Should you buy the new iPad2 if you already have the iPad?


There have been a lot of questions about whether or not current iPad users should upgrade to the iPad 2.  Clearly it’s better, but is it worth dropping the cash when your current iPad is still less than a year old?

The March 2nd press event showed some promising improvements.  The table below includes the spec breakdown.

 

John Gruber at DaringFireball ran some benchmarks using SunSpider 0.9.1 and Geekbench and the results are promising.   The results show that the iPad 2 is a significantly faster device.  It should be noted however, that the SunSpider results showed that with the update to iOS 4.3, the performance of the current iPad saw huge improvements.

 

The physical improvements are dramatic, think iPhone 3g(s) to iPhone 4, and simply put, the overall performance has been greatly improved, but the experience still remains the same, only faster.  Obvious benefits aside, you are still left with the question, “Should I buy the new one or not?”  Personally, I will not be in line tomorrow, but if I didn’t already have an iPad I would be. I have no issues with my current one and I plan on giving it another year.  I am the type of person who waits at least a year before updating a device, i.e I’m still using the iPhone 3Gs and I just recently upgraded my Macbook Pro, but I will be there for the next iPhone and iPad and count myself $500 richer.
Sources: Engadget , Daring Fireball