreciate the greatness, perhaps be more inclined to spring for it, πŸ™‚ My 9 year old sure is but swaying him is a bit more complicated! Yea you for convertN’em early! πŸ™‚

      December 25, 2010
  5. Michael James said:

    The ipad is a valuable tool for classroom walkthorughs and/or observations. The need to purchase a couple of apps will enable the principal the opportunity to improve productivity and community to his/her teachers instantly. I have used the iphone prior to working with an ipad, and the ipad can become what you make of it in terms of tools and productivit. It is also beneficial for the students to see the instrucitonal leader using technology.

    December 23, 2010
    • Most professional answer! Love these points!

      December 25, 2010
  6. I have to say if I had the iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, and Macbook, my sense would lose the battle for the iPad. But I have a 3-year-old Samsung Juke that doesn’t even text, a 4-year-old HP laptop that stays at home all the time, and my toddler lost (at Kroger) the iPod Touch that my students got me. And my Delicious tag for iPad educational applications is growing longer and longer. However, while my sense is telling me to get an iPad and get one quick, my wallet isn’t growing any fatter, so I’m not any closer to one than I was before. Sigh.

    Best on your decision process though. πŸ™‚


    December 23, 2010
    • Sigh. I know. I am TRYING to be sensible. Key word: trying…
      πŸ™‚ I know that Santa guy sure didn’t come through for me!! Good luck!

      December 25, 2010
  7. Diane Lauer said:

    You must have an iPad. The new one will have Facetime – and I really don’t think it will be out until late, late spring. If you want to wait, wait. But, the touchable, loveable, amazing and magical iPad can be yours NOW πŸ™‚ I have an iPhone and a MacBook. But have you surfed using FlipBook? Have you highlighted text using your finger? I completely concur with HBR’s The Top Six Innovation Ideas of 2011 Idea #2:

    Keep Touching Me and I’ll Screen!

    Anyone who has an iPhone, iPad, or Kindle knows that media are no longer created merely to be viewed β€” content is designed to be touched, tapped, stroked, fingered, fondled, and pinched. Interfaces have gone tactile and haptic. The keyboard isn’t dead or dying, but it’s lost pride of place in defining onscreen interaction. Where professionals once wrote memos to be read, 2011 begins an era in which documents are written with touch both in mind and on fingertips. Designing documents to be a sensual physical experience and not just a visually cognitive one demands different aesthetics and sensibilities. This nascent transition will be as profoundly important for future interpersonal communications β€” and branding β€” as the transition from radio to television. Having the right touch to get the right touch will become a desirable communications competence.

    Make the write decision πŸ™‚

    December 23, 2010
    • D, thank you for your response!! These will be my defining arguments when I end up springing up for it! πŸ™‚

      December 25, 2010
  8. Eileen Leckenby said:

    I am in the same situation. I just really WANT one. But I have an IPhone and a MacBook. Is it worth paying $600-$800 for what is in essence, just a medium size version of the others?

    It’s like Goldilocks. The IPhone is too small, the MacBook is too big, and the IPad is juuuuuust right!

    Let us know what you decide, and how it works out!

    December 23, 2010
  9. Thanks, all!
    I know I’m going to just end up with it, πŸ™‚ and I LOVED Diane’s professional blurb, πŸ™‚ those are some great statements, as was Michael’s, πŸ™‚

    Eileen, that is just so true!

    I’ll keep you posted, πŸ™‚

    Goldilock Am

    December 24, 2010
  10. I don’t have any Apple product, but I’m curious about the iPad. Can it replace a laptop in terms of productivity and convenience? Looking forward to reading about your decision!

    December 27, 2010
    • There are many cool functions on it Dwight, but in my experience, the speed that I am able to share things is just not there yet. It is cheaper and that might help, but the amount I can do on my laptop right now is way more than I can on my iPad. Lots of cool things but I still love my Macbook Pro πŸ™‚

      December 28, 2010

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