I am due for a phone upgrade soon, I have been paying £40pm to Orange for lots of minutes, ul txts, data etc, have been known to go over £40 on occasion too (I assume on this basis I fall into a 'good' customer group).
So do I...
1. Upgrade to Galaxy S2 possibly getting slight monthly reduction if lucky (I realise they won't offer the best deals until OOC). Buy a reconditioned/ 2nd hand Kindle for reading- approx £80.
2. Wait until OOC in Nov (will require massive willpower) then take out new contract for S2 with Kindle free gift.
3. Downgrade to much cheaper contract with less desirable phone or keep existing phone and get the Orange customer deal on the Ipad 2 (£199 and £25pm). Never fancied the Ipad before, I have mostly wanted the Kindle but I am being swayed by the MN love for them.
4. Throw all common sense out of the window and have the S2, Ipad 2 and Kindle. Then beg DH and DC for forgiveness whilst they are eating their one meal a day of gruel.
I actually have no idea what is the best combo, if any. I can see that we would all use an Ipad but I am a bit dubious about the lack of flash support and I can see that there are places I wouldn't take it. I would feel a bit wary using it to read on the bus/in park/camping etc..where as a Kindle wouldn't bother me and they seem easier to read on. On the plus side for the Ipad the ibooks app sounds good.
Or would a phone like the S2 just do all this and I can forget about the other stuff, I have always thought phones seem a bit small for reading- even the big ones.
Sorry for rambling, I have turned into one of those upgrade period nobs (you know exactly what I mean )
Your best bet is to wait until your contract is as near as dammit expired then shop around for the best deal. At £40+ per month you can have your pick of phones.
The white S2 which is coming out soon looks like sex on legs. And who knows what Apple will bring in September.
I'd also say if you are planning on using an ipad whilst on the bus/park/camping then try to see how the S2's screen grabs you first. The bigger screen really does improve readability. Obviously it's no match for an iPad but then you won't look like a tosser sitting on a bus with it either.
I have an S2 and have the kindle app on it, and I was very surprised at how readable it is. However, having gone from a not-at-all-smart-phone to the S2, and having not seen the point of tablets, I now strongly desire a Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well!
And don't go for the ipad2 deal where you pay £25 a month, you endup paying over £800 for the iPad. You can get a 3G only one and use your phone as a wifi hotspot or buy a wifi one with no contract and then there is something where you can cut down a sim card from three which is meant for a phone. I've seen something about it on the avforum, I think it's payg wifi, you put money on the sim when you need to buy some data allowance.