This iPad2 business makes for quite the research paper. Very interesting just to read these boards this week. Think for a moment from a financial aspect- iPad 1 currently in stock and being sold for 25% off it's newest sibling, and 30% off on the refurb store. iPad 2 is thinner and and faster with 2 cameras. iPad 2 has a smart cover that offers no protection to the unit itself, ok it's cool. Latest and greatest, absolutely. Offers way more than the original, not so much. iPad 1 has the thickness of a first gen product which many would argue is more desirable to look at. iPad 2 is sleeker like the iPod touch look, and has a speaker which has been moved slightly to the back vs the bottom. I personally went to the apple store to see this new iPad 2. I spent 3 minutes with it, up close and personal. Opened the NYtimes website to see how safari handled it. Checkerboards up, checkerboards down. Played around with things I do with our iPad 1 and did not notice one significant difference in speed or change at all. Camera- no question- it's an addition. Iphone4 has a better one though, and most here have a smartphone with a better camera than this, correct? So; I ask- what on earth is with this histeria over this new update? iPad1 seems like a complete steal next to this. Is ipad2 better? Idk. Is ipad2 worth 150 more than iPad1 (refurb) I don't think it is at all. This is not meant to be a bash against this wildly popular product launch. I simply question the craze over it when the iPad 1 is a moment away, cheaper, and every bit as good. It may not be equal, but I dare say that using one over the other is not the experience of using The iPhone 1 vs. The 3GS- now that was night and day. Maybe most of this has to do with no stock. People want most what they cannot have. I'm passing on the iPad 2. May pick up 2 more 1st gens.