dealsipad 16gb wi-fi (refurbished) for $349.00

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Excellent price for an item that's still a top-tier tablet and better than 90% of the crap out there.

I suppose whether it's worth ponying up the extra $150 for the iPad 2 depends on your anticipated use of the tablet. If it's just internet, e-mail, Netflix, e-reader... this should work just fine.

The biggest advantages of the new one is the camera w/ Facetime, HDMI port (with a $39 dongle) and faster processor which will help with games. If none of those are vital I'd say this is a better purchase.

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Its worth noting that this 1st gen iPad can do the HDMI output with the same dongle as the iPad 2, at least according to this: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC953ZM/A?mco=Nzc1MjMwNg

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hmm.. this price drop was expected, but the more I think about it I'm not sure if the iPad 2 offers a big enough update on the first iPad to make it worth dishing out and extra buck fifty for. Insight from anyone else?

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Got one yesterday for wifey. Seems like a good deal for our use. Lack of Flash support is the main downside.

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Don't forget that most people will have to pay tax- that adds about $25 to the price.

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The iPad is wonderful and this is a great price...

Compared to the Tab and Xoom, this is hands down the best on the market, what a heck of a price!

Keep in mind the refurbed iPad comes with a new shell and a new battery, so you'll never know the difference!

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$400 or $350 for an iPad is still $100-150 dollars overpriced.

Listen, you want one, god bless ya ... go for it. My wife has one and loves it. Surfs the web (except for flash enable web sites) and posts to FB.

I want nothing to do with it. Unless it costs around $250 ... then maybe.

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I don't know about $250, I always felt they would be much better priced at $300. I was all for android, but after a year of waiting for a android tablet less expensive than an iPad that had the same level of performance I'm just going to get the iPad 2. Plus with iOS you don't have to wait 6 months for your updated os to be ported by your manufacture.

It seems android tablets ether suck, or they are better and more expensive, (cough) xoom (/cough).

Not really ment to be a fanboy post, more of a tired of waiting on Android tablets post.

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That was my feeling too, klacour- unless you fall into that niche of people that are highly mobile and/or can do most of what they need a computer for on a tablet like the iPad, then it becomes more of a "gadget" (aka toy) than a useful, productive tool. And $350 is still expensive for something you use only "once in a while". My 10.1" netbook only cost $200 and runs a full OS (two, in fact, Windows and Ubuntu) and has REAL keys for typing!

Anyways, like klacour said if "you want one, God bless ya". Otherwise, I'd wait till prices fall into at least the mid $200 range for the 16GB model.

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@mdcole9761:

I've looked at the IPad primarily because of ease of use and set-up, not because I'm particularly enamored with Mac products. If I could find a good - or even decent - notebook for the price you paid, I'd be allll over it.

Any suggestions? :-D

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@epimetheus: The iPad is faster than my wife's $350 netbook. It doesn't have as much potential since Windows has far more software available, but it's not like she does anything besides email, internet, and Netflix, anyway.

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@epimetheus: Me too, epimetheus- I'm not a huge Mac fan, but I can't deny that they make a great product and excellent software.

What I bought for that price was a netbook (not a notebook), so it only has a 1.66GHz single Atom CPU and maxes out at 2GB of RAM. It was also refurbished, so that's what brought the price down. Got it here on the main Woot site- haven't seem them in a while, though. But I'm sure they'll be another wave eventually- especially if tablets like the iPad truly "kill off the notebook segment" (which I don't really see happening).

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Disclaimer, I am not a apple fanboy, I only have one apple gadget. Just wanted to balance previous posts.

I've got one of these and think that they are great. They are certainly priced at a point higher than a netbook, but they are aiming at a different section of the market. I thought Steve Jobs was ignorant for saying it, but I tend to agree now, the netbook is just a sub mediocre laptop, it doesn't do anything well. My wife has one and it suits her purposes which is great.

The iPad on the other hand is a gadget with lots of potential, despite it being handicapped out the door(most of us just jailbreak it anywho). I am a frequent traveler on long trips (8+ hour flights), and I use my iPad for all of my media needs (movies, music, books, games, etc). It is easier to lug around than my laptop, so when I have light browsing needs, the iPad is there. If I have to do real work, then I switch to my laptop.

Plus the iPad is kid friendly, where PCs typically aren't.

Great Deal

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@sevendaysto: the only difference that I could find was very minimal size difference and a dual-core processor on the ipad2. If the processor is a non-issue, then it might be worth saving the extra money and get an ipad 1.