1. cardfan's Avatar
    new iPad Display Technology Shoot-Out

    Apple has taken the very good display on the iPad 2 and dramatically improved two of its major weak points: sharpness and color saturation they are now state-of-the-art. Our lab tests and visual tests agree with Apples claim that the new iPad has the best display ever on a mobile device so we have awarded the new iPad the Best Mobile Display Award in DisplayMates Best Video Hardware Guide. But theres morethe new iPads picture quality, color accuracy, and gray scale are not only much better than any other Tablet or Smartphone, its also much better than most HDTVs, laptops, and monitors. In fact with some minor calibration tweaks the new iPad would qualify as a studio reference monitor.


    Viewing Tests: What makes the new iPad really shine is its very accurate colors and picture quality. Its most likely better and more accurate than any display you own (unless its a calibrated professional display). In fact with some minor calibration tweaks the new iPad would qualify as a studio reference monitor. See our detailed measurements.
    03-19-2012 04:10 PM
  2. Garz's Avatar
    That's the point! The display of the first two iPads is more than adequate as well as the specs of the iPad 2 and that is what a lot of people are witnessing when comparing to the new iPad or while considering an upgrade to the new iPad. My opinion in regard to upgrading from an iPad 2 is from a practical standpoint and not from a technical one.



    Just Me, D
    Tapatalk (iPhone 4S)
    Besides screen having 4 times the pixels, me getting 30-40 Mbps download and 10-20 Mbps upload is huge if you want to use one with network. Camera is now usuable. Some people say it not a much of a upgrade. That can be said with any version. Going from the 1 to the iPad 2 gave a crappy 2 MP camera, thinner, and more RAM. Its all just opinion.
    Adawg1203 likes this.
    03-19-2012 04:23 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Besides screen having 4 times the pixels, me getting 30-40 Mbps download and 10-20 Mbps upload is huge if you want to use one with network. Camera is now usuable. Some people say it not a much of a upgrade. That can be said with any version. Going from the 1 to the iPad 2 gave a crappy 2 MP camera, thinner, and more RAM. Its all just opinion.
    Well stated...


    Just Me, D
    Tapatalk (iPhone 4S)
    03-19-2012 04:32 PM
  4. Adawg1203's Avatar
    I completely disagree. As I was setting my new iPad 3 next to the iPad 2, I could tell right away which one is the new one. And I do think the screen alone is worth the upgrade, especially since you will get a pretty good value out of the iPad 2 if you sell it used. As someone said, it's like going from iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4. Huge difference.
    Again, for me The wow factor wasn't there. Is the new display nice? Sure. Is the display worth me jumping for? No, and I went to best buy, fully, intending on purchasing the new iPad. My iPad 2 display and hardware is fine for now. If I felt my ipad ran slow or even looked blurry then, i would have swithed in a heartbeat. The fact is, its fine, and I use it more than my MacBook Pro.

    When I feel my iPad 2 has become dated, I will glady upgrade. However, that time has not come yet, for me.
    03-19-2012 06:57 PM
  5. Adawg1203's Avatar
    It does appear blurry compared to the retina display. I can pick out the individual pixels on the older devices very easily. It's like going from a 3GS to 4. Painful to look at the older screen once you are used to the high resolution of the new display. But that alone doesn't make the original iPad or 2 poor devices.
    You must be staring awfully hard.
    03-19-2012 06:58 PM
  6. spark032207#WN's Avatar
    You must be staring awfully hard.
    I guess it depends on what you're doing, but it is very very easy to detect the pixels on the iPad 2 especially when you're reading texts. I have a bad eyesight and I could still see them right away.

    I totally understand why you wouldn't upgrade from iPad 2, though. What I don't understand is why you would buy the iPad 2 new. To each his own, I guess.
    03-19-2012 07:28 PM
  7. Adawg1203's Avatar
    I guess it depends on what you're doing, but it is very very easy to detect the pixels on the iPad 2 especially when you're reading texts. I have a bad eyesight and I could still see them right away.

    I totally understand why you wouldn't upgrade from iPad 2, though. What I don't understand is why you would buy the iPad 2 new. To each his own, I guess.
    I wouldn't buy the iPad2 new at this point. If I were going to purchase an iPad today, it would be the new one without question.
    03-19-2012 08:15 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    ...(snipped)

    I totally understand why you wouldn't upgrade from iPad 2, though. What I don't understand is why you would buy the iPad 2 new. To each his own, I guess.
    When the iPad and iPad 2 was first introduced and sold, people had nothing but praise for them. Despite the lack of a retina display, the previous iPads sold exceptionally well, especially the iPad 2. Still, there are a great deal of people who have yet to own an iPad of any kind and thus, they will view the iPad 2 in the manner we did when we first purchased ours. They are not going to care about the retina display of the latest and greatest with the economy being like it is and especially when the display of the iPad 2 looks gorgeous in their eyes. To them, the iPad 2 will look stunning and exceed their expectations as well as cost $100 less. In my opinion, the $100 reduction may cause some people to not buy used. Anyway, that is my opinion on why some people will opt to buy the iPad 2 brand new.



    Just Me, D
    Tapatalk (iPhone 4S)
    Last edited by JustMe'D; 03-20-2012 at 05:34 PM.
    03-19-2012 08:31 PM
  9. LCW's Avatar
    It's like going from a SD to HD television... You don't realize what you're missing until you see it, then when you do, there's no going back
    03-19-2012 08:51 PM
  10. Wario954's Avatar
    I went to Best Buy as well to check out the new iPad and, i was impressed, just not enough to replace my ipad 2. the main different i noticed was text. text on the 3gs that was unreadable became clear as day on the iphone 4. i cant say the same for ipad 2 going to new ipad. i think if you're a big gamer than the upgrade might be justified. to me LTE is more of a reason to upgrade and if it was in my area i probably would have bought it.

    I see a lot of you are really big on the display. is there an app or website i can go to that you feel will give me a better representation the new ipad?
    03-20-2012 01:52 PM
  11. Wario954's Avatar
    It's like going from a SD to HD television... You don't realize what you're missing until you see it, then when you do, there's no going back
    to me its more like going 720p to 1080p
    03-20-2012 01:53 PM
  12. Jeremy's Avatar
    You must be staring awfully hard.
    Not at all. Some people pay more attention to detail than others. I can't even count how many times I've looked at someones phone and told them they have a dead pixel. They had no idea, until I pointed it out at least...
    03-20-2012 04:56 PM
  13. brook78's Avatar
    Omg the world is full of ipod get youre one today:
    03-20-2012 07:34 PM
  14. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Omg the world is full of ipod get youre one today:
    Huh?


    Just Me, D
    Tapatalk (iPhone 4S)
    03-20-2012 07:40 PM
  15. iltimo's Avatar
    If you are not in a hurry and you have the $100 to spare then i suggest that you should go for the new iPad since you can really get better functions with the camera, display, reactivity and all. Although if you are not very particular with such functions then generally it will have the same feel at first especially if you have tried using iPad 2 but then apple technology is very fast changing o i guess its really better if you get the new one cause there are some applications that may be better off on new iPad and there will be some apps that will only be working with new versions in no time.

    You will appreciate the new iPad more especially if your the video type of person since they have improved on that field from the old version.
    03-20-2012 07:54 PM
  16. FendrGuitPlayr's Avatar
    Some questions to ponder -

    -Interested in jailbreaking and tweaks?

    -All stock and keeping it that way?

    I knew someone that bought a new iPad and I bought their iPad 2 with JB and
    I'm very happy with my bang-for-the buck deal. YMMV?
    03-21-2012 03:30 PM
  17. Quis89's Avatar
    While waiting for the Verizon store to open yesterday morning, I was playing on my 2 and thinking of how much I loved it and wondering how there could be anything that would make it feel inferior and subpar. I'm only 34 hours in to having the new iPad, and I honestly can't look at the 2's screen anymore, this one is just that fantastic for me.

    My point is, if I had never seen the new one, I would've never questioned that the 2 wasn't the greatest thing out there. So if you stay away from the new one, a 2 will suit you just fine, and you'll love it. Just don't play with the store displays of the new one, or you might find yourself forking over the extra $100!

    Sent from my new Verizon 4G iPad using Tapatalk HD
    I just went to the store and played with the new one for a good 30 minutes. It's not worth it. The screen is definitely better but to say it makes the 2 look bad is incorrect. I will not be getting the new one because my 2 works and looks just fine. If you don't have an iPad then sure why not get the newest one. But if u have the 2...don't waste you're money. Wait a year.
    03-21-2012 05:59 PM
  18. Leanna Lofte's Avatar

    So those are my questions - processor, RAM, video. Is it worth an extra $100?
    How did you leave out the Retina Display??!?!!!?!??!?!?!!

    Yes. It's absolutely worth it.
    03-21-2012 06:01 PM
  19. mrwonka75's Avatar
    First iPad I have purchased. I love it, but it absolutely makes no sense to me why I now have to repurchase the apps I use most because there are not HD?!?!? Apple you're killing me!!
    03-21-2012 07:29 PM
  20. deadp1xel's Avatar
    To me, it's worth the upgrade.
    03-21-2012 11:46 PM
  21. Chop's Avatar
    First iPad I have purchased. I love it, but it absolutely makes no sense to me why I now have to repurchase the apps I use most because there are not HD?!?!? Apple you're killing me!!
    Sounds like you have more of a beef with the developers of said apps than with Apple; to my knowledge, all of the Apple-developed apps are universal. I could be wrong...
    03-22-2012 12:15 PM
  22. Sancho90's Avatar
    Omg the world is full of ipod get youre one today:
    Wanna try that one again, in English this time?
    03-22-2012 12:23 PM
  23. richard_rsp's Avatar
    I think I can chime in here:

    Since October, I have had a 16GB, White, Wi-Fi only iPad2 (had an iPad 1 before that). During that time, I would use my hotspot on my iPhone to tether to the internet when not near a wi-fi source. I actually was really excited about the New iPad (3) because it had built in 4G! (the screen was just a bonus).

    I wasnt going to get a New iPad immediately, but had a moment of weakness last friday and picked up a 32GB Verizon at my local BestBuy (for $729). My thought was "I will sell the iPad2 for $300; that will help with the cost."... well, that was the plan at least.

    My wife and I used the New Ipad for the past week - in the house, in the car, etc. The screen is awesome and it is fast, fast, fast! But what we realized is that we really didnt notice that much of a difference between it and the iPad2. ESPECIALLY not $429 worth (the difference after we sold the iPad2).

    Yes, we could have gotten the 16GB 4G for $100 less, but I dont think it is even worth the $329. difference.

    Yes, we could have gotten the 16GB Wi-fi only for $229 less, but I dont think it is worth $200 more than my 16GB iPad 2. .

    If I did not have an iPad and had to choose between it and the 2 on the shelf, there is no question that it would be worth the extra $100. But anymore than that? I just dont see the benefit.

    So, I have returned my New iPad to Best Buy. I'm gonna keep my iPad 2 and cross my fingers for a 7" 4G version in the future!
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    03-22-2012 02:15 PM
  24. Amy wineBerry's Avatar
    I think I can chime in here:

    Since October, I have had a 16GB, White, Wi-Fi only iPad2 (had an iPad 1 before that). During that time, I would use my hotspot on my iPhone to tether to the internet when not near a wi-fi source. I actually was really excited about the New iPad (3) because it had built in 4G! (the screen was just a bonus).

    I wasnt going to get a New iPad immediately, but had a moment of weakness last friday and picked up a 32GB Verizon at my local BestBuy (for $729). My thought was "I will sell the iPad2 for $300; that will help with the cost."... well, that was the plan at least.

    My wife and I used the New Ipad for the past week - in the house, in the car, etc. The screen is awesome and it is fast, fast, fast! But what we realized is that we really didnt notice that much of a difference between it and the iPad2. ESPECIALLY not $429 worth (the difference after we sold the iPad2).

    Yes, we could have gotten the 16GB 4G for $100 less, but I dont think it is even worth the $329. difference.

    Yes, we could have gotten the 16GB Wi-fi only for $229 less, but I dont think it is worth $200 more than my 16GB iPad 2. .

    If I did not have an iPad and had to choose between it and the 2 on the shelf, there is no question that it would be worth the extra $100. But anymore than that? I just dont see the benefit.

    So, I have returned my New iPad to Best Buy. I'm gonna keep my iPad 2 and cross my fingers for a 7" 4G version in the future!
    I actually appreciate this post. I'm still on the fence as to whether I will upgrade from my iPad 2 and get the 16GB Wi-fi or 4G version. This put it into perspective nicely. Just have to determine if the difference between what I would sell my iPad 2 for and the price of the new iPad is worth it.
    03-22-2012 05:47 PM
  25. brijuhaha's Avatar
    I actually appreciate this post. I'm still on the fence as to whether I will upgrade from my iPad 2 and get the 16GB Wi-fi or 4G version..
    This is what i thought to. But seeing all the reports on how quickly the data is burned, i'll just go with the wifi only
    03-22-2012 07:16 PM
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