… Unless you already have a first gen iPad.
The questions I keep getting are:
- Should I get the iPad2 if I already have an iPad?
- Should I get the iPad2 or a Kindle?
- Should I get the 3G version?
- What size should I get?
- What about an Android tablet?
The short answer: You should get the iPad2 64GB, WiFi only.
1) You don’t need the iPad2 if you have the original iPad. The size and weight are not different enough to make an impact on your bag or your wrists. The apps are the same and the speed isn’t being used for anything that impressive yet and probably won’t be for another year. The cameras are great, but the reality is that you don’t really want to take photos with a tablet and people aren’t using facetime/skype on the road. Just not different enough to get the new one.
2) Kindle vs. iPad is a false comparison; they are two TOTALLY different products. A Kindle is a great ebook reader, but that’s all it does. You can’t read a book on the iPad outdoors, period, the end. If you like reading on the beach/park/backyard you need a Kindle. If you want the best mobile internet and reading device for meetings, the couch, the airplane, etc., you need an iPad.
3) The 3G convenience is great, but the pricing on the plans is too high. Especially if you also travel with a laptop, the better deal is to tether the iPad to a different connected device. I like using a MiFi or OverDrive card which allows you to connect up to 5 devices, but even your iPhone4/Android device allows tethering and is likely cheaper than getting another plan if you don’t use it that often. The iPad doesn’t really need connectivity to be a great product. If the money isn’t an issue, by all means, get the 3G.
4) Once you have an iPad, you will want to put things on it. The apps are actually quite small, and I find that I don’t listen to a TON of music on the ipad. What starts to take up space are the videos. 32GB would work for most of you, but for the extra $100, the storage space is a no-brainer. Go with the 64.
5) A lot of OEMs have launched Android-based tablets recently, and many of them are cool, but the iPad is the way to go. Video is a killer app for tablets. You can watch back-to-back episodes of TopGear during the entire flight from San Diego to New York on one battery charge… and you want to. I have several episodes of Sesame Street, a few Blues Clues, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and a bunch of others, plus things for me. You want the ability to have a ton of choice in your tablet video library too. Right now, Google hasn’t launched a killer video store (soon?) and none of the Android manufacturers can come close to competing with iTunes on choice or user experience. Until this changes, there’s no Android alternative to the iPad that matters.