Finally i will have a go at the iPad,
My girlfriend's old Dell is dead, so she is going to try the new iPad (she has a "backup" 15.6 inch Acer at home, for the rare cases where she might need a Laptop). It is going to be her second Apple product (after the shuffle i gave her a few months ago) and I'm here to help. Looks like a great moment/opportunity to try the tablet world, and we are "covered" (the backup laptop situation).
For me, since i have the amazing machine that is the 2011 i7 air, I will pull the trigger.. But for the iPad mini.
My only concerns are related to the fact that this is a big investment (but needed on her case, not mine.. For me (the iPad mini i want) is just a "luxury", but in her case the new iPad is the smartest buy possible, the best computer ever made for her needs.) and that there is no Apple Store in Portugal.
Is Applecare a "must"? My computer is just amazing.. But an iOS device, i don't know. What i know is that this tablet must be perfectly functional until the end of university (4 years, my air will have a 6 year life span as my main laptop, 5 to go) and it will be treated carefully, it's a "big" investment when people here earn less than 500euros per month, so when we are "pushing it" for the 609 price tag, plus a case, the extra 80 € for Applecare are a pain.
I think a lot before buying any tech product and i treat them very carefully. My air (was bought 14 months ago) is in Mint condition, no ugly cases and goes with me everywhere, I use it a lot, really. But computers with my girlfriend? They do not have the same treatment and at my eyes, it's just amazing how that lovely creature can be so dangerous when she is close to my Mac. Women and computers... dangerous cocktail.
Since tablets are a new thing, I don't have the necessary data to make an absolute conclusion...
This is a very serious and calculated buy, and the iPad will be used 10h everyday, so all information is essential.
What is your opinion? Are iPads mac-like tough? And what about build quality? Anyone that uses an iPad as their main computing device?
Any opinions are welcome.
P.S. Other tablets are not an option since when compared to the new iPad they loose on every single department.
In my opinion, the iPad is now ready for primetime on any area, any situation. It's an amazing computer, the a6x will be pure joy, great battery, great screen, great ecosystem and the best company in the world watching your back, but build quality is the difference between a great buy and a "shouldn't have done that" and i don't have experience with them, like i do with computers... So the fact that we do not have Apple Stores here to resolve any "problem" immediately is a cause of concern, and every-time i talk with a "FNAC guy", i just want to punch those ignorants (really, what's the point in having 18yo dropouts telling me why i should buy the huge POS alienware or series 7 because their are the best since you can play PES and Skyrim on it), so resellers in Portugal are a no-no.
Edited by pedromartins - 10/28/12 at 9:14am