The New iPad: Our Community Reacts

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Katrina Chan and Greg Robleto discuss topics across the investing world.

Katrina and Greg ask our Facebook and Twitter communities whether they're interested in buying "The New iPad" and how the latest features play into their decision making. Based on community response, we find that new features like screen resolution and 4G LTE are big contributors to new iPad purchases. However, others chimed in that recent stories about Foxconn have swayed them to the sidelines.

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  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2012, at 7:29 PM, TechnoHistorian wrote:

    Good discussion, one caveat:

    I liked the balanced, well-informed exchange on the new iPad features.

    My caveat has to do with Foxconn: we need to be a lot more objective in reviewing the situation there. For example: 1) Is this an Apple problem or an industry-wide problem? 2) How is Apple doing in comparison to other businesses that use Chinese facilities to manufacture goods for sale in the United States -- are other American businesses less or more proactive in monitoring conditions? I don't know, and I'll bet the vast majority of folks criticizing Apple could not begin to answer these important questions.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2012, at 8:04 PM, bluedepth wrote:

    Sorry TMF, I think this video-discussion missed the mark.

    It couches itself as a discussion of what the Facebook and Twitter Fools think of the new iPad, which could have been useful had it stayed on topic. Instead the bulk of the discussion were comments by Katrina & Greg on a product that (per my understanding) neither of them have seen firsthand, along with trite (and sometimes incorrect) discussions of its name and how fast a user might experience data throttling.

    The official name is the iPad. For better or worse Apple has moved back towards having one name for its product (like the iMac). The designation "new" has just been put out to show that it is just that, new.

    Yes the screen resolution has been drastically increased, but neither of you have seen it yet, so please don't comment on how great it is until you do. And LTE is much faster than 3G, but how fast a user experiences data throttling depends on what their plan is, what kind of a data user they are and where they live. That kind of analysis is akin to saying anyone who buys a corvette will accumulate speeding tickets faster than Fiesta drivers.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2012, at 8:15 PM, funspirit wrote:

    Ineteresting video, I like the reasons given.

    One reason not mentioned that envirionmentalists like me might be buying the new Ipad is that Apple seems to be going green (or at least greenwashing)

    as written about here --

    I liked this article. The Google internal responses made me laugh.

    That's the thing, Google is always innovating and they are doing their best to make a HUGE co. act like a small co.

    part of the reason for their changes is they are trying to become a portal rather than straight search, as written about here

    <a href="http://www.richmakesyourich.com/2012/02/green-apple-all-part... is Going Green- at least a little</a>

    Personally, I;m not buying the Ipad because of the closed system I hate that. Just my 2 cents

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2012, at 11:06 PM, rlcato wrote:

    @TechnoHistorian: Apple is the easy target compared to the many other companies (MS, Acer, Dell, Sony, Samsung, Nokia, etc.) that work under/with Foxconn. This is what Apple is doing:

    http://www.apple.com/supplierresponsibility

    Judge for yourself. Just remember, this is not an Apple company. They were hired by Apple to assemble their products so Foxconn is responsible for the goings-on in their factories.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2012, at 11:16 PM, jdwelch62 wrote:

    @TechnoHistorian: As one example, I think if you examine the differences between Intel's facilities in China (Chengdu and Dalian), you will find significant differences (better) between them and what I've read about Foxconn. Just sayin...

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2012, at 3:44 PM, TMFShakespeare wrote:

    @TechnoHistorian, thanks for watching this video. I appreciate it. You are right that there is a lot more to the FoxComm story than we touched on, and it was not our intent to be subjectively supporting or dismissing a point of view, just that (justified or not) it had bubbled up on the list of reasons people were hesitant to purchase The New iPad.

    Thanks too @rlcato and @jdwwelch62 for sharing your insights on that issue.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2012, at 3:48 PM, TMFShakespeare wrote:

    @bluedepth, thanks for watching the video and I'm sorry it wasn't what you were looking for.

    Regarding your car analogy, and keeping with that metaphor I see the 4G caps more akin to buying that Corvette but only being allowed one tank of gas per month. So you can drive it fast cause it's a sweet ride or slow and cautious but you still can only go so far before you run out of gas, or in this case bandwidth.

    Thanks for your feedback and points of view, it will make for better videos in the future.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2012, at 3:52 PM, TMFShakespeare wrote:

    @funspirit, thanks for watching the video and I do agree that if you can't deal with closed systems than you are better suited finding alternatives to Apple, like Google.

    I was at SXSW last week (partially why it took so long to respond to these comments) and saw the Google Village they set up to promote maps and Android and developer tools and without boring you with the details, I'll just say I had the same thought you wrote - that Google, despite being a tech juggernaut, seems to be making a real effort to appear as a small company.

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