Is the iPad 2 worth the extra $100?

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  1. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    Ok, I'll admit it: I don't need an iPad. I guess my question is since I don't already have one, aside from the cameras and the speed, couldn't I just buy an iPad 1?

    I could just buy an iPad 1 and if I think I 'need' the iPad 2, buy one when there are more of them available.
     
  2. kev7554 macrumors newbie

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    In my opinion yes. Cameras do suck. Browsing the web is noticeably faster then 4.3 on iPad 1. Feels much better in the hand and feels much lighter.
     
  3. Kadin macrumors 6502a

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    To me, the speed bump, 2 cameras, added ram, thinner size and lighter weight are a no-brainer to me for being worth the extra $100. Every single thing I listed appeals to me without question...
     
  4. shstiger2009 macrumors 6502

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    The cameras aren't great...but I'd say for $100 extra, definitely. Browsing is fast, it is light and feels great, and the speed and snappiness is noticeable. I'd easily go for the iPad 2 over iPad for $100 more.
     
  5. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    All those things also appeal to me, but I'm not sure how easily I can find one this weekend. Since I don't really 'need' one, if I can't find one, I may have no choice but to wait.
     
  6. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I was hoping you would sell me on the iPad 1, but no such luck! How is the screen when light hits it? Less glare or the same?
     
  7. WLS macrumors 65816

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    YES It's truly deserving of being called Magical! :)
     
  8. iPimpin macrumors newbie

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    I would say no because the resolution still is poor
     
  9. cmhsam macrumors 6502

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    I bought a 2nd 32gb black. Posted it on craigslist for $950. Let's see if someone thinks its worth the extra $300 to get it today.
     
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    Honestly, the only thing keeping me from snapping up a cheap iPad 1 right now (since I picked the wrong store to wait in line in today) is video chatting. This alone is valuable enough to me to pay the extra and keep waiting, but it might not be to everyone.
     
  12. shstiger2009 macrumors 6502

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    I can't honestly compare it, because I only ever played with the original iPad's in the store. This is my first one. But it doesn't bother me, and I got the white so it's not as reflective as the black bezel.
     
  13. ozred macrumors 6502

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    No way!

    I only bought it cause I know I'll pay big bucks everytime. It's Apples Gouge the Customer Policy.

    I became a loyal Apple customer long before they began this obscene pricing policy. I can easily afford it or I wouldn't buy anymore , that's a fact.

    It sends shivers down my spine when I read that people actually go in debt, and finance this stuff.
     
  14. kup1986 macrumors member

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    iPad 2 is worth it if you dont own the current model. As it stands, the unit I purchased tonight is on eBay right now. I had it out for about 20 minutes but was disappointed. The cameras suck too much, and there weren't enough other upgrades to justify the upgrade "fee", even factoring in what I would sell my iPad 1 for.
     
  15. jbachandouris, Mar 12, 2011
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    jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well, against everyone's advice, I bought an iPad 1 16GB. It was $359 at Best Buy.

    First of all, compared to the iPad 2 it is notceably heavier. Granted, I only had their display for a moment, but it seems lighter and easier to hold.

    It seems a little slow as well, but comparing it to a MacBook Pro isn't a fair comparison.

    It also doesn't seem very comfortable to hold. When Best Buy has more iPad 2's in stock, I will consider one. I have 14 days to decide if I want it. So far, not so sure. It just seems way easier to use my MacBook Pro.

    We'll see...
     
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    You don't do much research before you buy, huh?
     
  18. Strom1 macrumors regular

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    Really! Thats an awesome deal. I am assuming thats a brand new unit? I was at Best Buy yesterday and all the original Ipad's were 399.00. How'd you snag that deal?
     
  19. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Make sure it has 4.3 installed on it, which will make a huge difference with web browsing. That said, the iPad is not for everyone. Some people would never want to go back to using a phone and laptop for their 'mobile' computing, and plenty of others get one, use it for a while, and then lose interest. You can't please everyone!
     
  20. kup1986 macrumors member

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    I read the reviews. I still wanted to try it out for myself to be sure. Is that so wrong?
     
  21. sanford, Mar 13, 2011
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    I have an iPad 1. From that perspective, and you're obviously cost conscious, if you can readily get the iPad 2 you want without hassle or zinging all over town hunting one down, I'd go ahead and fork over the extra $100 for the current model. But if you want one readily available, no iPad 2s in your area without lines or other hassle, I'd buy an original and blow the hundred bucks saved on a nice dinner out or something.

    Ha! Nice dinner out. We have three kids. A hundred bucks is the local Tex-Mex joint. But oh well, at least it's something. ;-)

    I just noticed you bought one. Seriously, if you don't immediately catch onto, for whatever it is you do, Hey, this could REPLACE my MacBook Pro, you probably shouldn't sling out more money for an iPad 2, and perhaps should even return the iPad 1. Tablets don't suit everyone -- may never, no matter how feature-rich they become.
     
  22. MBPLurker macrumors member

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    It had to have been an open box item. Every store in my city only had open box (i.e. returned) 399$ models. Best Buy will take an additional 5-10% off of those when they are open box, depending on a number of things.
     
  23. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Yes, and now that we have benchmarks that show the iPad 2 smacks the iPad 1 down like a hungry bear would a seal only a crazy or ill-informed person would not spend the extra $100 just for the extra longevity that buys. But then there is the bonus of the cameras, the lower weight, and better shape and feel of the 2.
     
  24. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You got it! It was a returned item. The first thing I did is install 4.3 on it. The 2 main issues are the increased weight and how quickly 16GB fill up. I will at least give it a week since I have 14 days. Maybe I should have gotten the Apple case as it seems to make it easier to hold.
     
  25. DS3 macrumors 6502a

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    As it stands today I'd still say yes, and it will probably be a much bigger difference in few months when there a bunch of iPad 2 specific apps.
     

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