So I know many of you are all excited because it looks like next week Apple will unveil the latest update to their market leading tablet, the iPad 2. While nobody really has any solid data on exactly what has made it into the final production version of the iPad 2, we have reported on several of the rumors including that it will be much thinner and lighter, that it will feature an improved display (though not retina) and several other upgrades. That’s all good, but our assessment is that the iPad 2 is more of a substantial refresh of the original iPad than a completely overhauled device that is light years ahead of its predecessor. With that said, you’re wondering what our number one reason is right?
The number one reason why you shouldn’t buy an iPad 2 is because once it does come out the original iPad will go on sale. Stay with me here, while the iPad 2 will have some decent improvements you will have the opportunity to pick up what everyone currently considers to the top tablet on the market for what amount to bargain bin prices. That’s right, for significantly less than what it will cost you to pick up the iPad 2 you will be able to go out and buy the original iPad and still have what should be the second best tablet on the market. Now I don’t know about you, but to me this is a no-brainer. I understand that for current iPad owners they might want to upgrade just to get a device refresh, but even before they do that they must ask themselves is it really worth it. Will the iPad 2 give them significantly more capability than the one the iPad they currently have, sorry to tell you but the answer is no.
So for those of you who either own another non-iPad tablet or are considering making the iPad 2 your first tablet please think about what I am saying. Ok, I hate when people say this because the iPad 2 hasn’t even been officially confirmed yet but all you folks that are in the boat I just mentioned would be much better served by buying the original iPad once they reduce the price and waiting for the iPad 3. There I said, the iPad 3 which I don’t even want to talk about too much but we all know that this time next year we will be preparing for them to announce it. The iPad 3 is going to be that device that represents the kind of leap in functionality and performance that would warrant you going out and putting down your hard earned money to scoop it up, not the iPad 2.