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5 reasons not to buy an iPad 3

You don't have to be an 'Apple hater' to avoid the rush when the latest version comes out.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 6, 2012 10:51AM

Updated March 7 at 5:05 EST.


This guest post comes from Jeff Somogyi at Dealnews.


Dealnews on MSN MoneyAs per the general consensus 'round the ole Internet, Apple bestowed the iPad 3 unto us today. It was groundbreaking in that usual Apple way, and you will want it -- that is, unless you fall into one of the categories below.


That's because there are five very good reasons not to buy the new iPad 3. For some people, these explanations may bring to light why they, too, probably shouldn't buy it. For others, these reasons will just help them understand those other crazy people.


Here's why you might not be buying the iPad 3, by preorder or when it appears in stores March 16:


You want to save money. We feel bad even mentioning this one, because of course it's a luxury item and we should all really get over its price already! But the iPad 3 is expensive, and many people will cringe at the $629 price (for a 4G-equipped version). If you want a money-saving option, buy the iPad 2 once it goes on clearance (or pick up a refurbished one from Apple). (Post continues below.)

You're going to "wait and see." With so many promising new Ice Cream Sandwich-based Android tablets on the horizon, maybe you want to see what that platform has in store over the next couple of months. Or maybe you've heard that the first Windows 8 tablets are scheduled to arrive later this year, and you want to see how those things compare with the iPad before making the leap. Either way, you won't snatch up the iPad 3, and someone will naturally accuse you of being an "Apple hater."


You don't want to re-buy so soon. It seems as if you preordered that brand-new iPad 2 of yours just yesterday. It's still in good condition, and you use it every day. Maybe you feel as if you haven't gotten your money's worth out of it yet, and you'll skip the iPad 3 and wait for the iPad 4 (which will most certainly be announced in about a year's time). Also, you don't need to have the latest and greatest to feel good about yourself.


What's 4G? Rumor correctly had it that the iPad 3 is 4G LTE-connected. But what does that mean to someone who lives in an area that has never seen a 4G tower and is barely covered by any kind of cellular signal? None. It matters none. (Sure, it's Wi-Fi-connected, but so is the iPad 2, so 4G isn't exactly a selling point for these potential buyers.)


You've got other investments. You're already invested in another app ecosystem. Perhaps you've spent a lot of money in the Android Market or Amazon App Store. Switching platforms would mean having to re-buy a bunch of apps and games.


More on Dealnews and MSN Money:

Mar 7, 2012 11:56AM

Something’s got to go. Until the IPad can fully replace the functionality of my PC, Laptop, Cell Phone, or T.V., I’m not buying anything. I simply don’t have any more room for all this electronic stuff, and I’m not about to have any more of it than absolutely necessary on me while I’m moving around.    

Mar 6, 2012 4:11PM
I spent $200 on a fire sale BlackBerry PlayBook and love it.

I stopped purchasing Apple products after my 5th generation iPod, when they began to remove or lock functionality from their own products in order to sell proprietary devices at absurdly high prices from their own stores. Maybe that's just business to them, but it caused them to lose business from me.

I haven't suckled at the teet of Apple in years, and I don't intend to now or in the future.
Mar 6, 2012 4:25PM
I'm a cheapskate and will definitely wait for the iPad 2 to nosedive in price!!!
Mar 7, 2012 12:17AM

I still have a Moto Razr on a 2g network that functions as a phone only (no text, no internet). Why on Earth would I want any kind of tablet? I have a PC that does all that! Call me old fashioned but I can do on my PC (that is relevant) what any tablet can do and since I don't spend every dime I make on the latest gadget, I was able to retire at age 50.


Good luck to those who have to have the latest and greatest at any cost, including retirement (work forever just to have the latest Apple product)!


Discloser: I own AAPL stock! 

Mar 6, 2012 3:24PM

I absolutely love my ipad 2 and with everything I have heard about the ipad3 I think I will wait another year or 2 and see what other bells and whistles come out on ipad4.

Mar 6, 2012 4:35PM

An adjustment in how these ipads are manufactured would maybe help persuade me...not likely.  Working conditions in China are deplorable. 

I totally get the World Economy and how it all works.  As an American I believe in human rights.  That does not mean that a company as big as Apple should go to China a build its product because of the lax attitude about human rights.  I would embrace Apple if they showed a conscience.

Mar 6, 2012 5:23PM
There is a reason that Apple never has "Fire Sales" for their products.

Mar 6, 2012 5:59PM

"Wait and see" and money issues apply to all technology purchases these days, so I don't even see the need to write an article on it. On the other hand, if the iPad has the much higher screen resolution that is rumored, my concern would be whether the GPU can adequately perform at high enough frame rates to make it worthwhile. It would be horrible to have to downsample to lower resolution on a fixed-pixel LCD to run games, etc. That's one reason to wait for benchmarks and reviews...

Mar 6, 2012 4:40PM
What's an iPad? jk. I tend to do the one revision back thing on expensive items, because the new features are not usually worth the hype or something I can't live without. The only exception I can think of; I bought a brand new 1TB external drive when they first came out for $600. Roughly three months later the 2TB came out and my drive was selling at BestBuy for $199, another 6 months after that, $99. That is why. The ROI on high tech gear never seems worth it but hey, someone who has to have an iPad 3 will be dumping their iPad2 and I will help them get what they want too!
Mar 7, 2012 2:42PM
I have my own business that takes me on the road every day around Los Angeles. The key for me is connectivity to my home office so I don't HAVE to actually be there to respond to client needs. My Blackberry keeps me up to date with email and the IPad 2 (plus a cellular hotspot) lets me use GoToMyPC to get to my home PC and forward files, etc. I keep a 17" laptop on my boat for when I want to work there and I have a HP netbook for when I go out of town (I prefer a real keyboard over the IPad virtual keyboard). The IPad 2 does what I need it to do, so I won't be getting the 3. I do kinda like the looks of the Galaxy Note, however. I need to check that out in person.
Mar 7, 2012 3:13PM
I don't even like my phone...say no to tech
Aug 21, 2012 3:39AM
I have new Macbook Air  11"  so why do I need an IPad ?
Mar 8, 2012 9:25AM

i think apple works against the benefit of all consumers. it has own hw n sw; you have nearly no choice of their handful products; it is incompatible to most home networks. apple is not a hi-tech co.  nearly all major innovations are followers: mp3 invented jointly by thomson, ipod after rca 1st lyra, touch pad way after o2, motorola, icloud is nothing new...

unlike windows or android phone, you can choose nokia, htc, samsung, lg, sony, motorola, china brands, etc. at competitive price..

i'm still on windows mobile 6.5. it works fine for me emails, simple apps like yahoo messenger, etc. most important syn to my pc n skydrive. i'm waiting for windows 8, which, i heard, will be a generic system for all pc, tablet n mobile.


conclusion: dun pay further money to apple.


Mar 6, 2012 5:10PM

I bought Apple stock on the advice of a colleague.  He had always been a pc guy, had just bought a mac for home use, and could not shut up about how great it was.


I paid in the $120s a share in, I want to say 2007-ish?  Saw it go up to $200 within less than a year.  Yes!


Then you all know what happened.  The bottom fell out.  Noooo!!! 


I panicked and sold at about what I paid for it.  Then you all know what happened next.  It started back, passed $150, passed $200, $250, $300, kept going.  Gawd, everytime I saw one of those stupid iPhones or iPads, it just made me SICK to my stomach about how much money I had lost out on. And I saw them EVERYWHERE.  Finally, I couldn't take it anymore, and I bought back in at 300% more than I had sold my original shares.  THREE HUNDRED PERCENT MORE!!!  I even got my first Apple product last year, an iPhone 4, and now I understand.  It is a beautiful thing. 


Now I am happy again, and everytime I see an iPhone, I smile. And every night, I sleep like a baby.  True story.


Now, here's what is going to happen next, because just by posting to this thread, I have put Murphy's Law into effect.  The stock is about to tank again, and it will be all my fault.

Mar 8, 2012 10:48AM
I pre-ordered my iPad 3 yesterday from the online Apple Store.  I've been wanting the retina display since I got my iPhone 4.  I already have an iPad 2 and have it sold to someone when my new one arrives.  So am I forking up the full amount for a new one? No!  A couple hundred bucks for a new one seems worth it.  If you have the first iPad then you might want to think about getting the new one otherwise if you have an iPad 2 its really personal choice.  I probably wouldn't be getting a new one if I didn't already have a buyer for my old one.  Good luck buying a different brand tablet.  At least I have peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong with mine I can take it to the Apple Store and have them fix it or replace it without having to ship it back to the manufacturer.  You get what you pay for.  If you are complaining about the price then don't buy it.   Go buy the cheaper crappier tablets that don't have millions of apps.  They haven't changed the pricing since they came out.  We should all be thankful that they haven't raised the price of them.
Mar 6, 2012 4:54PM
xnwow....yeah right!

So if an iPad was made here in America it would probably cost something like $4000 instead of $500 . How's that for an adjustment? You'd buy it then, right?


Mar 6, 2012 5:35PM
I kind of disagree with the statement that the IPad is a luxury. I have a super-duper Windows PC I have built myself, a Windows laptop, an IPad (first gen)  and an IPhone. I use the IPad about 90% of the time. It is far more useful to me than all the others. It actually saved me in Canada when my headlights stopped working on the freeway. It is more expensive than the usual tablet, but I love the effortless way in which it connects to all my other devices. 
Mar 6, 2012 4:24PM
OK all you Apple haters. Here's where you all show us your product inferiority complexes and tell us why your pale-in-comparison products are just as good. Then tell us why Apple makes you mad because they've kept theirs a closed platform since almost they started (i.e. secret to their superiority). I'll try to get in a little cat-nap with the boring commentary....snore zzzzz.........
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