Poll: Retina Display or Battery Life

Discussion in 'iPad' started by seetheforest, Apr 14, 2012.


Which iPad would you prefer?

  1. Retina Display and 10 hours of battery life

    204 vote(s)
  2. Old display and 20 hours of battery life

    27 vote(s)
  1. seetheforest macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    So with all other things constant would you rather have the retina display on the iPad with 10 hours of battery life or the old display with 20 hours of battery life in the device?
  2. zooby macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
    Retina FOR SURE!!! Why would I need 20 hours?! 10 hours is fine!
  3. bajaracing macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I love this new new display! 10hrs for me is plenty of time before I need to recharge.
  4. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Considering I plug it in every night, retina display.

    After a "heavy" usage day I am at worst at around 50% left. If I forget to plug it in then I still can use it the next day normally.

    Not that I wouldn't want twenty hours of battery life, just it would't be as useful to me compared to the readability of the retina display.
  5. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    20 hours? On a iPad 2? I don't think so.

    I see what you did. Same larger battery but old display. I got it.
  6. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2012
    The battery life was also 10hrs on ipad2 so having the same amount w a retina display is a bonus. 10 hours is more than enough. Charging every night is not bothersome as I'm used to charging my iPhone every night also.
  7. seetheforest thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    I haven't seen the retina display iPad's yet. But based not the poll results I take it that the change is fairly stark?


    I am assuming that all things are the same. So the battery would still be much larger on the iPad 3 and would result in quite a bump in battery life since it wouldn't have to power 4 times the pixels (maybe not doubling the battery life, but I was trying to keep things simple) ...
  8. Dkorda macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    The new display is awesome.

    This poll makes no sense. Old display with 10 hours or new display w/ 10 hrs. What the difference? Who wouldn't pick the best of both worlds??
  9. dsquared81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Orange County
    Definitely retina. I charge up every 3-4 days and this works works out perfectly.
  10. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2012
    Right even though the battery is larger, is has to power the upgraded screen. So battery life remains equal to the iPad 2
  11. ewo1992 macrumors regular


    Mar 11, 2012
    Southern, CA
    Man I really don't know, using foreflight on a couple of long flights with gps and connected to cellular for sure doesn't last 10 hrs more like 4 to 6 so If I do a couple of long flights in one day it would be nice to have the 20 hrs. But the display is to nice so I got to go with the display and 10 hrs. Eventually the battery time will go up with the retna display.
  12. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
  13. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Retina. No contest. I would even choose retina even if the battery life was 5 hours.
  14. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    If I am always mobile and need 24/7 access to my tablet for work then battery life would be the primary concern, but for home use and it being on a charger whenever I want battery life is a non issue, so retina it is.
  15. seetheforest thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Old display + iPad 3 internals = ~20 hours of battery life. The retina display requires more juice to power all of those pixels, so if you swapped out the retina display for a lower-res iPad display you would see a big bump in battery life. Makes sense to me.
  16. Quantus macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
  17. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Easily the retina display. 10 hours of battery life is plenty for me.
  18. sekazi macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2012
  19. liquidsuns macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009
    Retina for sure. It's why I got the new iPad. If it didn't have retina and instead had 20 hours battery life I would have just been "that's cool" and then not gotten it.
  20. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    The Retina Display for me...Once you have it, you won't go back..The longer charge time is a small price to pay really.
  21. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    The retina display really is amazing. I got my new iPad yesterday and reading my pdfs on it is a joy. As long as the battery lasts me a full work day, I'm good.
  22. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    I'm in school in seven hours, the rest is at home or other places. Lets say that i'm going to use it that day until the battery is 1 %, 10 hours would be perfect until it's time for me to sleep and charge it under the night.
  23. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Personally, having seen the new 2012 display in comparison to the previous one, I would go for a 20 hour battery in my iPad 2. Providing it can take as many charge cycles, that effectively doubles battery lifespan. Would be a pretty amazing device to be honest.
  24. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    Going back to a non-retina display is like pouring battery acid into your eyes
  25. urkel, Apr 15, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    I still switch between an iPad 2 and iPad 3 with no issues so I consider all this overly dramatic "I see dead pixels" people to be overboard by bragging about "floating text" or "crystal clear icons". Obviously retina makes things better but with ipad2 brightness cranked beyond normal levels and a well produced video to demo then you'll get the same jaw drop (from BOTH sides of the snob fence) because the source material makes a bigger difference than screen res.

    (BTW, In the last month I bought 4 iPad3s for the family so don't take that as hate)

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