So what REALLY going to benefit from the A5?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by No1up, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. No1up macrumors regular

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    Just a small speed bump...

    I can see if you game a lot this would be great, but if I don't do much gaming, what good is the new A5 to me?

    I sold my 32g wifi iPad for $525 I am ready to upgrade, but thinking about it now, and I can't think of a thing that I would see a real benefit, that's really shows you how well the iPad 1 is put together lol... Really though, what are some of your thoughts on this? Or should I just pick up a 64GB for $450?
     
  2. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    Given that the system always has multiple processes running, pretty much everything is going to benefit from having two cores. The faster graphics unit should also make a big difference to most things, whether its 3D graphics in a game or just a regular app that has some fancy Core Animation.
     
  3. Nishi100, Mar 7, 2011
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    Nishi100 macrumors 6502a

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    Everything is faster, and things like web page rendering will be faster, so will opening apps, switching apps, animations will be faster.

    Basically, everything will be faster.

    But, I think you have to conciser if you need cameras, as the iPad 1 is plenty fast.

    The A5 on its own is enough to make me upgrade, but the two cameras are.

    I would re-buy the iPad 1 and wait for the iPad 3, as that will be even faster and have better cameras.
     
  4. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. From an earlier speed test comparison thread, it looks like it's just a 35% speed bump in normal, day-to-day use (web browsing, book reading, videos/music, running typical apps). Also not into cameras, taking pictures on this device, or gaming. I decided to keep iPad1 and wait for iPad3, for what I think will be more significant improvements.
     
  5. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    My ARMH stock is, hopefully, going to benefit. :p
     
  6. darngooddesign, Mar 7, 2011
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    darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Would you rather use a MacBook from 2006 with 1GB of RAM or a MacBook from 2010 with 2GB of RAM?
     
  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Same here. To put a 35% speed increase into context, consider how much time you spend waiting on your ipad in current usage. Answer will vary person by person -- for me, it's rare I'm waiting on my ipad, so a speed increase while nice just doesn't seem to be enough (by itself) to justify an upgrade. Nor do the other improvements, given what I use my ipad for.

    Should my needs change and/or new apps or iOS versions change that, I'll reevaluate. For now, sticking with my ipad1 and enjoying the show. :)
     
  8. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    The speed increase alone is going to be enough of a reason for me to upgrade.

    Just like the change from the iPhone 3G to 3GS and 4. Really changed the user experience.
     
  9. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

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    More importantly, that's 35% WITHOUT using dual core. ;)
     
  10. No1up thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hehe I'm still gonna get the iPad2 I have to! I really just wante to know what some of you thought.. 64gb iPad 1 $400-450 or 16gb ipad2 $550+case.. ??
     

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