- 03-15-2012, 01:40 AM #26
I kicked it around for several days as to whether or not I would upgrade. I have a 16GB WiFi only iPad2. I am and app junkie so the memory is getting pretty full. I really don't need any type of cell service because I have a Verizon hotspot. I am going to upgrade memory and my justification is that if I am going to spend the money for more memory, why get the same thing I have now? I can get the latest and greatest with more memory (32GB) for $100 more and maybe next year I will skip the upgrade if I am still happy. Of course, knowing me, I will find another reason to upgrade then. I did not preorder and there is no Apple store anywhere near here. I am going to roll the dice on Walmart since that is about the only major retailer in the area that will have them on launch day... in theory.
- 03-15-2012, 06:36 AM #27
I doubt I will go for it, may in the future. I have an hp tablet ATM with rooted android that I never seem to touch since I have an iPhone and laptop to do most of my work. If I can find an iPad 2 on Craigslist cheap I may buy it soon but no new one any time soon.
- 03-15-2012, 08:20 AM #28
- 03-15-2012, 08:26 AM #29
I'll most likely get the new iPad. I currently have the first iteration of the iPad in 64GB/3G configuration - my main reason for upgrading is the screen.
I saw the iPad 2 when it came out, and it wasn't enough for me to upgrade.
I'll probably get the same model (64GB/4G for AT&T) - I don't necessarily need the 4G because I already have a 4G AT&T mobile hotspot, but it might be worth it down the road at resale time.
Can't wait for the next iPhone either - my current iPhone 4 is working just fine, but it's just about contract time so it's time to upgrade.
- 03-15-2012, 08:37 AM #30
You've saved a hundred but your ipad experience isn't nearly as great on a fuzzy screen. It's like going to the eye doctor and spending 399 on a pair of glasses with one frame when another hundred will get you both frames.
- 03-15-2012, 09:00 AM #31
I feel the new iPad is nice, but I am not sure it's for me. I want a lighter device, and the new iPad is heavier than the iPad 2 (surprised me when that was announced). I am considering to just get the iPad 2 16GB WiFi. yes, it's half the storage, but I tend to just use 12GB anyway, and lots of extra junk installed. I tend to sync music only to my iPhone. I tend to just keep magazines like Nat Geo and Once on my iPad. No tv shows or movies (besides, those are now cloud based). and, any app that runs on the new ipad, runs on iPad 2. the processor boost is only for the graphic, otherwise, it's still the same dual-core processor. as I have the ipad classic, I dont miss the 5mp camera. Besides, I have my iPhone for pictures and video capture, and its' much easier to hold than the iPad.
I can use that extra $100 and get that nice new red smart-cover hehehe. I can then see next year the next iPad.
- 03-15-2012, 10:10 AM #32
I'm torn. I didn't pre order and I am not in a huge rush to get one. I want one but just don't know if I need one / can justify it.
I'm going to university in September and I feel my money could be better allocated on that. Also I need to replace my computer so I will be getting a MacBook Pro to replace my iMac when they do a refresh. I just don't know if the iPad fits in my needs currently. Also I was hoping for quad core and well.. Yea.
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- 03-15-2012, 10:37 AM #34
- 03-15-2012, 01:41 PM #35
The media-fueled hype machine behind Cupertino is amazing. No matter how incremental the improvement, 95% of the reviews of anything Apple does is positive. Siri is was a cool idea that is a total failure in practical implementation, yet you never find anyone willing to just come out and SAY that in the tech media.
As for the "new iPad", it's basically iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 4s all over again. Yes, I get that the screen is a big deal and that retina display (from what I'm told) was a major upgrade to the iPhone. But this is going to create a lot of confusion and fragmentation, which are two things Apple is usually able to avoid. Since the iPad came out, we've been seeing some universal apps, but also a lot of iPad-only apps, which are frequently referred to as "HD". Except that the the new iPad will have a much higher pixel count, so apps that work on that device will be, what, "Angry Birds HD HD"?!
Another problem is what happens with the universal apps. If Apple tries to keep it less confusing by only having one version of these apps, am I going to have to download new versions of iPad 2 apps that are now twice or 3x larger file sizes, with no benefit? Storage on a 16GB iPad, which I assume is the most popular model, gets to be pretty limited if you have even one or two games like Modern Combat, FIFA 12, etc. that take up a gig of space. Heck, a single HD movie can be around 4GB.
If you have an iPad 1, I could see this being a worthwhile upgrade...you've probably had your device for at least a couple of years. But we just got our iPad 2 in November and it's absolutely fine for what it does. The resolution increase is nice, but not necessary, and I hardly even use the cameras on the thing anyway. Apple gets plenty of my money from iPhones, iPods, and app purchases, I don't need to just throw my entire wallet to them.
- 03-15-2012, 10:10 PM #36
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- 03-16-2012, 12:56 AM #39
The rumors are circulating that there will be a MBP/MBA refresh around the middle to end of April. Intel had delayed the launch of the Ivy Bridge processors until at least the middle of April...
- 03-16-2012, 12:59 AM #40
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- 03-16-2012, 07:47 AM #43
I have a first generation iPad 64GB/3G, and will be getting a 3rd gen unit - but I didn't preorder and I won't be standing in line today to get one. (I bought my 1st gen about 6 months before the release of the iPad 2.)
The big thing I want is the retina display - there are times where I'm doing some serious reading, and after a couple of hours I've noticed that I seem to get a mild headache. Not saying that it's entirely the fault of the 1st gen iPad - but having the retina display certainly can't hurt.
I have an iPhone 4 (not 4S), and the retina display on the phone has provided a crisp enough experience that I truly believe the reaction of most people that see the 3rd gen iPad is going to be something on the order of "oh, WOW". I'll probably stop by a store to look a the 3rd gen iPad before I purchase it - but I'll make sure to leave my credit cards at home when I do.
Otherwise, it'll probably come home with me that day.
- 03-16-2012, 07:55 AM #44
But if a person only needs a half baked experience, then by all means..
It's not a "good" choice at that price.
- 03-16-2012, 08:05 AM #45
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- 03-16-2012, 08:25 AM #46
I'm glad you've read many reviews of the ipad 2. That was year ago when there wasn't a third gen ipad just a 100 more at DOUBLE the resolution. You can't ignore that moving forward, apps as well as the whole ipad experience will be to accommodate the new ipad. And that retina screen just doesn't get enough attention. You won't find another screen of that quality on the market that's remotely this affordable. I very much doubt most people have even seen a screen of this quality. I haven't. Even reviewers have minimized this aspect a bit by referring to it as "retina", same as iphone, when in fact it's not even remotely on par with what they did with the iphone. So in a sense, you jump from a very ordinary screen to one of the best ones in existence. That's pretty good mileage for an extra hundred.
Again, i think its worthwhile to keep the ipad 2 if you already have it. But i wouldn't recommend buying it right now for 399 unless it's for a specific purpose, a kid for example. Even then i'd rather try to find it for 349 or less which is refurb price at apple.com.
Anyways, thanks for the response. Whether we agree or disagree, i respect your point of view.
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- 03-16-2012, 11:46 AM #47
The lines weren't crazy for this release out here in this part of Japan... local Softbank branches and Wal-Mart equivalents still have plenty in stock (Saturday here). On base was pretty much the same, although our supplies trickle in throughout the week. The big push went for the iPad 2 last year, it seems - even then they didn't sell out. The original iPads, either.
I got to play with one for awhile yesterday... nice screen. Really nice screen. But the iPad 2's screen isn't horrible, as some would have you believe. It's interesting: the BX still has many of the various capacity iPad 2s in stock, all at a $120 markdown. More options are always welcome. I still have my 32GB wifi 2... I'll give it a week or two and see how I feel. No rush. The whole "no SD/micro-SD expansion" thing is still irritating me. Exponentially increased app/media size, coupled with these outlandish data prices from carriers... something's going to have to give.
- 03-16-2012, 01:25 PM #48
- 03-16-2012, 01:43 PM #49
Another good reason to wait is that even though Apple porducts are top notch, they usually seem to have a glitch or two when they first come out (antennas, batteries, heating, Special feature failure, etc). I a month or two all the giltches will be identified, a solution found for the problem and all will be fine and dandy in Cupertino!!! That will be the best earliest time to invest....