iPad 3

For cases, we got the Tucano Cornice folio. It looks like it's pretty much like the Invellop folio Sommermatt linked above: thin folio, Smart-esque cover, not as cheap. Works like a charm in all positions so far, Smart cover works appropriately, adds only minimal bulk to the iPad. It's made of "eco-leather" (aka "not leather") and the interior is microfibre, so you can pretend it's suede.

We thought we would get an Apple Smart cover and a silicon shell back, but there were no iPad 3 compatible moulded backs in the stores. Good thing IMO too, since I'm really liking the Tucano.

lostlobster wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

For my money the best cases are the Flip Folio cases by Belkin. They're fairly thin and act as stands when you want to watch the iPad or read it in landscape on a table. I now use one on my Kindle fire and love it.

Mine arrives tomorrow!

FWIW, I'm VERY happy with my Belkin Flip Folio. Well made, lots of ways to position the screen. Good stuff.

lostlobster wrote:
lostlobster wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

For my money the best cases are the Flip Folio cases by Belkin. They're fairly thin and act as stands when you want to watch the iPad or read it in landscape on a table. I now use one on my Kindle fire and love it.

Mine arrives tomorrow!

FWIW, I'm VERY happy with my Belkin Flip Folio. Well made, lots of ways to position the screen. Good stuff.

Sweet. Glad that worked out.

Gravey wrote:

For cases, we got the Tucano Cornice folio. It looks like it's pretty much like the Invellop folio Sommermatt linked above: thin folio, Smart-esque cover, not as cheap. Works like a charm in all positions so far, Smart cover works appropriately, adds only minimal bulk to the iPad. It's made of "eco-leather" (aka "not leather") and the interior is microfibre, so you can pretend it's suede.

We thought we would get an Apple Smart cover and a silicon shell back, but there were no iPad 3 compatible moulded backs in the stores. Good thing IMO too, since I'm really liking the Tucano.

I received my Invellop case about 2 days after ordering, and so far (aside from the price going up and down) I am really enjoying it-- it's very slim, the sleep/awake feature works well, and fits very well. Oddly enough, I sometimes miss my folio case and the extra "grip and heft" it had.

I've been watching the Metagamers YouTube channel lately, as he's doing a ton of iPad case reviews. Anyone looking for suggestions might want to check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/user/metagame...

Not really sure WHY, but I decided to go with an official Apple bluetooth keyboard for my iPad yesterday.

It seems to work flawlessly with the iPad, however I am sort of baffled that Apple hasn't done a single thing to add extra functionality with the iPad-- sure, the brightness and iPod controls work fine, but there is no "home" button, or any way to configure any of the OSX keys to work with iPad features (as far as I can see). Surely MANY people are buying the keyboard for this purpose, right? Guess I'll just have to like it the way it comes...

$70 seems a little steep, but it's solidly made with aluminum and plastic and is big enough to type on without any issues. I already have a (work) Macbook Pro, so I'm not really sure how often I will need this, but I figure I'd give this whole "post-PC world" thing a shot.

Yeah, I've been baffled by that myself. They clearly support the keyboard, but they don't do more to allow it to make an iPad more usable. I would love it if they supported arrow keys, etc.

Oh well. At least it has Bluetooth. My current reader / tablet (Kindle Fire) doesn't.

I'm sure it could easily be implemented in a future update to iOS, but I guess they just don't care. I know they sold the iPad "keyboard dock" back in the day, that DID have special keys, so it seems weird that they refuse to support this very well.

So I've had the new iPad since launch, and over the past week have spent even more time with it since I was off work. Took a glance at my wife's iPad 2 last night to check something, and man do I notice the resolution difference. It's like my eyes yelled, "ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow!"

trueheart78 wrote:

So I've had the new iPad since launch, and over the past week have spent even more time with it since I was off work. Took a glance at my wife's iPad 2 last night to check something, and man do I notice the resolution difference. It's like my eyes yelled, "ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow!"

This...the difference was subtle at first..now it's glaring

I bought my wife one a few weeks back and have been occasionally swapping between that and my Kindle Fire. I do like the larger screen size, but generally still prefer the Kindle, primarily due to the form factor.

Finally got my Portenzo case, and Demyx was right, it's a looker. It's solid, and feels like a huge upgrade. I had a Dodocase for the Ipad 1, this is hands down a better product. Highly recommended.

I just wish they'd make a 7" iPad. I've compromised on the Kindle Fire because of the form factor, but every time I pick up my wife's iPad I have the same reaction. The screen on the Kindle Fire is nice. Nicer than the iPad 2. But it doesn't compare to the "new iPad".

Yeah, I have been running around telling myself I could skip this generation, no problems.

Then the missus buys an Ipad 3 and I get a good look at that damn screen. lol.

Holding out so far..

DSGamer wrote:

I just wish they'd make a 7" iPad. I've compromised on the Kindle Fire because of the form factor, but every time I pick up my wife's iPad I have the same reaction. The screen on the Kindle Fire is nice. Nicer than the iPad 2. But it doesn't compare to the "new iPad".

I'd have a hard time resisting a 7" iPad. My fiance would probably kill me, but I could always run the purchase through my business...

I read comics on my iPad, so 7" wouldn't work for me. It's rumored it would start at $200, so it might be a decent family device. My 2 year old already surfs YouTube on my iPad 2.

Our two year old also uses our iPad2 - Sesame Street Books, Toy Story Books, Thomas the Tank Engine book + puzzles, coloring, and (my favorite) anytime she launches Sworcery she brings it to me and says, "Daddy this is your one!"

So I'm skimming here a little but I have a question:

$320 for a refurbished iPad 2 or $500 for the new iPad? For someone who's never had an iPad is it worth the extra $180? I know that's hard to answer because everyone's situation is different but I'm curious what you think.

I would easily pay the difference, because I see that screen resolution as the new standard that will likely last for many, many years. I also read a lot of comics on mine, and it's supposed to make a huge difference. I don't actually have one yet, because I don't really want to upgrade every single year (I started with the 2). I'll probably get next year's model, especially if it has some kind of haptic interface (force feedback) - which was briefly rumored for the current model.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I read comics on my iPad, so 7" wouldn't work for me. It's rumored it would start at $200, so it might be a decent family device. My 2 year old already surfs YouTube on my iPad 2.

I read comics on my Kindle Fire and it's fine, honestly. Guided view looks fine, at least.

SixteenBlue wrote:

So I'm skimming here a little but I have a question:

$320 for a refurbished iPad 2 or $500 for the new iPad? For someone who's never had an iPad is it worth the extra $180? I know that's hard to answer because everyone's situation is different but I'm curious what you think.

If you can spare the difference, get the model that will see you further into the future. The screen on the 3 really is brilliant, and like Fedaykin says, it will become the standard.

If you think you want the 3, then don't settle, otherwise you might regret it and be looking at spending more sooner down the line. If you really don't think you'll care and will never see a 3, then go ahead and get the 2, but don't look back. (This is basically car-buying advice, so with the amounts a lot less for iPads, maybe it's not as impactful. )

Gravey wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

So I'm skimming here a little but I have a question:

$320 for a refurbished iPad 2 or $500 for the new iPad? For someone who's never had an iPad is it worth the extra $180? I know that's hard to answer because everyone's situation is different but I'm curious what you think.

If you can spare the difference, get the model that will see you further into the future. The screen on the 3 really is brilliant, and like Fedaykin says, it will become the standard.

If you think you want the 3, then don't settle, otherwise you might regret it and be looking at spending more sooner down the line. If you really don't think you'll care and will never see a 3, then go ahead and get the 2, but don't look back. (This is basically car-buying advice, so with the amounts a lot less for iPads, maybe it's not as impactful. )

That's the approach I take to all major purchases. The only reason I'm balking here is that the iPad is such a luxury it seems like I should minimize my expenses.

I think I'm sufficiently enabled though.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Gravey wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

So I'm skimming here a little but I have a question:

$320 for a refurbished iPad 2 or $500 for the new iPad? For someone who's never had an iPad is it worth the extra $180? I know that's hard to answer because everyone's situation is different but I'm curious what you think.

If you can spare the difference, get the model that will see you further into the future. The screen on the 3 really is brilliant, and like Fedaykin says, it will become the standard.

If you think you want the 3, then don't settle, otherwise you might regret it and be looking at spending more sooner down the line. If you really don't think you'll care and will never see a 3, then go ahead and get the 2, but don't look back. (This is basically car-buying advice, so with the amounts a lot less for iPads, maybe it's not as impactful. )

That's the approach I take to all major purchases. The only reason I'm balking here is that the iPad is such a luxury it seems like I should minimize my expenses.

I think I'm sufficiently enabled though.

Go hard or go home! We didn't need an iPad period, but my wife surprised me at work with a 3 anyway.

DSGamer wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

I read comics on my iPad, so 7" wouldn't work for me. It's rumored it would start at $200, so it might be a decent family device. My 2 year old already surfs YouTube on my iPad 2.

I read comics on my Kindle Fire and it's fine, honestly. Guided view looks fine, at least.

I'm just into full pages. The only time I'll use guided view is if I'm actually reading a comic on my iPhone. For this reason, I'd actually like a slightly taller iPad, to get native full size - of course, they're actually drawn on gigantic pieces of paper...maybe Google Glasses wil bring me that.

With guided view, I'm sure a Fire or a 7" iPad would be great.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/26/30...

Interesting article discussing some of the "drawbacks" to the Retina display. Better Rez but less effects than the iPad 2 version.

I double post for Pieface

Yeah, as we were talking about, that chip really doesn't have enough power to push that many pixels well. I'm surprised that they're not going to quarter-res, though -- I wonder if Apple was dumb and didn't include that option?

Got my fiance an iPad 2 recently. I'm jealous she got one before me, but in a few months I can get the 3.

I've been thinking about getting my first iPad, namely a 3rd generation iPad, for a while now, but I can't get rid of the feeling of having totally, totally sold out if I did get one.

How does one get rid of such abstract impediments?

Sold out in what way? Buying a product from one massive company rather than another, or buying a tablet at all?