I know there are many of you out there debating whether or not you should upgrade to the new iPad. Your wondering if it is worth it, well hopefully I can give you some pointers that will point you in the right direction.
I have owned all three generations of the iPad series. Most say the new iPad was a great disappointment, but I highly disagree. There were so many rumors that set the standards high, it made it feel like apple could not deliver after the announcement of the new iPad. The big part of the decision would be whether you are upgrading from the original iPad, the iPad 2, or if this will be your first iPad purchase. Will start with upgrading my iPad one. The iPad one and the iPad 2 both have the same display of 1024 x 768 (132 ppi). Both iPads have a processor speed of 1.0 GHz with the exceptions of the iPad 2 running the A5 chip, which is dual-core. The iPad 2 also features 512 MB RAM whereas, the iPad one, only has 256 MB RAM. These specs pretty much show the iPad 2 will be twice as fast when it comes to performance. So if you have an iPad one, I would definitely say you should upgrade, but should you buy the iPad 2 or the new iPad?
If you are an owner of an iPad 2, things will be a little bit more difficult. The iPad 2 features a 0.7 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM, 1024 x 768 (132 ppi) 9.7″ screen, and an A5 dual-core processor. The new iPad features a 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, Retina display at 2048 x 1536 (264 ppi), A5x quad-core graphics processor, and Voice Dictation. Many people predicted and even guaranteed that the new iPad would feature the “personal assistant” Siri, but Apple surprised everyone and added Voice Dictation instead. Voice dictation is a speech to text software that requires a data connection that will turn your speech into text whether it is email, text messaging, or even help you write a blog. I am very excited to see how developers take advantage of this.
Now that we have had a chance to go over the basic specs I will discuss pricing. The new iPad Wi-Fi will run you $499/$599/$699 for a 16gb/32gb/64gb model. The 4g LTE is going for $629/$729/$829 for the 16gb/32gb/64gb model and you have a choice of choosing AT&T or Verizon. It would definitely be a good idea to check your coverage map if you do not know which provider to choose. The iPad 2 pricing was the exact same but now has dropped by $100 off the original prices. By now you all are probably confused even more than before, but that is okay.
I would start off by determining how much money you are able to spend on the new iPad you’re considering to buy, just please do not sell you kidney just to get a new iPad. You also can take into consideration of being able to sell your old iPad on Craigslist or eBay. One benefit of owning an Apple product is they hold an excellent resale value. After you figure out the money part, than I would recommend checking out Apple store or Best Buy to try out the iPad 2 and the new iPad. Research will go a long way. Check out my YouTube review of the iPad 2 VS the new iPad, as well as others review so you will get different perspectives between the two.
My final thoughts would be that if you have the original iPad, then you would definitely benefit from upgrading to the new iPad, and help future proof your investment. If you have an iPad to the pros and cons are about equal. If you absolutely need the quad-core graphic and won the retina display did make the upgrade if not and you’re I’m sure they stay with the iPad 2 and take your time as the new iPad will be here at least for the next year. The iPad 2 is still an incredible device and the differences between this iPad and the new iPad are minimum to some.
I hope this helps your big decision become a little easier.