Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-13-2011, 08:26 AM   #821
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: North Bay
Posts: 1,026
Got a Viewsonic G-Tablet running Android 2.2 a few weeks ago for $379 at Office Depot. I have to say that the original software (OS) on the thing was horrible, with error messages every 15 seconds. But once it auto-downloaded and installed the updated OS, it has been great! It's got an SD slot (32GB), 16 GB, a nice 10" touch screen, and a ton of available apps (but not 265 tons, like the ipad). Plus it has Flash, for what that's worth. I use it mostly for quick e-mail, Kindle, Audible, surfing, and a few card games. But I've enjoyed exploring a bunch of other free apps and games that I occasionally play around with. A tablet is great to have around for a quick look at the news or e-mail at the breakfast table or on the couch. Three seconds after you push the button you are online and in business! I almost never forget what I started up the computer for any more!
__________________

__________________
scrinch is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-15-2011, 05:37 PM   #822
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,376
After months of indecision and through the reading of this thread, I finally bought my IPAD today. Unfortunately due to my inability to avoid being a cheepo, I bought the original Ipad 16gb in the refurbished section of the Apple store for $349 (they say they have new covers and batteries and most werent even used). I even bought a refurbished Ipad cover case for it to save more (thats embarrassing). Reasons were: 1) Not interested in looking at myself or friends with the camera 2) Not going to make any movies 3) Too old to start a "garage band" 4) The laptop I am typing on has nothing saved on it and its 3 years old, so 16 gb's should be enough for me.
If someone buys the Ipad 2, would they please report back how much of a waste of money it was to I can feel good about my cheapness, please?
__________________

__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011, 05:52 PM   #823
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,422
You can't even get one right away.

Scalpers are buying them and taking them to Hong Kong, where buyers are paying up to $1500.
__________________
explanade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011, 06:06 PM   #824
Full time employment: Posting here.
flyfishnevada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Smith
Posts: 743
While downgrading m cell phone from a clunky "smart" phone to a simple flip phone the sales guy told me that the Gen 1 iPads may be reduced another $100 in the coming weeks. Can't confirm online, but I might wait a few weeks and see. He told me it will happen when the second wave of iPad 2s show up in stores.
__________________
Retired July 4th, 2010 at age 43
Trout Bum, Writer, Full-Time Dad and Husband


flyfishnevada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011, 06:13 PM   #825
Recycles dryer sheets
Arnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 230
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mulligan View Post
If someone buys the Ipad 2, would they please report back how much of a waste of money it was to I can feel good about my cheapness, please?
I bought the 499 iPad2 last Friday and feel so bad for wasting that $150. There, how was that?
__________________

Arnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011, 06:27 PM   #826
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,376
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arnie View Post
I bought the 499 iPad2 last Friday and feel so bad for wasting that $150. There, how was that?
Its always nice to know someone out there cares. Thanks! Although I spoke a little too soon. I havent technically bought it I found out, because my credit card blocked the transaction according to Apple (that had never happened before). I called Apple they said a lot of cc's are blocking the transaction as possible fraud. I guess a lot of people are trying to buy iPads with someone else's money! I then called CC company and after talking to fraud dep't, they will allow the transaction to occur. So maybe I will get mine in a few days.
__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2011, 12:23 AM   #827
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Katsmeow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 3,396
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arnie View Post
I don't have the current iPad and plan to get the iPad2 when it becomes available. I plan to max out the memory, but am unsure on the 3g option. I am leaning against it because I think I would use it mostly at home, or somewhere with wifi. I figure if I ever want to use maps or something on the road, I'd have an iPhone by then (I don't now). Can you talk me into getting 3g, or shall I save the $ and skip it?

I really like 3G. There is nothing like being in a store and seeing something and looking up how much it costs online. I can do that theoretically with my iphone but the screen is really small for that kind of thing. This afternoon I was out and the store I was at didn't have something I wanted so I was looking up other stores (not sure where to get it). I had forgotten my ipad so I was using the iphone and it was a pain to do with the small screen and I eventually gave up.

Also, there are some places that theoretically get WIFI (the Y, the side of the building at work where my office is located, my bedroom at home) where the WIFI signal is very low and it is a pain to try to do anything online. It is so bad at the Y that I actually shut down WIFI whenever I go there so I can use 3G which is much better there.
__________________
Katsmeow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2011, 12:35 AM   #828
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,422
I read a story awhile back that retailers were getting hip to people using smart phones to price shop while looking at items in their stores.

It was still a very small percentage of people who do that but there are more and more shopping apps. available. So they might try to find ways to offer deals in smart phone ads, to divert attention from doing price comparisons.

There's a Sony Store at a mall here and years ago, before iPhone ever hit, I was using a Nokia with Wifi and I noticed they used some kind of software so that the Wifi connection they offered was blocking sites like Amazon and Best Buy.
__________________
explanade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 07:27 PM   #829
Full time employment: Posting here.
flyfishnevada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Smith
Posts: 743
Just bought the 1st gen iPad, 64 Gb, wifi+3G for $529 at AT&T. They ran out of the 32 GB iPads at the same price and so dropped the 64 GB price. I had to sign up for the first month of data, but its free and no contract so I can cancel after that. Since I already have the Verizon mobile hot spot, I don't really need the data, but I like the to go monthly right from the iPad, so if I ever need it, I can get it.

By the way, that's $40 less than the refurbed 32 GB at the apple store!!! Free 2-day shipping too. Will likely arrive before I leave for Jamaica on Friday!
__________________
Retired July 4th, 2010 at age 43
Trout Bum, Writer, Full-Time Dad and Husband


flyfishnevada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2011, 01:54 PM   #830
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,464
Quote:
Originally Posted by explanade View Post
I read a story awhile back that retailers were getting hip to people using smart phones to price shop while looking at items in their stores.

It was still a very small percentage of people who do that but there are more and more shopping apps. available. So they might try to find ways to offer deals in smart phone ads, to divert attention from doing price comparisons.

There's a Sony Store at a mall here and years ago, before iPhone ever hit, I was using a Nokia with Wifi and I noticed they used some kind of software so that the Wifi connection they offered was blocking sites like Amazon and Best Buy.
That's why you need a 3G connection. LOL!
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2011, 01:15 PM   #831
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,376
Got my iPad 1 today. Had to post with it, with my er app I downloaded. Did some free games,too. Ten pin bowling poker and Angry Birds are pretty cool free download games to play with. A little different than a laptop, but I'm getting the hang out!
__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2011, 01:17 PM   #832
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,376
still need to work on the typing. It should have said getting the hang of it!
__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #833
Moderator
Ronstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: A little ways southwest of Chicago
Posts: 9,345
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mulligan
still need to work on the typing. It should have said getting the hang of it!
You gotta watch that auto correct feature. You might up posting something you don't want to post.


I'm PC (and Mac)-less for the next week. But I think the iPad can handle it
__________________
Ronstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2011, 05:48 PM   #834
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,376
My skills are very limited. It took me a day to figure out I could even post on it through the re app! Anyone downloaded any fun free app games? The ones I have are right up my alley. Playstation games are way too complicated for me.Too much thinking and and too many buttons to remember what to do with!
__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2011, 12:02 AM   #835
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,422
There are free versions of Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and Words with Friends HD.

Free version of Scrabble too, but that may be iPhone only, meaning it will be a small screen on your iPad or zoomed in and fuzzy on the iPad.
__________________
explanade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011, 12:22 PM   #836
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 45
Well, my megacorp ran an employee deal for iPads, and it turns out they found my buying price. I ordered a 32 gig iPad 1 wifi, brand new (not refurbished), for $277 including tax and 2-day shipping. I already had an otter box defender case sitting around that I got free at a trade show. I got my iPad yesterday. Typing on it now.

Compared to the Galaxy Tab:
The iPad is better for surfing the Internet. The screen is larger, and web sites default to the full versions, instead of the mobile versions, as they do on the galaxy tab.

The Galaxy Tab has a noticeably higher resolution screen. Text looks significantly crisper. Although the Galaxy Tab screen is smaller, movies play only slightly larger on the iPad screen due to the cinematic aspect ratio of the Galaxy Tab, and the higher resolution screen makes movies look better on the Galaxy.

Having streaming Netflix on the iPad (which will never be available on my Galaxy Tab), is a huge benefit of the iPad.

As an e-reader, I prefer the Galaxy Tab. It's screen is about the same size as an average book-page, and it's far lighter than the iPad. Combined with crisper-looking text, this makes the Galaxy Tab an excellent e-reader.

For typing (anything) the iPad far exceeds the capabilities of the Galaxy Tab. The keyboard is much closer to full-size, and I can type quickly and accurately, though not as quick as with a real keyboard. I would not want to type this post on the Galaxy Tab, but on the iPad, it's manageable. With practice, I could see myself possibly using the iPad to create lengthier documents, which I would not do on the Galaxy Tab. I find reading email and managing my calendar on the Galaxy Tab to be fine, but I would write email on the iPad, which I do not tend to do on the Tab.

The Galaxy Tab has a take-it-with-you-ness, that the iPad does not. The Galaxy Tab is small enough to fit in my pants pockets. I can (and do) take it almost anywhere. The iPad is large enough to be inconvenient to carry around many places. It's almost as if the iPad is a little laptop, and the Galaxy Tab is like a big smart phone. I was on a plane yesterday, sitting in the half-a-seat that was left to me by the overweight gentleman to my right. I was able to use my Galaxy Tab during the flight, but the iPad would have been too large.

Those are my initial impressions. Overall, the iPad is a wonderful device. I was planning to wait for iPad 3 to come out (hoping for a retina display), but the deal was too good to pass up.
__________________
RockMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #837
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,422
iPad 3 rumors are coming out more and more. They may wait until March or April or one rumor is to come out later in February, on the anniversary of Steve Jobs' birthday.

I've held off getting either of the first two models because last year, there were rumors of a "retina display" iPad, which would have 4 times the pixels of the current models.

Ready to order as soon as it's announced. I always have iPhone by my bed and iPad would be much better. I've tried using laptops and it just doesn't work. Some study said there is a peak in usage of tablets at night and early in the morning, suggesting a lot of people use them in bed. There are also indications that people use them in front of the TV, presumably sitting back on the couch.
__________________
explanade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #838
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,914
I use my iPad at night because I can listen to KQED.

Fidelity customers.. they now have an iPad app!

My brother, a retiree, has virtually abandoned his portable computer because his new iPad does virtually everything he did on the portable including Skype his son in Europe.

Question: can you link to a printer on your wi-fi network using the new iPad?
__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #839
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,422
There's a limited number of printers which support AirPrint.

But apparently, HP just showed a line of printers which will make it even easier to print, using what they call Wireless Direct printing.

HP makes printing from an iPad easier with Wireless Direct printing
__________________
explanade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #840
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 11,038
Here is a list of iPad-compatible printers:

iOS: AirPrint 101

I have the iPad 1 and will upgrade to the iPad 3 when it comes out. I use my iPad while watching TV, but also in bed "early" in the morning.
__________________

__________________
FIREd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:51 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.