- 2 Cameras
- Same price
- White or black
- Better than the original, but not extraordinarily different.
Should I Buy an iPad 2?
Should I Upgrade to the iPad 2?
The Hawaiian vacation video clips edited by Apple employees in their promo material was clearly shot with professional equipment by professional videographers using professional techniques. If you’re expecting anything approaching similar looking footage with the iPad’s camera you’ll be sorely disappointed.
A Cheap iPad 2 Alternative
Before I write about which iPad 2 you might want to buy, you should consider all of your options, including the original iPad, assuming you don’t already have one. Apple is selling the original iPad for just $399 new (16GB WiFi only) and just $349 refurbished, with a one-year warranty. The 3G version of the original iPad with 3G can be had for just $479, which is $150 cheaper than the cheapest iPad 2 with 3G.
Which iPad 2?
- iPad 2 Color: You’ll get to choose between white or black models. The back and sides of the iPad are metallic and most of the front of the iPad 2 is the display. That leaves a thin border around the display that is either white or black. It’s mostly a question of style, but I recommend the black version since it will do a better job of framing what’s on the iPad 2′s display. There’s a reason why Apple’s MacBook Pros and professional Cinema Displays have black bezels. Most content you’ll view on your iPad, such as web pages and email has a white background and you may find your eyes wandering past the display and onto the bezel from time to time. It’s not a deal breaker if you prefer white gadgets, but it’s something to pay attention to when you go check out the iPad 2 in person.
- iPad 2 Storage Capacity: The $499 (WiFi Only) and $629 (WiFi + 3G) models come with 16GB of storage capacity. That’s not a lot of room by today’s standards, but it may be enough if you stream most of your entertainment or don’t have a massive multimedia library. You’ll want to avoid the 16GB model if you don’t like having to sync your iPad with your laptop or shuffling files around. Some iPad users with the 16GB model complain that it’s just not enough room to download all the apps or movies they want. The 32GB tends to be the ‘just right’ model for most people, while the 64GB model is overkill for most iPad users. If you’re a movie buff or are constantly shooting and editing video, the 64GB version is probably for you. Video clips and movies take up space in a hurry.
- iPad 2 Wireless Options: The most iPad 2 models come with WiFi only, which means you need to be in range of a network to get online. More and more people are carrying phones that act as wireless hotspots, making a WiFi only iPad 2 a very viable option if you want to avoid paying for the same Internet again. But if you’re looking for the most elegant mobile experience, nothing beats built-in 3G. For the first time, Apple’s offering Verizon compatible models in addition to AT&T models. You don’t have to activate the service at the time of purchase, but you do have to make up your mind about which network you want to go with. If your one of the many iPhone users disappointed with AT&T’s network, I recommend going the Verizon route. If you live in an area with excellent AT&T service then you might want to go with the AT&T since its 3G network does seem to offer faster upload/download speeds when a solid signal is available. You will of course want to take a close look at the pricing details if both AT&T and Verizon are viable options where you live.