New iPad vs. iPad 2: Which Tablet Should You Buy?


Published March 07, 2012


It's here: the new iPad has arrived. But before you place you preorder or queue up outside the nearest Apple Store, make sure you aren't dropping your hard-earned coin on the wrong slate. The iPad 2 is still an exceptional product, after all, and might be more suitable for your needs, particularly since it starts at just $399. Here's a quick rundown of both tablets' specs to help you decide which iPad is worth your money.

 New iPadiPad 2
Price with Wi-Fi$499, $599, $699From $399 
Price with 4G LTE$699, $729, $829 N/A 
CarrierAT&T / VerizonAT&T / Verizon 
AvailabilityMarch 16,
pre-orders start today
Dimensions (in)Unspecified, 0.37 inches thin9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34
Weight1.4 lbs

1.33 lbs (Wi-Fi),
1.35 lbs (3G) 

Display Size9.7-inch9.7-inch 
Display Resolution2048 x 1536,
264 pixels per inch (ppi)
1024 x 768, 
132 pixels per inch (ppi)

A5X Quad Core
(supposedly 2x faster,
4x graphics performance
of Tegra 3 chip)

A5 Dual Core 1GHz
RAMUnspecified512 MB
Storage16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
SiriNo, but has microphone button 
with dictation support 
Front CameraUnspecified, iSight cameraVGA
Back Camera5-megapixel CMOS sensor,
shoots 1080p HD video 
shoots 720p video 
Wi-Fi802.11a + Personal Hotspot802.11a/b/g/n
Mobile Broadband3G World-Ready3G 

9 hours on 4G,
10 hours on 3G

10 hours, 6600 mAh 
GyroscopeYes 3-axis
AccelerometerYes 3-axis 

With its higher-res display, improved camera and faster CPU, the new iPad is definitely worth $100 more than its predecessor. The only reason to buy an iPad 2 is you absolutely can't afford to pony up more than $399 or, if you're buying the tablet as a gift for someone who won't notice the obvious difference in screen sharpness and speed.