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Which iPad is Right for You?

The iPad Mini is out, as is the fourth generation iPad just six months after its previous incarnation. In fact the market is flooded with iPads now which is quite an achievement since it really isn’t that long the original first revealed itself. It is now officially difficult to choose an iPad so with all that’s on offer, which one is right for you?

The answer of course depends on what you need it for and aspects such as price and functionality must be taken into consideration, as well as whether you currently own one or not.

If you do not have one, ask yourself how much you need one. Tablets in general have many uses but they tend to be driven by applications. If you intend to use it for purposes better suited to a computer then you should maybe consider a Mac instead. If there are applications specific to the iPad that you require then it is a good choice for you, provided you can afford it.

In fact price is a big factor to consider because iPads do not come cheap. If you are on a budget and absolutely must have an iPad, then the answer is either the iPad 2 or preferably the iPad Mini. If you are a current iPad owner and want to upgrade to a newer model then it depends which one you have. If you still have a first-generation iPad and its incompatibility with iOS 6 is proving problematic, upgrading is probably a good idea and you should choose the best one that fits your budget. If you have an iPad 2 then the only upgrade worth your while is the new fourth-generation iPad but you can still get a lot of mileage out of it so there’s no hurry. As for the third-generation iPad, hold onto it. The new one may technically be superior but it is definitely not upgrading to it just yet unless you really want it and have the money to burn but you could put that money to better use. The third-generation iPad is a great piece of technology and will be for some time.

Once you have made your choice, you then need to decide on which size you need. The answer to this is easy- buy as much as you can afford. Whatever size you buy, that’s what you are stuck with so there’s no point buying 16GB with the hope of adding more later on. It doesn’t work that way. Also take connectivity into account as it is cheaper to rely on Wi-Fi but less functional. However adding cellular access costs a further $130 so only go for this if you can comfortably afford it.

So which model is right for you?

iPad 2

There isn’t much reason for choosing this unless you can get a really good second-hand deal. For a tiny amount extra, the iPad Mini is better.

Third-Generation iPad

This has also been rendered obsolete by its successor, great as it is. If you are upgrading, you might as well go straight for fourth. It’s a pity because there is a lot more life in this one.

Fourth-Generation iPad

If you own a third-generation iPad, stick to it for now, you don’t need to upgrade. However, if you have an iPad 2 or earlier and want to move on up the iPad food chain, you should skip third and go straight to this one.

iPad Mini

This is best suited to first-time buyers, although first-generation owners should also consider it if they want an affordable upgrade and don’t particularly need the power of the fourth-generation.

So the bottom line is that the fourth-generation or Mini is the way to go, depending on your budget.

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