1) Price: The price hasn’t gone up, but it hasn’t gone down either. The iPad is already the most expensive tablet per gigabyte of storage on some top tech reviewers lists. Some people have also found that the Apple screen covers don’t fit the new iPad. I have not personally found that to be the case. You may want an iPad with more gigabytes of storage due to the higher resolution movies an Apps taking up more space.
2) Size/Weight: It’s heavier and thicker. My wife uses the iPad to read the digital versions of her favorite books. She immediately disliked the new iPad’s weight and actually went out an re-purchased an Ipad 2 after we bought a new iPad (and had sold our old iPad 2) because she preferred the weight of the older iPad 2. Some of the tight fitting iPad 2 cases will not transfer to the new iPad due to the increased thickness of the new device. Both of these specs are going the wrong way on a device that already got some criticism for being a bit heavy/thick as compared to other tablets.
3) Retina display: It’s twice the resolution, but not necessarily twice the quality. For video, many find that the increased resolution is barely noticeable.
4) Only one port: You have to spend money on adapters because there is only one port doing a lot of things. USB, HDMI, SD cards, VGA all require adapters and that means more to buy and possibly lose, then buy again.
5) If you already have an iPad 2: It’s thinner, lighter, it’s just fast on wifi and has a screen that not many complained about (until a few weeks ago).
This document is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual patient. If you have questions please contact your medical provider.
Scott Rennie, DO