I wanted to make a couple of points here to hopefully get some help but more to offer it because I don't think there's much to help me here.
If you have "find my iPad" activated good for you - for god's sake don't ever leave it in airplane mode. I travel a lot so my device is often in that mode. It apparently renders the "find" feature useless. Plus honestly sometimes I leavd it that way to save the battery since half the time I reach for my iPod touch or iPhone the wireless mode seems to have run the battery down to nothing then I can't use it until I get to an outlet again. This may be totally erroneous thinking ok, but a very bad idea sincd now I can't track my lost or stolen iPad.
Secondly, why can you not get insurance for a lost iPad the way you can for a phone (including the iPhone which I have). It seems like it's a small enough device to be so easily lost or stolen. To me it's like walking around with hundreds of dollard in cash in my pocket. I just wouldn't do it for the very reason that it would be so easy to lose. So, in my search for recourse I got that there is essentially none. Apple Care only covers you if you can produce the device and there is no insurance (per my call to the Apple Store) to cover loss or theft. I am about to follow up with my homeowners policy but honestly I'm too afraid to find out. In a related matter - I am now the proud owner of an Apple Care protection plan for a device I will probably never see again. Can that be transferred to a new iPad?
Third, I guess now I have to work with AT&T since I now have a monthly data service charge on a device that I will probably never see again. How much you wanna bet that they'll charge me a huge fee to "break the contract." I haven't found out yet--that's my next step. I just haven't had the strength to deal with AT&T and part of me doesn't want to know.
Fourth, I'm resentful at two things. One, there is a very solid wall of "there is nothing we/you can do" that is Apple's response to this. Really, the technical geniuses at Apple couldn't figure out that these expensive devices are just accidents waiting to happen? Yeah, apple care but as I mentioned. . .
Two, I guess this is a device for the wealthy or poor persons such as myself that are scrupulously careful. As a careless peasant I can't afford to replace this device for now (no I don't go hungry but I do have to think before doling out money like this). I'll get a reconditioned one or go to eBay or something in a few weeks if I decide I want another one. But honestly I'm really thinking how much do I really need one? I'm too phobic now that I might misplace it. Probably not though -- I will say for myself that once I screw up on such a scale, it is mostly likely the one time only.
Redundant background information to hopefully feel better psychologically (hey - are there support groups for "lost device trauma?"
I lost my iPad two days ago and I feel sick to my stomach. It was a gift, but with the iPad and various features I know it came to a total of about $800 and yeah I was afraid to walk around with it becuase really it's just an accident, theft, or moment of stupidity waiting to happen; however if it's just going to sit at home what's the point? Plus I really do feel like an *** for having lost it. I'm not going into the whole situation but it was an unfortunate confluence of events and my lapse.
You say "did you try 'find my iPad'?" and I reply "why, yes I did." However, I got no repsonse. It's left on my MobileMe account with a "wipe request pending" and it was locked with a code so hopefully no one can access the information on it. But I think the problem was the I probably had left it in "airplane mode." I know that I did have "find my iPad" - one of the first things I did.
Thanks to whoever reads this. And if someone is at all helped, then good.