We compare the newly-announced Apple iPad with its iPad 2 predecessor feature-by-feature, and ask whether it’s really worth the upgrade.
The new iPad has been unveiled featuring a new-and-improved ‘retina display’ and high-performance camera, but do these added features result in a sufficiently compelling reason to ditch your iPad 2 and upgrade?
The iPad 2 is only a year old, and considered by many to be the best-performing tablet available, but as the iPad’s main competitors begin to catch up, it’s important that Apple doesn’t take its foot of the gas.
Apple iPad 2 and New iPad comparison
It’s difficult to compare products on features alone, so it’s important to think about what these mean.
Is the new iPad, not known as the iPad 3, worth buying?
The faster processor and improved camera will improve everyday use, but these features alone aren’t as compelling a reason to upgrade as when the iPad 2 replaced the original iPad – unless perhaps you’re a big gaming fan. At the time of the iPad 2’s launch the difference between the two iPads was more obvious – the iPad 2 was much more comfortable to hold thanks to the few grams that Apple had managed to shed and the slimmer body.
By comparison the new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 due to the new screen technology. The new iPad isn’t quite as heavy as the original iPad (680g), but it’s definitely a retrograde step.
Everything rests with the retina display – if it’s as impressive in the flesh as Apple says, it might make the added bulk worth the sacrifice.
Apple iOS 5.1 updates
Many of the announcements made at Apple’s unveiling of the new iPad described updates to the applications, such as iWorks, Garage Band and iLife; however many of these are iOS updates so can be downloaded to the iPad 2 and the original iPad.
And if the high-speed web-connectivity promise of 4G is what’s drawn you to the new iPad, then perhaps you should think again, as a 4G service isn’t expected to arrive in the UK until next year.
So if you’re looking to buy a new tablet, and you have your heart set on an Apple, then it may be worth considering the iPad 2, which Apple will continue to sell alongside the new iPad at a reduced cost. Then again, many will simply want the latest model irrespective of cost.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.