Is an iPad 2 Still a Good Buy?
With the 3 already out, and not knowing what may come out in September, is an iPad 2 still a good buy? I don't really know what the difference between the 2 and 3 are, aside from the retina screen. But is the upgrade absolutely worth it? Especially if you could get a MINT iPad 2 16gb for $300?
I guess what I'm asking is, at this stage in the game, is an iPad 2 still going to be a viable option for the next year or two, or should I wait and save a few bucks to see what else is in the pipeline?
- 09-01-2012, 09:58 AM #2
It should be viable for the next couple of years at least. The speed is on par with the new ipad.
Funny thing is this. I'd consider the ipad 2 more future proof than the ipad 3. The ipad 3 seemed to choke or lag some (at times and depending on what you're doing) and you get the idea it's struggling to push those pixels. It all has to do with how much you want that retina screen.
At this stage in the cycle, i'd either get the ipad 2 at a great price or wait for a refresh.
The processor is a little different, isn't it? The screen isn't that big of a deal. The 2's screen is still pretty nice. I just worry because it already isn't getting the full iOS 6 effect by missing out on Siri. Makes me wonder if it'll miss out on anything else in future updates.
- 09-01-2012, 11:41 AM #4iPhone Pro
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Then a next gen iPad probably won't drop till next year. Your always going to be in this dilemma if you buy the latest product.
If I was in your shoes, I would go for an iPad 2. Then consider the next gen iPad if cash is a priority.
Either way you are going to have a great iPad that will interact well with iOS 6 with Siri or without. I personally don't use Siri hence my decision and I don't use the retina display enough to worry about it.
Good luck with your decision.
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- 09-01-2012, 12:56 PM #5
Fair enough. Basically what I was wondering was answered. If the 3 was enough of an upgrade to spend the extra money. It sounds like it isn't.
I do like Siri, but I don't use her too much aside from the occasional text or reminder. She isn't a deal breaker, per se, just makes me wonder what else may be missing from a 2 if Siri isn't making it over in the first iteration of iOS 6.
Thanks to everyone who has responded. I appreciate it!
- 09-01-2012, 01:46 PM #7
You're very welcome, but I want to clarify something. The New iPad is a heckuva device. The retina display is simply gorgeous and to some, it's a deal breaker, but to others, it is not. Siri, on the iPad means nothing to me, but then again, I don't carry my iPad 2 everywhere I go like I do with my iPhone 4S. My iPad is an in-between device. I mean it is useful when I want to view something on a larger display and when I don't necessarily have full computing needs, so to speak. I hope that came out right. Maybe if I needed to have an iPad with 3G capabilities and needed to use it as a primary device then I would definitely choose the latest and greatest, but I don't and without the aforementioned, upgrading to the new iPad was not an option for me. The iPad 2 is just as good. Anyway, take care and enjoy your Labor Day weekend and College Football.
- 09-02-2012, 07:19 AM #8
I think the iPad 2 is still a good choice and, with the price drop, a more realistic price for a tablet, too.
The processor and screen is more than capable for probably 98% of things that users actually use the device for (or that the iOS is capable of), while the additional 'bells and whistles' that the last - and upcoming - iOS has that can't run on the 2 are hardly a deal breaker. As for Siri, I'm afraid I find it more a gimmick than a daily user product (for those with Star Trek fantasies, IMHO), but a perfectly capable alternative can be found in the speaktoit app, that runs on both iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
Apple has something of a reputation for making their products and, by extension, the products that you buy, prematurely obsolete (speak to anyone who bought into firewire and it's peripherals and is now looking at a new Mac), but there's still plenty of 3rd Party apps out there that still run on the 2.
- 09-02-2012, 08:37 AM #9
- 09-08-2012, 07:30 PM #10
I have three iPad 2s and one iPad 3rd generation and the only real difference for me is the screen. It is definitely sharper and seems a little brighter. But I haven't noticed a speed difference. All of the games that I play on it seem to run the same. The iPad 2 will be missing out on Siri, which is a feature I use from time to time, but usually only in the car. So, it isn't a big deal for me to not have that functionality on my iPad because I don't use it in the car. The iPad 2 feels lighter and thinner as well. I'm not sure if that is the case with the technical specifications of the two devices, but I feel a difference.
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- 09-08-2012, 08:02 PM #11
- 09-09-2012, 07:54 AM #12
That said, Apple does have a reputation for premature obsolescence - but I honestly believe my (non-user replaceable) battery will pack it in on my 2 before I need to worry about the iOS upgrades.
- 09-09-2012, 02:11 PM #13
- 09-09-2012, 07:31 PM #14
I don't think it's really viable anymore. The 3 has been out a few months and the iPad mini will be out soon. Then the 4 will be out shortly after that. With Apple, it's best to go with the latest product because in 2 years it'll lose support.
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- 09-10-2012, 05:07 AM #16
It's still pretty fast for anything, including gaming. So i guess yea it is still a good buy. Especially if you are outside US, because LTE on new ipad doesn't work outside US.
Unless you can afford new ipad just wifi version, go get it instead. You can get more battery life on the wifi version on any ipad version, and cooler operation on hand.
- 09-11-2012, 02:56 AM #17
- 09-11-2012, 07:12 AM #18
Or are we just buying into 'the new is better' mantra, profiting nobody but Apple?
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- 09-11-2012, 09:17 AM #20iPhone Genius
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That said, my wife has an iPad2 and it is still quite functional and useful. If you can get an iPad2 at a good price, I say go for it. iPhone 5 (Black.32GB.AT&T) iPad Mini (Black.32GB.WiFi) iPad (3Gen.Black.64GB.AT&T) MacBook Pro (15" 2012.Retina Display.i7) iMac (21.5" 2011.i5) AppleTV (3Gen)
- 09-11-2012, 07:06 PM #21
Yeah, wait a month and the iPad Mini running iOS 6 will be announced, available in time for Christmas and at a (for Apple) competitive price to the 'others' of that size. Then your clunky, huge 10" iPad 3 will just seem 'so last year'...
Thanks for all the comments. Didn't think I'd get so many responses. I think I'm holding off on a 2, though. I've decided I really like the size and style of smaller tablets so I think I'm waiting to see what we hear about the Mini.
I kind of think at this stage in the game it's a little late to get a 2, unless it was just dirt cheap. Like some of you have said, it probably won't be supported in the next update, much in the way that the 1 won't get iOS 6. While that won't make it obsolete, it doesn't mean the best news for app compatability. As we all know, not all apps will work on iOS 4, and I'm assuming we'll run into that problem with iOS 6, 7, and so on and so forth. I'm also the type of person that wants the latest and greatest in OS and hardware, so it's probably best for me to wait.
Thanks again to everyone.
(I kinda wanted to chime back in after so many of you had commented and I just let you all go on with the discussion. )
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- 09-23-2012, 10:40 AM #24iPhone Newbie
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