Surprisingly, Apple has been rather coy about how many new iPad 3s have been snapped up by us Apple droolers. Regardless of the total sold thus far, I believe for every new iPad 3 sold, there are a large group of you tempted either by my enthusiastic first impressions or other's glowing reports or just jealously of those who have indulged.
An Apple new iPad has never looked so awful.
How do you extricate yourself from the new iPad 3 (hereafter shortened to iP3) buying fence? I've been playing with mine over the last few days and have come up with five juicy rationalizations in favor of satisfying your iP3 jones.
Tomorrow, I'll share five justifications for responsibly controlling your tablet spending urges.
1. My eyes aren't what they used to be.
But if you're one of us suffering presbyopia or other degenerative eye issues forced to play trombone while you're reading, the iP3's ridiculously sharp screen makes discerning even the smallest type easier to decipher than on a large PC screen, any laptop, any tablet including the iPad 2, or any smart phone. This means less eye-strain while texting, emailing, Web surfing, map reading and e-book reading.
2. I can't get used to touch tap-typing.
Squeezed between the alpha/numeric toggle key and the space bar on the iP3 keyboard of every app is a microphone icon. Press it, and you can dictate up to around 70 words then nearly instantly transformed into mostly accurate text.
You will need a quiet environment and an Internet connection - your speech-to-text transcription is performed to somewhere in the cloud - and you need to remember to dictate punctuation and new paragraphs, but speaking what you want to type is both a convenient way for neophyte tap typers to write texts, emails, word processing documents, whatever - and is actually kind of fun to see how the iP3 successfully renders (or, on rare occasions, mangles) your ramblings.
3. My laptop is killing my back.
There are few things you can do on that five-pound laptop warping your posture as you schlep it from place to place that you can't do on the iP3. Typing is a bit easier on a laptop, sure. But iP3 typing can be enhanced with a separate Bluetooth keyboard. More and more big companies are adopting iPad, so getting your corporate email on the iP3 is likely a non-issue.
And ignore reports about iP3 being heavier than its predecessor - it's an imperceptible .07 ounces heavier, about the weight of an SD memory card.
4. 4G LTE will save me money on business trips.
Verizon's iP3 4G LTE data connectivity - which is nearly as zippy as Wi-Fi - costs $20/month for 1 GB, $30/2 GB and $50/5 GB. That sounds high but could represent great savings for road warriors on hotel room Wi-Fi, which can run as high as $25 a day.
Even more potentially money-saving, Verizon's 4G LTE iP3 includes hotspot capability. Your iP3 can supply up to five devices with Wi-Fi connectivity, such as your laptop (I travel with both an iPad and a laptop), your travel companion's laptop or your dinner and conference table companions.
Why Verizon? AT&T hasn't indicated when it would add hotspotting.
I should add that the hotspotting option hasn't yet popped up in the Settings in my iP3. Reports are that Verizon has been overwhelmed by hotspotting demand, and that several power-down/power-ups may be necessary before the hotspot option shows us in Settings.
5. I need to look state-of-the-art.
If your business has anything to do with technology - and whose doesn't - the last impression you want to leave clients is you're not interested in being up on the latest technologies. And this month, nothing screams bleeding edge more than an iP3. Conversely, not having an iP3 could mark you or your firm as behind the technological times.
Ergo, not only should you buy an iP3, you actually need to buy one.