As most of you know, I’m a pretty big fan of Apple products. I’ve had pretty much every Apple product that’s come out the past 5 years including the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, Mac Book Pro, MacAir, Mac Pro, etc. So, it’s without a lot of surprise that I preordered the new iPad when it was announced a few days ago.
I’ve been getting smarter and more cost efficient with my Apple upgrades by promptly selling my old version when the new product comes out. Apple products hold their value surprisingly well, and the trend held true when selling my old iPad 2. I paid $599 for my iPad 2 wifi 32gb when it came out last year and I was able to recover $340 by selling it this week. I used a new eBay feature called Instant Sale which worked perfectly. They even pay for shipping, so I was able to net the full $340.
This time I decided to get the iPad with the 4g LTE incorporated – it was a no-brainer for me to go with Verizon vs AT&T. After traveling the country in our RV last summer it’s pretty clear who has the better coverage.
When my iPad 3 arrived today my first thought was “Wow, this is heavier”. That lead me to the Apple website where I was shocked to find out I wasn’t imagining things. The new iPod is 1.46 pounds (662 g) vs the iPad 2 at 1.33 pounds (601 g). That’s a full 10% heavier and it’s VERY noticeable, I’m honestly kind of annoyed by the extra weight; I assume the extra weight is because of the new high res screen.
Before getting the iPad 3 I wondered to myself how much better the screen could really be. I thought the screen on the iPad 2 was perfectly fine and couldn’t really imagine how it could be noticeably better. Well, I was wrong. Within seconds of looking at the new screen it’s undoubtably clearer. For a device so small it’s really amazing. I’m actually convinced that it’s clearer than the monitors on my desktop – it’s a truly amazing screen.
The main reason I wanted to upgrade to the iPad 3 was the new 4g LTG features. We’re going to be traveling again this summer in the RV and I really wanted the added functionality of having the iPad with 4g built into it. I must say, the 4g sure isn’t a disappointment. It’s almost as fast as the Internet in my house and will make a welcome addition when on the road. The best feature of the Verizon version of the iPad 3 is that you can turn your iPod into a hot spot. I tested this out too and I’m very impressed. This will replace all the BS we had to deal with last year when on our RV trip. With the iPad 3 I can go on the road with decent Internet access and it will be about 1/3 the cost of what we were paying for crappier service last year. You can also terminate your contract for the data plan at anytime. So, as soon as we aren’t traveling I can just turn it off.
Overall I’m happy with my purchase if nothing else than for the 4g LTE features. However, if you have an iPad 2 and you are thinking of upgrading, I would just hold off. The screen is nicer for sure, but it’s not that much nicer. I think if you upgrade just for the better screen you will be VERY disappointed. However, if you travel a lot and are looking to get the 4g LTE functionality, I think that’s well worth it. I also think that if you have the original iPad this is the time to finally upgrade. It’s a major jump up from the original iPad when you take into account the better speed, screen, cameras, etc.