iPad 2, a bad choice?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mark28, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    I think the iPad 2 provides better value for money. Especially since I don't really see that much of a difference between the screens of the iPad 3 and iPad 2.

    What do you guys think which iPad provides the best value for money?

    ( I'm going for the best spec possible for either the iPad 2 or iPad 3 because my 32 gb iPhone is full all the time ).
  2. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
  3. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    Consider that if you want an iPad 2 with more then 16gb you will have to buy it refurbished from Apple or others. The 3rd generation iPad will also be supported for a longer period of time then the iPad 2.
  4. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Mainly for reading papers ( in pdf format ) and watching video's perhaps. Maybe also reading the news.

    In the Apple store, i really didn't see a world of difference reading pdf's no the iPad 2 and iPad 3.
  5. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Your eyes would love you if you got the 3. It feels much more easier on the eyes ( so I've experienced but each person is different)
    ... Especially when you are reading
  6. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    In find the difference is noticeable if you read a low resolution PDF for an extended period of time.
  7. BluePhoenixRa macrumors regular

    May 19, 2012
    At first look I couldn't tell the difference between the two, then after like 6mins of actually playing with both devices side by side, the iPad 3 screen really stood out in every way.

    However if you take the cost into account, and you are hoping to get more space out of less price, iPad 2 works just as well. I say before your final purchase, email yourself one PDF (or rather, a tiny link to the pdf) that you're currently reading.

    You also have to remember that you won't get many features next year, if you are looking for features.
  8. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    That is a tough one because the iPad 3 resolution is excellent for reading.

    To answer your question, yes I believe that the iPad 2 is the better value you can save 200 on a ipad 2 Apple refurb of equiv. space, comes with the same warranty, comes with a new screen and casing and does everything the iPad 3 can do minus anything that is retina optimized, even then the retina optimized versions will still run on the iPad 2.

    The processors are the same so there is no performance benefit between the two.
  9. JMountainDew macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2012
    Apart from the difference in resolution (yes, there is that...) I think you'll be quite happy with the iPad 2. It is still a marvelous piece of technology. And you'll save yourself a significant amount of money.
  10. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    There is a major difference between the screens. I returned my iPad 2 just because of the screen alone. Purchased an iPad 3 a few days ago and the screen is much much better. If you don't mind low resolution screens then then the iPad 2 will be fine.
  11. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    As others have said, the iPad2 is a great device, so you will probably be more than happy with that.

    I don't know how much time you are going to spend reading pdfs, but I upgraded to 3gen for that purpose - the retina display significantly improved that experience for me (but I spend several hours a day reading pdfs, so my needs might be relatively specialised).
  12. Scott Baret macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011
    I've had an iPad 2 for about half a year now and am absolutely fine with it. I have no problems whatsoever with the resolution; of course, this is coming from a guy who came up on 512 x 342 Compact Macs. For what you describe, it should be more than adequate. Make sure, however, that you will be OK with 16GB as a top capacity. (Believe me, my 32GB iPad filled up quicker than I thought it would).
  13. The Special One macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2012
    For reading there is no comparison. The retina on the New iPad is just so much better. That is if you don't get one with a blotchy screen.
  14. -TYLER macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2012
    Buy both and test them out over a week, and then decide return one of them, apple has a good return policy.

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