Does the iPad Make You Reconsider Your iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mprofit, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. mprofit macrumors regular

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    A thread was started (here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=900481) that made me consider my current situation. I'm a first gen. iPhone user with no immediate plans to upgrade to the next iPhone. At the same time, I'm very interested in the iPad and could very well see myself purchasing one down the road, and further am more likely to buy an iPad than a new iPhone.

    My concern though is if I do buy an iPad I'll begin to neglect my iPhone in favor of the iPad for tasks like internet use and videos. The iPad is after all better at both of these two things than the iPhone. I'm not sure I could then justify the monthly cost of the iPhone, given that I'd heavily favor the iPad vs. iPhone at home, and I don't use it THAT much away from home (save for phone calls) as it is.

    But I want an iPhone!

    My question is for you iPad owners with iPhones: does your iPad make you reconsider your iPhone? Does the iPad make you that much less likely to rely on your iPhone to the point where you would seriously consider canceling your iPhone service? Or do you still feel compelled/necessitated to use your iPhone in spite of your iPad?
     
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  3. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.

    I had the original iPhone. Then last summer I got the 3GS.

    I am waiting on my 3G iPad.

    I already know I want to get rid of my iPhone. I'll be perfectly fine with something that makes calls and texts only...oh, and has a good camera...with video is a plus. And a good calendar...and calculator...and some music would be good too.

    OK, no........I'm keeping my iPhone. :D
     
  4. mprofit thread starter macrumors regular

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    And therein lies the problem, unfortunately! The iPhone is a tough device to even consider giving up after actually owning one. But a device like the iPad makes you wonder if having both is justified, cost wise. I wouldn't want to get to a point where I'm paying $60/month for a device I use to make phone calls and play Donut Games' apps on only.
     
  5. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    I am totally considering a new phone that offers the wifi sharing of its dataplan. This likely means AT&T won't get my money any longer as the phones/plans are usually better/cheaper elsewhere.

    I really think the HTC EVO from Sprint sounds like the best option, although I'd like to find a cheaper phone or stay out of a contract if I can.

    Anyone know the phones that offer this type of Wifi-datasharing?

    So far I know:
    HTC-EVO
    Palm Pre (but with its shaky future I'm hesitant to get one).
    ???

    The only reason I'd like to keep my 2G iPhone is for email access, but to be honest any smart phone can do that, the iPad replaces almost every other use.
     
  6. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    lol. y'all are too much. It makes me want to buy a 4G phone that can tether!
     
  7. Sketchr macrumors 6502a

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    No, but the iPad keeps me from wanting to upgrade my 3G when the newest iPhone comes out.
     
  8. stevemarshalluk macrumors newbie

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    i bought a wifi version to make sure my iphone didn't become redundant. they both have their places in my lifestyle. Nothing will beat the iphone for pure portable internet/apps whenever/wherever you need it.
     
  9. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    The prospect of me getting the iPad makes me less interested in switching to iPhone although the new one does look pretty nice.
     
  10. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

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    Sold my iPhone 3GS a few days after i had the iPad. I returned the iPad and ordered the 3G model. Picked up a decent low end flip phone. I really didnt see the point in having a iPad 3G and iPhone 3GS. Thats a bit overkill for my needs, its bad enough i have a iPad ( on its way) 15" MBP and a Windows 7 Desktop.
     
  11. mprofit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great point. Portability is one area the iPhone certainly has a clear advantage, and can be enough to warrant owning both products.

    I definitely would go with the Wifi, too. For me, owning a 3G iPad and an iPhone would be overkill, and I might be tempted to overlap iPad usage with regular iPhone usage, mobility-wise.
     
  12. Surely Guest

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    The iPad hasn't really changed the way I use my iPhone at home except that now I use the iPad in bed before I go to sleep instead of my iPhone.

    When I'm at home, I typically use my MBP for my computer/internet needs.

    I guess if I didn't have a laptop, I could see myself using the iPhone more while I was on the couch. So if that were the case, I guess the iPad would replace my iPhone use at home.

    I don't see myself carrying my iPad around with me wherever I go, it's just too big of a device to always have on me. It could never replace my iPhone in that way. That's why I didn't bother getting the 3G version..... I would never use 3G on it.
     
  13. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    IMO the iPad seems like a better couch browsing tool. longer battery, lighter weight and better more intuitive form factor.

    Also after a few hours of browsing and listening to music my MBP gets a little hot. Hoping the iPad wont.
     
  14. Surely Guest

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    My iPad has not even become warm from using it, even for extended periods of time.

    My MBP rarely gets hot, or warm even. Browsing and listening to music barely brings it to 55°C......
     
  15. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    Nope I have an iPhone and an iPad and I intend on buying the new iPhone too!:D
     
  16. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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    I have both, but use the iPhone on the road and the iPad at home. If anything, the iPad is making me neglect my MacBook more than my iPhone. I don't know about you, but I don't plan on bringing my iPad around with me all the time. That's what my iPhone is for. And when you consider all the apps that will work on both your iPad and your iPhone, it makes sense to own both. If you give up your iPhone what type of phone do you plan on getting? I'd miss my iPhone too much if I had to give it up even though I have an iPad.
     
  17. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    Right now I have Pages, iTunes, Tweetie and Camino open and mine is running at 65ish°C
     
  18. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    Last month I let CREDO buy out my ATT contract. I got tired of having a smart phone. I don't need a tiny device that does a thousand things. In no way was it a bad thing (Loved that phone), but I felt too reliant on it. I love having a regular phone, my iPod Nano 5g, and soon a 3G iPad. If I am going to be constantly hooked into the internet I want it on a device I can really surf with. ;)
     
  19. Detlev_73 macrumors 6502

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    Well, to tell you the truth...

    Yes, as soon as I determined I was getting a 3G iPad, I was on AT&T's website looking at "plain" voice-only phones.

    I have the lowest voice plan with my iPhone, 450 minutes per month, only use about half that, and I keep around 3,400 roll-over minutes on my account. I'm not one of those ENFP-types that have their phone permanently glued to the side of their head. If I don't recognize the number, the call doesn't get answered and even then if I recognize the number don't pick up half the time.

    It's nice to have the internet in your pocket 99% of the time, but browsing on such minute screen real-estate is annoying. Now that the iPad is out it's the perfect browsing experience except the lack of Flash, but that should be fixed in some time. The only other negative is that I've become accustomed to such quick typing on the iPhone for text messages, which I do use a lot of and have good use for the unlimited texting plan.

    The 3G iPad could possibly fix the texting issue if someone were to develop an app that would permit texting through the iPad data plan. With such considerations, I'd take a Motorola Razr-like phone on the lowest voice plan, PLUS the 3G iPad with the unlimited data plan.
     
  20. Surely Guest

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    ^^^^ Unfortunately I think you'll lose all of your roll-over minutes when/if you switch plans.....
     
  21. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    iPhone is worth it for calls and having in your pocket when you are out and about. At home, the iPad rules. It's worth having both IMO.

    I will say that cellphone service in general is too expensive, but I can't blame the iPhone for that.
     
  22. Eye4Desyn macrumors 6502

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    Methinks we'll see tiered data pricing for the first time this summer with the new iPhone launch. Why? Apple and especially AT&T know that customers that have both an iPhone and an iPad 3G will ponder the inevitable quandary of needing data for both devices. AT&T understands that existing iPhone customers with 3G iPads and those considering a 3G iPad purchase would seriously evaluate dropping their iPhone or avoid getting one altogether in favor of a more simple device and required service. The shoe-in to get you to stay in? Tiered data. It's been said by AT&T brass that it (tiered data) would be unavoidable whilst not rousing too much suspicion - and what better time to introduce such a service than with the new iPhone launch. 3G iPads will have been in existence for at least 8+ weeks by that time.

    I see it happening something like this. AT&T will offer new and existing customers with a new handset the option to pick their text messaging and voice plan along with a data plan of say either 75MB/month, 125MB/month, 250MB/month, or unlimited data/month and go. That way iPhone owners with 3G iPads will see incentive to always want to stay connected. It sounds more attractive with a perceived lower cost of admission for an iPhone with data allocations of say only 75MB/month or 125MB/month and having an iPad that is always connected at 250MB or unlimited data. Just a hunch/my $0.02.
     
  23. Detlev_73 macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely. Although with the way that I don't use my voice minutes, I'd have thousands of minutes back to blow whenever I wanted to.
     
  24. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a

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    When I switched from a Motorola Razr to the iPhone in 2007 I fought with the agent on the telephone to let me keep my rollover minutes. I argued that the minutes were mine, I paid for them. Surprisingly, after letting me talk to a supervisor, they let me keep them. I wasn't rude or angry--just very convincing I suppose. I think I had close to 4,000 unused minutes.

    When I upgraded to the 3GS 2 years I still had most of those rollover minutes left, if not all of them, and I don't remember having to speak to anyone to keep them. I rarely use my iPhone for talking. I rarely talk to anyone on the phone actually...I kinda hate it. (Sorry mom! But you don't call me either!)
     
  25. Surely Guest

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    Upgrading from your 3G to the 3GS wouldn't have caused your roll-over minutes to be taken away from you. Typically, downgrading your plan is what causes AT&T to erase them from your account.
     

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