Which Apple iPad should you choose?
Author: Matt Published: March 26th, 2012 1:00 PM
Which Apple iPad should I choose?
If you’re looking to purchase an Apple iPad, there are a few things you need to consider. Are you going to really notice the Retina Display, use the upgraded 5-megapixel camera or use the new 4G connectivity? If you answered no to any of those, then you might want to take a look at this guide on choosing the right iPad.
First off, why do you need an iPad at all?
Well, the iPad has been around for a few years now and offers a lightweight and easy-to-carry alternative to carrying around a MacBook.
Also, with the ability to download thousands of useful applications, which can range from games to productivity applications, the iPad is becoming a very popular device that could potentially replace your MacBook or laptop.
Obviously that would depend on what you use your laptop for, but with Apple’s new iPhoto application, even things such as graphic design are becoming much easier to do whilst using a tablet.
The iPad is also an excellent device for watching movies aswell so why not check out all the different online streaming services out there such as LOVEFiLM or Netflix. By doing a bit of research you can find which best suits you by signing up to a LOVEFiLM or netflix free trial today.
What are the differences between the first-generation iPad, second-generation iPad and the new iPad?
Well, to put it simply, not much at all really. The first-generation iPad is still a brilliant device that runs extremely well.
The only features that it lacks, when compared with the new iPad, are things such as the Retina Display, it weighs a little more, the design is different and the hardware is slightly less impressive than the new iPad’s.
However, even the first-generation iPad has specs that are better than some newer tablets; it still features a 1GHz single-core processor, 256MB of RAM and is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options.
If you’re not too bothered about gaming and would just be using your iPad to be browsing the web, checking email, playing the odd game of Angry Birds, then the first-gen iPad would be a great choice.
If you’re interested in all of the above, as well some slightly hard-core gaming and graphics editing, the iPad 2 is where it’s at. A new design, dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM are what have been changed here.
With the exclusion of the of new iPad’s Retina Display and quad-core graphics (the iPad 2 features the dual-core SGX543MP2 GPU, which is the same one that’s found inside the iPhone 4S), the iPad 2 is pretty much a new iPad. And seen as though the CPU has not changed, from the 1GHz dual-core processor found in the iPad 2, you won’t see any performance increases at all really.
With all of this in mind, you might be asking “Why would anyone buy the new iPad then?”
Well, even though the hardware upgrades in the new iPad aren’t too impressive, it still has a lot to offer including a 5-megapixel camera, capable of recording in 1080p HD, an improved battery to cope with the Retina Display so you still receive 10 hours of battery life, quad-core graphics for even more impressive gaming and 4G capabilities (only really useful for US customers at the moment).
So, if you’re actually going to be using the camera on the new iPad (which is actually very impressive compared with the iPad 2’s very poor 0.7-megapixel camera), be playing a lot of graphics heavy games and would actually prefer an insanely high-quality display, then you might want to consider purchasing the new iPad over the iPad 2.
However, we’d recommend purchasing the iPad 2 for now and waiting until the fourth-generation iPad next year, which should feature a whole new design and some very impressive hardware upgrades.
You can check out what we thought of the new Apple iPad by reading our review here.
Take a look at the next couple of pages to find out more about the pricing for the Apple iPad 2 and new iPad on UK networks.