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Pros and Cons of the New iPad 2012

5 Reasons to Skip the New iPad

Should I buy a new iPad? That's the question on everyone's mind after Apple announced the new iPad today in San Francisco. We've already touched on four reasons to splurge on the new iPad, but what if you're on the fence? Here, five reasons why you might want to skip the new iPad altogether.

  • You don't consume a lot of media — The biggest upgrade to the new iPad is its Retina display. With a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution and 246 pixels per inch, this iPad is a stunner. As Apple puts it, it's "resolutionary." But if you aren't into watching movies, checking out photos, videos, catalogs, and magazines on a tablet, the new iPad might not impress you enough for a purchase.
  • You've tried tablets, but prefer your laptop — If you've tried using a tablet before but always find yourself picking up your laptop to work, you can probably skip the new iPad and all other tablets for that matter. Some folks just aren't "tablet people," and find them harder to navigate, use, and work on. If that's the case for you, just skip it.
  • You never use your iPad camera — The new iPad comes with a 5MP rear-facing iSight camera that is capable of shooting 1080p video with some cool footage stabilization features that kick shaky vids to the curb. Unfortunately, the forward-facing camera is still VGA-quality. How many times have you actually shot some video (or took photos for that matter) with your iPad camera? If you can't recall the last time you fired up your iPad's cam, this feature might not be worth your dollars.
  • You don't have a ton of cash to spend — On a budget? The new iPad starts at $499, which is competitively priced based on its competition, but isn't a price tag to scoff at. If you really want to dip your toes into the tablet scene, consider picking up an iPad 2, which just got a price reduction to $399 for WiFi-only, and $529 for WiFi + 3G.
  • You already have an iPad 2 — While the upgrades to the new iPad are impressive, they may not be worth your cash if you already have, and love, an iPad 2. Sure, better screen resolution would be nice, but it's not a deal breaker. 4G LTE speeds would be a great addition, but your 3G is working just fine for you. I'd say, if you're totally happy with your iPad 2, stick with it for now. And if you just have to buy it (even though you don't need it), sell your iPad 2 on Ebay and put that cash towards an upgrade.

Will you be buying the new iPad? Check out four reasons why you might want to splurge.

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booyah5 booyah5 3 years
I already have. I'm not crazy about the VGA camera - was hoping for at least 720p front facing camera - but I've waited long enough. I'm looking forward to using it for online banking stuff. Using my windows computer for that creeps me out! Android tablets creep me out for that too.   I'm looking forward to that high res display as well.   I hope mine comes on the 16th and not delayed as I've heard. I ordered on the announcement day.
Michael2416111 Michael2416111 3 years
It's not competitively priced compared with the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire, but of course those lack a lot of its capabilties.
BlackGym BlackGym 3 years
@Jeffrey2411096 - Thanks for the reply... glad to know I'm not alone!
Jeffrey2411096 Jeffrey2411096 3 years
 @gberke Hi I am trying to figure out drop box now. Also you can contact me at buderman@gmail.com. I am always willing to talk more about these things. I currently do not have a venue where I speak about purely tech issues related to human empowerment and development but I plan to post some things on my blog. Ill let you know where and when I get some things up.
Jeffrey2411096 Jeffrey2411096 3 years
 @6PackMa Hi I appreciate your comments and I think thats really my point is that the culture has not evolved to what it is now by accident it was the personal imprint and ego of Steve Jobs. That both led Apple to its current greatness and in my view will also be ultimate downfall. You could of course say that nothing lasts forever but in my view it is important to consider the legacy that we give to the world and particularly the people that will inherit that world from us. Thus in my view Jobs and Apple are a modern tragedy in the sense that they provide a lot of great things and ideas but just because they were able to accept what you point out above - they run the risk of being another almost great story of how technology empowered humanity.
2415666 2415666 3 years
Interesting that no other tablet maker has the desire or ability to really challenge the ipad. I really enjoy mine, but I do see that Haleron has a new 9.7 inch tablet with 10+ hours of usability and Android 4.0. The Haleron Tablet uses the same Device as the iPad, dual cameras, 1GB RAM and all at half the price i paid goe my iPad. But really, for me, it is the content that Apple offers that makes the difference. I believe if an Android maker goes with content offers, they could have a competitive device.
BlackGym BlackGym 3 years
My reasons for not upgrading to the new IPad: 1. I hate they have not allowed it to have more windows open at a time. I have to click one open. Then close then click another app... REALLY. 2. There is still no flash... I want a flash! 3. They have not opened their minds for sharing ideas/inventions....Note Adobe! Adobe has some great apps especially their forms and creating a demo training presentation as a .pdf document! 4. Apple is not perfect... my IPad2 app froze the 2nd day.... I wasn't happy I had to reset everything after loading all my info and pictures. Sorry I'm just saying... I love Apple but they do have to get open their minds to working with other industries/ideas!
gberke gberke 3 years
Jeffrey2411096: that's really interesting!  I have to agree with you on several points: I find iTunes synching  and moving of data to and from devices to be clunky and limiting... one can't just go to the docked device and click/drag/delete things... the old download and install process with zip to package to volume is arcane, that kind of stuff... but it seems you have a lot more to say about where the platform is not empowering people and what might be needed... love to read what you have to say.  Oh, and the iCloud... that's confusing, even after one has done all the upgrade upon upgrade to get there...  why not just a drop box kind of connection for lots of things: sync or swim... sometimes I like to swim.
Jeffrey2411096 Jeffrey2411096 3 years
I am not necessarily against  "5 reasons" or top ten type blog posts. However all the reasons were based on features of the hardware. With Apple products - with the exception of those stupid and clunky CD drivers that look real slick but work like crap - it seems they have figured out a way to make products on a pretty consistent level that are very reliable have great build quality and look great. I think thats why Apple is doing so exceptionally well now with the highest corporation stock valuation on the planet. However the other - and more ugly side of Apply - is that its software and systems integration is not that good and can be very frustrating to the end-user.   So despite all the hype of how Apple is for creative, free thinking and innovative people, I do really find that such rhetoric is without much substance. Apple has created a culture around its products and that is its notable success (besides its ability to contract out products that are well built and based on obviously powerful and solid designs).  The problem is that this is not really a culture where people are critically challenging each other and the company and its supply chain to make the products better and more effective in doing jobs that we computer users need done. In fact, I would say its become like a cult and the people who are "buying it" are not able to critically see how much of a rip off the Apple mystique really is. I feel its gotten to the point where its affecting the future of electronics and even the nation and world's future because the tech sector is definitely the most influential one outside of marketing and finance and of course the military and intelligence services. Maybe that sounds a bit absurd, but consider that 10 years ago, people were really concerned about the lack of OS choices. While that concern seems to have evaporated with the fall of the PC and the rise of the tablet and smart phone, the tendency of dominant groups to try to dominate the society and world economy in unhealthy ways has not. With Apple the concern is more to me about a company who has followed a model that promises "more" than the typical "corporate technocracy" model but does not truly deliver. In fact all they are doing is putting a slick and sexy covering over the reality that their company operates just like the parody of the corporate world put forward in the Dilbert comic strip.   The Bottom Line is that Apple products are not designed to truly empower the consumer or dare I say human being. With the Ipad I have found as a user it only reinforces my sense of frustration at not being able to example easily download multiple pictures I just took to the Internet or to another computer (without having to deal with issues regarding iTunes on my computer communicating with the ipad) or just send via email. Maybe there is a App somewhere that can do this, but it should not be that difficult and I recall that with my Transformer it was not as difficult.   So I dont really care about how Apple works or looks at the mechanical or physical level if they really don't care about how I feel about how it works for me in doing everyday tasks. And this has been a common theme for me in using several Apple products over the years and technology in general. Maybe there is some secret I have not figured out yet that all dedicated Apple users know, but honestly I just think Jobs created some kind of cult phenomena around Apple that is not really real or productive to people wanting to effectively get things done. Its too bad too because, I think there is some potential that idea that Apple very successfully represented and articulated in the early days of its success claiming to "think different" and supposedly encouraging its users to do so as well. While its products are well made and look great - I don't think their is a genuine commitment to that vision.   Maybe I am naive for believing in corporate marketing campaigns but I wanted to believe and still want to believe that corporations can do well financially, while still doing good for society and humanity. And yes I don't buy into the idea that most corporations today are actually doing that - quite the reverse in my opinion. Yet I will strive at least on a personal level towards that and try to support people and organizations putting forward technologies that seem to be at least reflecting a genuine struggle towards making that "Utopian vision" a practical reality in our lives.  
Jeffrey2411096 Jeffrey2411096 3 years
I am not necessarily against  "5 reasons" or top ten type blog posts. However all the reasons were based on features of the hardware. With Apple products - with the exception of those stupid and clunky CD drivers that look real slick but work like crap - it seems they have figured out a way to make products on a pretty consistent level that are very reliable have great build quality and look great. I think thats why Apple is doing so exceptionally well now with the highest corporation stock valuation on the planet. However the other - and more ugly side of Apply - is that its software and systems integration is not that good and can be very frustrating to the end-user.   So despite all the hype of how Apple is for creative, free thinking and innovative people, I do really find that such rhetoric is without much substance. Apple has created a culture around its products and that is its notable success besides its ability to contract out products that are well built and based on obviously powerful and solid designs.  The problem is that this is not really a culture where people are critically challenging each other and the company and its supply chain to make the products better and more effective in doing jobs that we computer users need done. In fact, I would say its become like a cult and the people who are "buying it" are not able to critically see how much of a rip off the Apple mystique really is. I feel its gotten to the point where its affecting the future of electronics and even the nation and world's future because the tech sector is definitely the most influential one outside of marketing and finance and of course the military and intelligence services. Maybe that sounds a bit absurd, but consider that 10 years ago, people were really concerned about the lack of OS choices. While that concern seems to have evaporated with the fall of the PC and the rise of the tablet and smart phone, the tendency of dominant groups to try to dominate the society and world economy in unhealthy ways has not. With Apple the concern is more to me about a company who has followed a model that promises "more" than the typical "corporate technocracy" model but does not truly deliver. In fact all they are doing is putting a slick and sexy covering over the reality that their company operates just like the parody of the corporate world put forward in the Dilbert comic strip.   The Bottom Line is that Apple products are not designed to truly empower the consumer or dare I say human being. With the Ipad I have found as a user it only reinforces my sense of frustration at not being able to example easily download multiple pictures I just took to the Internet or to another computer (without having to deal with issues regarding iTunes on my computer communicating with the ipad) or just send via email. Maybe there is a App somewhere that can do this, but it should not be that difficult and I recall that with my Transformer it was not as difficult.   So I dont really care about how Apple works or looks at the mechanic of physical level if they really don't care about how I feel about how it works for me in doing everyday things like this. And this has been a common theme for me in using several Apple products over the years. Maybe there is some secret I have not figured out yet that all dedicated Apple users know, but honestly I just think Jobs created some kind of cult phenomena around Apple that is not really real or productive to people wanting to effectively get things done. Its too bad too because, I think there is some potential that idea that Apple very successfully represented and articulated in the early days of its success claiming to "think different" and supposedly encouraging its users to do so as well. While its products are well made and look great - I don't think their is a genuine commitment to that vision.   Maybe I am naive for believing in corporate marketing campaigns but I wanted to believe and still want to believe that corporations can do well financially while still doing good for society and humanity. Yet I will strive at least on a personal level towards that and try to support people putting forward technologies that seem to be at least reflecting a genuine struggle towards making that Utopian vision a practical reality in our lives.   
Jeffrey2411096 Jeffrey2411096 3 years
I am not necessarily against  "5 reasons" or top ten type blog posts. However all the reasons were based on features of the hardware. With Apple products with the exception of those stupid and clunky CD drivers that look real slick but work like crap are very reliable have great build quality and look great. OK I think thats why Apple is do so exceptionally well now. However the other and more ugly side of Apply is that its software and systems integration is not that good.   So despite all the hype of how Apple is for creative, free thinking and innovative people I do really find that as having much substance. Its become like a cult and the people who are buying it are not able to critically see how much a rip off the Apple mystique really is to the point where its affecting the future of electronics and even the nation and world's future. Maybe that sounds a bit absurd, but consider that 10 years ago people were really concerned about the lack of OS choices. While that concern has evaporated with Apple the concern is more to me about a company who has followed a model that promises more but does not truly deliver.   The Bottom Line is that Apple products are not designed to truly empower the consumer. With the Ipad I have found as a user it only reinforces my sense of frustration at not being able to example easily download multiple pictures I just took to the Internet or to another computer (without having to deal with issues regarding iTunes) or just send via email. Maybe there is a App somewhere that can do this but it should not be that difficult and I recall that with my Transformer it was not as difficult.   So I dont really care about how Apple works or looks at the mechanic of physical level if they really care about how I feel about how it works for me in doing everyday things like this. And this has been a common theme for me in using several Apple products over the years. Maybe there is some secret I have not figured out yet that all dedicated Apple users know but honestly I just think Jobs created some kind of cult phenomena around Apple that is not really real or productive to people wanting to effectively get things done. Its too bad too because I think there is some potential that in that Apple represented in claiming to "think different" and supposedly encouraging its users to do so as well. And that its products are well made and look great - but to me thats not enough.
Roger2409793 Roger2409793 3 years
Here's a blog headline for you: "5 Reasons to stop making '5 Reason' blog postings"..... 
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 3 years
 @gberke Thank you! Hopefully it helps make the decision easier! 
gberke gberke 3 years
Great way to provide a review: reasons to buy, reasons not to buy.  Well done.
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