With all of those features, applications, and possibilities you may be ready to head to the Apple store or buy online. Before you make a decision, it’s important to understand what the differences are between the two available iPad models.
High-Resolution Retina Display
High resolution retina display means you’re looking at more pixels per inch. More pixels means everything you look at from words to videos will be much clearer, sharper, and ultimately more enjoyable to look at. And if you enjoy online gaming, you’re going to be amazed by the onscreen images.
Both the iPad 2 & 3 offer a protective coating on the screen that reduces fingerprints. Because it’s a touch screen this is a valuable feature over the first generation iPads which had to be wiped down on a regular basis so you could see the screen clearly.
Camera and Video
The iPad of old didn’t have a built in camera. It wasn’t until the iPad 2 was released that a camera was available. The iPad 2 camera offers (720p) up to 30 frames per second with 5x zoom, video and photo tagging over Wi-Fi, and tap to control functionality. This means you literally touch your fingers to the screen to zoom or widen the lens and take a photo.
The iPad 3 ups the ante a bit and offers 5-megapixel with autofocus, tap to focus; face detection in still images; video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio and video stabilization – no more shaky videos! You can also use Apple’s Face Time to video chat with friends and loved ones.
Style, Shape, and Size
It should be noted that the New iPad is a little bit heavier than its predecessor. This is because the retina display takes a bit more oomph in terms of processing speed. To keep your iPad moving at lightning speed the operating system was kicked up a few notches. This makes the iPad 3 about two ounces, or .11 pounds, heavier than the iPad 2. The Wi-Fi plus cellular version adds another .02 pounds.
It’s about one millimeter thicker too. However, the standard dimensions are the same. Both the iPad 2 & 3 are 9.50 inches tall and 7.31 inches wide. If you are a fan of style you might appreciate that you can buy the New iPad in either white or black. The original iPad and the iPad 2 were only available in black.
Speed and Technology
The iPad 3 offers advanced Bluetooth technology. If you’re using a Bluetooth keyboard, headphones, printers, or other devices you will appreciate this upgrade. The battery life is the same for both available models. However, if you enjoy tons of storage you might appreciate that the iPad 3 offers up to 64GB. The iPad 2 is only available in 16.
And if you want to make sure you have 24/7 internet accessibility and choose the Wi-Fi plus cellular option you’ll be happy to know that the New iPad offers 4G. The iPad 2 is only available with 3G cellular technology.
What baffles many is that iPad has no specific role to fit in, except maybe to fulfill the desire to look and feel cool. It seems to perform well at many of its functions, even threatening to beat the competition out of their own markets. But not good enough, many suggest.
It’s a good book reader
Depending on who you ask, the reading experience with iPad is either as good as, is better than, or is nowhere near comparable with other eBook reading devices. To many who have not read with Kindle DX before, reading on an iPad is an experience that can soon replace reading of actual books. With some thoughtfulness thrown in to the design and mode of reading on iPad, it is definitely an e-book reader killer. However, for those who have already read with a Kindle, comparisons can be made that may understate iPad a bit.
A Multimedia Player
It is, without the slightest hint of doubt, among the cheapest yet best-performing multimedia player in the market these days. It has superb software that can handle high definition videos as well nearly all forms of audio files, video files, podcasts, TV shows, and music. For the most parts, having all these functions is more than worth for the $499 buyers will have to dole out for the device.
An E-Reading Device
Many have dubbed iPad as the biggest threat to Amazon’s Kindle. Despite Kindle’s dedicated capabilities for e-reading, many Kindle users have already hopped in the iPad bandwagon to switch from the 1.2 pounds eBook reading Kindle DX to 1.5 pounds consolidated multimedia device that can fare as well as Kindle in its function.
Lots Of Apps To Use
Apple’s tagline: ‘there’s an app for that’, is not a marketing hyperbole. It is a reality. As if this selection is not mind-boggling enough, third party apps creators and developers are constantly creating new apps to add to the extensive collection that Apple has. So it is just more apps from here.