Monday, 16 July 2012

Choosing Between the New iPad and the Old iPad

It’s been several years since Apple launched the first generation iPad. When that gadget came out, everyone wanted one for himself or herself. It was pandemonium outside the Apple stores as people lined up to get theirs. The original iPad really revolutionized the way people looked at computing as well as paved the way for other tablet PC manufacturers to go ahead and make their own version. Now, it’s already in its 3rd generation called the new iPad and you see a lot of people sell iPad 1. There are a lot of very significant changes that were made since the first model of the iPad came out compared to the new iPad.

Let’s start with the form factor. Although Apple slightly altered the look of the new iPad, the original iPad is bulkier and heavier compared to the new iPad. However, no one really complained about it. The old iPad weighed around 1.5 lbs. compared to the new iPad, which is 1.44 lbs. The casing of the new iPad is thicker compared to the old one. The important factor here is the weight because your user experience will depend on how long you will be holding it without getting tired. With the new iPad, this will not be a problem as it is a little lighter compared to the old iPad.

One major leap that Apple made for the new iPad is the Retina Display that it now has. If placed side by side with the old iPad, you will clearly see the difference in the quality of the pictures that it displays. The screen resolution of the new iPad is now 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is almost four times more than the old iPad. Pictures are now clearer, more crisp and vivid. Watching movies, playing graphics-heavy games and looking at pictures are more fun to do now with the very much-improved resolution.

Another big difference with the new iPad is the processor and memory Apple used to power up this tablet PC. With the old iPad, the processor was a 1GHz Apple A4 with 256MB of memory while the new iPad is still at 1GHz but it is already a dual core Apple A5X with 1GB of memory. The new iPad is clearly more powerful compared to its predecessor. It will be more sensitive to your touch as well as more responsive to the commands. Multitasking will be no problem and applications are sure to run smoothly without any lags.

For those who use the iPad for fun, the presence of a camera on the new iPad is also a very big improvement. Now, you will be able to take clear pictures with its 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus. The new lens and sensor will enable you to take better pictures and there would be no need for you to bring a separate camera with you. This is a very big difference from the old iPad because it did not have any camera at all. So you may have to think twice before dealing with those who sell iPad 1.

All in all, the new iPad is a big improvement over the old iPad. Think twice if someone is still selling iPad 1 to you. So if you are thinking of upgrading your iPad, now is the time to do so. The price difference is really worth your money.


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