Should You Buy an iPad or the ‘Next’ iPhone?

We know that the iPad will go on sale April 3 in the USA. Canadians will get the iPad near the end of April. As for the upcoming iPhone, if history is any indication it should arrive in June/July. That has been the case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

Should You Buy an iPad or the ‘Next’ iPhone?

This might seem like an odd poll question to ask, but I’ve received a few emails from readers asking this very question. It seems some people out there need to make a decision soon: should I buy an iPad, or save my money for the next iPhone this summer?

Here is my take on this scenario, and it will surely differ from yours:

– If you’re currently using a first gen iPhone or iPhone 3G, and are looking to upgrade, get the next iPhone coming this summer
– If you’re an iPhone 3GS owner, you could do without either and just wait for firmware 4.0 (but that’s no fun right?)
– Don’t have an iPhone yet? Buy a 3G version iPad and use Skype to make outgoing calls. You would be able to call Canada/USA for $3/month plus the cost of Pay As You Go Data. You’ll have all the fun of the iPhone OS but won’t have a real phone.
– Don’t buy anything until the next iPhone and 4.0 firmware is revealed.

Poll Time: What Will You Do? Buy the iPad? Buy the next iPhone? Buy Both? Wait?


As for the next iPhone, it will also depend on where you are within your contract with Rogers/Bell/Telus. We know how sticky these upgrades are. That’s why when the next iPhone is released, I’m going to purchase the phone outright without a contract. Freedom is worth the extra price up front.

It’s going to be an exciting time when the iPad is released. I’m looking forward to seeing what apps developers will come up with. As for the next iPhone, I’d hope for the iPad’s A4 processor, iChat capabilities, a larger HD screen, better battery life, and more customization in iPhone OS 4.0.

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  • Half_Pint

    I'm taking a wait-and-see position on this one. It would be a nice coffee table toy, but I don't see a killer app yet.

    I wonder if your poll results are skewed because of the fact that this is an iPhone-oriented site? It would be interesting to see the same poll on iPadinCanada.ca.

  • Edge

    iPad with Skype as a phone? Ya, um… NO!

  • djepsilon

    Truly, I need to get my hands on an iPad before I can make a firm decision. If I like the feel of it, then I'll probably get one. I need a laptop and I can't decide if an iPad will meet my needs or if I need a full on Macbook. I'm also really anxious to see what 4.0 will bring. Multitasking would make it a sure sell for me I think.

    As far as the iphone goes, I told myself last year I wouldn't upgrade my 3G until the iphone had a front facing camera and ichat… and then ended up with a 3GS on release day. (I have my struggles with apple fanboyism… So I guess really I'll end up with both an ipad and the new iphone… and probably a second appleTV or something too, lol). If I do get the new iphone, I definitely will have to consider buying it outright this time. I agree with Gary, the extra price would so be worth the freedom.

    I must say I am very excited to see what will be on the next iphone, especially if it's an “A+ upgrade” like Steve says it will be. The rumor mill has been pretty dry these days though…where are the leaked pictures of Chinese workers holding the newest iphone!?

  • D4ve

    I have a 3GS and I will sure as hell upgrade to the next iPhone as soon as it is released, hoping 3 things: an fm receiver, a graphic equalizer for iPod and an OutterBox defender case that will fit.

  • A similar poll will be posted there too. The results will be interesting. I think once the iPad is hands on, people will either love it or hate it.

  • This is a real possibility as the iPad has a mic and speaker. Also, if you use the iPhone-style headphones you're golden.

  • If you need a laptop, definitely get a MacBook. The iPad is not meant to replace a laptop as it's limited in what it can do. But for instant computing like surfing the web and email, the interface looks pretty good in the thin platform.

    As for the next iPhone…it has been strange that we haven't seen any major “leaks”. But then again those leaks usually come closer to the date. Apple will get one of their WSJ friends to write story about it again.

  • djepsilon

    Sorry, I shouldn't have said laptop, I should have said mobile computing needs… I have a MacPro desktop for all my robust computing (I'm a video editor), but I do want something light and handy that I can bring with me places… you know, something for quick surfing and emailing when I don't want to or can't haul my ass to the computer room… so I think I do have a need for an iPad, but the question is whether it will meet ALL my needs or not (like could I feasibly bring it to work and use it for note taking or light word processing?). That's why I gosta get my grubby apple hands on it!

  • Edge

    Skype on the iPad – awesome (even better if it had a camera)! Phone replacent – don't think so (just way to big to be a legitimte phone replacement).

  • Imagine having the iPad in a holster on your belt. That would look pretty
    cool, no? 😉

  • Edge

    Haha, I'm thinking more of a a built in shirt-design – you can wear it on your chest 🙂

  • rorypiper

    I gotta admit, I was not on board the iPad train, when it was first announced, but as the date gets closer and closer, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one. Most likely, I will want the next iPhone, as well, but I'll wait to see how much “more” it has over my 3GS. If they put that Apple A4 chip in an iPhone, I'll be buying, for sure.

  • rorypiper

    Ahaha! You better patent that before ThinkGeek.com beats you to it! 😉

  • Nima

    What happens to my iPhone3G (rogers) if I upgrade to 4G? Do they unlock it for me?

  • mackman6151

    No they dont. since rogers might increase the bandwidth you will either have the choice of swapping your current Rogers sim into the new iPhone or just simply using the new sim thats packaged with teh new iPhone (i'd say the latter if i was you)….if you did that they deactivate the old sim and activate the new one.

    P.S. you can software unlock your iPhone 3G by jailbreaking and then installing ultrasn0w via Cydia.

  • Glock

    Why is the iPad being sold for the same price or less than the iPhone?

    The components in the iPad are significantly better.

  • Glock

    Why is the iPad being sold for the same price or less than the iPhone?

    The components in the iPad are significantly better.

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