To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question
The age-old question each time a new update of a popular device is offered by the market is upon us. The first iPad is an awesome device that has all the power and performance that the majority of us need and they have sold by the thousands thanks to how well the thing works. Jobs and pals have now tossed the iPad 2 onto the market and naturally the geeks out there with an original iPad in hand are a bit jealous and wondering just what they should do. Should you trade in that original iPad for the new iPad 2 or not?
This is a very hard question to answer on an overall basis. The original iPad is no less amazing today than it was six months ago; the iPad 2 just has more of everything to offer. If your current iPad meets your needs and your heart tells you don’t need the latest and greatest then move along, nothing to see here. If you are a hard-core geek that needs to have the best of everything, you might wonder how the upgrade will perform.
I haven’t got my hands on an iPad 2 yet, but all indications are that the new tablet will be head and shoulders better performance wise than the original iPad. The new iPad 2 has a dual-core A5 processor. Steve and pals are always more focused on how much better new gear performs than the old gear. They claim that the new processor is about twice as fast as the original iPad and has nine times the graphics prowess of the original. Considering that the performance and graphics are two of the things that I liked best about the original iPad that makes the new iPad 2 a worthy upgrade in most opinions alone.
If you do upgrade you, need to know that many of your accessories that you have for the current iPad simply won't work with the iPad 2 thanks to the slimmer design. The iPad is 33% thinner than the original and 15% lighter. The front and back cameras on the new iPad will also mean that many people will want the upgrade. If you want to be able to work form the road and video conferencing is a big deal, the new iPad 2 can do that. You should also be able to use that camera to make video calls with Skype and similar services. If you are on the road a lot and want to see you loved ones, this is another upgrade that is worth the price of admission.
Whether or not you should upgrade is a deeply personal question for everyone. My opinion is this; the iPad 2 is clearly better than the original tablet and has some of the things that many lamented the first one lacked. If you can afford to buy the new iPad, I say buy it. You can sell your old iPad and get nearly half the cost back or just keep it around so you can have one for the couch in the living room and one that you can take with you on the road.