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    Default Can't decide between new iPad and iPad 2.

    OK right now I don't own an iPad.

    I live in a non-4G area.

    I can't decide if, for me, the $100 savings of buying an iPad 2 is worth it, or if a better screen and better camera is worth the extra $100 with the new iPad.

    From what I have read, processing speed is similar and maybe even the same.

    Screen on new iPad is very improved.

    Not sure about difference in cameras.

    So what is everyones opinion?

    I want to use it for games and apps as well as viewing movies/tv shows via iTunes for my 2 kids on car trips.
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    If you've never owned an iPad and money *isn't* an option then I recommend the new iPad. If money is an option, do not hesitate to grab an iPad 2. Better yet, head to a local electronics store like Best Buy and visually and physically compare the two and then decide which is appropriate for your situation. Take care & good luck.


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    If screen is important than don't hesitate to get the new one. It truly is amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0pusX View Post
    I want to use it for games and apps as well as viewing movies/tv shows via iTunes for my 2 kids on car trips.
    If you download any iTunes content in 1080p - the new iPad what you want.
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    As far as gaming goes I think you'll get a better experience with that on the new iPad thanks to its faster processor. That said, if saving money is a concern for you I don't see anything wrong with the iPad 2. You can always sell it later and upgrade to the new iPad when the time is right for you. As far as the camera between the 2 and the 3, the iPad 3 does take much better pictures thanks to the 5 MP camera, but if you don't plan on using your iPad to take pictures, this might not matter to you. Good luck with your decision.


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    FYI, if you're going to get an ipad 2, look at the refurbs at apple's website. It becomes a matter of saving 150 then.

    In terms of value, either is fine. The 16gb ipad 2 probably moreso a value at 349 and won't take much of a hit at all in a year. The 32gb ipad 2 is 399. Buying a refurb is the same as buying new. You still get a year of Applecare. They'll exchange it if any problems.

    Considering what you want to use it for in your last sentence, and with kids, i'd get the ipad 2. Apps, games and video look great on it. The biggest difference is in text for me which is important if you read a lot on it. Your kids probably won't care if its a 1080p movie. In fact, you probably want to dump as many on it as possible in lower res.
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    There's more to it than the display. With the other upgrades, the iPad 3 will serve you longeras new ones come out.... That's what made me decide...
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Tso View Post
    If screen is important than don't hesitate to get the new one. It truly is amazing.
    This is where I somewhat disagree. I don't think the screen is jaw dropping amazing. Why? Because it's the same crispness as the iPhone 4 and 4S to me. Granted the 2048x1536 resolution is pretty high, but I guess almost two years of the retina display on both my previous 4 and 4S just has me spoiled. I appreciate the technology behind it though.

    As for the OP's question, if you can afford it, get the 32gb iPad 3.
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    Go for the new iPad. You might kick yourself later for not getting it.
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    Just go for it. If $ no issue go for at least 32.
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    it would suggest to buy a ipad2 now (refurb) i think its the best (= middle) way to go now with the ipad3 coming out right now.
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    You can actually save more than $100, depending on where you buy, if going with the iPad 2. I still say that you'll be dealing with these larger file/app sizes either way. Might as well reap the benefits of those increases. Reading on the new iPad is much improved; iPad 2 isn't horrible, but it's impossible to say you don't notice an immediate difference. It's a bit weird - a screen wouldn't make me buy a tablet, but if I'm getting a tablet then yes - the screen (most important feature) is key.

    If money isn't your primary concern - considering that this device is hardly a necessity - I'd say go for the new iPad.
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    The focus of the new iPad is its retina display. People, both professionals and non-professionals rave about how gorgeous it is...and it is gorgeous...however, to prospective buyers, ask yourself these questions: What can you do on the new iPad that you cannot do on the iPad 2? When looking at the iPad 2, will its display not be clear enough or vibrant enough for your particular usage?


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    If you don't own one already, I say shoot for the latest and greatest.

    Edit: As a side note, like other have said, shoot for a 32GB at the minimum. With increased app size, you'll eat through a 16GB with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostface147 View Post
    This is where I somewhat disagree. I don't think the screen is jaw dropping amazing. Why? Because it's the same crispness as the iPhone 4 and 4S to me. Granted the 2048x1536 resolution is pretty high, but I guess almost two years of the retina display on both my previous 4 and 4S just has me spoiled. I appreciate the technology behind it though.

    As for the OP's question, if you can afford it, get the 32gb iPad 3.
    This is where going for the non retina display would be 'back ***-wards', as my buddy would say.

    If your used to the retina display on the iPhone, anybody who goes for the iPad 2 will find the screen rather appalling with use, BECAUSE they are used to the iPhone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sancho90 View Post
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    If your used to the retina display on the iPhone, anybody who goes for the iPad 2 will find the screen rather appalling with use, BECAUSE they are used to the iPhone.


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    I disagree. I love the retina display on my iPhone 4S and it does wonders for the 3.5 inch display, but when I fire up my iPad 2, I do not see an appalling screen. I see a large, vibrant and easy-to-read display.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    I disagree. I love the retina display on my iPhone 4S and it does wonders for the 3.5 inch display, but when I fire up my iPad 2, I do not see an appalling screen. I see a large, vibrant and easy-to-read display.


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    I apologize, I should've stated that that's what I personally experienced.

    For me, with extended use I personally found the previous iPad screens a little rough on the eyes. Then again, I'm a little OCD about every pixel rearing their blocky heads at me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sancho90 View Post
    I apologize, I should've stated that that's what I personally experienced.

    For me, with extended use I personally found the previous iPad screens a little rough on the eyes. Then again, I'm a little OCD about every pixel rearing their blocky heads at me.


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    I understand and no need to apologize. . We're all adults here and are capable of respecting other people's opinions and views. At least, I hope so...lol...Anyway, take care and enjoy the rest of your day.


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    Personally I passed on upgrading to the iPad 2 when it first came out, and I was not going to get it now just because they dropped the price. I was waiting for the retina screen, and it is totally worth it!
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    i'm myself am leaning towards the ipad2 now since i found them for $350 at microcenter. this will be my first ipad/tablet purchase and was going to go with an android but this price is the tipping factor amongst other things. would someone like to help confuse me further and give me reasons why i might like an ipad3, more bang for the buck is a factor along with my purchasing committee (wife) who finally gave me her blessing.
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    Another thing to consider is whether you'll be loading up a lot of media and what your app usage is going to be. Media, especially videos, eat up your storage in gobs. And as the apps get updated for the retina display, their sizes are growing...you get the increased size whether your iPad is a retina one or not. Whichever iPad you end up getting, I'd recommend at least a 32gb.

    While the retina display isnt a must, it is what you look at everytime you use your tablet. I don't think we're going to see another resolution jump anytime soon (it would be overkill). While nothing, especially mobile tech is future proof, the retina display should keep you happy for a while. If you're able to, look at them side by side. The display will sell the new iPad to you
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    I have had both and I would go with the new ipad, new display and camera are woth the extra money!
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    I read three books in three days on my iPad 2 with no problems...no headache my eyes didn't bother me. It was comfortable and all I do with mine is heavy reading I don't see the difference between screens. That's just my personal opinion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Designed4Him View Post
    I read three books in three days on my iPad 2 with no problems...no headache my eyes didn't bother me. It was comfortable and all I do with mine is heavy reading I don't see the difference between screens. That's just my personal opinion.


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    I really don't know what to say when people say they can't see the difference between the screens. It's night and day for me. Bad eyesight is bliss?

    Doesn't matter to me though. I'm just glad Apple did this. It'll prompt a big movement to higher resolution screens in every device now, laptops, monitors, etc as well as content.
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    I have both iPad 2 and the new iPad and I love them both . I liked the 2 so much I had to get the new one and don't regret it . I used the 32gb iPad 2 for awhile and never had a problem or anything with it . I read all I could about the new iPad and decided to get the 64 gb . I can't put it down the new one that is and it's worth the extra hundred . The colors of everything are so vibrant from movies to apps. I'm so glad on deciding to get the new iPad . Plus my girlfriend is enjoying the iPad 2 so it's a win win . The only thing I wish the iPads would have would be a flash for the camera . It takes amazing pictures but only if it's light out or you are somewhere with a lot of light . The new iPad is pretty fast but don't see a difference between the two . By the way I'm using the wifi version iPads . Sprint does not carry them yet (hopefully) and I didn't want to go too verizon or at&t because there plans are rediculous and no unlimited !! Good luck on your quest for an iPad and by the way get either 32 or 64 the extra space is worth it .
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