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Old Nov 4, 2012, 07:02 AM   #1
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Not an iPad Christmas in our house... I don't think

I bought a mini, as my first ipad, and really like it. I am keeping it without a doubt.

However, my wife, son, and daughter all love it as well. I was pondering ordering 3 more for Christmas. However, I have a hunch hardware performance vs time curve will be steep for this product line. My hesitation in commiting to this product (I'm calling buying 4 of them committing) isn't upgrade fever, it's more that the resolution standard will be changing, and I'm afraid support for the A5 and non retina will be a shorter usefull life; As an example, I kept my iphone 3G (non S) for over 3 years, and upgrading to IOS4 is what rendered it too slow to enjoy, but I needed the upgrade for current apps, therefore it's functional life ended (but was long, and worked out well imho).

I think rather than a big ipad Christmas, I'll consdier one for my wife, then upgrade next year, and let the old models trickle through the family... An ipad Christmas would have been fun, but I'm thinking not this year...

Thoughts?
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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iPad Christmas? Are your turkey and tree shaped like an iPad too??
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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That's a tricky one. I guess it comes down to this question. In a year, if the new mini comes out with a retina, faster chip etc would that make you regret getting your family iPads for Christmas?
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:19 AM   #4
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Get at least a 9.7 inch iPad, you won't regret. I have all serious of I-product, the big iPad is by far the best
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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New tech is always on the rise.
If you want to buy them iPads, do it!
There is always something newer and better on its way. Just buy them and be happy! iPad Christmas for everyone!
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:22 AM   #6
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New tech is always on the rise.
If you want to buy them iPads, do it!
There is always something newer and better on its way. Just buy them and be happy! iPad Christmas for everyone!
You are never gonna beat the tech curve. I say just buy them what they want and let them upgrade in a few years if they want to.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:28 AM   #7
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In our house of 4 people I've always spread the tech purchases out such that we weren't buying or upgrading at at once. I do this with phones, iPads, computers, etc. That way I buy a couple of units one year and it gets at least a couple of years of use and gets replaced before it's no longer supported. Of course, I always make sure I have the latest, with my kids next in line and my wife getting the lowest level at any given time (she hates tech but admits she needs it). lol
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:30 AM   #8
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I bought a mini, as my first ipad, and really like it. I am keeping it without a doubt.

However, my wife, son, and daughter all love it as well. I was pondering ordering 3 more for Christmas. However, I have a hunch hardware performance vs time curve will be steep for this product line. My hesitation in commiting to this product (I'm calling buying 4 of them committing) isn't upgrade fever, it's more that the resolution standard will be changing, and I'm afraid support for the A5 and non retina will be a shorter usefull life; As an example, I kept my iphone 3G (non S) for over 3 years, and upgrading to IOS4 is what rendered it too slow to enjoy, but I needed the upgrade for current apps, therefore it's functional life ended (but was long, and worked out well imho).

I think rather than a big ipad Christmas, I'll consdier one for my wife, then upgrade next year, and let the old models trickle through the family... An ipad Christmas would have been fun, but I'm thinking not this year...

Thoughts?
If I were in your situation, I will probably do the same buying one or two for this year and wait for any upgrade next year. Retina in early 2013 is going to be problematic and depending on Sharp for new panel (which is close to bankruptcy now). But A6 is a possibility if competition really heat up since the marginal cost of producing more chip is relatively cheap once the full production ramp up.
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