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  • 27Jun

    Confessions of a Gadget Junkie: Caving to the New iPad

    I was an iPad early adopter when it released in early 2010. I bought it the week I was leaving for E3 as something to use for taking notes, writing articles, and playing time waster games in line. There are always lines to sit in at E3, that’s for certain. Despite how much I was afraid I would have buyer’s remorse, that debut week in LA proved that I had made a sound investment. Not only did it do what I needed it to on the E3 showroom floor, but with it, I was able to check in to work and answer any questions that came up from my boss. My husband made fun of me for getting it, but it wasn’t long before he got one too.

    Even though I am a huge, admitted gadget junkie, I was able to pass up on the iPad 2. As time wore on, I felt more confident in my decision that I wasn’t missing out on anything crucial, especially since no apps were iPad 2-only. At least, none of the apps I needed–and therefore care about–were iPad 2-only.

    I knew, though, that I wouldn’t be able to hold the same resolve when the 3rd generation released earlier this year. I told myself that I would not upgrade until the next iPad had a USB drive port. That’s all I want, and that’s what it will take to convince me to upgrade. Yeah, Apple laughed in my face.

    With the iPad 2 and the new iPad, apps have had to go through some major updates to work with the new retina displays. The apps will still work on my iPad just fine, but it’s obvious that they’re trying to work my iPad harder than it can take. I have to clear out its memory at least once a day and completely shut it off to cool down at least once a week. Poor thing can’t just cater to what these updated apps require. It doesn’t help that my son watches tons of movies on it and plays games almost nonstop when he’s allowed some iPad time.

    I love you, first-generation iPad…but it’s time I moved on. And oh yes I did.

    So far, the only regret I have is what size I got. I bought a 16 GB, but now I’m wishing I had splurged on the 32 GB. My last iPad was a 64 GB, and I came nowhere close to filling it up. I only piled on the data when I started putting digital copies of movies on there for Gabe. I was sure that 16 GB would be no problem. Oh how I forget how many photos I’ve been storing in it. Then there’s a slight app problem…I never worried about app space before, but shnikies do I have to now. No more just loading it up on a whim. Almost every new app is going to have to go through a Bachelor-like selection. Do I really need all those apps? Probably not, but I’m going to miss being lazy about my storage space.

    As for my original iPad, Gabe has a surprise waiting on him when he gets home from his grandparents’ house. He’ll be so excited…until I tell him he can’t play on it in bed.

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