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The New iPad: 6 Reasons to Buy & 5 Reasons Not to Buy

See our update below!

The new iPad dropped today.

Reasons to buy the iPad HD

At first glace, the new iPad doesn't seem to be a big change from the iPad 2, but you'll want to look closer.

The world is still rotating on it's axis, the laws of physics still apply, and there was no mention of Siri and her Easter Egg basket. The starting price points and storage amounts are the same as the previous generation, so the big question is, should you be rushing to get your pre-order in before the March 16th release?

Heck to the Yeah!: Reasons to Buy Now

  1. Retina Display. We heard all about it, some expected it in the iPad 2, and now we finally got it. This screen has a 264 pixel-per-inch density. That is 4 times more than the iPad 2, for comparison's sake. In real-world language: you literally can't see the pixels of the screen when you view it from a normal distance. Put another way: the resolution is a massive 2048 x 1536, so you might never be able to look at your standard 1920 x 1080 HDTV the same way again.

    iPad HD Retina Display

    Check out Apple's comparison of the new iPad's resolution to a standard 1080p HDTV

  2. Similar form factor. The physical new iPad specs are just .03" thicker than the iPad 2, meaning cases will not be much of an issue. You should be able to use your iPad 2 case and take advantage of the massive range of cases already on the market, often at heavily discounted prices, like this offer.
  3. 5MP camera and HD video recording. Apple fanboys and girls finally get the better camera they've been yearning for (which is similar to the one on the iPhone 4S). Even better, like the most recent iPhone, it offers full HD 1080p video capture.
  4. The beginning of the lifecycle bonus. Apple junkies know that the earlier you buy, the longer you get to enjoy having the latest and greatest. Apple waited 342 days between the 1st gen and the iPad 2, and 362 days between the iPad 2 and the new iPad. So if Apple holds true to form, purchasing right away will give you about a year of my-iPads-better-than-yours status.
  5. 4G LTE connectivity. If mobile access is essential to you, this upgrade might be the deciding factor in whether you make a purchase right away, or hold off.
  6.  Improved processing and graphics. The new iPad has an A5X processor with quad-core graphics. No surprise there since the display will require excellent graphics performance.

Rein it in, Cowboy: Reasons NOT to Buy Now

  1. Similar form factor. Yes, we know we mentioned it twice, but there are two sides of the coin. Since the form factor is pretty much the same, the iPad 2 is not going to *look* dated any time soon. So if you have one and are happy with it, you might want to wait.
  2. The iPad 2 price drop. Apple has announced that the 16GB Wifi iPad 2 is dropping to a low $399.
  3. No Siri (we think). Nary a word was spoken of Siri during the event. Did she get lost? Did she elope with the Newton?
  4. No refurbs...yet. Since it is only just about to launch, you won't find any new iPad refurbs. Over at BradsDeals, we are big fans of iPad refurbs, since along with the price drop, you get an iPad with a brand new case and battery, as well as the standard Apple warranty. Expect to see new iPad refurbs start to appear in 3- 6 months. If the normal 10-20% discount is attractive to you, it might be worth it to wait.
  5. The resale value of your iPad 2. Just a little speculation here, but you'll probably see a drop in interest when trying to resell your iPad 2 right now, but there is a good chance that will level out after a few months. At BradsDeals, we still see  lots of eager buyers for the 1st Gen models, even though they are almost 2 years out from the release. Generally, Apple products hold their value well, so if you wait for the new iPad excitement to die down a bit, you could get a better deal when reselling on eBay or Craigslist. If you are planning on reselling, be sure to check out our info on how to Cash In with Old Electronics!

Are you preordering, passing, or waiting in line with the other Apple-obsessed? Let us know your new iPad plans in the comments section, and don't forget to sign up for Brad's Daily Alerts for the latest Apple deals!

Update! The big day has arrived. The new iPad is available in stores and at this very moment, eager buyers across the country have that pretty display in their hot little hands. Are you one of them? We want to hear from you! Tell us your thoughts, make us jealous, or make us happy we are sticking with our iPad 2, 1st Gen iPad, or clay tablet and stick.

About the Author: Casey Runyan

Casey is part of the deal-finding team at BradsDeals. A bargain hunter to the core, she's sometimes haunted by nightmares about deals that expire before she can write them. She's also pretty sure she got her job by telling Brad about the time she got a free golf club.

32 Responses to “The New iPad: 6 Reasons to Buy & 5 Reasons Not to Buy”

  1. Allison says:

    Wait. Happy with ipad 2. On Sprint, so waiting. . .

  2. Don says:

    Not sure why you are referring to it as the iPad HD, the press release and Apple’s official announcement today refer to it only as a 3rd Gen iPad.

  3. Patra says:

    Yeah, what’s this Apple HD? I heard it was goin to be an Apple iPad 3? confused.

  4. Lara says:

    I’ll take a pass. Retina Display is not enough to make me step up and I don’t use my iPad 2 as a camera. That’s what I have an iPhone for (as well as an old 10 mp digital camera). There is just not enough being offered to make this even remotely attractive.

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  6. Debby says:

    Upgrading immediately does preserve the purchasing power of the dollars spent. Sell as soon as the rumors start has made my risk money about $150 each upgrade from 1-2-the new.

  7. Terri Bowlus says:

    I am still in the throes of learning my iPad 2!! I will wait but would love to see the visuals!!

    • Casey from Brad's Deals says:

      I want to see one too! We have an iPad 2 at home, and I’m holding off on buying for now, but I want to see how cool that retina display is :)

  8. Stewy says:

    I am selling my iPad 2. I’ve already pre-ordered the iPad (3rd generation). The Retina display is the single most thing I wanted. The iPad 2 was my first iPad and I was annoyed when it didn’t come with a higher resolution display and the original iPad. I figured I can take a lost on an electronic with the thought that at least I won’t have to wait a full year empty handed, so I got the iPad 2. Now that the new one has a Retina display, I’ll upgrade now and probably never upgrade again until the tablet stops working. That or eventually move to an Android tablet… but for my uses right now there isn’t much of a difference. Lack of flash sucks, but its not the end of the world.

    • Casey from Brad's Deals says:

      I think the ship has sailed on Flash w/ the iPad. It just isn’t going to happen IMO. But I totally agree with you about taking the small loss and getting a new one. That is the thing I love about Apple, previous generation models can be resold and they hold their value so well!

    • Judy says:

      How much you selling your iPad 2 for?

  9. Jim says:

    I really enjoy using my iPad1 for email, news, video, music, simple games. The iPad is a consumption device, but I don’t see the items I am consuming needing a faster chip or higher resolution.

    My PC is where I create content.

    I’ll spend the $599 to upgrade the PC rather than replace my iPad1.

    • Casey from Brad's Deals says:

      I tend to lean more in that direction, too. Some people can replace their laptop/desktop with a tablet. I’m not one of them. So it is nice to have an iPad, but it is def. a luxury I could give up. My laptop, on the other hand…I *need* that.

  10. Rainy says:

    Place my order yesterday. I am guessing that many others did as well, as I had a really hard time getting it through the Apple website.

    I currently use iPad 1st gen 16gb wifi+3g. Love it and use it every day. Especially at work. My kids love it and they are part of the reason for a new one. They can keep iPad and I can stop obsessing about the emails that may go to co-workers that have strange symbols in them during the weekend.

    I upgraded to 64gb +4g. Guessing that the HD quality will require maximum space for pics/videos.

  11. Priscilla says:

    I am still on the line. I do love my ipad2 for traveling but at home I tend to use the laptop more

  12. Sylvia says:

    I have the ipad first generation, 64gb, 3G, and I am grandfathered in with AT$T for $30/unlimited data. My question is, if I upgrade to the new ipad HD 3rd gen…..can I switch my service over to the new ipad or do I lose my special price? I use my ipad for EVERYTHING and the only reason I would upgrade is for the camera and the display. If anyone knows this I would appreciate it…

    • Judy says:

      I would assume so. I’m grandfathered in with my cell phone…why wouldn’t you be with an iPad?

    • Casey from Brad's Deals says:

      Hi Sylvia, I’m actually not sure on that one. I would think that you should be able to, but I couldn’t find anything about it on the AT&T website. You might want to contact Apple or AT&T (I’d do Apple first, since their customer service is usually better).

    • Dianna says:

      I have the same first gen ipad with the same data plan. I called AT&T at 1-800-331-0500 with that same question. I was told that when I have the new ipad to call them with the new ipad IMEI number and the ipad’s cellular data number and they would transfer my data plan from my original ipad to the new ipad. Hope this helps.

  13. dm10003 says:

    i’m joining the iPad cult NOW. it’s a great time to enter, no early low-featured versions to dump. i;’ve been a mac person since 1988 and don’t have an iPhone, so this is a great and long desired step forward having inherited some money.

    • Casey from Brad's Deals says:

      Nice one! Since you’re already a long-time Mac user, you shouldn’t have any problem getting used to the iPad.

  14. Getting, but not standing in line for this. I have waiting for the IPad 2 to drop down to the price of the Kindle Fire, and I am highly disappointed. I might as well get IPad 3. In some ways I thing that Apple is being greedy on the price (for both Ipad 2 and 3), but they are a business. I already have the Stratosphere phone (love it, but I always wanted an Ipad, and I do not feel like I am reading a book with my phone)
    bring it on.

  15. speedlady says:

    No iPads for me, thanks. Too expensive, too costly for a cellular plan to go with it. I have an iPhone with Siri (who consistently does NOT know the answer to my questions)and wish I had my Android phone back. My kids gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas (I already had a plain old e-ink Kindle) and that suits me just fine.

  16. Carolyn says:

    I’m gonna wait…. I love my 2 and I use it mainly for school with iWork. I’m pleased with it and the the camera on the 3 is not much to make me jump and buy it. I would like the processing ad visuals but I’m satisfied with my 2. Maybe I’ll wait for the iPad 4 lol.

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  18. vpmmx2 says:

    I am finally breaking down and getting the ipad3. I almost bought the ipad2 at Christmas but waited when I heard the 3 was coming out. I am looking forward to it – I preordered. I didn’t want to spend the money but talked to people and this is really the tablet I wanted.

  19. tlwright says:

    Already pre-ordered the iPad 3. Don’t have an iPad yet. Was going to get the iPad 2 for my birthday a few months ago, but decided to hold off until the 3 came out. Looking forward to its arrival!

  20. Princess says:

    So does this mean I can get an original iPad at a good price. Don’t have an iPad would like to have one, but I can’t not afford the Apple products. I have an iPod shuffle that’s the only one I can afford. Would be nice, but I would like to have Flash on the iPad, even though I think it is very buggy and bothersome to use. I will just wait until the iPadX (ten), maybe by then Apple will reduce the price.

  21. Kat says:

    To Sylvia AT & T just yanked unlimited data & text messaging. My ? How do I get out of my AT$T contract.

  22. Heidi says:

    Waiting. Happy with my iPad2.

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