I will look into getting the new version also. This time hope to get one which will actually work on a network available to me.
You say you get comments about yours all the time. I used to, but recently mst folks come up to me asking if I have a Kindle.
I am not sure how to respond so I just say, "No, it's a real iPad"
I also use mine all the time. I am quite addicted to it.