March 7th, 2011
02:07 PM ET

iPad 2: Time to tablet?

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Apple's iPad 2 hits stores in the U.S. this Friday. It will be available in several more countries two weeks later... though not here in Hong Kong. Which is good for me. I need time to think.

Ever since Steve Jobs made his surprise appearance at the iPad 2 announcement, I've been struggling with a big decision. Should I finally try it out?

I'm talking about tablets in general here. Like many people, I consider myself neither a gadget geek nor a techno-phobe. My approach is simply practical. As in, if it's not broke don't, er,  replace it.

Any electronics purchase is a long-term commitment for me. I just bought a fast new computer because my old one refused to turn on anymore. I still have an 8-pound Dell laptop from 2004. And I only got an iPod when I lost my MiniDisc player. In fact, the nano is the only Apple product I have ever purchased.

I'm really tempted by all these tablets. But some people have sounded less-than thrilled with their new devices. I just wish there was a way to try one out for a week... really get to know each other and find out if we're compatible. Like dating before deciding to get married.

Still, now seems like a good time to take the plunge. Prices for the original iPad have dropped as stores try to clear them out and current owners unload them online. And at least one iPad competitor is considering lower prices.

So I have been looking over all the different options. (If you like charts, check this out. I found it extremely helpful.) And if I were to base my decision solely on specs, I would lean toward a Motorola Xoom. But maybe I'll wait until the next version... just to be sure.

I know I'm not alone in agonizing over this. Do you think it's the right time to settle down with a tablet?

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  1. Benny

    The Xoom is not ready for primetime yet. Go with the iPad 2. It blows the competition out of the water. The next version of the Xoom might be less buggy but by then the iPad 3 will be even further ahead.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  2. E

    Since you are not that much of a Tech Geek, maybe you shouldn't be writing this article.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  3. Rich Reynolds


    Life is short. Get an iPad - I have one and a Galaxy Tab. They offer a unique, fun experience, and can be useful too.


    March 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  4. Rod

    I've been told that if you're a content generator (writer?) that lap tops with real key boards are more valuable. I just bought an 8 pound, 17 inch laptop that I refer to the anti-Ipad. It'll do everthing an Ipad will do plus let me make a living.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  5. Justin

    Come to my town, we can rent an ipad from the public library for one week for free and we are able to download free apps onto it.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  6. William R. Cousert

    >I just wish there was a way to try one out for a week...

    There is, sort of. Buy one and if you don't like it, sell it. Apple products have a very high resale value. Your one week test would probably cost you less than $50.

    March 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  7. Sam A

    yes Yes YES!!! Wish I coulda offloaded the 2 month old iPad (1)...

    Have fun!

    March 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Manohar

      Of all the celebrity daeths that could presage a big zombie outbreak, Michael Jackson's would be one of the more likely, don'tcha think?Oh well, have fun getting eaten by zombies.

      September 10, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply

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