When purchasing a new iPad the number one question that you need to ask your self is “What am I going to use it for?” Once you have determined what you are going to use it for it can be easier to establish which iPad is going to be best suited for your needs.
There are plenty of uses for the iPad, some of which include: checking and sending emails, updating social networks, taking pictures, editing photos and videos, updating calendar events, keeping track of tasks, playing games, etc. Determining the best use for you iPad is going to be up to you.
There are currently three different iPad models to chose from; the iPad Mini, iPad with Retina Display, and the iPad 2. Each iPad model offers its own set of features and uses and even storage capacities and price ranges. We are going to compare the iPad models and explain Which iPad is Best for you.
When comparing the iPad Mini to the iPad 2, it’s a no brainer to go with the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini has the same 1024×768 screen resolution of the iPad 2 but it’s $70 cheaper, lighter, thinner, faster, and has the lightning connector. I honestly don’t know why there is still even an option to purchase an iPad 2, you can only get a 16GB version and it’s $399 where the 16GB iPad Mini is $329. The iPad Mini is going to run all of the Apps that the iPad 2 can it’s just going to be on a smaller device. You’re not going to lose out on anything here. In this case, get an iPad Mini.
When comparing the iPad Mini to the iPad with Retina Display this is where things can get tricky. The iPad with Retina is defiantly one of the best iPad’s that Apple has made so far. The Retina Display is something that you have to see for yourself, word cannot do it justice. It’s the highest resolution display that has been put into an iPad, with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 it is far superior to the screen on the iPad Mini. But that’s not to say that the iPad Mini doesn’t have a good screen, it is the side-by-side comparisons that will make the Retina Display stand out. There is also the speed and power difference of the iPad with Retina and the iPad Mini. The iPad with Retina has the latest Dual-Core A6X processor and the iPad Mini has the Dual-Core A5. What all these fancy number mean is that the iPad with Retina will have more than double the speed of the iPad Mini, but that doesn’t mean that the iPad Mini is slow by any means. If you’re looking to play games and run a lot of graphically intensive Apps the iPad with Retina is going to out perform the iPad Mini. Deciding between the iPad with Retina and the iPad Mini comes down to what you are going to do with your iPad. If you’re going to play a lot of games, go with the iPad with Retina. If you’re going to browse the web, read books, and check emails primarily then go with the iPad Mini.
There are four main differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad Retina and they are the screen, speed, camera, and connector. The iPad 2 and iPad Retina look almost exactly the same when you look at them but when you start using one is where you can really see the difference. The iPad with Retina has the gorgeous Retina Display that has a resolution of 2048×1536 where the iPad 2 has a screen resolution of 1024×768. Things are going to look way better on the iPad with Retina than on the iPad 2. The speed difference between the iPad with Retina and iPad 2 is substantial. The iPad with Retina has the Dual-Core A6X with quad-core graphics chip while the iPad 2 has the Dual-Core A5 chip. This means that the iPad with Retina is going to perform more than twice as fast as the iPad 2. The camera on the iPad with Retina is the same camera that was on the iPhone 4. It’s a 5MP iSight camera on the back and a FaceTime HD camera on the front. The iPad 2 has a 2MP camera on the back and a FaceTime camera on the font. The camera isn’t really a selling point to most, it can be awkward to take photos with any tablet, but it is a difference. The last major difference that will be noticeable is the dock connector. The iPad 2 has the standard 30-pin connector that has been predominant on all Apple mobile devices for the last 10 years and the iPad with Retina has the newer Lightning connector that you’ll find on the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini.
Should I get a Cellular Enabled iPad or Stick with Wi-Fi Only
Deciding on a Cellular or Wi-Fi Only iPad basically comes down to the price of the iPad and the need to have Cellular. The iPad with Cellular enabled are usually a $100 more than their Wi-Fi only counterparts. And along with the extra $100 price tag there comes a monthly service fee with having Cellular. There is also the benefit to Wi-Fi only in being that most businesses and companies are starting to offer free Wi-Fi when you visit their stores, Starbucks being a prime example, that could help reduce the need for a Cellular iPad if you frequent those places.
What Storage Size Should I Get
The iPad Mini and iPad with Retina come in three different size options: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. The iPad 2 only comes in 16GB versions. The size that you should get is going to depend on what you plan on doing with it. If you are going to want to use a lot of Apps from the App Store and sync all of your Music and Movies from iTunes then you are going to want a 64GB version. If you are going to just put a few Apps on your iPad then the 16GB version should suit you as well. It’s always better to get a bit more than you think you need as the iPad’s do not come with the option to add addition storage, what you buy is what you’re stuck with.