should i buy the iPad 1 or the iPad 2?

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  1. Sam235 macrumors member

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    like the title says, which one do u think i should buy, i wont be really using the cameras on the iPad 2, what other things does it offer? is the iPad 1 really laggy as most people say? will the iPad 1 handle IOS 5 smoothly? are there certain applications that only run on the iPad 2(other than stuff camera related), is the ipad 2 a huge upgrade from the ipad 1? what do u think? i will mostly be using it for iWork, garage band, surfing the net, watching movies and music
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    I own a iPad 1, and see absolutely no reason to upgrade to an iPad 2 - I use mine for GarageBand, Pages, Keynote, Movies, Safari and iBooks (ie iWork, GarageBand, Books, Films and Browsing the Web). I haven't noticed any lag at all under iOS 4.3, and I dont see it having any problems with iOS 5. It might be slower than an iPad 2, but I personally would get an iPad 1 (Cheaper and does pretty much everything the iPad 2 can except for the Camera stuff)
     
  3. phillytim macrumors 6502a

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    What's the difference in prices you have for the iPad 1 and the iPad 2?

    More likely than not, it's probably just worth biting the bullet and getting the latest version. Cameras and faster processor will certainly give you more bang-for-your-buck in longevity.
     
  4. georgee2face macrumors member

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    i've had both. the 2 is def. faster. unless $$ is the determining factor, I'd get the 2
     
  5. Futhark, Aug 31, 2011
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    Futhark macrumors 65816

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    In my opinion I've never seen the point in buying older models when new ones are available of anything not just iPads.

    Usually within a few days you wish you'd held off and saved a little longer to get the better product.
     
  6. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    Go with an iPad 2 if money isn't a problem. The hardware is so much better than the 1st gen, it'll last longer.
     
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    It ultimately depends on what you're going to do with the product. You can get an iPad 1 for what, 300 now? That's 200 less than a new 2; if you are only going to use the thing to type documents, look at pictures, surf the net, and watch video, the 1 will suffice.

    Everyone here seems to be referencing the idea of "future proofing" and getting the "best" machine you can get; however, if you aren't going to ever max out the capabilities of the first, there's no logical reason to get the 2nd.

    Unless you want a white bezel (which isn't good at all, IMO (distraction when looking at things)) or the cameras, OR you're going to be using some of the newer, more intuitive applications, the 1 would be great.
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Instead of checking how much you safe, just take an amount of money that you wish to spend and see how much you get for the money. For example, take $499. You get an iPad2 with 16 GB. Right now you can get an iPad 1 with 64GB, or an iPad 1 with 32GB and 3G for exactly the same amount; both refurbished.
     
  9. cperry2 macrumors regular

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    Assuming both are the same price:

    iPad 1 will offer
    - more internal storage

    iPad 2 will offer
    - a device you are more likely to hold (don't discount this)
    - a smoother garageband experience
    - video chat (full screen skype!), if that is your thing
    - a longer software upgrade cycle (my observation is ios devices are shut out of the upgrade cycle after three years, but anything can happen)
    - the smart cover (again, if you like the idea)

    This being said, if you can find an ipad 1 16Gb at $299 as they are known to have been in apple's refurb section, that could be worthwhile if you are on a tight budget.

    Overall, I'd say go with the ipad 2 unless you are on a budget and can find a good deal.

    Or hell, even wait for the 3 because the doubled resolution is going to be a big deal.
     

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