Which New iPad Should I Buy?

by Michael on March 8, 2012 · 0 comments

With yesterday’s announcement of a third-generation iPad, you might be wondering which one you should buy. I know I am. With that in mind, I’m going to walk you through my thought process.


For context, I picked up an iPad 2 last year after having sat out the

Yes, I know they’re not calling it the iPad 3, but that’s essentially what it is, so I’m going to roll with it here.

Should I buy the iPad 3?

If you’re in the market for a tablet, and your budget allows you to consider the iPad, then my answer to that is a resounding “yes”. Like many Apple products, the iPad “just works.”

And with the addition of the Retina display, this thing will be a killer device for media consumption. As compared to earlier models, you’ll also get a significantly better processor, more memory, a better camera, etc.

And if you’re lost in time with an iPad 1, you’ll also be getting a major upgrade in form factor. All in all, the iPad 3 one looks like a winner.

Storage: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB?

The decision as to which size to buy really depends on your usage. That being said, I’ve always erred on the side of buying as much storage as I can afford. And I can afford the 64GB model, so that’s what I’ll be getting.

While this may be overkill, I’m actually using slightly over 32GB on my 64GB iPhone 4S (thanks in large part to a huge number of photos) so it’s not hard to imagine needing at least that much with an iPad.

Black or white?

This one is a personal preference, but I’m partial to the black model. The main reason for this is that the black “frame” around the screen is (to my eye) much less apparent, and sort of fades into the background, especially in low light situations.

The white frame, on the other hand, is quite apparent when you’re watching a movie (or whatever) on your iPad. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it to be a bit jarring to look at.

Wifi or 4G LTE?

One of my biggest regrets with the iPad 2 is that I bought the wifi-only model. In retrospect, I wish I had the option of toggling on a wireless connection when traveling, etc.

Yes, my iPhone is jailbroken and yes, I use MyWi. But there have been times when it would have been really nice to have seamless internet access via the 3G (now 4G) network.

In fact, if money was the deciding factor, I’d trade storage for wireless connectivity. That is, I would drop down from the 64GB wifi-only model to the 32GB 4G model for (nearly) the same price.

But that’s just me. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth an extra $130 (or reduced storage capacity) to get mobile connectivity.


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