iPad or iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by peraka, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. peraka macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2009
    I don't know what to choose. I already have an iPod touch, and I want an iPad and an iPhone. What should I get first? I mean, I'll get iPad now, and then after a few months an iPhone. If iPad, should I get it now, or wait for second generation?
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Which do you need more, a phone or a bigger screen? Also, consider that the next iPod touch should be here in sept/oct. Maybe that could be your perfect device?
  3. AR15MBP macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2009
    can't you determine what your needs are, how you will use either the iphone or ipad, whether you have a smartphone, netbook or other device, how much money you have and come to some sort of conclusion?
  4. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    iPhone first I'd say, it's a much more established piece of kit all round. I love my iPad but things do niggle me with it, iOS4 will fix these I think and then it will be the perfect device - and by which time hopefully you can get one
  5. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    ipad doesn't even run ios4 unless things have changed recently...
  6. FightTheFuture macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    this is easy - get the iPhone 4 first.

    you'll be able to use the 4's SIM in the iPad 3G - so you won't have to pay for two data plans.

    one thing i would be weary of is getting an iPad when they might announce an update to it in January - but i doubt it would be difficult to sell a 1st Gen iPad 3G at retail cost at that point.
  7. KameronBriggs macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    Somewhere Sunny, California
    If you already have an iPhone, or a phone that you really love, go for an iPad.
  8. japasneezemonk macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2005
    Get Both

    Get the two at the same time, Then you wont have to choose.:)
    If you buy the 16GB wi-fi and a 16GB iPhone, that's just $700 plus tax. Not bad, IMO.
  9. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    I'm in the same boat.

    I've got the cash to get both, but it is a bit excessive.

    I think I'm going to get the phone as it meets more needs and my 3g is really beining to wear out.

    The pad will be just a (useful) toy really.

    Does this work? The terms and conditions of the carriers providing sims for the iPads say that if they detect youre using it in another device they will disconnect it.
  10. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    I'd say keep the 3GS, the iPhone 4 isn't big enough a step up from the 3GS that it will be better than an iPad.
  11. Hilmi Hamidi macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2009
    Yes it's a big step up.
    You got 1 Ghz proc., 512 MB RAM, bigger res screen and so on on the iPhone 4. Plus redesigned body.
    Now compare that with 3GS and tell me if that's not a big step up.
  12. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    If its being bought outright without a contract, then yes. But if you want a phone with the antenna detuning all sorted, wait for next year. If you already have an iPhone, get an iPad because it's all about changing your casual computer usage and is that much better for reading books than a 4 inch screen regardless of pixel density.
  13. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    Are we still certain the redesigned structure of the phone is a pro?

    I do like the idea of structural elements having dual purposes, but until apple can find a way around antenna detuning without using a bumper, then why not wait until June 2011? I really feel like Jonathan Ive dropped the ball on that one. Maybe they can find a nonconductive coating to resolve the issue. If I bought the iPhone 4 at launch, it wouldn't have been a deal breaker, I'd have gotten on with using the bumper, but it's a problem. Why buy one right now if you have any generation of iphone already.

    If you have an iPad, then 600mhz or 1ghz wont matter in the iPhone. I'm on the bus right now with my iPad, and it's pretty damn good.

    With an iPad, my iPhone gets to do phone calls, SMS, quick checks of email whilst on the tube and music. You don't need a 1ghz chip for just those tasks.
  14. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Just to clarify:


    All we know is that it uses an A4 chip, and because it's 1Ghz in the iPad, everyone is presuming it's 1Ghz in the iPhone 4, but there's no evidence of this. Don't you think Steve Jobs would've boasted this at it's release just as he did with the iPad if it was running at 1Ghz?
  15. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    You're kidding, right?
  16. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    I just got my iPad today but if I had to pick one or another I would easily choose the iPhone. The iPad does a few things better such as video and browsing. However it doesn't do anything that an iPhone outright can't. An iPad also can't do anything if you don't have it with you. My iPhone is always with me and I just can't see carrying an iPad around with me when I have a phone.

    Been waiting awhile to get my hands on an IPad as they were just launched here where I am today but I am at home and typing this from my MBP. Ipad is sitting on the table not doing anything. I could see professionals with some specific uses that may not agree with me though.

    Just my two cents.
  17. rangtang macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Don't get the iPad yet. Get the next generation of that and check out the iPhone 4.
  18. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Get both.

    I have both and do not regret the decision. My iPad is the 3G model.
  19. aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    quick FYI, the iPad is never meant to replace the iPhone, or ANY phone for that matter. they are two different class of devices. One is a smartphone, the other is a tablet computing device (meant for consumption, not content creation).

    i personally bought the iPad becase it was the first device of its kind out in the market at an affordable price. initially bought it as a 'toy' and then moved onto acquiring apps that help my day to day productivity.

    another thing is that i never read up on other peoples' ipad reviews, especially if they are doing a mini review of the iPad the day they get their device, unless they have it for at least a month or two.

    initial impression of the pad compared to that of a season ipad owner has different meaning. iPad is with me all the time now.
  20. copydeskcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Get an iPhone. You'll get more out of it, and you'll then want an iPad.

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