Should I buy an iPad 2?

Should I buy an iPad 2?

Summary: "Should I buy an iPad 2?" is a question that many of you seem to be asking yourselves (and me). Well, here are my thoughts ...

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"Should I buy an iPad 2?" is a question that many of you seem to be asking yourselves (and me). Well, here are my thoughts ...

First off, let me make one thing clear. This post is NOT aimed at those of you who have already made up your mind to buy an iPad 2 (and who might already be standing in line). This post is also NOT aimed at those of you who hate the iPad, everything it stands for, and who believe it to be a more evil thing than Jar Jar Binks. This post is for those of you who are sitting on the fence with a few hundred bucks to spare, wondering if the iPad 2 is the device for you.

OK, so should you buy an iPad 2? Well, let me start off by asking YOU a question - Do you already own an iPad? Why do I ask this? Because if you do, think carefully about why you think you really want the iPad 2. Is it the front/rear facing cameras? Is it because it's thinner? Lighter? Faster CPU or GPU? The fact that you can get it in white? The ability to run iMovie or GarageBand? Verizon support? I offer these points up really to point out that the differences between the iPad 1 and iPad 2 aren't that spectacular. The iPad 2 is an incremental upgrade compared to the iPad 1, not a monumental shift in design or technology.

That said, if you are willing to sell your existing iPad 1 you might be able to get a good price for it - there seems to be a feeding frenzy for second-hand iPads at the moment. You could use the cash you raised to finance your iPad 2 purchase.

But I'm still going to urge caution for existing iPad owners. The more I look at the iPad 2, the less I see that makes it a compelling upgrade for existing those who already have an iPad. The screen is the same, the speakers don't seem much better, the battery life is the same, and the overall footprint of the device is the same. The iPad 2 is an evolutionary upgrade, not a revolutionary one. Its purpose seems primarily to tempt those who've resisted so far.

Note: We'll have a better idea of what's really changed between the iPad 1 and iPad 2 when we see a teardown.

What if you don't own an iPad but desperately want to jump on the tablet bandwagon? Well, now's a good time to think about buying because you have a number of options. Your first option is to wait for the iPad 2 and jump onto the new wave right from the beginning. Prices are exactly the same as the old iPad lineup so you've lost nothing by holding out.

Alternatively, you could pick up an existing iPad 1 from Apple for $100 less than the sticker price, which offers a remarkable saving. Or you could pick up a secondhand iPad - there's plenty of them out there, but remember that you have no idea what you're getting.

Alternatively, you could take a look at the competition. In my mind much of the competition don't compare well to the iPad (especially on price), but perhaps a Motorola Xoom or an HP TouchPad might be better suited to your tablet needs. If you've waited this long, you might find it beneficial to do a little shopping around.

Note: For existing iPad owners who've bought iPad apps switching to a non-Apple tablet will mean buying new apps, so for most this isn't a viable option.

What am I doing? I'm an iPad 1 owner and find it very useful for both content creation and consumption (whoever said the iPad was only for content consumption was an idiot), but right now I don't see myself upgrading to the iPad 2. The only part of the iPad 2 that interests me is the camera which I might use for FaceTime or Skype, but the truth is that my iPhone 4 is never that far away from me, so I doubt that it would get much usage.

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  • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

    No.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Really, no surprise here

      @Loverock Davidson

      However, have you checked out this ZDNet blog posted today about the X220 tablet?

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/lenovo-announces-x220-and-x220-tablet-with-sandy-bridge/5249?tag=mantle_skin;content

      If I recall your past comments correctly, this product should be your ideal tablet design and something you would wait in line to purchase. (I'm not being facetious, either)
      kenosha77a
      • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

        @kenosha7777
        Just looked at it, that is pretty nice and is more interesting to me than the current crop of tablets.
        Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @Loverock Davidson

      You, sir, need an iPad now! It will revolutionize your life! You'll never use a desktop or laptop again!
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        He could use that x220 tablet. It seems like a good product.
        kenosha77a
      • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

        @Kenosha777

        Hell, I could use that tablet too. Thinkpads are nice machines!
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Same again; this post is NOT for you!

        @Cylon Centurion 0005
        Please stick to the MS blogs, and take the rest of the MS trolls with you.
        rahbm
      • It's even MORE magical and revolutionary..

        @Cylon Centurion 0005 Like TWO unicorn Che Gueveras.
        TheWerewolf
    • iPad 2 is the only game in town (no competition)

      Why do I make such a ridiculous statement??
      Because it's true.
      But, it's only true if you're a musician or videographer...
      and you're looking at a tablet to create on....
      and you don't want a Windows tablet.
      Neither the iPad 1 or any Android tablet offers Garageband and iMovie.
      In that regard the iPad 2 is the only game in town.
      camcost@...
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @Loverock Davidson Just "no" troll boy, your not going to spew all kinds of FUD as usual. What's the matter, did MS finally cut you loose or are you just sick, I mean sicker than usual. Get a real job you moron.
      Goldcds
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @Loverock Davidson
      Were you unable to read "This post is also NOT aimed at those of you who hate the iPad, everything it stands for, and who believe it to be a more evil thing than Jar Jar Binks."?

      Would the MS trolls PLEASE stick to the MS-related blogs and leave articles like this for those of us who actually interested in what Adrian has to say.
      rahbm
    • Message has been deleted.

      man_strosity
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @Loverock Davidson

      The fan-boy censors deleted my post, so I'll reiterate my point. If you have any integrity or ethics, then no, you won't even consider buying an iPad2, iPad1, or any other iTunes lock-down device which hinges on anti-competitive behavior to gain market share.

      Or, you're a sheep, and yyyaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, you will.
      man_strosity
  • If you're going to go Apple, go early.

    General consensus is that we'll see another, perhaps more revolutionary, iPad announced in September for the Holiday quarter. If that's the case, buying an iPad2 sooner, rather than later, allows you to get some amortization in before the newer, (almost assuredly much) more powerful iPad3 makes its debut.
    matthew_maurice
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @matthew_maurice,
      I think General consensus is actually a conglomeration of iPad competitors. Their own future products announcements do nothing to slow down the iPad train. So they have taken to creating FUD to slow down iPad adoption. Apple's past practices on product releases would seem to indicate an early release of the iPad 3 would be highly unlikely.
      YaBaby
      • Agreed

        @YaBaby

        Apple seems to have been very careful to stick to it's annual upgrade cycle for most/all of it's products. Nothing Apple has done seems to indicate they are ready to change that course. I think it removes a lot of uncertainty. Consumers know approximately how long they have to wait if they don't like this years product. It probably helps with parts/accessory suppliers as well, they know they have 1 year to make whatever they are going to make off this years design before it's time to retool.
        oncall
      • I'll go with Gruber on this one.

        @YaBaby <a href="http://daringfireball.net/2011/02/the_next_six_months" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://daringfireball.net/2011/02/the_next_six_months</a> <br><br>He was pretty much spot-on with the first part (re: iPad 2), so I like his idea of iPad HD, which could simply be something along the lines of an iPad2 with with a 2048 by 1536 "retina display" and. perhaps. slightly upgraded CPU/GPU.<br><br>I understand your consideration of Apple sticking to "tried and true" timelines. As Gruber states Apple <i>is</i> a predictable company, but it's more a matter of one being able to predict that Apple's product releases will come at the time of Apple's choosing every cycle rather than on a timely cycle of Apple's choosing.
        matthew_maurice
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @matthew_maurice:
      Take that consensus with a very larger grain of salt. Apple has proven over the last 4-5 years that they like consistency. They schedule product releases with that consistency in mind. An iPad 3 release before this time in 2012 would truly shock me...and most of the people that actually follow Apple's business practices. Even if they had a Retina Display spec'd out and ready to roll in June, history shows that they will simply sit on it until the 1 year iPad refresh mark comes around. That way they do not create a LOT of bad blood with their (often) rabid fan base that just dropped $500+ on that iPad 2. Contrary to some naysayers belief, Apple really does cherish their very high customer satisfaction grades.
      tmhale13
      • Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

        @tmhale13 Apple likes to do what's best for Apple. Early spring iPad releases aren't particularly good for Apple. It's a pure consumer commodity play, despite what the enterprise channel guys think, so it makes [b]much[/b] more sense for it to take the (increasingly irrelevant) iPod announcement spot in September. With it's natural lead-in to the Holidays.

        As for sitting on millions of retina displays for a year, well that's just ludicrous. If that is indeed what Apple has made it's $4 [b]billion[/b] "strategic" purchases on, then they'll want those out into consumer hands (with business booked) as soon as possible, and you couldn't ask for a better time for [i]that[/i] than Q1 FY2012, which for Apple is the Oct-Dec Holiday quarter.
        matthew_maurice
    • RE: Should I buy an iPad 2?

      @matthew_maurice The "general consensus" is flat wrong. The iPad is on an annual upgrade path. The device being developed that is being mistakenly called an iPad3 is in reality an enlarged iPod Touch. Will it ship this fall? Probably. Will it have all the functionality the iPad2 has? Unlikely, but it will have a better aspect ratio for viewing HD video.
      TheLoneDeranger