The anti early adopter crowd pisses me off. They think they are smarter than the rest. You can wait, but I won’t.

Next year’s iPad will be faster, cheaper, less buggy, and have better apps and worthy competitors. Let all the deep-pocketed Jobs apostles be your canaries into the iPad coalmine. Give developers time to fix their apps to work well on the iPad. Give Apple a year to lower prices on faster hardware and fill in all the gaping feature holes. (Remember how long early iPhone owners lived without copy and paste?)

Now this is true. Next year there will be a second-gen iPad and it’ll be superior in many ways to the ones that ship tomorrow. I don’t think they’ll be cheaper, but they’ll be better. (Remember, though, that those who bought the original iPhone got copy-and-paste for free when it was added to the iPhone OS.)

I think the comparison to the original iPhone is perfect. Me? Getting the original iPhone on day one was the best money I’ve ever spent. If you bought an original iPhone and regretted it a year later, though, you probably ought to skip the original iPad.

Yes, next year’s iPad will be faster and better. But so will the one a year after that. And a year after that. I guess you’ll just be waiting forever then.

Next year’s will be less buggy? No. These aren’t ancient appliances, they are upgradeable computers. Even today, every single iPhone can be updated to the latest and greatest software.

iPhone 1.0 was a bad choice? I agree with John, it was some of the best money I ever spent. Shitty cell phones pained me for years and years. Others waited for V2, good for them. But I was living an iPhone lifestyle a whole year before them. That’s worth the money.

Upgrade from iPhone 1.0 to 2.0 was $199 and you could sell your 1.0 on ebay for double that. Profit!

The initial reviews and demos of the iPad are even more amazing than those of the iPhone 3 years ago. If you still don’t want to jump in on day one, that’s fine.

But I’ll be getting my iPad tomorrow. You can touch it if you want, but please don’t drool on it. And don’t think you are being smarter than the rest by waiting for version 2.

9 comments

  1. My only regret is I wanted 3G. Pre-ordered on Day 1, but have to wait another month. Today I got notice that my case shipped. It will just be sitting there, taunting me.

  2. Enjoy your iPad. I’ll be getting a 3G one when they hit Japan. I want to enjoy my iPad now, not in 12 or 18 months.

  3. Sachin, I largely agree. And yet, this evening as I was testing out an iPad at the Apple Store, I was struck IRL by the same thing I thought when it was first announced in January: it’s a bit overly large, and didn’t need to be. At about only 1-2 feet from your eyes, the 10" screen equates to a well over 50 inch screen at 10 feet (normal TV viewing distance).Plus, the thing that really does annoy me is that it doesn’t have Swype or similar, which seems like a no-brainer for fast input. Overall, it’s off just enough that I’ll give Google or someone else a few months to announce specs for a great Android/chrome OS tablet. Of course they better deliver FAST. I’d say X-mas season is the deadline.I’d really go for a 4 x iPhone (paperback size) device over the 6 x iPhone sized iPad. This is a real form factor issue for me, and not about just a few features here or there.All that said, again, I agree with your basic sentiment. Silly to wait if you want/need one.

  4. I wish I could "like" this post (reposting to my posterous). Total agreement with you about why so many haters out there trying to look like prognosticators. I’ll be first in line when iPad 3G is out later this month. I mean, have you seen Scrabble on the iPad?

  5. Didn’t the iphone 1.0 have that funky headphone jack issue and lack 3G and GPS when everyone already had 3G and GPS? I don’t think waiting for iphone 2.0 was a bad idea at all, especially since it’s $$$ and you’re stuck with it for 2 years.

  6. <html><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Redwan, iPhone 1.0 wasn’t perfect, but it was still the best phone out there. You weren’t stuck with it for two years: iPhone owners could upgrade to 3G right away. The upgrade cost was $199, and I sold my 1.0 on ebay for double that.<br><div><div></div></div></body></html>

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