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  Reply # 592306 8-Mar-2012 13:30 Send private message

jofizz: Yes definitely upgrading from my first gen iPad. All saved up!

Little disappointed the camera is not as good as dear wife's iPhone 4S.
Also no Siri? What's up with that, I don't understand.
Bit sad also there is no 128GB model! All those pix and videos will chew up my free space, will have to remove some apps as my 64 is pretty much constantly full.

Otherwise looks great, can't wait to see the new display.

Related: best place to buy? Online preorder when available or queue up early on release day?
Will def be getting 4G/64 GB beast. And a smart cover. No new smart covers for 3rd gen?

Cheers,
Joseph


Smart covers will fit as iPad2 and new one are the same externally. I'm going to check user reviews before buying, just in case there is an issue

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  Reply # 592307 8-Mar-2012 13:33 Send private message

jofizz: Yes definitely upgrading from my first gen iPad. All saved up!

Little disappointed the camera is not as good as dear wife's iPhone 4S.
Also no Siri? What's up with that, I don't understand.
Bit sad also there is no 128GB model! All those pix and videos will chew up my free space, will have to remove some apps as my 64 is pretty much constantly full.

Otherwise looks great, can't wait to see the new display.

Related: best place to buy? Online preorder when available or queue up early on release day?
Will def be getting 4G/64 GB beast. And a smart cover. No new smart covers for 3rd gen?

Cheers,
Joseph


Siri could be added to both the 2 & 3 at a later stage I suppose. The hardware should be capable of running it.

I think the higher res screen is the only real benefit of this new model to me, but the old screen is pretty good.

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  Reply # 592311 8-Mar-2012 13:35 Send private message

tdgeek:
jonherries: I got a ipad 2 wifi only model.

Generally haven't regretted it as my iphone is always in my pocket, and I share my connection easily enough when away from free wifi in town(wellington), work, home (which isn't that often).

However it would be annoying if I didn't have ready access to data, as this is a key enabler for the ipad.

I would love to see a bit more integration between the iphone and ipad. At the moment they are totally separate devices, but it would be good if proximity could automatically enable imessage going to the device I am using, sharing my iphones connection when needed, and sharing data over bluetooth/adhoc wifi.

Jon


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You can share iMessage by aligning the email address iMessage on the iPad uses, to be the same email address as the iPhone.  


Sorry, my point was it sends it to both. Be great if it realised I was working on my ipad so sent it there, and didn't bing my phone too (same with calendar/task alerts and twitter and other alerts).

Jon

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  Reply # 592327 8-Mar-2012 13:47 Send private message

tdgeek:
surfisup1000:
talisker: The iPad and iPhone don't do it for me anymore. I used to be an Apple fan, and their stuff certainly used to be head and shoulders above the competition. But the competition (particularly in the form of Android) has raised its game substantially, and to me the iPad and iPhone look pretty dated now. Yes, the technical specs are great and the physical design of the hardware is nice, but there's something about the software, the look of that homescreen with the icons, the graphical design (i.e. making apps look like a representation of a physical object, such as books on a bookshelf), and the rigorously controlled and locked-down OS that seems really dated now. Obviously they're raking in the cash so they don't care, but I wonder how long the "must have the new ipad/iphone" phenomenon is going to last.


I am complete opposite view . The locked-down OS is the real strength of the iPad/iphone etc. Apples ability to optimize software and hardware in perfect harmony allows maximum performance and usability. 

Throw in iTunes, airplay, airprint and you have a very functional ecosystem that just works. 


I agree. I happen to prefer a clean interface, I like the integration, and I dont see the Appstore as locked down at all. Anyone, and everyone can and does write apps. The may not appear there 5 minues after uploading as Android probably does, but quality control is a plus to me. There are 3 worthy smart OS's now, so plenty of choice for everyone.


i agree with talisker, i use to be a huge apple fan boy, they had the best stuff for the last few years, but android has come a long way, and now i believe is becoming superior.  they are being far more innovative than what apple has down with the iphone 4s and ipad 3.  with ubuntu coming to android phones, and devices like the padfones coming out, android is looking more and more appealing and solving issues with wanting one device that can do a lot/it all (padfone docks into tablet, netbook and full fledge desktop with ubuntu).  sure these things arent out yet, but will be out later this year.

apple i believe has played it safe by just bumping up the display, camera, and network connectivity, they havent done anything to make it a "must have" device. 

i personally have iphone 4, macbook pro and ipad 1 (well sold this a week ago) and a desktop pc, i never used my ipad for much (read comics on it), iphone i use all the time, macbook i mostly just  webbrowse on it since i hate doing that on my ipad.

once padfone comes out (or a cheaper version if its overrrpriced) i will sell my iphone and macbook pro for that, having only 1 expensive device that also houses all of my data (plus the cloud, but being on same device means i dont have to download that data 3 times) is really appealing and a really innovative idea (what apple always says it is), sure they made the tablet market, but they are dropping the ball by playing it safe IMO.  if apple made a padfone like product, i'd probably buy theirs, but that wont happen for at least a year (and probably longer, or never). 

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  Reply # 592330 8-Mar-2012 13:48 Send private message

jonherries:
tdgeek:
jonherries: I got a ipad 2 wifi only model.

Generally haven't regretted it as my iphone is always in my pocket, and I share my connection easily enough when away from free wifi in town(wellington), work, home (which isn't that often).

However it would be annoying if I didn't have ready access to data, as this is a key enabler for the ipad.

I would love to see a bit more integration between the iphone and ipad. At the moment they are totally separate devices, but it would be good if proximity could automatically enable imessage going to the device I am using, sharing my iphones connection when needed, and sharing data over bluetooth/adhoc wifi.

Jon


Jon

You can share iMessage by aligning the email address iMessage on the iPad uses, to be the same email address as the iPhone.  


Sorry, my point was it sends it to both. Be great if it realised I was working on my ipad so sent it there, and didn't bing my phone too (same with calendar/task alerts and twitter and other alerts).

Jon


My mistake, I had that too. the cause is that before iOS5, the ipad had a mobile number. Now it doesnt, so it imeassages to the email address which is often the Apple ID for most users. I changed my iPad to another email address to send to, all sorted. I hated turning it on, then beep beep beep all these imessages catching up

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  Reply # 592335 8-Mar-2012 13:52 Send private message

I'll get one as soon as I figure out how to stream MKVs from my media centre.

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  Reply # 592338 8-Mar-2012 14:06 Send private message

reven Fair comments, the padfone device is a great idea. But why do you criticise Apple for that? Seems to me that WP7 doesnt have a padfone device, neither does Samsung which has the excellent and popular Galaxy series? Not trying to be picky, but for a tablet, any tablet, if they improve the screen, camera, and network type and speed, thats a good thing. If Apple had happened to come up with a padfone device, that also doesn't distract from others. When a new idea is created someone has to come up with it, and full marks for the creatior of the padfone. Competititon helps create these ideas as each stakeholder tries to be get the edge. Thats what we consumers are enjoying

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  Reply # 592339 8-Mar-2012 14:06 Send private message

Kiwipixter: I'll get one as soon as I figure out how to stream MKVs from my media centre.


jailbreak it and install xbmc on it. 

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  Reply # 592344 8-Mar-2012 14:17 Send private message

Kiwipixter: I'll get one as soon as I figure out how to stream MKVs from my media centre.


Plenty of apps out there to stream MKV's, I use goodplayer which supports UPNP/SMB shares :) 




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  Reply # 592350 8-Mar-2012 14:28 Send private message

I'm quite happy with my Android Tablet so I won't be making the switch.

Keeping the Mrs away from this will be difficult, sadly she's fully drunken the Apple marketing Kool-aid, it's so depressing to see.


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  Reply # 592353 8-Mar-2012 14:32 Send private message

joshp:
Kiwipixter: I'll get one as soon as I figure out how to stream MKVs from my media centre.


Plenty of apps out there to stream MKV's, I use goodplayer which supports UPNP/SMB shares :) 


Sold!  Now need to tell the wife why she needs one. Innocent  

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  Reply # 592355 8-Mar-2012 14:41 Send private message

I'm going to buy one. It'll be my first iPad and I'm going to get a crap-ton of use out of it!

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  Reply # 592356 8-Mar-2012 14:45 Send private message

spk18: Yes I am into it, I am an iPhone 4S owner but don't have a tablet currently - especially now I have found an App that means I can access my company's MS Sharepoint site easily on Office 365 (SharePlus).  Obviously could access through the browser anyway but the dedicated app is preferable. 

Overseas for 5 weeks later this year so will take this instead of a laptop.  Can't wait! 

Big issue now is what case/keyboard to buy LOL. 

I will look at 64GB white iPad but given we have no LTE in NZ I am either going to have to pay for a feature I cannot use in NZ, or be constrained to 16GB on a 3G version.  This is probably one of the biggest conundrums to resolve I guess - be interested in other people's views on that point in particular?


OK I am an idiot... misread the specs/price, was iPad2 @ 16GB with new pricing and iPadNew... so no conundrum at all.  Just get 4G for 'nothing' I guess as I don't expect NZ telcos to roll out 4G anytime soon, though I might be wrong.

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  Reply # 592363 8-Mar-2012 14:54 Send private message

Kiwipixter: I'll get one as soon as I figure out how to stream MKVs from my media centre.


Try Goodplayer and Buzz Player, they both stream.

I find that app discovery is very hard with so many apps in the store, and granted it isn't a great player, but good is still pretty good...

UPnP/DLNA servers tested on GoodPlayer so far:
#1 PS3 Media Server
#2 EyeConnect UPnP AV Media Streaming Software
#3 Windows Media Player 11 on Windows 7
#4 Playback UPnP Server by YAZSOFT
#5 MediaTomb UPnP MediaServer on Mac OS X
UPnP/DLNA servers supported from users feedback#7 Synology DSM
#8 TwonkyMedia server (TMS)

3gp,aac,ac3,ape,asf,avi,cue,dat,divx,dts,dv,f4v,flac,flv,gxf,m1v,m2p,m2t,m2ts, 
m2v,m3u,m4v,m4r,m4a,mka,mkv,moov,mov,mp1,mp2,mp3,mp4,mpa,mpe,mpeg,mpeg1, 
mpeg2,mpeg4,mpg,mpv,mt2s,mts,mxf,oga,ogg,ogm,ogv,ps,qt, 
rm,rmvb,tp,ts,vob,webm,wm,wma,wav,wmv file formats supported

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  Reply # 592364 8-Mar-2012 14:56 Send private message

tdgeek:
jonherries:
tdgeek:
jonherries: I got a ipad 2 wifi only model.

Generally haven't regretted it as my iphone is always in my pocket, and I share my connection easily enough when away from free wifi in town(wellington), work, home (which isn't that often).

However it would be annoying if I didn't have ready access to data, as this is a key enabler for the ipad.

I would love to see a bit more integration between the iphone and ipad. At the moment they are totally separate devices, but it would be good if proximity could automatically enable imessage going to the device I am using, sharing my iphones connection when needed, and sharing data over bluetooth/adhoc wifi.

Jon


Jon

You can share iMessage by aligning the email address iMessage on the iPad uses, to be the same email address as the iPhone.  


Sorry, my point was it sends it to both. Be great if it realised I was working on my ipad so sent it there, and didn't bing my phone too (same with calendar/task alerts and twitter and other alerts).

Jon


My mistake, I had that too. the cause is that before iOS5, the ipad had a mobile number. Now it doesnt, so it imeassages to the email address which is often the Apple ID for most users. I changed my iPad to another email address to send to, all sorted. I hated turning it on, then beep beep beep all these imessages catching up


Wish I was that popular....

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