iPad 2 vs new iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rbasra, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. rbasra macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    Hey guys,

    Just picked up a new 32 gb iPad w the retina display. I don't see much of a difference w the screen when I compare it w my iPad too, the speed is about the same too, however the new camera is amazing!
  2. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    I agree. Not much of a difference going from the 2 to 3.


    1) the ipad 2's battery life lasts a bit longer due to it not lighting up not nearly as many pixels as the 3
    2) the ipad 2 takes a lot less time to charge
    3) and the ipad 2 doesn't heat up like the 3 does.
  3. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    If you really don't see the difference in the screen you have serious eye problems.
  4. rbasra thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    I definitely agree with you but the diction on the iPad 3 is amazing.
  5. Dane9 macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Look for true HD retina content....You can't fail to notice the difference.
  7. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    Here's a few ways to see the difference between the iPad/iPad 2 display and the new Retina display:

    1. Use an iPhone app in 2x mode on the new iPad. The image is much sharper and smoother than on the older models.

    2. Shoot a video on the new iPad and then play it back. Not only is it recorded at a higher resolution than the prior models, but the new screen can handle 1080p resolution, whereas older iPads could not.

    3. Take a high-res photo and view it on the new iPad.
  8. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Dr. Skika's medical licence should be redrawn immediately (because of giving a diagnosis without having seen "the patient") - or Skika should learn common courtesy, which for some is not an easy task...
  9. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011

    I can live with a little warmth and shorter battery life, but the longer charging time was a deal breaker.

    Love the screen though.
  10. Papillo macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    :) :)
  11. shyam09 macrumors 68010


    Oct 31, 2010
    1) true, but you get a beautiful screen
    2)charge while you sheep :p
    3) It's a portable heater! What's not to love!! :eek:

  12. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA

    Took this photo to show the difference between my iPad 2 (top) vs my iPad 3 (bottom)
    The text is clearly obvious and when doing side by side comparisons of photos there's even a bigger difference. The colors are more accurate and deeper .
  13. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Depends on what you look at.

    Open safari on each and come to this thread. Observe the text. Which is fuzzy and which is crystal clear?
  14. batotman macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
    Visit CNN in portrait mode on both. You will see a noticeable difference.
  15. krz7 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2012
    Consider this - most people don't stare searching for pixels on their iPads, they just browse the web, watch movies and do not worry about the pixels.

    From my personal experience when I look closely I can see the difference betwen New iPad Screen and iPad 2 Screen, but in everyday usage I didnt notice huge improvement.

    What's bothering me though is weight of the new iPad and heat it produces compared to the iPad 2.
  16. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Lol the weight? Really?
  17. krz7 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2012
    Yeah. I mean it's less comfortable and I'd rather have thinner and lighter device than Retina display. But people are different. I can imagine lot of people appreciating high resolution display and not carring about additional weight, thikness and heat. :)
  18. SirYossi macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2012
    I do notice a big difference overall in the two screens. My brother in law has a ipad2 and looked at them side by side and there is a hugs difference between the two.
    Plus the iphone only apps for the iphone 4 and 4s are alot better in 2x mode in the new ipad then the older ones. I can actually use the apps in 2x mode and there is not much quality difference between that and the full screen ipad native apps.
    After using the ipad for a bit it makes the other ipad screens look horrible and makes my ipod touch 3rd gen look bad even

    There is a difference in the graphics as well - photo editing on the ipad two can be sluggish at time but not the new ipad the 4x graphics makes a hugs difference in gaming and processing graphics related projects.


    the new battery has 75% more capacity then the ipad2 thus common sense would say it will take longer to charge that is why apple supplied a power supply. Leave it plugged in over night while eating dinner or while at work. Longer time to charge is hardly a deal breaker. I think it is that people who just bought ipad2s are just a wee bit jeolous and trying to talk down the the product to make them feel good. I never owned one before nor had the wife so this is our first. I gave her the option to get one now or wait till the new ipad was released she choose to wait 4 months for this one and she is so glad she waited!
    It is still alot less cooler than my MBP or old 17" Powerbook G4! If it gets to hot put a pad under it you will be fine.


    unless u put them on a scale the average person will not notice a gram or two. Again people nit picking to make them feel good. Are you sure u did not buy a ipad2 by accident? I set them both next to each other running the same app and there is a noticable difference between the two. Even a 5 year old noticed the difference. Even a 90 year old noticed a difference and said the new ipad was easier on her eyes compaired to the ipad 2
  19. krz7 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2012
    I see your point. I agree there's the difference, but I believe weight, thickness and teperature are more important qualities for most consumers. For me they sacrifised too much for the Retina display.
    But that's just my opinion. People are different and have different needs.
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    If the weight is a big deal, Charles Atlas can help... :D

    Anyone else reminded of:

  21. krz7 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2012
    Haha, Thanks :D
    When you hold it in your hands a lot you notice the difference and your wrists don't like it. :p
  22. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    To each their own. If you don't notice or don't care about the new display then there is no reason to run out and get a new iPad. However, I think most people recognize that the screen is a big improvement--especially if you read a lot of material on the iPad.

    Considering the incredible sales rate of the new iPad, it would appear that you may be mistaken about what "most consumers" want.
  23. Batavian, Mar 28, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012

    Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    It's the same charger for either device. That's the problem. I agree with your logic. The problem is if it takes 4 hrs to charge an ipad 2, using your logic would require 7 hrs for the ipad 3. I was actually seeing charge times in excess of 8 hrs. I wish I had the luxury to sleep that long. :)

    An unnecessary and incendiary remark. The flipside can be true too. Folks convincing themselves the extra $100 they paid for a thicker, heavier, hotter, longer charging iPad is worth it because they don't see pixels now. ;)

    Another irrelevant remark. The ipad 3 is cooler than a toaster too. You're making an apples to oranges comparision. :confused:
    This was a fairer comparison http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1349461

    I think both devices are great, and both are superior to any Android tablets. :apple:
  24. rbasra thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    After 24 hours with the new iPad I must agree the product is amazing I can finally see the difference in the screen. I just sold my iPad 2 32 GB for $400 so this purchase is definitely worth the upgrade. Also I just posted this dictatio.
    absolutely amazing.
  25. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I kept my iPad 2, and bought an iPad 3.

    They each have their Pro's & Con's verifying what I've learned from experience: their is no perfect device. Newer is not always better, depending on the most important criterion of all... Your Personal Preferences & Usage.

    I'm glad I have both, and if forced to choose just one, that would be one hard decision. And yes, I'm lucky to have 20/20 vision, therefore I can see the difference. Yet that alone is not a deal maker or breaker for me.

    I still vastly prefer my MBA's & MBP's.

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