4 Reasons I’m Skipping the New iPad

Photo (cc) by sam_churchill

Apple unveiled its new iPad yesterday. You can pre-order it now, but it doesn’t go on sale until March 16.

But that doesn’t mean you should ditch your iPad 2 or Android tablet for the new iPad. I’m not. I had an iPad 2 back in December – and sold it to buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I don’t plan on trading it for the iPad 3 now. Here’s why.

1. The newest iPad isn’t the end-all in tablet features

The new iPad has some impressive features, like the sexy Retina display, which has 264 pixels per inch. “That’s over 3.1 million pixels – the most ever in a mobile device,” Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller boasted at yesterday’s unveiling. “The iPad shows over a million more pixels than your HDTV.”

But the iPad 3 otherwise isn’t much of an improvement over the iPad 2. And it’s not exactly light years beyond comparable (and cheaper) Android tablets. Here’s what you won’t get with the new iPad…

  • Prolonged battery life. The new iPad has up to 10 hours of battery life – a downgrade from the iPad 2, which CNET rated at 11.9 hours. My Galaxy Tab has nine hours of battery life, but the extra hour isn’t worth the extra cost. (More on that below.)
  • Widely available 4G capabilities. The iPad 3 will have 4G, the latest and greatest wireless tech for quickly accessing your info. But you need to be an AT&T or Verizon Wireless customer, be willing to pay extra for the service, and be able to get the 4G in your area. If not, you’ll be using the new iPad’s WiFi connection – a feature already offered by most every (cheaper) tablet on the market. I don’t have 4G access, but I wouldn’t pay for it if I did, because I’ve never had problems using the WiFi on my tablet.
  • Larger screen size. The new iPad will have the same screen size – 9.7 inches. My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 10.1-inch screen (hence the name).

2. The iPad still costs more than most tablet PCs

Even the cheapest model of the new iPad is still more expensive than most other tablets. For example…

iPad 3 (WiFi-only):

  • 16 GB: $499
  • 32 GB: $599
  • 62 GB: $699

iPad 3 (With 4G and WiFi)

  • 16 GB: $629
  • 32 GB: $729
  • 64 GB: $829

4G-capable Android alternatives:

  • Acer Iconia Tab A501: $329
  • Dell Streak 7: $450
  • Sony P Tablet: $549

I paid $430 for my Galaxy Tab. It has 16GB of storage space, all the features I’ll ever need, and it cost $69 less than the new iPad.

3. Buy the new iPad, miss the deals

Apple products rarely go on sale – unless the newest model is about to come out. Yesterday, Apple announced a price cut on the iPad 2. Right now, you can buy the older model (a 16 GB iPad 2) for $399 and save yourself $100. Or you could buy a 16 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab for the same exact price and get a newer-model tablet.

4. Good things come to those who wait

A few great Android tablets are coming in 2012, many cheaper than the basic iPad model. For example, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 will run Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. (Yeah, that’s what they’re calling it.) It’ll also have an attachable keyboard and a $400 price tag.

Bottom line: You’ve got options. CNET keeps a running list of current and future tablet PCs, most costing less than the basic iPad 3 model and carrying similar features. But if you’re still set on buying an iPad, consider an iPad 2, buying a refurbished model from Apple – or just waiting until everyone’s old models start showing up on eBay.

If you’re still undecided, check out Why I Returned my iPad, and How I Made Money Doing It for my personal, grueling tablet story, and More $99 HP TouchPads and Other Tablet Alternatives on the Way for even more Apple alternatives.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
20 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees
20 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

Maybe you’re not ready to leave the workplace entirely.

The 2 Biggest Retirement Fears of Baby Boomers
The 2 Biggest Retirement Fears of Baby Boomers

Boomers have a lot of worries as they age, but two stand out.

This Is the Best Online Savings Account for 2021
This Is the Best Online Savings Account for 2021

The rate of return is just one of several reasons this account stands out.

8 Key Steps to Planning for Retirement as a Couple
8 Key Steps to Planning for Retirement as a Couple

Ready for retirement? Not so fast. You might be surprised at some of the issues that come up for couples when they plan.

The 5 Worst Home Upgrades for the Money
The 5 Worst Home Upgrades for the Money

These home improvement projects basically never pay off.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?
Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?

Can an adult daughter tap into her late mother’s benefit?

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia
This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Nearly half of U.S. residents may face this threat.

Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2021 with these secondhand purchases.

11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It
11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It

Seriously? Fibbing about the weather is a crime? This and other little-known legal traps await the unwary.

Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?
Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Researchers say too many doctors are overlooking this potential source of hypertension.

13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy
These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy

These vehicles boast reliability, safety and long-lasting value.

6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have
6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have

Few retirees have all of these documents that are crucial to their golden years — especially during a pandemic.

Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore
Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore

Starting this month, your ISP no longer can bill you for this fee.

15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021
15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021

Follow these tips to save, so you’ll have money for things that really matter.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry
9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these budget-busting unnecessary expenses.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked
11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster
7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster

These tips can get your bathroom sparkling with little time and no elbow grease.

7 Bank Accounts With Extra Perks for Seniors
7 Bank Accounts With Extra Perks for Seniors

These accounts offer exclusive discounts and other perks — including interest — to older customers.

Do This in the Car If You Want to Avoid COVID-19
Do This in the Car If You Want to Avoid COVID-19

It takes just seconds to take this simple preventive measure.

11 Generic Products You Should Buy at Costco
11 Generic Products You Should Buy at Costco

Not all generics are worthwhile, but these are among the best from Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.