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Ipad 2 Vs. Ipad 3?  
User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2431 times:

Hey all,

Just looking for everyone's advice. I'm looking to get an Ipad for school, travel, etc. Mostly just recreational use, so probably the 16gb. But for those of you that have them - what do you think?? Is the new "retina screen" of the Ipad 3 enough better than the Ipad 2 to justify the $100 increase in cost?? I'm not completely destitute or anything but I am on a student's budget, so what are everyone's thoughts on an extra $100 bucks for the new screen??

Thanks in advance!!

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User currently offlinekl838 From Netherlands Antilles, joined Oct 2010, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

If you just want the iPad for fun and on a budget go for the 2, when I used to work in the apple section of an electronics store many people asked me this question. It is quite simple actually, if you are in the business that requires a stunning display or the better camera or maybe money is no object then just go for the 3 as it will have siri capability with iOS6.

If you want it just to read, play games, and on a budget, the 2 is just as good. Hope this helps! The iPad is an amazing device!


User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

Quoting kl838 (Reply 1):


I agree.

I have used to have an iPad 1 and now I have the iPad 3. For me, I can totally tell the difference when it comes to retina display and non-retina display. Have you actually compared an iPad 2 and 3 display? If not, you need to do it and see the difference, specifically with text. That's where I notice a huge difference. For me, the retina display mattered enough to justify the $100 increase, but then again I'm a tech junkie.

Also, keep in mind the iPad 3 has more RAM then the iPad 2. The iPad 2 has the A5 chip and the iPad 3 has the A5X chip. So the iPad 3 will be a little faster.

Here is something many people don't think of. How much more can you upgrade the iOS of the iPad? Apple has already dropped the original iPad from getting iOS 6. The original iPad has only gotten one iOS update, and that was from 4 to 5. Assuming Apple does the same thing with the iPad 2, then iOS 6 will be the last update the iPad 2 will receive (but Apple is not predictable, so it's impossible to know how long it will be supported). Now I would expect Apple to support the iPad 3 until at least iOS 7. The easy way to think of it is that the iPad 3 will receive one more update then the iPad 2. So if you get the iPad 2, you will miss out on future features, but not for at least another year, possibly 2 years.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Quoting darthluke12694 (Reply 2):
The original iPad has only gotten one iOS update, and that was from 4 to 5.

It really got two upgrades: iOS 3 -> 4 -> 5.

But otherwise I agree with your points. The iPad 3 will get one additional year of support and it is much better by itself.

Particularly reading text, using documents, looking at maps and particularly photographs is very different.

If it's being used for school, it is quite likely that using PDFs will be one of its purposes. And there it makes a huge difference. In many if not most print-oriented PDFs the text is too small to comfortably read on the iPad 1 or 2 without zooming and scrolling, while on the iPad 3 you can read the entire page in full view.

The $100 difference in price is much less than the difference in capabilities.


User currently offlineokees From Canada, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 424 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Just wait for the Microsoft Surf...... I can't say that with a straight face! hahahaha

But yeah, I agree with what was said above. Retina is a big difference if you require sharper displays... otherwise, same functionality really.



mobs jakis
User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 711 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Picked up a 16 GB WiFi - Verizon 4G LTE iPad 3. And I must say I love the screen. I could see the difference side by side at Best Buy.

Good luck in choosing!



So we beat on against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
It really got two upgrades: iOS 3 -> 4 -> 5.

Whoops, sorry. I didn't know it came out with iOS 3. When I bought it it came with iOS 4, but then again I didn't buy it when it first came out. Sorry!


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Not a problem.  

User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Is the new "retina screen" of the Ipad 3 enough better than the Ipad 2 to justify the $100 increase in cost??

I bought the iPad 2 a couple months ago...so, after the iPad 3 came out. My coworker does have the 3, so I know all about it and how good it looks. And it looks...good. Very, very good. HOWEVER, is it worth the extra $100? That really depends what you're doing with it.

Here is what I do - check e-mail, fool around on the Internet, watch movies on flights, and read books/The Economist. For all of that, it works absolutely fantastic. Sure, I can see little things where the clarity of the 3 would be great - for example, text in a book. However, movies and pictures (in magazines, etc) show up vivid and clear, and spending $100 on the 3 (aka an additional 25% or so) isn't worth it to me.

If you're doing anything with serious graphics, the 3 will make a big difference. But for normal use, the 2 is just fine. Spend that $100 somewhere else.


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

I got mt fruitPad 2 four months ago but I shiver in fear as I read horror stories about upgrading from iOS4 to 5. I really need 5 because of some IOS5 only apps, and I am no Klaus when it comes to this stuff.

Get the iPad3, I say.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 9):
I got mt fruitPad 2 four months ago but I shiver in fear as I read horror stories about upgrading from iOS4 to 5. I really need 5 because of some IOS5 only apps, and I am no Klaus when it comes to this stuff.

It's really not that big a deal.

I had both my iPhone 3GS and my iPad 1 upgraded to iOS 5 a while before I handed them to their new users, and they ran very well with it.

I see no cause for "horror stories" about it, just one issue to be aware of: The iPad 1 has just 256MB RAM, the iPad 2 has 512MB and the iPad 3 has 1024MB.

If you've got a big app which just barely fits into RAM with an older iOS version, it may not run any more with a newer iOS version which uses slightly more RAM for itself (if the app takes a long time to launch and if other apps need to start up fresh afterwards instead of just being there immediately, that may be an indication). This happened with a few apps on the iPad 1 in particular, but developers can still squeeze their apps back down to fit with the newer OS version as well if they want.

If you've got such a critical app, you can also try to stop background activities such as mail push, skype standby and others to keep as much RAM available as possible, but for most apps that is not necessary either.

This is much less of an issue with the iPad 2 (or the iPhone 4/4S, which has the same amount of RAM) and of course even less so with the even larger iPad 3 (and the upcoming iPhone?).

The RAM size is the biggest difference between the devices, and if you don't insist on having every possible background task running all the time, you can use the older devices with the current iOS quite well.


User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 711 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

iOS 6 will have Siri on the iPad 3 (but not the 2nd Gen)...just something to think about.


So we beat on against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 10):

Thank you Klaus! I am still scared that my iPad will turn into a brick, but may do the upgrade after a stiff drink...


User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Quoting Stabilator (Reply 11):
iOS 6 will have Siri on the iPad 3 (but not the 2nd Gen)...just something to think about.

Of course then again you will have to consider how useful Siri is. Personally, I don't use Siri at all. I just don't find it useful. But then again, some people use it all of the time. Just don't expect it to work exactly like the commercials (for the iPhone). And the odds of someone using Siri on the iPad is even less than using it on the iPhone. I can see people using Siri on the iPhone, but not the iPad.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 12):
I am still scared that my iPad will turn into a brick

I see no reason why it should. At worst, a very small number of apps may not work any more and you may want to be selective about the kinds and number of new background services you choose to enable.

Quoting darthluke12694 (Reply 13):
. Just don't expect it to work exactly like the commercials

It's adaptive: Its recognition rate increases over time. If you use it only rarely, it will have more difficulties to get what you're telling it.

I use it regularly and it works quite decently; In Germany its capabilities are still limited, however. That is something that needs to be addressed, and it is unclear if iOS 6 will bring any changes there.


User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

We got mommy a iPad3 last spring... fantastic tablet and works flawless with her iPhone 4s  , you sure can tell the differences compare to the 2. She does 95% of the stuff now on her iPhone or iPad including reading books...all works great  

Got our 10 year old daughter a iPad 2 3 weeks ago... for what she is using it like email,txt, gaming or watching movies... more than enough...

But then what is a 100$ in today's world  ..

Cheerios,


User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 14):
I use it regularly and it works quite decently; In Germany its capabilities are still limited, however. That is something that needs to be addressed, and it is unclear if iOS 6 will bring any changes there.

If you're talking about local search, that will be available worldwide with iOS 6.



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 16):
If you're talking about local search, that will be available worldwide with iOS 6.

Good to hear. I had not seen any information to that effect. Where did you get this from?


User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):

It was in the Keynote, Forstall said local search for Siri will now be worldwide.

Here is one of the live blogs that was happening at the WWDC. It says "Making Siri much more international." Adding in iO6 to Canada - "eh" - Spanish, Mexico, Italian, Switzerland (Italian, French, German), Korean (big whoop!), Mandarin for Taiwan, Cantonese for Hong Kong, and both Mandarin and Cantonese for mainland China. That's going to be huge.

Plus taking local search which was previously US-only around the world."



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 18):
Plus taking local search which was previously US-only around the world.

Ah, okay. I've missed that part. Thanks!


User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):

That's okay  

I'm very happy about this, as now I'll be able to use it in the UK!

Back to the thread, I believe the iPad 3 will be the best option. Like others have said, the price difference really isn't that much when comparing the difference in capabilities. Also it will have another years worth of support and will have all of the features of iOS 6. Oh, and Siri! And you'll love the retina display!

Let us know what you choose  



The amazing tale of flight.
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 20):
I'm very happy about this, as now I'll be able to use it in the UK!

Likewise here on the continent! 


User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Is the new "retina screen" of the Ipad 3 enough better than the Ipad 2 to justify the $100 increase in cost??

Retina is very nice but probably not worth the 100 bucks. However I would spend the additional 100 to have a more future proof device. As mentioned above some IOS 6 features will not be available on 2 and who knows what limitations there will be after that.

Or consider ebay if you want an iPad as cheep as possible,


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