Should I upgrade to iPad 2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by KidZgOtMac, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. KidZgOtMac macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    I currently have a 16 Gig iPad and have a few buyers lined up to purchase it. That plus a little more off my paycheck and voila. I just want to know if it's totally worth upgrading. Also, Black or White... Pros and Cons?
  2. FutureStan macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Since "worth it" or "not worth it" is a money-related decision, Then it depends on how much you're going to sell you're Original iPad for.
  3. KidZgOtMac thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    Well, I don't care about the money part, money is there. I just care about if the new design and features are nice enough to get it.
  4. fanboy05 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2011
    I would wait, we have the original and the 2 In the house, and I don't think the 2 is all that faster or better in any meaningful way. If it wasn't white in color I wouldnt know the difference between the 2 because the are both In cases and since the camera is crap on the 2... I dont waste my time with it ... If Ever I need a picture i just use my iphone4 for pics and face time ect...
  5. Funnone macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    :rolleyes: Get the ipad 2 its so much faster than my 1st Gen and feels so much better in your Hands!!!!:)
  6. FutureStan macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Then absolutely, go for it.

    Design: Thinner, lighter, sleeker, flat back.

    Hardware: A5 Dual-Core processor, better graphics, double the RAM, Two cameras, Not going to replace your DSLR but they are (to the contrary of what many said) are fairly good and very much so usable, Smart cover option.

    As to which color you should get, Don't get sucked in that decision too much, both of the screens work exactly the same, it comes down to your preference, I for example Love the white, its a nice change, and looks more premium and fashionable. Of-course anyone can argue that the black one looks more professional, but I beg to differ, The white one, for example, is a much better fit for doctors than the black one IMO.
  7. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Does your old one feel slow or heavy? Do you want the cameras? Do you want Verizon? Go play with a new one and answer those simple questions.
  8. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Apart from the speed and the graphics improvements, iPad 2 just feels more sexy and complete.
  9. macbookpro45 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    The main reason I am upgrading from the iPad 1 to the iPad 2 is because of the 'guts' upgrade. I have a handful of applications that crash each month with the iPad 1, and, although it's a rare occasion, it drives me insane. From what I understand the iPad 2 will have a lot less crashed applications.
  10. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    Not "worth it"

    Really ... there is very little difference in my opinion. I upgraded and my wife took my iPad 1 so it sort of made sense. However .... the resolution on the iPad 2 camera is terrible and the screen is the same as the iPad 1. It is a little smaller and lighter. I find the "Smart Cover" to be a pain in the butt. If I had sold my iPad 1 and was hoping for a great upgrade ... I was be disappointed.

    If you don't own an iPad ... I say DEFINITELY buy an iPad 2!! However, if you are looking for a great upgrade .... save your money and wait for the iPad 3.

  11. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    I would say you should consider it. I had a first gen and felt going to 2 was a worthy upgrade. My wife has a first gen and was happy so we switched hers with my first gen 3G and sold her WiFi model. It was sold to a friend so it was not a money maker but that is fine with us.

    I love iPad 2 3G!
  12. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    If money's not the issue, go for it. I think it feels nicer and lighter in the hand, and there is definitely a noticeable speed improvement.

    White = great for outside (less reflections), great for looking at stuff with a white background, really makes colors pop. Downside: some consider it girly, some consider it distracting. Black = potentially less distracting, better for videos and things that involve a lot of black on the screen, looks more "pro."
  13. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    Don't "upgrade" to a defective product. iPad 2 has serious issues with light bleed, and it is a design/manufacturing defect. When you apply pressure or slightly bend or twist the frame, the light bleed changes along the edges of the screen. This indicates the screen is not mounted in a rigid fashion and that stresses from the front, back and sides is being improperly transferred to the LCD panel. This bothers some people but not others.

    In my opinion iPad 2 is a disappointing product all around. Yes it's a thinner, overall sexier iPad. But the cameras are shockingly bad and the screen resolution makes small fonts difficult to read or "fuzzy". The extra memory and faster processor are nice, but not must-haves. Save your money and skip the iPad 2. It's not enough of an upgrade. Seriously, it's not.
  14. shady28 macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2005
    Go for it!

    I'll break from the crowd and say yes, you should.

    I have an iPod touch 3g, my wife the Verizon iPhone 4, and now I have the iPad 2. I did a lot of looking, including seriously considering some Android tablets - esp the Nook Color, Archos variants, and the Galaxy Tab.

    I spent some time playing with both the iPad 1 and iPad 2 side by side. As others have said, it isn't revolutionary in terms of loading / switch apps or web pages. It is definitely faster though.

    I've had my iPad 2 just over a week now. I find the speed loading web pages to be just good enough, about like a netbook. When I played with an iPad 1 again recently, I found it to feel slow and just a tad jittery when rapidly swapping around apps and web sites.

    I can't help but think that is just going to get even more pronounced on the iPad 1 as more apps, and iOS itself, become optimized for two cores. Most of the speed difference right now can be attributed to the Coretex A9 vs A8 architectures used (A9 architecture is 30% faster at the same clock rate vs A8 - and the Apple A5 uses dual A9 cores).

    I always hate the idea of 'future proof' since nothing really is, but in this case I think the iPad 2 will be the de facto target for iOS tablet programmers for at least a few years. With that in mind, I say go for the iPad 2.
  15. KidZgOtMac thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    Thanks for the great insight. I think I might skip on this one & probably get a MBP since I don't own a laptop.

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