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

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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 iPad iPad 2
Price with Wi-Fi $499, $599, $699 From $399 
Price with 4G LTE $699, $729, $829  N/A 
Carrier AT&T / Verizon AT&T / Verizon 
Availability March 16,
pre-orders start today
Dimensions (in) Unspecified, 0.37 inches thin 9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34
Weight 1.4 lbs

1.33 lbs (Wi-Fi),
1.35 lbs (3G) 

Display Size 9.7-inch 9.7-inch 
Display Resolution 2048 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
RAM Unspecified 512 MB
Storage 16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB 16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Siri No, but has microphone button 
with dictation support 
Front Camera Unspecified, iSight camera VGA
Back Camera 5-megapixel CMOS sensor,
shoots 1080p HD video 
shoots 720p video 
Microphone Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11a + Personal Hotspot 802.11a/b/g/n
Mobile Broadband 3G World-Ready 3G 
Bluetooth Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes

9 hours on 4G,
10 hours on 3G

10 hours, 6600 mAh 
Gyroscope Yes  3-axis
Accelerometer Yes  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.