iPad Air vs iPad 2 What you lose by saving 100

first_imgThe next time you walk into an Apple Store or stumble onto Apple’s magnificently Retina-ready website, there’s going to be two 9.7-inch iPads sitting there. These two tablets won’t look particularly similar, and they certainly won’t feel the same when you pick them up. So if they are both iPads, which one is the one for you?Apple’s latest and greatest, the iPad Air, was certainly the biggest announcement on stage during Apple’s most recent press event. Weighing in at exactly one pound with a new design that closely resembles the iPad mini and a color scheme that matches the iPhone 5S, it’s a very nice looking tablet. Sitting right next to it, for $100 less, is the iPad 2. This tablet has the same familiar iPad form factor, and is available in the glossy white or black Apple hardware is so famous for. The big questions now is how do you choose between the two?First off, if you are wondering why the iPad 2 is still for sale we covered that yesterday. Of course Apple wants to offer more affordable tablets, but why an A5-powered model that was first released in 2011, and that still used the 30-pin connector?The truth is, choosing between the two is a lot easier than you may think. There’s no good reason to purchase an iPad 2 now that the iPad Air is here. While on the surface it looks like you are saving $100 by going with what appears to be last years model, you are in fact purchasing the model from two years ago that has been barely refreshed to appear better than it is. If you purchase an iPad 2 instead of an iPad Air, you are losing out on:Processor speed: Going from a 64-bit A7 to a dual-core A5 is a huge decrease in performanceDisplay quality: Going from a 2048×1536 Retina display at 236ppi to a 1024×768 display at 132ppiFaceTime (front-facing) camera: Going from a 1.2MP camera to a low resolution VGA cameraRear camera: Going from a 5MP iSight camera with 1080p recording to a 960×720 featureless camera with 720p recordingSiri Voice Assistant: This feature is not available at all on the iPad 2Power and data port: Going from a Lightning adapter to the older 30-pin connector that no one makes accessories for anymoreThis is really only a sampling of what you lose. If you decide to get a version of the iPad 2 with a mobile data connection, you’ll only be able to get one for AT&T or Verizon Wireless. This is because the iPad 2 only supports 3G connections, and when this tablet was first released Apple only had agreements with these two carriers in the US. You could have much faster LTE connectivity on all four US carriers and many other global carriers available with the iPad Air.One is not like the others…Ultimately, Apple’s lesser tablet is not worth the money. For the same price you could have a significantly more capable but smaller iPad mini with Retina display, but if you’re looking for the full sized iPad you should really just spend the extra money and get the one that is actually worth using.last_img read more

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