How to Use the iPad 2 and 3
In this article, you'll find out how you can get the most out of your iPad 2 or 3 and learn about the differences of the two versions. The first ever iPad was introduced to the market around April 2010. Since then, 4 versions of the iPad as well as the iPad mini have been released. Newer versions of the iPad didn't put a complete halt to the production of earlier iPad models though. The iPad 2 is still being sold to the market despite the release of the third and fourth generation.
The fourth generation of the iPad is at least an eighth to a forth of the price higher than the iPad 3 or iPad 2. Though it may have all the latest features the iPad has to offer, the iPad 2 and 3 would still be a worthwhile purchase for anyone who wants to own this product under a specific budget. So for those who aren't so sure about the iPad 4 and aren't content with the size of the iPad mini, a look in to the iPad 2 and 3 would help determine the better choice.
A Quick Overview
The iPad 2 and iPad 3 share a lot of commonalities. In terms of physically size, they are exactly similar. The iPad 3 is only slightly heavier and thicker than than iPad 2. Both devices have a screen resolution of 9.7 inches and like most recent products of Apple, have a capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch functions.
In terms of storage, both tablets come in either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal memory with iPad 2 having a dual core A5 CPU versus the dual core A5X CPU on the iPad 3.
For connectivity, they both have Bluetooth connection. Depending on the model you get, you may even have WiFi or 3G. iPad 2 can only support up to 3G while iPad 3 can support up to 4G or LTE. One thing you'd definitely enjoy would be the camera functions.
The front camera on both the iPad 2 and 3 only have a VGA video resolution. The rear camera delivers more of the difference with the iPad 2 supporting a 720p video resolution and the iPad 3 supporting a 1080p resolution. These were features introduced with another big difference between the two: screen resolution. The iPad 2 has a screen resolution of 1024x768px with 132 pixels per inch versus the 2048x1536px screen resolution with 264 pixels per inch on the iPad 3 that came with the introduction of the Retina Display.
If you choose to use a printer for the iPad, you'll want to check out the models that have AirPrint capability. Once you set up the printer initially it is so simple to print anything from photos to documents directly from your iPad virtually anywhere in your house or office (a real lifesaver).
Siri, is Apple's so called intelligent personal assistant. It's an application that is installed default on the iPad 3 and higher models. Siri has a lot of functions, one being that it's an application that talks back. It answers your questions, makes suggestions and recommendations, and it can even perform actions like taking down reminders.
Siri can even help you type down long texts without having to type it down using the tricky on-screen keyboard. You might not be able to have Siri on your iPad 2, but the price increase of the iPad 3 versus the iPad 2 will make you rethink the need to have Siri. If you were to purchase an iPad 3, then Siri would definitely give you an edge over the iPad 2.
High definition applications were only introduced recently. Most, if not all iPad applications are still built for the iPad 2. Though a good number have introduced high definition versions of their applications, a good number have yet to and don't seem to plan to. The newer iPad mini even has pretty much the same processor as the iPad 2. Just goes to show that this technology may take a while before people can call it obsolete. The iPad 2 may not have the added features of Siri or Retina display, but it definitely has all the functions that the iPad may need.
When you do decide to buy an iPad, try to think of what you'll be using it for. For someone who's always on the move and may find themselves in places without WiFi, 4G and LTE connectivity on the iPad 3 can prove to be useful. It definitely offers the user a higher speed than 3G. For those looking to use the iPad mostly for home use and to enjoy all the applications the Apple AppStore has to offer, the cheaper iPad 2 should be worth the purchase. To get the most out of your iPad, you should always feel free to browse through the AppStore and figure out what you'll be using it for.