Originally Posted by jojoba
Thanks so much, this is so useful - and the bit about the stylus wouldn't even have occurred to me.
Yes, I've given up on the e-ink for this purpose. I'm loving my e-reader for reading non work books, but I'm not going to have a go at serious work with it.
Just a question about your last para: you're saying that the ipad2 will save me time, but you still recommend the first gen? Does that mean you're saying the extra money isn't worth the difference?
I've been looking at used ones today and it really varies how much (or little) can be saved, so I'm still a bit on the fence about getting a used ipad1 or a new ipad2.
My apologies, the last paragraph was indeed confusing.
I meant to say it is a subjective call. To me, it isn't worth the higher price, but you might feel otherwise.
Let me try to illustrate at the best of my abilities - but you really have to see it first hand to appreciate the distinction.
In iAnnotate, a typical 50-page PDF from SSRN or JSTOR will take 4-5 seconds to open on the first gen. 2-3 secs on the second gen. Of course, this is AFTER downloading, just page rendering. Once the file is open, you will not notice a difference as you continue reading linearly.
But if you flip through pages very quickly or quickly zoom in or out, the first gen will occasionally stutter or take a second to process, while I have not seen this ever happen on the second gen. It does not happen if you 'jump to' a page, only if you quickly flip through, which really isn't necessary - you can open a quick sidebar displaying thumbnails of each page on the left side and just scroll through that and quickly jump to the page you need, without flipping through pages full screen. But if you want to flip 'full screen' - say looking for a particular table or figure - then it can make a difference.
Also, the process of embedding notes into a PDF and emailing those (both done in one click with iAnnotate) can sometimes take 15-20 seconds on first gen and is noticeably faster (10 sec?) on the second gen.
Other considerations obviously apply. Second gen is lighter and thinner, but you won't notice if you put it - like most people - in a cover.
But second gen has a camera - which can be great for Skype.
Also, a last note. A capacitive (spelling?) stylus can feel awkward - Targus is the best as far as I can tell, but still... tips are fairly broad. I got used to it and don't mind at all - and most of my colleagues don't seem to mind either. But some people do find it awkward - my girlfriend won't buy an iPad because she claims writing with those is clumsy. So, again, you might want to give it a try before plunging. I read somewhere that was why the iPad was released without a stylus - Jobs claimed that capacitive was 'not good enough' and nothing else works on an iPad so...