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With the iPad 2�s launch upon us we've been receiving tons of questions on what the differences are betweenthis new second generation and thenow much cheaper original iPad. Is the iPad 2 really worth it? Well, before you go out to wait in line for hours this weekend read on to make sure you know exactly what you're waiting for.
Thefirst iPad, as Apple was adamant to point out in the iPad 2�s introduction,was no slouch in the speed department. We gotta agree. I've been using the first iPad for months and even with some heavy multitasking this thingis pretty quick and very responsive.
That being said, the new iPad 2looks to be double the speed of the first iPad and by that we meanit will be blazing fast. Specs wise the iPad 2 has adual core 1 GHZ next-gen Apple A5 processor and most probably 512 MB of RAM (Apple didn't confirm this but seeing as this is what the iPhone 4 has we're sure the iPad 2 does as well)�in other wordsits double what the iPad 1 had (which was a 1 GHZ single core A4 processor and 256 MB of RAM). Everything on the iPad 2� multitasking, browsing the web, watching videos�should be much faster on the iPad 2 than on the iPad 1, particularly wheneverApple releases iOS 5 which should take better advantage of some of the iPad 2�s improved power (if we had to guess, this should be by the summer if previous years are any indication).
If you want things to beas fast as possible (or plan on using a lot of GarageBand or iMovie)then the iPad 2 is your tablet.Satisfied with just fast and are mainly just browsing the web, watching YouTube or writing some notes in Pages? The first iPad should be more than enough for you.Gaming
Another big boost on the iPad 2 is gaming. Not only do you have those improvements to processor and RAM, butalso a better graphics chip which combined should make gaming performance and whopping 9x better than the first iPad. Throw in the gyroscope (for more precise gaming controls like on theiPhone 4 andlatest iTouch) and you'll have a gaming beast that will make your old iPad look completely outdated when playing 3D games.
If you care about gaming (and we're talking 3D gaming not Angry Birds) then the iPad 2 is for you.Cameras
This ones a lot more simple. You want to video chat or use Photo Booth?Your only choice is the iPad 2 with its dual cameras.Portability/Design
At8.8 mm thin (thinner than the iPhone 4!),1.3 pounds light (compared to the iPad 1�s 1.5 pounds) and with a much sleeker design the new iPad 2 should be much more comfortable to hold while traveling than the first iPad. That being said, as someone who personally travels with the iPad to school everyday it's pretty thin and light in its own right and pretty great for travel.
If your really cramped for space than obviously the slightly thinner iPad 2 is better, but it's not that much smaller.What's The Same
As you can see there's a lot in the iPad that's different but there are also afew major similarities. For one,the screen� for better or for worse� isthe exact same size and resolution as the first iPad. Sure some people wished that this would be updated to a more "Retina Display" like the iPhone 4 and latest iTouch, but it looks like that will have to wait for the iPad 3. Both iPadsalso will be able to run all the current iPad and most iPhone apps from the App Store (like iWork as you see in the pic above), and both feature the same amazing 10 hour battery.Is It Worth It?
If yourbuying a tablet for the first time we'd recommend going with the iPad 2 over the first iPad. It's not just a better, more powerful iPad, but also looks to be one of the best tablets of the year (and is better equipped for whatever Apple adds in iOS 5 whenever that comes out). But if youalready have an iPad should you upgrade? This is a much tougher question which we hope we helped answer above.Personally as a first-gen iPad owner I'm holding off for now. My current iPad does everything I need and more and while the new one is awfully nice, it's not completely tempting me enough to want to line up to get it the first day (though that may change once I see it).
So here's the question: did you buy the iPad 2, the first iPad at the cheaper clearance price, or are you waiting for one of theother tablets coming this year? Let us know in the comments.
The iPad 2 isavailable now starting at $499 for the 16 GB WiFi-only version and $629 for the WiFi+3G 16 GB model (available for either AT&T or Verizon)
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