There is a big difference between a "want" and a "need" - especially when finances are tight. I agree with the people who suggested you wait, save your money and when you can afford it then buy it. There is nothing out there that is so important that you need to put yourself in dire straits over it.
So much depends on your own financial situation in a decision such as this!
I was given an iPad and have to say that I LOVE it and could see how much much it would help make time fly while on dialysis. However, if there's a notebook available to use that's certainly a good alternative; not as light and the screen's probably not as great as an iPad but a lot better than nothing!
One great thing, of course, about the iPad is the ability to download lots of reading material without investing a small fortune. I have one friend who does this because he can then adjust the size of the font and the brightness of the page to accommodate his vision issues.
I also suggest hitting a used bookstore to see if you can find used paperbacks that you can enjoy during your treatments, then re-sale for credit to apply to a fresh batch of books. I do this prior to long trips and it saves a TON of $$$.
Wouldn't it be great if hospitals and dialysis centers had equipment such as the iPad that could be checked out for use while in treatment?
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If you can't afford to buy the notebook AND the ipad, then I agree with your father. the ipad would be a very expensive purchase.
The cheapest ipad will cost you $499 US. The bigger the drive, the higher the cost. An ipad2 with a 64gig drive will cost you $799 US. I'm guessing that the ipad costs much more overseas. And that's an awful lot of money to spend when you don't have it.
If you are looking for something to do during dialysis, get a book or some paints. Frida Kahlo did some of her greatest pieces of art while she was lying in bed recovering from various surgeries.
An ipad really is a very expensive piece of hardware when money is tight.
I get the best of both worlds....my boss lets me use hers. I didn't have to buy one!
Your question really makes me want to ask you though, is the iPad a necessity or a "would be nice to have" item? If money is tight, and you have a notebook available, then I would suggest being patient and use the notebook until you can save up the money for the iPad. You can tuck away a few bucks on a regular basis, and someday, you will have a nice little stash of mad money.
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Yes, get one. I have a MacBook & want an iPad for it being more lighweight. We're an Apple family - - I've wanted one after watching several parents use their iPad's during our kids Swim practice. I really like the look of them. Bigger than my iPhone, but similar App's.
The things is, I have been using the notebook as a spare computer and also for burning DVDs. It's very handy as both me and my Dad surf the net constantly. We have broadband and the notebook is sharing the broadband connection with the desktop. So, sometimes when we both want to surf at the same time, I will use the notebook and my Dad will use the desktop.
But I want an iPad because it so light, and small and handy to carry around. A notebook is much bigger and heavier. I was thinking how nice it would be to have an iPad so I can pass the time easier when I'm on the dialysis machine (4 hours 3 times a week).
But my Dad is saying, either or, not both! (Now that he's bought the notebook, he refuses to make another big purchase : the iPad). But why can't we have both? Please help me reason with him, what do I tell him, I mean both the notebook and the iPad have their own uses. Why can't we have both?
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yes, I use mine constantly, way more than I ever thought possible!
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Yes I do. I plan to buy two for my oldest children for Christmas
Research the apps (software) that you might use with the iPad. If the apps match what you want to do then go ahead and dream in the tablet direction. If you are a producer of content, more than a consumer, the laptop has more direct ease of use. Most importantly - use your choice. Some people own technologies that are never used.
My parents recently bought a notebook. But I think an iPad is so much lighter and easier to carry around. I'm not buying one now though, coz I'm a little tight with cash. I think I'll wait for the iPad3.
I think an iPad will make my time during dialysis pass so much faster! But with a notebook around, do you think it's a waste of money?
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