New iPad 3 vs iPad 2: Which One Should You Get?

Planning on getting a new tablet? The new iPad or iPad 2? Lets find out in the this quick look at what are arguably the two fastest selling tablets on the market right now.

Well let’s see. The new iPad boasts an excellent high resolution display. It offers vivid colours and sharper details than its predecessor, the iPad 2. The image quality of the new iPad is somewhere between standard-definition and high-definition. Any upgrade in terms of image quality will always be a hit with the consumers. With its faster processor and improved graphics, the new iPad is a boon to those who love to game on their tablets. It can connect to 4G networks and can also be turned into a hotspot, allowing other devices to use its wireless connection. However this currently only works with Verizon. The new iPads are available in 32GB and 64GB models, allowing space for more music and videos. Finally, the new iPad has a superior camera to the iPad 2.

iPad 2 vs New iPad 3

So then why buy the iPad 2? It’s lighter. The new iPad is 1.4 pounds, while the iPad 2 is 1.33 pounds. A noticeable difference when using it with one hand. The iPad 2 can also outlast the new iPad in terms of battery when in use. In PCWorld Labs tests, the iPad 2 lasted 7 hours, 37 minutes while playing a video continuously. The new iPad, held out for just 5 hours, 41 minutes on a charge. The $399 iPad 2 is also $100 cheaper than the new iPad..

Despite the clarity of display on the new iPad, apps don’t look quite as expected on it. The apps have not been optimized for the new iPad’s high-resolution Retina display. It will take months before most app developers update to accommodate the new iPad’s hardware capabilities. But when they do update the apps, the newer versions will have heavier codes with high resolution displays, which would ultimately take more space in your iPad 2 and 3, and cut down on its overall performance.

So in the end, it is a matter of personal preference. What is your main purpose for buying a tablet, and can the iPad 2 accommodate you?