The best thing about Apple’s new iPad is that the price of the first and second generation models has come down.
While this doesn’t necessarily speak to the deficiencies of the latest model, it does demonstrate that Apple did not choose to re-invent the wheel with its latest device, launched in March, 2012. Once the announcement was made, I had the same question that many consumers asked themselves. Why should I upgrade to a third-generation iPad?
To find the answer, we must first look at the newest features of the third generation model. First, Apple claims its new iPad has a display four times better than the iPad 2. To me, this feature provides very little of an excitement factor – I’m sure many consumers feel the same way. In terms of resolution, the iPad 2 does more than enough in terms of high-resolution video, and this being a primary marketing feature of the new iPad tends to hurt the newest device in its influence of existing iPad users.
Next, the 4G LTE functionality is so new, that it may be best to wait until the network becomes more prominent and reliable. It should also be considered that users who want to get in on a base model will likely not be attracted by this feature as there are Wi-Fi only models to choose from. The 3G network on the major carriers, Verizon and AT&T run fast enough to meet the needs of most users – in other words, the extra speed is a luxury that is not necessary for enjoyment of the device considering the price difference.
Here’s where the new iPad begins to get attractive: It comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera and full HD 1080p video recording capability. If photo and video capturing are important to you, then it may make the decision a little less cut-and-dry when it comes to a decision between an iPad 2 and the new iPad. However, users who either have the original model or have yet to experience the device in any capacity should find the iPad 2 suits them just fine. Keep in mind, the iPad 2 is the first model in the series that captures video in any capacity.
Dictation capability is another feature being touted with the new iPad. This feature alone once again just doesn’t get me excited, even when coupled with all of the others.
And then there’s the heat problem. While not a deal-breaker for some users, the fact that people have reported the device running hot is cause for some concern and may dissuade some from getting into the market with a third-generation model iPad. To be fair, I spoke to some users who say that it doesn’t affect comfort whatsoever, but is noticeable at the same time.
For now, I’m just not sold on the newest offering from Apple, and as an iPad 2 owner, I have every reason to stand pat as a consumer.
Michael C. Jones is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor in Technology and a proud iPad 2 owner, following the latest news and notes with respect to all Apple products.
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