Should You Buy The iPad 2?
For the most part, when Apple releases a new product, I’m very torn about whether or not I want to buy it, even if I already have the previous version. With the recent iPad 2 announcement, I felt many of the same feelings, but after some careful consideration, I do not think I will be updating from my current iPad. That’s not to say that nobody should, but there are a few things you should consider if you’re looking at whether or not to get the new iPad.
If you do not have an iPad already, and are on the fence about when or not to get an iPad, I think this new iPad will be great and you won’t have to worry about it going out of date that quickly. Even when the first iPad was announced, we all knew that there would be an iPad 2 that had front and rear cameras. Now, other than an increased resolution, I think this form factor will be the same for some time to come.
If you don’t need or use Apple’s FaceTime on a regular basis, I don’t think the inclusion of cameras is a worthy enough update to warrant abandoning your current iPad. If you’re like me and have an iPhone as well as an iPad, you can use your iPhone for videos and photos just as easily or even easier than you could with the iPad. I think the addition of cameras is a great feature, and lots of people will really enjoy this feature, but if you have an original iPad, you should determine if this is something you really need.
In addition to the cameras, Apple also included a new dual-core processor in this latest update. This should make the iPad even snappier than it is in its current form, but that again, may not be enough for most of us to consider upgrading from your current iPad. We will have to wait and see how developers make use of this new processor, but I have never had an experience where I felt my iPad was too slow. If developers begin to develop apps (such as more intensive games or content creating apps) that take advantage of this extra power, I may have to reconsider my stance on this point.
Other than those two major features, there is not that much different from the current iPad, other than a bit thinner and more RAM. I am quite happy with my current iPad (except the case situation, I would LOVE to get one of those Smartcovers) and don’t feel like I really need to upgrade to the new one. If you have some different reasons why you should upgrade I’d love to hear them.
Oh but there is one reason that I can think of to upgrade.
It comes in white.