iPhad and EAS

Discussion in 'iPad' started by roland.g, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. roland.g macrumors 603

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    My iPad decision story.

    I have suffered and also enjoyed greatly in being an Apple gadget geek who lives with EAS - early adopter syndrome. And it often means I routinely get the latest and greatest iPhad.

    Case and points:

    I bought a Rev. A G4 450 'Sawtooth' PowerMac with a very odd early spec DVD writeable drive that only wrote to DVD's inside a plastic case (Type II) when less than a year later better specs were available with a real superdrive that wrote to today's DVD-Rs.

    I bought a Rev. A 5 GB iPod with the spinning wheel when less than a year later the 10 GB and 20 GB touch wheels came out at better price points.

    I bought an Apple TV in April of 2007 though I didn't really need it but just wanted to get a new Apple product.

    I bought an original iPhone in July of 2007 after swearing that I wouldn't get one right away, but then when I held it in my hands, I had to have it - only to have the price drop $200 within 2 months (yes I got a $100 Apple Store Credit Coupon).

    I bought a Rev. A aluminum iMac 2.8 Ghz Extreme in August 2007 the day they were released, only to have to send it back for dead pixels and then suffer through a year plus of screen freezes before they replaced my HDD and motherboard.

    I bought an iPhone 3G in July of 2008 after telling myself there was no reason to upgrade but then selling my original iPhone because of reasons I justified and can no longer remember.

    I bought an aluminum MacBook in November of 2008 shortly after their release only to have Apple turn it in to the 13" MacBook Pro 6 months later, bring back FireWire, increase the RAM, and give it a longer battery and better screen, not to mention drop the price $200 - making it much harder to sell for a good price.

    Except for the ire I feel over the MacBook, most of these have been very good Apple products to me and I have enjoyed them, used them, and felt that they filled various needs and uses. However, as I have been trying to decide which model iPad I would consider, and even thought to myself that it would make a great birthday present (in July) that I could buy with gift cards or what not from family, added to which that would give me time to play with it, hear feedback, problems, and see what WWDC 4.0 OS announcements might bring, I have decided that really I will wait until a fall revision (or certainly OS updates) if there is one, consider it next xmas, or even this time next year.

    I have an iMac and an iPhone. I also have my MacBook which I thought about selling when I bought the iPad. But outside of the gotta have it, newest Apple gadget allure, there is no real reason for me to flex my EAS muscle and be the guinea pig for feedback and improvements on the iPad. I am sure once I see one in the store and play with it, I will have to do my best to resist the buy now urge. But truth is I can do everything I need to on my MacBook including webcam at the breakfast table (no this isn't an argument or hope that the iPad gets a webcam). And at the worst I will delay my spending and get a little bit more bang for, who knows, maybe a little less buck.

    Don't get me wrong. I am not knocking the iPad or saying that people shouldn't buy one. This is just some of what is going into my decision making process.
     
  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Suffering from EAS is tough. I also have it. And after watching the Apple Keynote I am jonesing.

    iPad, here I come!

    Edit: BTW, I would never sell a real Mac OS X Computer for the iPad. You still need real Mac OS X for syncing and other stuff.
     
  3. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I have a case of selective Apple EAS. I picked up a Mac Mini on DAY ONE. I picked up a Time Capsule on day one (and yes it died exactly 18 months later... Thank God for AppleCare). I picked up a white Macbook on day 259 only to go back and pay restocking to switch it for a faster model with double the hard drive and better battery life (Penryn) on day one for that series. The iPad is the type of product that EAS is relatively low risk of being burned because of its price point. Sure, there will be a 2.2 Terabyte SSD 1920 x 1080 0.02 Oz iPad available 6 months later for 50 bucks less but I can live with myself for buying one when they come out. Really I can.
     
  4. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

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    Who are you kidding? you bought all that other stuff, then wrote a 200 word essay on why you don't think you'll buy an iPad?

    You're getting one. Face it.
     
  5. zemzabob macrumors regular

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    Yup you'll be in line with me lol see you there!
     
  6. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    LMFAO! 100% agreed!
     
  7. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Very few, if any, companies get it right on the v1.0 launch. It doesn't matter if it's computers, cameras, cars . . . complex technology benefits from real world, live human testing.

    So, best wishes to those early adopters and thanks for taking one (or more) for the team. ;)
     
  8. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603

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    I still have a nice 24" iMac that operates all my home desktop computing needs and houses all my iPhoto and iTunes media for syncing and streaming to my iPhone, wife's Nano, and Apple TV. The only reason I bought the MacBook was because my house was under renovation for a year while we were living it and the iMac was in storage. I couldn't have my wife bring home her 9 lb. Dell from work everyday and we needed to look up stuff for faucets, and tile, and other stuff for the house, not to mention living with just access during work wasn't really acceptable. Since then the MacBook doesn't get used much except for some couch surfing and weekend morning webcam with the my mom, my dad, or her parents so they can see our 2 boys during breakfast.

    So yes the iPad is a great replacement except for the webcam instance for the MacBook and would be put to more use. However, I think on this one I am going to do my best and wait. We gave my mom my wife's old 2003 867 mHz 12" PowerBook with iSight which won't last much longer for her. So my guess is when I do get an iPad, the MacBook will get gifted to my mom.
     
  9. aforty macrumors 65816

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    +1 :rolleyes:
     
  10. 1appleAday macrumors regular

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    So true! Good luck to you OP on resisting the shiny new toy LOL!

    I have a gen 1 MBA so I already have a light and highly portable laptop when I move around the house, yet I still want the iPad! Yes, not need, but want! :D
     
  11. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, +1.

    You even admit you told yourself numerous times before you wouldn't buy it (you'd wait to buy first iPhone, you didn't need iPhone 3G), etc.

    You're getting the iPad, dude. ;)

    I can't wait for mine, personally. I wanted a Kindle DX and the fact that for cheaper (Canadian) I can get so much more functionality and a vivid IPS display is terrific. 52 days to go ahhhhhhh.
     
  12. RMXO macrumors 6502a

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    I know you're gonna get Rev A just like everyone has stated. Screw EAS, I'm getting all Rev's when they come out. Old one's will become hand me down's, while I enjoy the new one. :D
     
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  14. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    The only time I've been burned by EAS is when I got my iPod touch, and it had the ridiculous black level problem, and I traded that in like a week later and problem solved.

    I'm jumping on the iPad, and I've already discussed with the manager at my local apple store that I'll bring him coffee in the morning if he can guarantee me a spot in line. (I'm a barista, and he frequents my work.)
     
  15. drtyrell macrumors member

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    Few people will buy an iPad in an economy that has 18%+ unemployment. The device is overpriced, under innovated, and BORING. I'm still trying to find a life source to replenish the soul sucking that occurred while waiting for that keynote to make me say, "Whoa, that was cool."
     
  16. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    So BORING your still folling it on a tech forum? :rolleyes:
     
  17. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    +1

    The people complaining about the cost need to realize, were not all college students. I'm sorry you can't afford it. Simple fact is $499 to some people maybe like $10 to others. It's all relative to someone's income. Judging someone as to how they spend their money just makes you look stupid as you have no clue of anyones situation. Money is something you can always replace, time is not, I prefer to live life and enjoy things while I can.

    Life is in fact to short to worry about silly s#^% like this. If it makes you happy, go for it.
     
  18. drtyrell macrumors member

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    Like the wiseman said, "A sucker is born every second."
     
  19. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    I still can't get over the mentality of why it bothers some folks if others want to buy an iPad. Why insult others about it? It is just a portable computing device. If you like it fine, buy it. If not, don't buy it. If enough people buy it, it will be a successful product. If not, Apple will come up with something else. Sheesh there are much bigger problems in this world than whether the iPad has a camera or not. Personally I'm getting one because I don't have a laptop, need something for travel that is bigger than my iPhone, don't want to buy a MS laptop and don't want to spend $999 for a white MB. Does that make me an idiot for wanting one?
     
  20. drtyrell macrumors member

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    For the record, there are more people insulting folks who don't want the device than those who do. Those of us who've come to love Apple for more than 30+ years want Apple to stop slipping. For if Apple slips, Apple fails, and if Apple fails, we'll be stuck with Windows or WORSE.

    Everyone who defends this pile is what we call a BAD FRIEND. They watch people they love habitually destroy themselves and all they do is enable them to continue by never saying, "Well...you might think of changing this or that." It's not a crime to shine a light on things.
     
  21. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    You really should watch the financial times... Company called Apple just set yet another all time sales/profit record for the last quarter 2009. If this is what slippage looks like.... PLEASE CONTINUE APPLE!
     
  22. applemike macrumors 6502

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    I wasnt aware that you could purchase them yet!!

    I'll assume its a typo!

    :apple:Mike
     
  23. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    I read that the same way as you did, but technically his sentence was grammatically sound.

    Saying he was going to do something WHEN he bought his iPad is still valid.

    If he said "I sold my Macbook when I bought the iPad" Then.. Then I'd call him an outright fibber. And a poor decision maker.
     
  24. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Yet they bought well over 3 million Macs that were $1000+ on average, quarter after quarter, each quarter setting a new sales record. The economy means about as much when it comes to Apple products as a pair of thermal underwear in Death Valley at high noon.

    How long is this bad trip of yours going to last?
     
  25. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Where did you study economics and marketing? Stay at a Holiday Inn Express recently? :D
     

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