Although Apple simply names the newest iPad yet as the new iPad, I prefer to refer to the new iPad as iPad 3! Why? It’s simply making more sense to call the third version of the iPad as iPad 3 than calling iPad 3 as the new iPad. This is my personal take anyway!
Should I buy iPad 3 even though I already have iPad 2? This question must be running through any iPad 2 owner’s mind lately. Of course, the answer to this question cannot be generalized since everyone is different in regarding to how one wishes to use iPad 2 or 3. Personally, I think I stick with my iPad 2 for the obvious reasons.
- My iPad 2 looks shiny and new as the day I first unboxed it!
- Although my iPad 2 is 3G capable, I don’t use it with 3G but with WiFi only — so iPad 3’s 4G LTE will not be useful to me!
- iPad 2 has a camera which I rarely use, and so iPad 3’s better camera might be just as useless. A camera on iPad might be only useful for FaceTime, but taking photos with it would be rather cumbersome since it’s not easily to be handled as a smartphone or a real camera.
- It turns out the speed of iPad 3’s processor is not much improved over iPad 2’s processor (i.e., hardly noticing). This website has a post on the comparison of the speeds of the processors of the iPad 2 and 3.
- It’s well known iPad 3’s graphic is hugely improved over iPad 2, but come to think of iPad 2 graphic, it’s not bad. Plus, if I really want to see something gorgeous digitally, I would use my big flat screen TV anyway. Also, my Windows Desktop has a very nice 25″ monitor which works beautifully in term of displaying gorgeous images. I think iPad 2 is perfectly OK as displaying things on the go as it is. Perhaps, iPad 6 or 7 comes out, then I’ll upgrade just for the heck of it to have a how many more times gorgeous display on the go (i.e., how many more times better graphic than iPad 3).
- iPad 3 has more RAM than iPad 2. Even though iPad 2 has half of the RAM of iPad 3, I don’t see myself doing anything that is so RAM expensive on a tablet that I have to go for iPad 3. Come to think of it, iPad 3’s 1 GB of RAM isn’t so much more than iPad 2’s 512 MB RAM, because anything RAM heavy in traditional sense might have to be 2 GB of RAM or more. Well, that’s my take anyway on RAM spec for iPads.
- iPad 2 is thinner and lighter and has the similar battery lifespan as iPad 3, I think I’ll stick with iPad 2 for now!
- iPad 3’s design isn’t so different or better than iPad 2, therefore I don’t see iPad 2 is out of fashion in term of trend.
- Perhaps, when I buy iPad 9, I can brag I still have iPad 2 all along — and it looks shiny as the day I first bought it!
The reasons above are my take on why I should not buy an iPad 3! Of course, the people who never have had an iPad ever, they should not follow my reasoning on why I should not buy an iPad 3, because they don’t even have an iPad yet! Plus, I think the first generation iPad owners should consider an upgrade to iPad 3, because the specs for iPad 3 are vastly improved over their first generation iPad. It’s just that I think iPad 2 owners might need to think twice before they decide to upgrade their iPad 2 to iPad 3, because it’s just too expensive and too early to do so (i.e., the improvements of iPad 3 over iPad 2 aren’t vast). To end this post, I have to say the day I see myself upgrading from iPad 2 to whatever iPad newest version yet is the day that I have to use an app that is too powerful for iPad 2 to handle!
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