How do I justify buying an iPad if I already have an iPhone.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bosoxnm3, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. bosoxnm3 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    You think it's worth buying an iPad if I already have an iPhone? I really want one for viewing netflix/watching MLB and NBA games at scho
    that i used to watch on my laptop. So, do you think it's worth it if you already have an iPhone?
  2. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    It is worth it to me. Seems like for what you want it for it would be worth it, but only you would know if it is for you.
  3. DunnMaui macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
  4. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    I sold my iPhone and got a tiny nokia that works well as a phone, has great battery life and i can use it as a wifi hotspot, or use ibluever on a jail broken iPod/ipad to get Internet via Bluetooth.

    Then I got an iPad so i can have the best of both worlds.
    Tiny phone If i want to go out and not be 'plugged in' to work/web etc, option of taking the big screen iPad, and option of taking smaller screen iPod touch which does everything I needed on the iPhone..

    Each to their own though, I personally don't miss my iPhone at all even though I loved it.
  5. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    I use them for completely different things. My iPhone is for music, and for on the go Internet access. My iPad replaced 90% of what I did with a laptop previously. My husband replaced about 60% of his laptop usage with his iPad.

    As others said, it all depends on what you plan to use it for.
  6. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Now that the iPhone 4 has a micro-SIM and you can reliably swap it into the 3G iPad, I'm seriously considering one. I've never seen that many uses for it, besides bedside reading/surfing, and I wouldn't pay an additional $30/month for the convenience of 3G either.

    However, being able to use my iPhone's data plan on the iPad made me think twice, as I'd be more likely to drag it along to Disneyland, the park, for car GPS, etcetera. Sometimes a larger screen IS useful. $639 useful? Maybe.
  7. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....

    Do you really need people to justify your purchases? This is part of being an adult. If you want an iPad and can afford it why do you need people to tell you want to buy or to validate your decisions. At the end of the day it comes down to what you want. Not one of the people here, to include me, is going to help you purchase an iPad by giving money, so either buy it or don't buy it, but at least let the decision be yours alone.
  8. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    Hm, how do I justify buying a 40" TV when I already have a 14" TV? They both just show TV shows and DVDs and stuff.
  9. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    No, it's not worth it. Don't buy one. Ipad is overpriced and it doesn't do a lot of things that it should. So, stick with your iphone 4. Opps, that must be the Fed ex guy for my ipad. See ya later.
  10. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
  11. eye macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    I use my iPhone when I'm on the go. I use the iPad for couch surfing or on trips. I use the macbook for doing work and to house all of my media. They all have their place for me.
  12. fizzler macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I tend not too worry too much about justifying such purchases to myself. In my experience your only kdding your self on half the time- 'i'll be able to do this' or 'it'll mean I don't need to have this' or 'it will make my work/college/school work better' (you get the idea).

    For me it was a toss up between (upgrading my 3G to) an iPhone 4, or getting an iPad. I didn't really have the cash, I wasn't quite sure what I'd use it for, and I definitely didn't need an iPad- but never being one to let such logic get in my way of a new toy, I went with the iPad :D and I love it (as does everyone else that has used it). I shall no doubt yield and end up with an iPhone 4 within the next couple of months as well.

    Having an iPhone4 shouldn't really factor into your decision, as they are completely different products designed to do different things. If anything having an iPhone should strengthen your argument to buy one, cos you have already invested money in apps (some of which you may use on your iPad), as well as having two units which are highly compatible with each other.

    If your are seriously considering one, and love your iPhone, I would stop worrying about justifying it and just pull the trigger :)
  13. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    Remember SmartPhones were supposed to be primarily phones, however over the past few years the lines have become blurred. While the phone is very convient to carry and you can proficiently do email on it other things such as web browsing on a 3.5" screen can be considered torture. Watching video while okay for a 2 minute tech ticker clip is not so okay for an 45 minute TV show.

    The iPad with its' much larger screen ans faster CPU put the smartphones to shame for everything except of course making and receiving phone calls.
  14. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
  15. AppleRules macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    The real question is ... Why do you need to justify an ipad if you already own an iphone?
  16. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009

    Unless you are a kid who needs to beg for the cash, just do what you want to do.
  17. mproudfoot macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    You know, I asked myself the same question and actually put off buying an iPad for ages reasoning that as I have a laptop and a 32Gb 3GS, I had all the bases covered.

    So ahead of another business trip to Spain, I thought "screw it" and just bought one anyway (64Gb WiFi) and you know what, it was utterly fantastic to have it with me. On all 4 flights last week, I had the iPad out on the seat-back tray (using an Incipio Kickstand) and I watched some TV programmes, played some games, read some documentation (Goodreader ftw) and read a book. In the airports with WiFi, I checked my work email, browsed the web and bought a few more apps (I dont want to know how much I've spent on apps this week).

    In short, it's brilliant - it does stuff I wouldn't do using my iPhone (the email and browsing experience is so second rate on that and I dont think I could go back to the iphone screen for movies/tv eps now) and it also does stuff I wouldn't do on my laptop (which would be out of juice after 3 hours even with a 9-cell battery).

    I actually find the iPhone to be a fairly craptastic phone and (in my opinion), apart from the retina screen, I find the iPhone is now behind the curve in terms of features and so I'm planning to replace my 3GS with an Android device (and use it as a WiFi hotspot for the iPad when I am in a local 3G area) or just a normal (non-smart) phone and use the ipad for everything else.
  18. jarvijarv macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2008
    Here's how I break my devices down:

    iPhone 4: calls, music (iPod), camera-still/video
    iPad: internet, movies, reading
    both: apps, emails, facebook, games

    They make the best travel mobile devices for me. :D
  19. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Why justify? Just buy!

    They both do great things given their respectivr sizes. You can't miss with either one. What a team together! Good luck!
  20. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Because the OP is a teenager who needs his mommy to buy him an iPad.
  21. bosoxnm3 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Haha, some of you people must live such sad lives. And, no I don't need my mother to buy me anything; I have plenty of money to spend, but thanks for playing.
  22. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    It's absolutely worth it, it's a step up from the iPhone, a light laptop that is 4 times lighter and probably just 25% less useful than a laptop on daily tasks unless you're a pro video editor :D
  23. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I'm a teenager and I'm offended by that statement (silverblack). I bought my iPad, iPhone 4 and my previous iPods with my own money that I earned through jobs. The only thing I didn't pay for with my own money is my MBP but I earned that through grades.

    Back to OP, I probably won't use my iPad as much now that I have an iPhone 4 (I got the iPad first) but it's still used quite often. Go to an Apple Store or whatever place has them on display and play with it. Is it useful to you? Our uses for it are different from yours.
  24. AceWilfong macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2007
    San Francisco
    I would buy it without hesitation, ready to project a serious attitude towards those who would presume to question my habits and peculiarities.
  25. Hydrocity macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2010
    Why spend money to go to a swimming pool when you can just sit in your bathtub?

    I dont know, Im bored:eek:

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