Help me decide on a new tablet!
November 2, 2012 6:21 PM Subscribe
A friend wants to buy my iPad Gen 1 from me, and I'm ready to upgrade to a newer device (I like new shiny gadgets!). Which iPad (Gen 2 or Gen 3) should I buy? Or another tablet altogether?
I would love to get rid of my iPad Gen 1 and have the perfect opportunity to sell it to a friend for $200. Which helps me justify purchasing a new device that's a bit thinner and lighter (and has a camera for video Skyping cause that would be fun). But I'm not exactly sure what would be best for me or how to figure that out.
I'm a PhD student in online courses, so having a portable device that can access the internet at any time has been a HUGE bonus (I have the 3G iPad). Keeping that portability is important...but should I get an iPad with the 3G/Cellular built in? Or get a WiFi only and get a hotspot device? Or use my cell phone to hotspot (which is close to upgrade time...I have an android phone with Sprint service and don't want to change carriers for my phone).
So help me choose:
1: iPad or another OS device (I'm not really tied to Apple, but I'd hate to repurchase apps. I use GMail and Dropbox for school stuff and am starting to use Mendeley).
2: With or without 3G/Cellular built in (what's the difference between Gen 2 and Gen 3 on that anyway)?
3: WiFi hotspot device or use my cell phone (or get it built in and have one less device to fiddle with)?
Thoughts? What should I be considering? (I have a Kindle and Kindle Fire already so eBook access isn't an issue, and school requires real textbooks anyway).
Help me not get sucked in to "oooohhhh SHINY!!! when I go to the store!