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iPad 2 or The New iPad?

I decided to sell my iPad 1 and pick up an iPad 2 or 3(the new iPad), not sure which one yet. I will see what the [next iPhone] launch brings. Just trying to decide what to buy next.

The move from iPad 1 to iPad 2 was revolutionary; from iPad 2 to “new iPad” more evolutionary. First let’s take a look at the tech specs between 3rd generation iPad and the iPad 2.

iPad 2 vs. New iPad

iPad 2

New iPad

Display 9.7-inch

LED-backlit IPS LCD


LED-backlit IPS LCD

Resolution 1024 x 768 2048 x 1536 “Retina Display”
CPU 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 1GHz dual-core Apple A5X
Graphics PowerVR SGX 543MP2 TBA (but “Quad-Core,” our first guess a PowerVR SGX MP4+)
Memory 512MB RAM TBA
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front Camera VGA (640 x 480) VGA (640 x 480)
Rear Camera 0.7-megapixel, fixed focus 5-megapixel, autofocus
Cellular EDGE plus Quadband HSPA or CDMA EV-Do Rev.A (Verizon) “World-Ready” 3G, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 4.0
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope 3-axis 3-axis
Thickness 0.34-inch (8.8mm) 0.37-inch (9.4mm)
Weight (WiFi) 1.33 pounds (601 grams) 1.44 pounds (652 grams)
Weight (3G / LTE) AT&T 1.35 pounds (613 grams)

Verizon 1.34 pounds (607 grams)

1.46 pounds (662 grams)
Battery Life 25-watt-hour lithium polymer (rated 10 Hours) 42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer

(rated 10 hours / 9 on 4G)

Ports 30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone 30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone
Location (WiFi) WiFi, Digital Compass WiFi, Digital Compass
Location (3G / LTE) aGPS, 3G, Digital Compass, WiFi aGPS, 3G, 4G, Digital Compass, WiFi

To be sure, the new iPad comes new display, new camera, better quality, as well as faster processor. But it’s hard to make buying decisions mid-year, when you’re out of phase from the normal delivery time. Besides we’re pretty sure that some new tablet hotness will appear next Spring, as the latest iPad Mini rumors give it September launch date. It would be nice to think of a new iPad coming within a couple of months. There is really not clear cut answer to this one.

The Choice Is Between Good and Better

If you mainly use the device to surf the web, browse Facebook and check Email, you aren’t shooting a lot of video with your iPad, you might not ever notice a big difference between the two. And if you watch a lot of movies on your iPad, if you don’t fall into one of these qualities, you may just pick iPad 2. The video playback on the iPad 3rd gen is beautiful, but the iPad 2 already does a great job. And for most people, the iPad is used for web surfing, checking email and playing casual games, all of which the iPad 2 will do as well as the iPad 3rd gen.

But if you plan on using that back-facing camera to shoot 1080p video and subsequently edit it in iMovie, and if you are interested in doing a lot of photo editing with your iPad, or even using the iPad as a canvas for your own creations, the new iPad is going to be a good purchase. Along with greater detail from the 2048×1536 resolution, the display also increases the saturation rate by 44%, allowing colors to really explode off the screen.

And if you plan on buying the new Apple TV, the 3rd generation new iPad will create a great partnership. Apple TV is the best way to connect your iPad to your TV, with Airplay Display Mirroring ensuring that whatever you see on your iPad, you see on your HDTV. You’ll be able to watch iPad video in 1080p quality on your TV and add a new dimension to games, which supports dual screen gaming where the iPad is the controller and your TV is where all the action happens.

iPad 2 or new iPad, good or better, that’s up to you.