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Which to get–an iPad or iPad2?

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There are just two factors to consider when making your choice:

  1. You must decide if you want to use your iPad when there is no Wi-Fi connection available.
  2. How much storage capacity do you need or want (16, 32 or 64GB)?

Be aware that you cannot upgrade the storage on the iPad 2. It doesn’t have a memory card slot but there are some workarounds. Some people use the iPad’s $26 camera connector kit to store files on a SD card. You could store files in the cloud via the Internet. Otherwise, you’re stuck with what you buy.

The smallest iPad 2 can hold a whole library of content (e-books/digital magazines). Generally, e-books are under 1 MB in size. Digital magazines will almost always be larger as they contain page layouts and photos. With a 16GB iPad 2 you’d be able to hold close to 16,000 books. If just magazines, you could hold about 1,600.

Most of your space will probably be used to store music or photos. If you end up wanting to store too many on your iPad, you can store some of your content online.

Below is a comparison of some of the features of the two iPads.

iPad                                                         iPad2

Display 9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 1GHz dual-core Apple A5
Graphics PowerVR SGX 535 ?
Memory 256MB RAM ?
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera none VGA
Rear camera none 720p
Cellular radio EDGE plus triband HSPA EDGE plus quadband HSPA or
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope No 3-axis
Thickness 13.4mm 8.8mm
Weight 680g (WiFi),
730g (WiFi + 3G)
601g (WiFi),
607g (Verizon),
613g (AT&T)
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