iPad Picking between the ipad 2 and 4

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kyomagi, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2010
    Ok. Heres the deal, i want a bigger ipad with a zagg keyboard case to replace my 4 y/o netbook.

    I never use siri, so we can put that away

    I web browse
    Watch movies
    Play games
    Read comics.

    Thats all, is the upgrade from the 2 to the 4 really worth the extra $100?
  2. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    If one already owns a 2, maybe not. But the $100 extra cost for the 4th gen for screen, processor, ram etc is well worth it.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2010
    ya, i dont own an ipad right now, the last one i owned was a mini.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    You have access to an Apple or BB store? If so, go there and try both side by side. Every location in my area I was able to do that.
  5. macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2011
    I've got an iPad 2, and I do basically what you're saying... Mine works fine. There's even a thread I posted asking about upgrading to the 4, and the consensus was that it isn't worth it at the moment.

    Now, on the other hand, buying the 2 now means you have no choice but 16GB. You aren't going to be able to store a whole lot on it. If you're thinking about need more space for movies, you'll want to look at the new model.

    Oh, and the 2 can't play 1080p movies, so if you're syncing them from a local iTunes library, that may play into your decision as well.

    Basically, it comes down to the question is the better screen and slightly smoother experience worth $100?

    Just my two cents.
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    4. Hands down. The A6X, Retina class screen, are both WELL worth the $100 premium.

    The 2 is good for older non-techies, grand parents, aunts and uncles who want a new reading toy and can't appreciate the higher density display, etc.

    But if you're under 40, and techie enough to find and join this messageboard. 4. No contest.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    Does the 1 have the same screen as the two?

    I know me going from a one to a 4 was a major increase and the screen is very bright and clear and makes reading websites really good - also I imagine comics would look 'richer' and more colourful?
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    i didnt see a point in upgrading my 2 to a 4, but i wouldnt buy a 2 over a 4 if i was buying new. i personally up/down/sidegraded by 2 to a mini though
  9. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    If I was buying my first iPad, I'd be more inclined to get the best one available at the time, so I'd choose the iPad 4.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Upgrading from 2 to 4 is one thing. Picking between the two when new is a whole other. Would I take the loss from selling the 2 and adding the money to buy the 4? No. I have the 2 and its still great for everything plus it still does most everything except siri as far as new iOS6 features.

    On the other hand, if for only $100 more I could upgrade to the 4, that's a no brainer. Even if you don't use/need the faster processor and more ram now, you will eventually. Plus, you get the better screen, and you get the newer connector. Not that the connector is a feature per se, but I sure wouldn't want to buy into the 30 pin standard at this point, knowing that its going away.

    Basically, the 2 has a usable life that is a couple years shorter than the 4 at this point. That's worth $100 to me, not to mention the better features you get along the way.
  11. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Terrific post.

    Outright, you own neither? 4 hands down.

    [much] Better display
    Faster CPU and GPU
    Faster WiFi
    Better Rear Cam
    Better Front Cam
    [arguably] better connector in Lightening

    Even in "general" use, the display/speed improvements are notable.

    Upgrading from a 2? Just depends, the 2 is still a great device.
  12. macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    This cannot be overstated. The iPad 3/4 retina display is stunning. I had an iPad 2 for about a week and swapped it, paid the extra $100 and got the iPad 4. Needless to say, I am blown away. It makes me use the iPad more often just because I know the screen is actually better than my computer.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    If buying one now, I would definitely get the 4.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Do you play hardcore graphic games, anyhow i doubt there are many in the appstore anyway. Ipad 4 probly load those games a second or two quicker than 2.

    When i bought my 2, 4 is not out yet. I chose 2 over 3 because 3 got really hot when i was testing at the shop and i dont see a major diff in screen quality. Maybe im old. Now i test the 4 at the shop and it still feel quite hot to me. The screen is set at full brightness though so maybe thats why. You should go try. Extra 100$ for better screen and probably equal or better battery life, slight heavier.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2011
    Absolutely worth it. And since resell value of iPad 4 is more than $100 above the iPad 2, technically you will not even spend extra.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
  17. macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2012
    Once I have the same dilemma. Because this Christmas my parent give me an iPad II and one of my friend told me to exchange it for an iPad IV. I can't distinguish between two because I never use an iPad before. But after I change it (i actually don't open the box and replace it with a new iPad IV from the apple store) I never regret about taking the decision. Because it really worth extra $100 at least for it retina display. And later I find out it's also faster than an iPad II. It almost have double processing power and physical memory. And as you mention that you only wish to use it for doing lite work like browsing and reading comic book. But hey is not it wise to always get the latest device because iPad II is already old and apple almost stop updating its iOS. But at the end its totally up to you. :cool:
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
  19. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    My friend went to BB yesterday. He got a 4th gen that was returned and saved some money.

    They even let him look through what was available. Two were never even used, the box was just opened!
  20. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    You can save some money and get an iPad 3 for about the cost of a new 2. To me the 3 is still better than a 2 for the retina graphics.
  21. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2010
    exactly what i did. I bought a 3 for $400. I love it
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    Get a refurbished iPad 3. It comes with iOS 5.1.1, jailbreak that bad boy and do things that you could only dream of. Basically your iPad will become a touch screen notebook.

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