I was blessed this past weekend with an iPad from hubby and my girls for Mother’s Day! I must say I’m still feeling all warm and fuzzy just thinking about our visit to the Apple store. I really find it amusing that I even wanted an iPad. When I first heard of them coming out a few years ago, I really thought the idea was quite silly. I mean come on, 500 bucks for a toy! I saw no way it could replace a laptop, so that meant it was a luxury item for me….a want, not a a need. And I definitely wasn’t fond of the name.
Now here I sit typing on one….fully convinced that it can almost replace my laptop. Not fully, but pretty close. I chose the 16 GB iPad 2 which is sufficient for my needs. I wanted it for blog reading & commenting, and now that I’ve also gotten a wireless keyboard, case & stand for it….I also plan to use it to write blog posts. You know I’d already fallen in love with my IPhone for blogging, so this will be even better. Just as portable, but with a bigger screen….and an actual real keyboard.
I’ll still be using my laptop for photo management, and don’t plan on using the iPad to take pictures with. I’m still learning to use my DSLR, and also love the quality of pictures taken with the iPhone. I love how my pictures are automatically uploaded to my laptop thru the cloud….such a cool feature! I don’t want to store pictures on my iPad because I knew that would use up all my storage.
My iPad is wi-fi only because the 3G option was an extra $130. That also meant an additional monthly plan through our cell service. If we find that we need 3G, we’d rather look into the mobile hotspot through Verizon since we hear that would provide wireless service for up to 5 gadgets. And I already have my iPhone for on the go!
I’d love to hear from you guys! Do you have an iPad? Were you an early convert, or like me….did it take awhile for you to be convinced? If you’re a blogger, what are your favorite apps for blogging or writing? What do you use your iPad for the most? Or do you still feel like you can’t justify the cost of an iPad? Being the geeky tech girl that I am, these are the conversations I like to have…..so please share your thoughts!
We do want to get tablets for our girls to use in our homeschool as well as for fun, but we’re leaning toward the Nook color tablets for them. My 13 yr old was looking at them this past Christmas, and we know they’d fit their needs. Plus you can get two of them for the price of one Apple iPad 2. I’m grateful the iPad 3 came out. It brought the price of the iPad 2 down to $399, and the newer features on the iPad 3 weren’t important enough for my needs to justify the extra $100. Would love to hear your iPad and tablet thoughts!