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    The Giz Wiz Asks You! > Are you going to buy an Applie iPad in the next 6 months?

    I left this question up because it was asking about the 1st iPad. I bet now that people know what iPads can do, their answers would be different. Or would they??

    I know from emails and from the folks who listen to TWiT and to the Daily Giz Wiz that I have a very gadget loving audience. So now that everyone knows the real details of the Apple iPad, are you going to buy one now or in the next 6 months or so. Or will you wait until Generation2, or does it not interest you at all!

    Thanks. I may share these results with Leo on an upcoming Daily Giz Wiz.

    Dick De, The Giz Wiz

    January 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Giz Wiz

    I have no intentions of buying one. I would still prefer to have an iPod Touch (which is basically the same thing to me only smaller).

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessicaAvsFan

    I do Plan on buying one but not in the next six months, maybe within the year maybe not most likely will be a second gen user of the iPad

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrago

    I don't think the iPad would suit my needs. Would rather buy a netbook.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert71292

    yes I'm

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

    Not interested...much better products are already available.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBill Johnson

    I'll be buying one. I'm not entirely sure if it will be with 3G or not. It will definitely be the 64GB one. I'm going to be buying it as soon as I can.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Dixon

    Yup, I'll be buying one....and am hoping that there will be a magazine/comic section of the iBookstore!

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

    I am not planning on buying one right away. To be honest, I am an android fan, so going to wait to see what is ahead in the ways of an android tablet. However, if nothing earth shattering come out from android by the time Generation2 comes out, I probably will be very interested in Pad2.

    I fall into the category of wanting an appliance such as the iPad instead of needing one so that is a factor also. I am very geeky and love my gadgets, but at the same time am very cautious about buying any first gen hardware. Bought the G1 the first day it came out and still kicking myself in the tush for doing so !!!!!!

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Richards

    I will sell my itouch and get one. But I may wait for gen 2.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

    Hello DickeyD
    I will be getting the 16gb WI-Fi version to use when sitting in the living room.
    I envision the following uses...
    Internet television listings
    The super-god-like remote (presuming some ir and rf device control devices come out)
    Streaming media from my main machine or media server so I can be in the same room while others are doing other activities.
    I expect it to be available for the kids to game with when the adults are using the TV.
    A digital picture album and or streaming music center for use while entertaining.
    There is a potential 2nd unit purchase if it is going to require 3G for GPS. If i have to activate the 3G and can not use my existing 3G plan or future myfi then it will not happen.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPanahasi

    No I will not be buying it, now or ever. No multi-tasking, No camera, No e-ink option, No flash, and on and on. It's pretty but it is not useful for anything.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToydriver

    You know that friend who always loses their tv remote, and you buy them a gigantic remote as a joke. It's like that.. It doesn't do anything that I don't already have (cell, laptop). It's Apple's "zune"

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuriga

    I'm going to buy 2.
    One now, when it comes out, and one next year when the second model comes out.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Colletti

    No interest at all.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorgan

    Not interested in the least. I'm saving up for something more practical. The Lenovo U1

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEricB

    Dick,

    I will not be buying and iPad. I think it is a terrible omen of what may come in the future.

    DRM will give Apple and their corporate partners the power to disable features, block competing products (especially free software [think free as in free speech not free beer]) censor news, and even delete books, videos, or news stories from users' computers without notice-- using the device's "always on" network connection.

    This past year, we have seen how human rights and democracy protestors can have the technology they use turned against them. By making a computer where every application is under total, centralized control, Apple is endangering freedom to increase profits.

    Apple can say they will not abuse this power, but their record of App Store rejections and removals gives us no reason to trust them. The iPad's unprecedented use of DRM to control all capabilities of a general purpose computer is a dangerous step backward for computing and for media distribution

    Defective By Design has a petition that says just this, those who are as worried as I am should sign it

    http://www.defectivebydesign.org/ipad

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthreethirty

    I am the likely target audience for the iPad and on lookout for similar products (I live on 10" laptop and 10" eBook reader - would love to integrate these into something tablet-like). I also own one Mac (but mostly live on Linux PCs).
    In many aspects they have hit the target correct: size, battery life, performance - all major issues, all good (and because of that they'll get large audience whose life style demands device like that).

    However, I am hopefully waiting for v 2.0. due to 3 crucial problems:
    -No built-in connectors and card readers - essential for portable device(large file transfers, other devices,...). Instead , just ONE connector to which you can attach kludgy dongles. Neither convenient nor elegant (ex. I can't have at the same time USB device and SD card attached.) It should be trivial to add couple of USB ports and slot-in universal card reader, plenty of space left and right of 30pin-nonsense.
    -No precise stylus on-screen writing/sketching ability (again kludge of fat finger as "stylus"). Writing and sketching are the most symbolically powerful hand gestures, would rather have those than pinching... Should be natural expectation for any tablet.
    -Finally, camera... This boggles the mind. Apple is leader in AV-in-computing field. For dozen+ yrs simple miniature effective cameras have appeared on laptops. It would be trivial to add swivel camera like old Sony Vaio introduced on the edge of iPad. Communication on-the-go is now Skype. People regularly use it and camera is as much a MUST as a screen on a mobile computing/communication device...

    Hence, for my lifestyle, my kludge of old laptop and eBook reader (iRex Iliad, on which you can write and annotate with stylus for days on end) still beats iPad. I wish I will be able to integrate by v 2.0. If I don't get Entourage Edge in the while (there main obstacle is Android and inability to change it for Linux distro of personal choice.)

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMad Tuna Slice

    Cool product but I can't ever see myself purchasing one, way too expensive for my taste, especially for what is does and doesn't do. I would much rather spend the money on something like the new Alienware M11x, which will start at $799.00.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrumpyTech

    Nope. Looks like an inflated, size wise and cost wise, iPod Touch to me

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersengle3

    No, I will not. Thanks for asking.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGretra

    I have zero need or want for the iPad with it's current feature list.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark B

    No, not at this point. I did not see anything that puts this in a "got to have" category for me. Maybe once the apps get developed to use the functionality, but at this point I am happy with my MacBook Pro and Droid with PDAnet.

    Disclaimer: I didn't think the Ipod would be a success so take my thought with a grain of salt.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterN3PRO

    Seriously thinking of buying one, I've been waiting for a e-book reader with more features. But I'm anti iTunes and have yet to buy anything apple.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiesel63

    All ready submitted my email to be notified when they go on sale. I think we may be seeing the future of operating systems.

    Most people now use only a small percentage of their computers power and application features. A simple interface and a bunch of one trick apps is all everyday users really need. Check your email, write a tweet, listen to the Daily Gizwiz with one touch of a finger. No drop down menus no security settings no viruses. Another touch and you have a remote control for your tv or music system another touch... read your newspaper, one more touch your shopping Amazon or ebay. Hear a song on pandora instantly download it from itunes and then blog about it with just another touch.

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteristeve