1. williamsbh76's Avatar
    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 02:40 AM
  2. Lenerdosy's Avatar
    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 07:36 AM
  3. Dark_Blu's Avatar
    I have the iPad2, and won't be upgrading... the retina display would be nice, as would the processor speed and extra RAM... but not for what I use it for... it's just not something I can justify, financially....

    {rant}
    And now my pet peeve... I wish to God people would stop making up names for Apple's devices. There is NO such thing as an iTouch (it's the iPod Touch) and WTH is an 'iPad classic'? If you have the original iPad, THAT's what it is - the original iPad... not sure Apple even calls it the "iPad 1", but it DEFINITELY IS NOT 'the iPad Classic'. *SMH*
    {/rant off}
    With you on that. Thanks to the price drop, I opted for the iPad2 last weekend and am happy with it. The Retina display is nice but that, RAM, and 4X graphics aren't enough to justify it. Saved the hundred for gas in the car (GRUMBLE).
    03-15-2012 09:20 AM
  4. GPD1739A's Avatar
    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 09:26 AM
  5. cardfan's Avatar
    With you on that. Thanks to the price drop, I opted for the iPad2 last weekend and am happy with it. The Retina display is nice but that, RAM, and 4X graphics aren't enough to justify it. Saved the hundred for gas in the car (GRUMBLE).
    Yeah, i suppose a device on which the screen is the main deal, double the resolution isn't justifiable. No matter how the device is designed, or what guts it has, the screen is what you look at the whole time and how you interact with it.

    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 09:37 AM
  6. RodneyJ725's Avatar
    I know a lot of folks are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the latest and greatest. but to tell you the truth, I won't feel so anxious until I have a chance to see the new iPad up close and personnal to make sure I'm getting value for the amount of money it'll cost. I currently have the iPad classic, but no 3G/4G and I know I want that much. So here's the deal, the new one will have to be quite noticibly slicker and quicker or I just might hang and get an iPad 2.
    Anyone else out there hanging back so they can wait until the fenzy dies down and they can take a more objective look at the new iPad or are waiting to buy-in for some other reason? I'm curious what the thinking about this is out there....
    I'm in the same boat. I've the iPad "classic" with 32GB wifi+3G. I no longer use the 3G as I decided to use my iPhone 4 as a Wi-fi hotspot when away from home (4GB is far more than I ever use for both devices).

    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 10:00 AM
  7. BuddhistGirafe's Avatar
    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 11:10 AM
  8. Motorbones's Avatar
    For those who "hot spot" from your iPhone 4s (or 4) into the iPad classic. How do you do that? It might be a possible answer for me.
    03-15-2012 11:13 AM
  9. TheUI's Avatar
    I've got to be honest ladies and gents, I think I'll stick with the iPad 2 as awesome as retina is, and use that cash to put towards my first Mac. When does the MBA refresh?
    03-15-2012 11:37 AM
  10. StormJH1's Avatar
    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 02:41 PM
  11. brijuhaha's Avatar
    How long was the iPad 2 take from the launch day to get back in stock last year? I am gonna wait for all the reviews coming in the next few days and decide which iPad to buy.

    Thanks
    03-15-2012 11:10 PM
  12. Vortec 5.3's Avatar
    This will be my first iPad.....I'm getting the "new" iPad
    03-15-2012 11:35 PM
  13. Fausty82's Avatar
    Yeah, i suppose a device on which the screen is the main deal, double the resolution isn't justifiable. No matter how the device is designed, or what guts it has, the screen is what you look at the whole time and how you interact with it.

    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.
    The original iPad and the iPad 2 are far from "fuzzy screen"s... sure, it's not retina... but way more than adequate.... and not everyone is flush with cash to keep buying new toys...
    03-16-2012 01:51 AM
  14. Fausty82's Avatar
    I've got to be honest ladies and gents, I think I'll stick with the iPad 2 as awesome as retina is, and use that cash to put towards my first Mac. When does the MBA refresh?
    That's kind of my thinking as well... the new MBAs are rumored to include a 15" model which would be awesome... and dropping $700-800 on a new iPad just doesn't make sense for me.

    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 01:56 AM
  15. Fausty82's Avatar
    How long was the iPad 2 take from the launch day to get back in stock last year? I am gonna wait for all the reviews coming in the next few days and decide which iPad to buy.

    Thanks
    It will probably be 6-8 weeks before supply is such that one can walk into a store and just pick one up... I got my iPad2 on launch day, so I can't say for sure when the iPad2 was available in the stores on an every day basis.
    03-16-2012 01:59 AM
  16. cardfan's Avatar
    The original iPad and the iPad 2 are far from "fuzzy screen"s... sure, it's not retina... but way more than adequate.... and not everyone is flush with cash to keep buying new toys...
    Sorry dude, but buying an ipad 2 right now is kinda dumb. It's one thing to keep one of the two and simply not be interested. But spending 399 to get a half baked experience when you're 80% there seems silly. Couldn't recommend it.
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    03-16-2012 08:08 AM
  17. Eileen89's Avatar
    Sorry dude, but buying an ipad 2 right now is kinda dumb. It's one thing to keep one of the two and simply not be interested. But spending 399 to get a half baked experience when you're 80% there seems silly. Couldn't recommend it.
    Sorry, but I highly disagree with you here. There is nothing wrong with someone wanting to save a few bucks and going with a cheaper model. The iPad 2 while not having a retina display is still a very good choice, IMO. Not everyone wants or has a need to have the latest and greatest. It's all based on a persons needs... Just my 2 cents.


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    03-16-2012 08:45 AM
  18. GPD1739A's Avatar
    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 08:47 AM
  19. cardfan's Avatar
    Sorry, but I highly disagree with you here. There is nothing wrong with someone wanting to save a few bucks and going with a cheaper model. The iPad 2 while not having a retina display is still a very good choice, IMO. Not everyone wants or has a need to have the latest and greatest. It's all based on a persons needs... Just my 2 cents.


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    Apps will be made optimized for the new resolution. Sorry, i have to highly disagree with you. It's not a matter of money. If you got 399 to burn, then it's only an extra hundred to get the full experience ipad.

    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 08:55 AM
  20. Eileen89's Avatar
    Apps will be made optimized for the new resolution. Sorry, i have to highly disagree with you. It's not a matter of money. If you got 399 to burn, then it's only an extra hundred to get the full experience ipad.

    But if a person only needs a half baked experience, then by all means..

    It's not a "good" choice at that price.
    Actually, I have read many reviews and the iPad 2 is certainly not "half baked". If you would like to continue with this false belief by all means go right ahead. In these bad economical times $100 savings is just that. IMO, again, the iPad 2 is still an excellent choice for someone that would rather spend $100 on something else... Not going to debate this any further, you and I simply will not agree on this which is fine. People don't have to agree with each other all the time.


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    03-16-2012 09:05 AM
  21. cardfan's Avatar
    Actually, I have read many reviews and the iPad 2 is certainly not "half baked". If you would like to continue with this false belief by all means go right ahead. In these bad economical times $100 savings is just that. IMO, again, the iPad 2 is still an excellent choice for someone that would rather spend $100 on something else... Not going to debate this any further, you and I simply will not agree on this which is fine. People don't have to agree with each other all the time.


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    You're correct, we don't have to agree. It's not a "bad" economy right now IMO which is quickly getting overused. Stocks have regained back and then some of what was lost back during the recent recession. If you can't go an extra hundred, then that person has other problems and probably shouldn't even be buying one period.

    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.
    Last edited by cardfan; 03-16-2012 at 09:42 AM.
    03-16-2012 09:25 AM
  22. Chop's Avatar
    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 12:46 PM
  23. Fausty82's Avatar
    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.
    I drove past a Best Buy this morning at about 8:15 am... there were only 7-8 people in line... and they weren't open yet. They normally open at 9:00 am, and apparently didn't open early for this event. No clue what the Apple stores saw, but demand at "third party" retailers appears to not be a huge issue... but fear not, Apple will still make a ton of cash today...
    03-16-2012 02:25 PM
  24. paul-c's Avatar
    I'm not in any type of rush to grab the new iPad. I'm happy with what I've got for now. I'll probably just get the next model whenever that hits.
    03-16-2012 02:43 PM
  25. Motorbones's Avatar
    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....
    03-16-2012 05:13 PM
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