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When it was decided that I’d become the new editor of iPad.AppStorm, I realized that I had a problem. See, I was an original iPad owner — I waited in line with the rest of the huddled masses for an iPad 3G back in 2010. But since that point, I had upgraded everyone else in the family but myself. My mother had a third-gen iPad, my dad an iPad 2, and even my toddler son partially inherited my mother’s original iPad (she calls it his, but she obviously keeps it well protected). Seemed like the whole family was ahead of me on the curve.

So I went out and made the plunge. Today, I’m the owner of a shiny and new 64 GB iPad with LTE in black. Almost immediately, my head exploded. Turns out I had been smart to wait. If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPad, you should heed my advice: go and buy one now. Let me explain why.  (more…)

This week Nathaniel Mott wrote a fantastic piece about the possible future pricing of the iPad going forward into 2012. He speculated that it was likely that Apple would continue to sell the iPad 2 alongside the next iPad, despite the fact that the original iPad was quickly phased out.

What do you think?

Are you of the opinion that Apple is happy enough with the iPad 2 to keep it in the lineup, just as the iPhone 3GS, and 4, are still made and sold. Is the argument that their movement towards education makes the iPad 2 a great candidate for a price-drop a compelling one? Will they continue to sell the iPad 2 well into 2012 and beyond?

Feel free to get involved and leave a comment, perhaps say how long you expect the iPad 2 to stick around for! It’s all conjecture, but it gives you bragging rights if you’re on the money…

If the past is any indicator we’re coming up on the iPad’s next refresh. While we didn’t get a so-called Retina Display with the iPad 2, my gut (and other’s brains) lead me to believe that we’ll get something this year that can fill that hole in many people’s hearts.

Instead of discussing how this might affect users or developers, I want to take a look at how this will affect everyone, through one simple factor: price.

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Recently there have been a few polls on here that have excluded people not in possession of an iPad 2, and for that I’m sorry. This week I’m going to make up for it, however, with a chance for you to give the main reason behind not purchasing Apple’s most recent technological marvel (excuse the hyperbole).

If you’re a proud owner of the original iPad I commend your decision not to upgrade, the iPad 2 is excellent, but so was the original. The differences are rather small considering the minimum $499 spend.

Is your reason purely financial, are you saving pennies in a jar right now?

What I’m more interested in are the specific reasons why people have passed on the iPad 2, especially if they’re considering the competition. The hot discussion last week was over the iPad 2′s cameras, was that your reason?

I can see good reasons to wait for the iPad 3, especially if you have an original iPad; the possibility of a retina display alone would have many iPhone 4 users on the edge of their seats.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What was the reason you decided not to buy an iPad 2?

The zero-sum game is defined by Wikipedia as:

A mathematical representation of a situation in which a participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the other participant(s).

While many people see every facet of the world in this way – the if I am to win, then someone else must lose approach – in many cases it’s a complete fallacy. Just as in the economy at large we can all benefit from strong economic decisions and the effective pursuit of individual success, in technology it is vital that we understand the benefits of diverse and successful competition.

I say all of this in an effort to explain why the launch of the HP TouchPad on July 1 was a good thing. Judging from some of the early reviews, it looks as though the TouchPad could become a successful competitor for the iPad – with some reviewers (such as Joshua Topolsky) even preferring elements of the user interface and design.

Will the release of more successful tablets help to drive Apple towards even better iterations of the iPad, will they even take the competition into consideration? In what ways could increased competition in the field of tablets be beneficial to consumers?

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I decided to go black, and I don’t think I regret it, although sometimes I see someone with a white one and muse over its added wow factor.

This week’s quiz is unnervingly simple, do you have a white, or a black, iPad?

It’s certainly nice to have choice, and I’m sure there must be some figures somewhere that give an indication of the popularity of the white models – but, in the heat of the purchase what do AppStorm readers buy?

I’m also fascinated to find out the decisions behind your purchase, what made you choose a black over a white? I, personally, like the look of the black edge and find that it’s less distracting than the white bevel.

I do, however, like the statement you can make with a white iPad – “yes, yes I have one of these…”

Feel free to comment below with the reason for your colour selection, it’d be great to know! My heartfelt apologies to iPad 1 owners who didn’t get a say in the matter, perhaps tell us what colour you’ll go with next time.

Unfortunately, this week it’s inevitable that some people will be excluded by the poll. This is because I’d like to ask a direct question about using the cameras on the iPad 2.

They were big news in the original launch announcement and continue to feature prominently on the iPad 2′s feature rundowns, but do people actually get any use out of them?

When I do take pictures with my iPad it’s an odd and slightly uncomfortable experience, holding it steady is often a clumsy affair – as a result I find that the cameras rarely get an airing.

Do you use either of the cameras on the iPad, which one gets the most use? I’m not saying they’re not useful, if you use FaceTime then they’re downright vital, but are the cameras something we like the idea of more than the reality?

I’d love to hear your comments on the matter. If you do use one or both of the cameras regularly, it’d be interesting to know what you are using them for? Feel free to comment below and get some discussion going over the purpose and practicalities of having cameras on tablets.

I love my iPad 2, it’s certainly found its place in my life. There is, however, one key feature of the iPad 2 that doesn’t really fit. I don’t believe that the cameras, as they currently stand, are really on a par with the rest of the device.

Apple has often been derided for its seeming inability to put effective cameras in its devices. For a company that so often gets things right, was putting cameras in the iPad 2 a mistake?

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When the iPad launched, I openly mocked it as a large iPod touch and touted that Apple has gone creatively bankrupt. Strong words, but based on what I saw with the iPad 1, I stood by my declaration for about a year. Then the iPad 2 launched. It was a move in the right direction, but still didn’t look mind blowing.

Then I read about the Motorola Xoom and how awful the tablet is when compared to the iPad. Reviews like those highlighted the strengths of the iPad, but that didn’t convince me to buy one, until the launch of iPad.AppStorm. Interested in knowing how I became a believer? Do read on.

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Does it fascinate you to know that your humble iPad 2 would have beaten (and been) the most powerful supercomputer in 1985?

A recent article in the New York Times reports on the tests run by Dr. Dongarra and his research group, keepers of the TOP500 list of the worlds fastest supercomputers.

Besides sheer awe at the pace of technological development, in my mind it raises several interesting questions. At what point does increasing computing power cease to make a difference, is there a limit to the usefulness of sheer processing power?

In light of the exponential pace of development, what does the future look like for the computer in the palm of our hands?

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