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Tablet buyers on the fence about iPad 2

Agam Shah | March 1, 2011
Apple is expected to announce its latest iPad on Wednesday, but buyers are on the fence about purchasing the device and hope it will be a major upgrade from the original iPad.

"Currently there's not a good way for IT to remotely access these iPads for maintenance and support," Sy said.

Sy also hopes iPad 2 includes a camera so he can hold remote meetings.

The camera and extended storage capabilities are interesting features for John Dorer, president of Immigration Innovations, but it is not enough reason for him to upgrade from the first iPad, for which he forked out $499.

"Let me wait and see what the [iPad 2] looks like and what the reviews are," Dorer said.

Usability is a bigger concern for Dorer over size and processing power of the device. The lack of Flash limits the capability to run video from certain websites, and he wants to be able to run multiple applications simultaneously on one screen. The purchase of the iPad 2 will likely come down to the features and price, Dorer said.

Price is also a concern for Kevin Paffrath, a Realtor and student at Ventura College in Ventura, California. Paffrath is happy with his iPad as it does most of the jobs he needs it for, such as presentations and college work. Features like a faster processor and thinner and lighter design are nice, but not enough reason to refresh the device.

"Unless the iPad 2 is revealed to have some sort of magnificent feature that I will truly be left longing for, the iPad 1 will suffice."

Paffrath's an avid Apple fan, and owns the iPhone 4, Macintosh computers, Apple TV and company stock.

"This is the first Apple release where I can truly say that I cannot think of any feature that would make me want to buy a new iPad, or a feature that was missing from the iPad 1," Paffrath said.


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