So Apple announced the iPad 3…oooops, I mean NEW iPad on Wednesday. It has a retina display with twice the resolution of the iPad 2 at 2048×1536. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with a bunch of bells and whistles. It has a dual-core A5x processor with quad-core graphics. It has ultrafast 4G LTE. It’s “AMAZING!” Yeah, well, I’m buying an iPad 2.
I have a 32GB 1st generation iPad that I love and use everyday. It meets my needs, but like an old car, you need to get a new one eventually. Logically, one would think that being the geek that I am, I would jump at the chance to get the new iPad. Nah, it’s cool but it only has small improvements. No real ground-breaking or earth-shattering innovations. More importantly, I’m being cheap.
The new iPads are priced the same as the previous generations, but each model of the iPad 2 has been reduced by $100. So I can essentially get a 32GB iPad 2 for the price of a 16GB new iPad. If you’re like me, I use and play around with a lot of apps so space is important. I could probably use a 16GB model with no problems, but I don’t want to remember to always check my available space whenever I install or copy something to the iPad.
As far as the new features of the new iPad, the retina display is nice and it is indeed amazing technology, but it’s a mixed blessing. Furthermore, it is still a 9.7 inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Plus, let’s be real, most of the stuff you will watch will not be of top quality (I’m talking about YouTube videos of guys getting hit in the groin). I don’t plan on taking still pictures or videos with my iPad so the 5-megapixel rear camera is not important to me (it really looks corny doing so). I don’t play many games or really do anything requiring heavy processing power, so the dual-core A5 in the iPad 2 should meet my needs. I own a Verizon 4G LTE MiFi. ‘Nuff said.
Moving from a 1st generation iPad to an iPad 2 will be a leap for me even though some might argue that I should invest in the new iPad. The iPad 2 meets MY needs for what I will be using it for everyday. More importantly, I’ll have some money left over to buy accessories such as the Smart Cover and Digital AV Adapter. At least until the NEXT iPad, iPad 4 or whatever it will be called comes out.