When it comes to iPads, most people’s current focus is on the “ipad 3” (i.e. the latest release). And there is no doubt that this is an impressive tablet with many highly satisfying new features. However, it’s important to realize that it has by no means replaced the ipad 2. In fact, there are many reasons why shoppers might want to buy an ipad 2 now more than ever. In this post we look at 3 of those reasons:
(1) The ipad 2 is now cheaper – With the release of the new iPad, shoppers will be pleased to discover that the iPad 2 is now cheaper than before. On Apple’s own site, you’ll notice that the base price is $399 ($100 lower than the price of the new iPad). Of course, if you want to know where to buy ipad 2 models for even cheaper than that, your best bet is to look online. There are currently some excellent deals on stores such as Amazon.
(2) The new iPad doesn’t offer you that much that’s new – It’s true that the new iPad has a sharper screen and a better camera. However, unless you intend to take a lot of photos, play computer games or closely examine images and text you may not even notice the difference between the iPad 2 and the new iPad. Sure, if you put them side by side you’ll see sharper images on the “ipad 3.”
But you have to ask yourself how important this is given the way you use your tablet. Do you use it as a camera? Do you stream lots of videos? Do you play graphics-heavy computer games? If so, then a sharper, more life-like display might be important for you. On the other hand, if you use your iPad primarily to surf the net and check your email, then you probably don’t need those extra pixels.
(3) The iPad 2 is lighter and thinner – Another benefit to owning the iPad 2 is that it is actually thinner and weighs less than the new ipad. The difference is not huge, but if you’re the sort of person who really wants a lightweight tablet, then the iPad 2 might actually be a better choice.
So there you have it – 3 reasons why you might wish to buy an ipad 2 rather than the new model. Nothing is meant to suggest that the “ipad 3” is not a good tablet. Those who wish to own the latest iPad with the most powerful display will no doubt be pleased with their purchase if they opt for the new model.
However, those who wish to save some money whilst still getting a quality tablet may want to invest in the 2nd generation iPad instead.True, you may miss out on the (temporary) bragging rights of owning the latest Apple release. But you’ll be in possession of a slimmer, lighter tablet and with the $100 you save you could purchase various accessories or apps or, indeed, another gadget altogether.
John Thompson writes about popular gadgets such as the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad. One of his aims is to help prospective buyers decide if they really need the latest release