Why I bought the new iPad

Why I bought the new iPadAs I detailed in Buying the new iPad was not fun, I was one of the first losers in the UK to put his name down for Apple’s latest and greatest. Hey, it comes with the territory, man; I covered the launch and got swept up in the moment.

Indeed, I almost bought an iPad 2 at launch this time last year, but – as I took great pleasure in moaning about for days on end – the shipping time started at 2-3 weeks, and quickly rose to 4-5. And that was the end of that.

The reaction to my purchase has been interesting to say the least. I had a conversation with one mate on Friday that went a little something like this:

Him: Did you get the new iPad today?

Me: *reluctant grin*

Him: Did you?!

Me: *revealing laugh*

Him: You’re an idiot!

An idiot? That’s a little harsh. Especially coming from someone who has an iPad 2, MacBook Pro and iPod touch, and – prior to his BlackBerry Bold Touch – used an iPhone, sans complaint.

But therein lies the problem; he resents the mountain of money he’s forked over to Apple, and also had a good rant about the Californians’ propensity for incremental updates. Still, I’ve never owned an iPad before, so I feel I qualify for a reprieve.

Incidentally, I can go one better than my mate and throw in an iMac. I hate you, Apple, so very much.

Where were we? Ahh yes, people’s reactions. Another interesting one was from my good old mum. I’ve mentioned before that she doesn’t have a clue about phones, but – bless her – really makes an effort, since it’s what I do. Thanks, mum.

While we're on the subject of cluelessness, I was recently quizzed about my HTC Desire HD. Behold:

Mum: Can you check the train times on your iPhone?

Me: It’s not an iPhone.

Mum: What is it then?

Me: It’s an HTC Desire HD.

Mum: And that’s not an iPhone?

Me: No.

Mum: Why not?

Me: *sigh*

So, we’ve firmly established the fact that my mum doesn’t have a clue (you can read more in Smart phones, silly people). Ok. However, that naivety – combined with a relentless inquisitiveness – yielded an interesting iPad-related conversation.

Mum: Did you get your new phone today?

Me: Huh?

Mum: I thought you ordered a new phone.

Me: Ahh, my iPad? Yeah, I got it.

Mum: Oh yeah, your iPod!

Me: It’s not an iPod – that’s what dad has.

Mum: What is it then?

Me: An iPad.

Mum: And what does an iPad do?

Me: Erm, it’s like a big giant iPod touch, or a laptop without a keyboard. Sort of.

That was the best I could come up with. Amusingly, my mum later added: “I’m still struggling to understand what you need an iPad for.” You’re not alone, mum.

And so, 500 words later, to my excuse. I’ve been quite outspoken in the past about tablets, throwing around words like ‘expensive’ and ‘pointless’, however I’ve always been conflicted. Check out I want to not want a tablet and I don't want to not want a tablet, for example.

For me, the problem lies with my iPod touch. It’s been a tough road for the little chap. He has a busted headphone jack (which I get around with a radio adapter in the charging port thingy), and now – being second gen – he’s left behind on iOS 4.something.

More importantly, having rather dated specs, it struggles to run some games, while others are simply incompatible. And I need an iDevice to review iOS games.

I could’ve replaced my iPod touch, but it’s perfectly fine as far as playing music goes. I could’ve waited for the iPhone 5, but it’s still months away. The default answer, then, was the new iPad.

Ah well, at least I can pop it down as a business expense, eh? Of course, I’ll take zero personal pleasure in it whatsoever. Indeed, it’s still sitting in its box, untouched, under my bed. Look, I was out all weekend, a’right?

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14 comments

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 13:32

Hey, don't worry. Nobody will find out. We won't tell. It's a photoframe. A cheese platter.

Now review the thing already!
Does it have BBM?
:p

Pondlife  Mar. 19, 2012 at 13:44

Blimey can't think of a single gadget type toy that I've not opened before I've got home, let alone that's sat around for days. Good job you ordered it so fast. :)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 13:53

Pondlife  Mar. 19, 2012 at 14:08

Someone mentioned in one of the deal threads on hukd that a review said it was getting bit hot (might be tech radar) interesting that people have been getting them exchanged. Maybe they can provide a case to help, oh hang on..

Any of the tear apart sites shown what is on the lhs that's getting too hot? Presume cpu/gpu.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 15:29

I'd go for that quad-core GPU being the culprit, it probably produces quite a lot of heat.

Pondlife  Mar. 19, 2012 at 15:47

Wasn't sure anything would really be pushing it to work hard yet though.

Quick look at the teardowns and all the chips are on one board on one side of the thing so doesn't help much.

Stelph  Mar. 19, 2012 at 16:01

Theres a thread on AVForums about the screen being warm yellow as well

http://www.avforums.com/forums/ipad/1606449-take-2-your-shiny-new-ipads-screen-warm-yellow-cool-white.html

although saying that theres also another thread asking for positive feedback which is equally as long, so as per the usual its more a case of those not satisfied being the vocal minority in this case

http://www.avforums.com/forums/ipad/1607459-has-anyone-got-no-problems-new-ipad.html

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 16:15

Stelph may have a pointt.
But then again: I remember the iPhone 3GS - the one I used for a couple of weeks at least: downloading anything over a MB in size, and the thing got actually too-hot-to-handle... It was okay for all use, but downloading large files would seriously fry the b*gger.

Pondlife  Mar. 19, 2012 at 16:27

Much of it on the first of those was positive, although roughly 1/3 (29-54) seem to have yellowy screens. Suggestion that one manufacturers screens could be different to the others.

1/3 seems quite a high vocal minority though.

Most interesting was the one that said there's was yellow but was now whiter.

Love this quote though "The speech recognition is the only thing that doesn't work very well for me but it's a mute point."

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 16:34

hahahaha :p

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 18:48

Blimey can't think of a single gadget type toy that I've not opened before I've got home, let alone that's sat around for days. Good job you ordered it so fast. :)

Er, I may also have a PS Vita in a cupboard somewhere, still in its Amazon box. Actually, where the hell did I put it?

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 19, 2012 at 19:05

Lewis, you have way too much money :p!

blizzard7  Mar. 19, 2012 at 19:25

Theres a thread on AVForums about the screen being warm yellow as well

http://www.avforums.com/forums/ipad/1606449-take-2-your-shiny-new-ipads-screen-warm-yellow-cool-white.html

although saying that theres also another thread asking for positive feedback which is equally as long, so as per the usual its more a case of those not satisfied being the vocal minority in this case

http://www.avforums.com/forums/ipad/1607459-has-anyone-got-no-problems-new-ipad.html


Definitely not a new issue. My sister's iPad 2 has a yellow screen compared to my Sensation. Whites look yellow, greens look olive and reds can look orange.

Treab  Mar. 19, 2012 at 19:49

Blimey can't think of a single gadget type toy that I've not opened before I've got home, let alone that's sat around for days. Good job you ordered it so fast. :)

Er, I may also have a PS Vita in a cupboard somewhere, still in its Amazon box. Actually, where the hell did I put it?


you can donate it to the send treab to australia for uni fund :)

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