Which Generation iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MacDann, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    I am in the process of selling my older MacBook Pro, the proceeds of which I am going to use to fund the purchase of an iPad.

    Because my funds are limited, I will most likely purchase a first or second generation iPad. My only requirement is that it have 3G. Other than that, I don't have any real particulars as far as what I need.

    My question is this:

    Is the difference in features between the first and second generation iPads significant enough to warrant considering only a seconds generation device?

    I realize the first generation iPads had no camera or HDMI, but neither of these features is something I would probably use anyway.

    With this in mind, would you think it matters which generation I should go with? The big difference will be in the memory size, as I can get a used first generation 64GB iPad for about the same price that a 16GB second generation iPad would cost me. Is memory that big of a deal? I am not a hard core gamer nor do I have a lot of music/movies/apps that I use on mobile devices.

    I would appreciate anyone's opinions on this - please be specific if you could, as that will help me to better understand which direction to take.

    TIA,

    MacDann
     
  2. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    yes do not get an ipad 1st gen. the 2nd gen is muuuuuch better. faster, thinner, better screen.

    to be honest ive always had a 16gb iphone, i figured my ipad 3rd gen would be fine with 16gb, but i find myself filling it up rather fast :/ maybe due to the new retina apps having much large sizes, or the fact that i play many more games on my ipad then iphone.
     
  3. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    My only recommendation for essential feature is a warranty. You won't likely find a 1st gen that still has warranty coverage, so do yourself a favor and get a refurbished 2nd gen from Apple.
     
  4. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Double the RAM and a dual-core processor.
     
  5. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Apple still sells 1st Gen iPad's and they also come with a 1 year warranty possibly two years depending on the CC you use for purchase. Last time I checked, Apple had 1st Gen 32GB iPad's for $349.
     
  6. MacDann thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, this is great!

    Much of what has been posted so far I pretty much knew, but wasn't totally sure about. Guess I was just looking for validation...

    Thanks, everyone! I'll continue to monitor the thread, but it already looks like an iPad 2 is the best choice.

    MacDann
     
  7. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    I stand corrected, they do have them in the refurb store. In that case, I'd still get a 2nd gen.
     
  8. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Given the choice i'd go with a refurbed 32 GB iPad 2. Oh wait I already did. :D
     
  9. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    I guess we'll have more information after WWDC about iOS6 hardware requirments, but 2nd gen will definitely buy more future compatibility.
     
  10. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    I told you guys. The 2 and the 3 are pretty close in performance. :)
     
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    The difference between iPad 1 and iPad 2 is like night and day. The difference between iPad 2 and iPad 3 is nominal. I brought my iPad 2 into BestBuy whenthe iPad 3 came out to do a side-by-side comparison tp match screen, speed, etc. Very little difference. The screen on the iPad 2 was already awesome. Retina display only bumped up the quality slightly.

    Go with iPad 2 and save some $$$$.
     
  12. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    i have to disagree double the pixels, packing more pixels than a 27" imac is more than nominal... especially the fact that its 1/3 as much surface area, that would be revolutionary. double the ram, rear camera and GPU is all cheese on top.


    the ipad 1 to 2 was a pretty big change too, but nothing that other tablets didnt offer already (size, processor, ram, vga camera)
     
  13. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    As someone who owns a first gen, to be honest it's feeling rather dated lately. iOS 5 can be sluggish at times and there are an increasing number of apps that won't run on it. I definitely recommend getting a second gen.
     
  14. Liquinn Suspended

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    After owning two Macs; the iPad to me feels like a toy xD.

    I may wait for the 2013 iPad I guess. But for you? It's up to you. :p
     
  15. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Don't be surprised if the iPad 4th Gen is just a tweaked version of what's already available. ;)
     
  16. MacDann thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hadn't looked closely at the refurbs of late - the iPad 2 is well within my means, so it would be silly to go with the first gen model.

    I'll get the better processor, camera and video out, too.

    MacDann
     
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    I just didn't see a big difference when I looked at the new screen of the iPad 3. The iPad 2 screen was already very good.
     
  19. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Owning all three versions of iPad.

    Avoid iPad 1. Outdated unless you just plan on doing basic email and ebooks. Web browsing is sluggish.

    Performance wise. iPad 2 and new iPad are almost identical. The CPU is basically the same duo core. Of course the graphics chip in the new iPad is much better. But it has to be in order to power the retina screen.

    As others have stated. Get a refurnished iPad 2 on apple.com that comes with full warranty. The refurbished iPad 2 goes quickly on apple.com.
     
  20. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Why is it they always have the 64GB model available? They must not be as popular as the 16 and 32.
     
  21. jgc macrumors regular

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    If you think about people who are buying refurb iPad 2's with the new iPad out, it's mainly people who are budget-minded looking for a great deal. So they're not necessarily looking for the most storage. It's also quite a hike in price from 32 gb to 64 gb (less so than from 16 gb to 32 gb). Also for the same price as the old 64 gb, you can get the new 16 gb. For the same price, lots of people might opt for the newer tech.
     
  22. Medic311 macrumors 68000

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    my recommendation is to buy an iPad 2 refurb. i bought an iPad 2 16GB wifi only model for $319. since you want 3G it will be $449. still a pretty good deal in my eyes.

    the refurbs are essentially brand new:

    - new outer shell
    - new battery
    - new charger
    - new box
    - 1 year warranty
    - option to purchase $99 AppleCare+ for 2 yrs of warranty coverage

    i am a professional engineer career wise so naturally i am more familiar with Windows, however ever since i made the switch from a Blackberry Curve to the iPhone 4S, i've had my sights set on an iPad. i was all set to buy the iPad 3 until i saw a deal on slickdeals for an iPad 2 refurb 16GB model for $319 (when Apple made the price reduction). i had never thought about purchasing a refurb model until i did more research and realized that Apple replaces everything except the internal boards and gives you a year warranty. that's a good deal. so for me, $499 wasn't worth it...but $319 i could justify


    go with an iPad 2 wifi+3G 16GB . i recommend verizon over AT&T, but that's just my personal preference. one might have better coverage in your area than the other

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    i see a huge difference to tell ya the truth, but the price tag going from $319 to $499 exceeded the additional benefit of the retina display for what i would be primarily using the iPad for (games and movies).

    if i was using the iPad as a dedicated e-reader then i would have bought the new iPad w/ retina
     
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    I could be wrong there will be no iOS 6 for 1st gen iPad…...
     
  24. Markdek macrumors member

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    42% of ALL iPad sales, since the iPad 3 came out, have been iPad 2 sales......those #'s speak for themselves.
     
  25. MacDann thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sold my 15" MBP this evening and just ordered a refurb iPad 2 16GB + 3G. It should be ready for pickup at my local Apple Store late this coming week.

    Thanks to all for the opinions and info!

    MacDann
     

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