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iPad 2 vs. iPad 3: Which one offers a Better Deal?

Yesterday, in a special event, Apple finally released the next generation of their iOS tablet — iPad 3 which looks quite familiar to iPad 2 in terms of design and build but has a lot better features and specs. The new iPad a.k.a. iPad HD embeds several great features thus if you are willing to buy a tablet in near future, it would be logical to ask whether to wait for iPad 3 or save $100 by purchasing iPad 2.

Let’s do a quick comparison between the features and specs of iPad 2 and the new iPad and then decide which one offers better value for money.


Both tablets have a 9.7 inch screen but the new iPad has retina display i.e. 264 pixel-per-inches and offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. The new iPad also comes with improved color saturation which would enhance the quality of movies downloaded from iTunes/Netflix.

apple ipad 3 retina display

Quad-core Processor

Apple iPad 2 had an A5 dual core chip which was good but the new iPad has a quad-core graphics chip which not only makes user-interface smoother but also runs high-definition games faster. In fact, Apple has tied up with several third-party developers to build custom apps for iPad 3, isn’t that cool?

5-megapixel camera & HD video

iPad 2’s camera was sub-par, non-interesting thus Apple has incorporated a 5-megapixel iSight camera in the new iPad which is also capable of recording 1080p Full HD videos. They had also updated iPhoto app using which you do magic with your photos and directly upload it Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc.

apple ipad 3 iphoto app

Dictate to Siri

Due to lack of proper hardware, Apple never released a Siri update for iPhone 4 and iPad 2 but the new iPad supports Siri, but instead of a smart assistant Siri works as an audio transcriber, you can tap dictate button to transcribe your voice and use it for searching the web, editing documents etc.

4G LTE connectivity

Everyone in United States wished iPad 2 & iPhone 4S to have 4G LTE but that didn’t happen though this time they weren’t disappointed. The new iPad supports 4G LTE connectivity from AT & Verizon, thus when the new iPad is launched in US, it would accompany a network which could provide up to 73 Mbps data transfer speed.

The Final Verdict

If we look at the value for money quotient, both iPad 2, which is now available at a reduced price and the new iPad 3 scores very well.

Therefore, everything depends on what you want. If you want a tablet just for using certain apps, check mails, surf the web etc. then iPad 2 should be sufficient whereas if you are interested in using iPad 2 as a multimedia device i.e. for watching movies, playing games, editing photos, videos etc. then you should definitely wait for the new iPad and harness the power of its quad-core CPU.

Author Bio:- This is a guest post written by Rakesh Narang who is a 19-year old Engineer student from New Delhi, India. He blogs at Wizard Journal, read about the iPad 3 Specs.

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