By Yale Holder

Apple released the latest version to its super successful tablet, the iPad2 which went on sale on March 11 in the US.  The iPad 2 is expected to be on sale in Canada on March 25th. 

If you are like me you will be asking yourself, should I stick with the iPad or should I upgrade to the iPad2? And if you will be purchasing the iPad for the first time then you will be wondering which one you should choose. Let’s examine the two versions of the iPad.

The differences

While there are 3 main differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad, the similarities are a lot more common. They both have same screen size and display (1024 x 768), the same storage options, same number of connections (Wifi, Wireless), and they both have the same battery life. So what are the key differences?

  1. The iPad 2 has a front and rear facing cameras while the iPad does not have any, so you can use Facetime on your iPad and other applications if needed
  2. The iPad 2 has display mirroring which allows you to connect your HDMI port to your HDTV and display your iPad on your TV screen
  3. The iPad 2 has an improved graphic display, and gyroscope for a better gaming experience

There are other smaller differences, like the fact that the iPad 2 comes with a faster processor, specifically to support gaming apps, comes with Black AND White (the iPad only comes in Black) colors and its a bit thinner. These differences don’t seem that major to me and the benefits of the faster processor is only seen with intense apps like gaming. If you take a side by side comparison of the specifications for the two products you notice very little differences between them.

 

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To upgrade or not to upgrade?

Given these differences here are my 5 reasons for not upgrading:

  1. My understanding is that with an OS version 4.3 upgrade the iPad should also have display mirroring. If I’m wrong then there is an APP  called “Display Out” for the iPad which does the same as display mirroring
  2. Gaming isn’t big for me, if it is for you then I recommend you get the iPad2 but for my uses, this is a non factor
  3. Facetime is a cool feature, but I don’t see myself using the camera on the iPad when I can use my phone to take pictures and frankly I use Skype to communicate from my notebook at specified times with my family. And to make facetime work they need an iPhone or an iPad, so for me, its a non-starter
  4. The iPad is $100 cheaper than the iPad 2, the real question is – Are the latest enhancements worth the extra price? For me the answer is no
  5. Finally the iPad currently will not be the main device in my life as I still need a computer, so given this fact most of the advanced features I will use on my notebook computer because it is where I spend most of my time. This also brings in another debate, does the tablet really fit in, but that’s another blog?

Conclusion

In short, the iPad will be sold at a discount to the iPad 2 ($100 less), comes in the same package, has most of the features of the iPad 2 and the additional features which do come on the iPad 2, I’m not buying. So for me the upgrade question is simple, not now.

Yale Holder is co-founder of  myCELLmyTERMS, a Toronto-based company that helps cell phone users negotiate wireless plans with independent dealers.
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  • Rosita

    Thanks for the article. It is very informative! I’m debating whether or not to upgrade, but there are rumours that the iPad 3 will be coming out this fall, so if anything, I will wait till then. Still not sure if I will fork out the money though, considering I won my iPad!!

  • Gisabun

    I thought Apple God (a.k.a. Steve Jobs) said there wouldn’t be a change in price – or is that in the US only.

    I also believe it is thinner.

  • RockwoodGord

    It’s not worth the upgrade for me. I love my iPad but the new features can’t justify me spending over $500.

    I will however be looking at purchasing a PlayBook. I’ve often thought of Apple products go for the “wow” factor and their target market isn’t the enterprise.