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Tuesday March 8, 2011 1:00 pm

iPad owners: Will you be buying iPad 2?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Handhelds

No point in denying it, I've been thinking about how I can get an Apple iPad 2 ever since Apple unveiled it on March 2. As a current iPad owner, though, this means I have some decisions to make.

I could sell it on the open market. But eBay is already stuffed to the gills with new and used iPads. So is Craigslist. I could use one of the services that offer tech trade-ins, but most want to give me $400 or less for my pristine, first-generation iPad. The longer I wait, the less I'll get. Having spent over $900 (with tax and my iPad cover) on the tablet last year, I'm having trouble accepting that I might have to sell my iPad for less than half its original value.

I do not have to sell my iPad. It's a wonderful device, and I haven't noticed that it's particularly slow or heavy. Even so, the combination of increased speed, thinness, and decreased weight is awfully attractive. Plus, I'm certain I'll use the dual cameras. Of course, any option that includes turning over my iPad to someone else means I need to prepare by backing up my iPad's data, images, games, and apps. This is something I should be doing regularly anyway, but I just have to make sure that all my purchases can transfer to the new device without issue.

I tried this week for the third time to convince my wife that I needed this new iPad 2. As I explained that accepting the loss of half the original iPad's value was a good idea, and that spending another $800+ dollars in less than 12 months for an upgraded device was equally smart, she surprised me. My wife had a different and somewhat unexpected suggestion: "What if you bought the iPad 2 and gave me your first iPad?" This, my friends, was a stroke of genius. It meant we would not sacrifice the value of our existing gadget, while I'd still get my hands on the latest and greatest Apple device. Now I just have to figure out if she was serious.

So how about you? What plan, if any, do you have for your current Apple iPad? Are you planning on buying the new one? Take our poll and let us know all the details in the comments section.

This article, written by Lance Ulanoff, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc..

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