White iPad 3 for me, black iPad 3 for husband.
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- The Husband here. A couple of notes: the iPad 2 is only available in the 16GB model. The retina display was not enough for me to get the newer models. But as someone who develops for the iOS platform, I needed the larger storage, so I went with the iPad 3.
As for the increase in cost, it was either the 64GB iPad for $700 or the Asus Transformer Prime, which came out to about the same amount for the same configuration with BT keyboard. Yes, the android tablets support SD cards, but 64GB is more than enough for my needs. And since my clients use the iOS devices (as well as Android), I need one anyway.
FWIW and to not sound like a complete Apple fan boy :) I also own a Color Nook, which I rooted and run Cyanogen on, and have an Android phone (HTC Evo), also rooted.
tl;dr - we all have different needsMay 13, 2012
- I agree about not being able to tell the difference between the screens. Prior to purchase, we ran our v1 iPad next to a v3 playing the same HD vid and the difference was negligible. Big reason, the rez of the iPad 1/2 is already 1080p so, yeah, retina is not much of a compelling reason to upgrade.May 13, 2012
- With respect to the Transformer Prime, I was given a demo of the new model which runs on the Tegra 3 processor. It's a quad-core CPU which, honestly, is overkill and under-utilized on a tablet.
What's really compelling about the Tegra 3, tho, is that it's actually a "quad+1" processor. In addition to the quad core, it has a fifth, lower-powered processor that requires less battery to run. For less demanding apps (e.g. email), the 5th core can be used, greatly extending battery life. As the developer of that app, I can specify which profile to use.
What I cannot do, unfortunately, is write a standard app and indicate which CPU cores to run which processes. That's a limitation of the Java language used to develop apps for the platform. Multi-threaded apps are very easy to write but you can't control processor affinity.
So, there you have it, folks. Your daily recommended allowance of tech geek.May 13, 2012
- But, woof, is the Prime a sexy beast. If I didn't have a specific need for the iPad, I would be all over the Prime and have, in fact, already guided three other people to buy one.May 13, 2012
No, I've been nervous lots of times.May 14, 2012
- So geek ;-)May 15, 2012