With the iPad 3 out a lot of iPad 2 owners are asking themselves a very important question. Should I bother to upgrade? If you don’t own an iPad yet, but are thinking which one you should go for, since Apple has slashed the prices for iPad 2, we will try and help you figure out the answer to this question. Given that new iPads are not inexpensive items it is well worth exploring the issues in more depth.
So today we are going to grab the official specs as well as look at the various features of both iPads and see what, if anything, will make the upgrade worth your time. We will take a look at what is different, and then what is staying the same.
Since this is hardware we will begin with the official specs. The iPad 2 processor is the A5 and the iPad 3 has the A5X. While the A5X may have an upgraded graphics capacity, which allows for the iPad 3′s higher graphics, 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution instead of 1024-by-768-pixel resolution.
So unless you really want to have the higher graphics, and once you are into HD territory many people cannot tell the difference between the resolution, then this may not be a major deciding factor for you. If you want to know more about what is different with these two processors then do I have a handy chart for you. Check out more details about the specs of the two processors below.
|Processor Name||Apple A5|
|Processor Type |
|CPU||ARM Cortex-A9 (dual core) with a speed of 1GHz|
|ARM Cortex-A9 (dual core) with a speed of 1.2GHz
|GPU||PowerVR SGX543MP2 (dual core) with a default clock speed of 200MHz|
|PowerVR SGX543MP4 (quad core) - default clock speed not released at this time
|L1 Cache - L2 Cache |
|32kB instruction, 32kB data - 1MB|
|32kB instruction, 32kB data - 1MB
|Memory Allotment |
|512MB DDR2, 533MHz|
|512MB DDR2, 533MHz
In this respect your iPad 2 may be the better choice. You iPad 2 has a front and a rear facing camera.The iPad 3 only sports one iSight 5-megapixel camera on the unit that is an upgrade. Basically it is similar to the camera on the iPhone, well at least one of them.
The new iPad supports a 4G wireless plan, instead of the 3G plan. That is good news for those few people who really need it for work. For the rest of us this will be nothing more than just one more bill to add to your roster.
That’s it my friends. These are the only difference between the models. It seems to me that unless you are a resolution junkie you should just wait it out for the iPad 4. After all the way things are going it will only be about a year until the next one comes out and who knows it could be 3D.
Dictation Built In
Apple was once famous for its text to speech. Now they are building in its opposite, speech to text. So basically the iPad 3 will take what you say and make it text. Of course the Dragon Speaking app, Dragon Dictation, can do the same thing on the iPad 2 and since the app is free and fairly reliable there is no reason not to give it a try.
The New iPad Vs. iPad 2 – Full Specs (AKA- What’s the same)
If you want to see it all laid out for you here is a look at all the specs on both the iPads all charted out for you.
|Tablet ||iPad 2 ||iPad 3
|Processor ||A5 ||A5X
|Display||1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|High-resolution Retina display
|2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
|Camera||Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom||iSight camera: 5-megapixel with autofocus; tap to focus; face detection in still images; video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; video stabilization
|FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second|
|Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
|Dimensions (Wi-Fi models) |
|Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)|
|Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
|Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)|
|Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
|Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)||
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
|Weight (Wi-Fi models) ||1.33 pounds (601 g)||1.44 pounds (652 g)
|Colors ||Black and White ||Black and White
|Battery Life |
|Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music|
|Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
|Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network|
|Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
|Wi-Fi + 3G|
|Wi-Fi + 4G
(Official specs courtesy of Apple.com)
So what should it be, an iPad 2 or an iPad 3? Well that depends on how big your budget is, how much you care about 4G speed (check out coverage maps in your area for you provider before you buy) and how much you care about higher resolution pictures and video. 4G won’t be available in many countries anytime soon, so if you are thinking of buying it exclusively for this feature, you should think again.
On the other hand if you want to enjoy the fantastic new retina display on the new iPad, then don;t let us stop you. But remember, Apple have slashed the prises for iPad 2 since the launch of the new iPad, so decide wisely. Rather than making a hard and fast decision for you, why don’t you tell me what you’re going to do, now that you have all the facts. Don’t be shy, post a comment below.