iPad 3: Is it worth it?
April 11, 2012 1:20 PM Subscribe
I currently use an HP Touchpad running Android ICS. I've come to love having a tablet and the HP does most of what I need. But I've been thinking of upgrading to the iPad 3. Worth it? Pros/Cons?
The Touchpad has been a fantastic investment as my first tablet after buying it in last year's fire sale. I have it rooted, dual booting Android Ice Cream Sandwich and its native WebOS. I mostly use it in Android, reverting back to WebOS only if there's a problem in Android (like battery issues, see below) or if I need to use Skype. A downside is that my spouse & I use Google video chat but when I'm in Android, the Touchpad's camera doesn't work at all. In WebOS the camera can only be used for Skype and there are no other video chat apps. I *hate* Skype. In general the Android experience is great though: The tablet is fast and intuitive, web browsing with Chrome is seamless and smooth, and the app store offers plenty to fill my needs. The Touchpad hardware is IMO great quality, sturdy, and it has a lovely clear bright screen. Lately, however, my Touchpad's battery function has gone wonky when in Android: it won't hold a charge, the battery discharges too quickly, and sometimes it won't take a charge at all when plugged in. When I have the tablet in WebOS mode, I don't have the battery issues so it seems to be a problem with the OS (I am using the latest Cyanogen version of Android) -- thing is, that as nice as WebOS is, it just doesn't have the apps/functions I need so I prefer keeping the tablet in Android. Because of the charging issues though, I've been idly thinking of upgrading.
I had the opportunity to play with an iPad 3 for a few minutes recently. The high-res Retina display is awesome, and even though my Touchpad's display is better than most other tablets, the new iPad eclipses it by far, so that's the main thing that has my interest. Navigating around the iPad's apps seemed intuitive and snappy. I heard the Apple app store has bazillions more apps than Android -- but that's not a huge priority for me as long as I have my basics (tabbed web browser, Kindle reader, Gmail, PDF reader, GTalk, Neftlix, Youtube, camera, maybe a game or two). I'm in no hurry to spend the money. I own no other Apple products but I haven't been too enthused about the other Android tablets out there (terrible displays on most of them and slow processors). I need at least a 10" screen. Not really interested in iPad 2.
I've done some research on the iPad 3 but I can't seem to find clear answers on a few things so am seeking some insight: Among the functions I want are a front facing camera which works with Google video chat (not interested in other video chat apps), Gtalk (Google's text chat client), ability to sync my Chrome web bookmarks, ability to play videos from Netflix and Amazon. Also, how does one load files (ebooks, pics, MP3s) on the iPad: does it have a data cable to load files back/forth from the computer and will a Windows PC be a problem for this? Does it have a micro-SD card slot? I've heard there may be charging problems with the iPad 3 - true or not and how bad? Bonus question: Is there any point in going for the hyped 4g capability even though WiFi has always been plenty for me?
Appreciate any thoughts on whether it's worth jumping ship from my loyal Touchpad or if I should just wait till there's something better available. Thank you.