Re: Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
Jon Rty Veteran Member • Posts: 3,838
Re: get both

Well, if your wife also has a smartphone, and both want to use a tablet, then you'd both buy the dock. If she doesn't, then we're back to the scenario where one doesn't own a smartphone, and a phone-tablet might end up being cheaper. The irony of a iPad might on the other hand be that you buy it thinking you'll use it, and realize later that you don't use it nearly enough to justify having another expensive device.

Here's Anadtech's take, a source you seem to value:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4225/the-ipad-2-review/1

"For several trips around the country I remember trying to take just the iPad, but I always needed to work on an article or publish something extensive while I was gone.[...] Eventually I just gave up completely and left the iPad at home.[...]These days my iPad sits docked at my desk doing nothing more than charging and receiving updates."

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Believe me, as someone who owns an iPad and a cell phone, I use them for very distinct things, and even though their is overlap, we must not ignore that there is even more things that they each respectively do well that justify their own existence. For example, your comment is like saying that a large car (like a minivan or an SUV) has two much overlap with a smaller, so you really shouldn't have the both of them. After all, there is considerable "overlap" in what they do, as automobiles. Nevertheless, having a two-car household, with one big car and one small car, certainly has its advantages.

Besides, carrying a cell phone and a 1.3lb iPad really isn't that much of a burden that you have to strip out the tablet so that it only works when you dock your cell phone!

Yeah, with a dock, you pay a lot less. But you also essentially lose an independently-usable device! That's a false economy. A lot of times my wife uses my tablet, and I'm off doing something else. With the dock system, the tablet would be unusable when it wasn't docked with my phone.

If you're talking about cheap, yeah, your scenario is cheaper. But as I said earlier, you're also losing an independently-usable device. So cheaper isn't always better. Sometimes it's just cheaper. And the irony is that after living with this set-up, you may realize, hmmm, I really do want and need to independently usable devices! Then you go out and buy a tablet. And you end up spending more money than if you had just bought two independently usable devices to begin with! So a lot of times, going cheap doesn't really save you the money you think it will. It ends up being a false economy. Believe me, I've been through it plenty of times in my lifetime.

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