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iPad vs. iPad 2: College student, which one is right for me?


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Hi,

I'm a grad student and I am looking into buying an iPad, but I can't decide which generation.

I plan on using it to take notes in class, open files, and browse the web. I may watch videos/movies every once in a while, but I plan on it being for educational purposes mostly. I won't run many apps.

So is the iPad 2 worth the price just for a faster processor? The camera doesn't really intrigue me, or the thinner body.

I have looked at the specs for both, and have looked at comparisons, but it's not really helping my decision.

Thanks for your input!
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Either generation works really if you're looking for something to use in school. You could probably get a refurbished 1st gen. much cheaper than the 2nd gen. if money is an object.

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If you haven't had an iPad 2 - then the iPad 1 will be just fine. I have the iPad 1 and never felt compelled to upgrade - but I will admit that the faster processor is definitely nice for certain applications.
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The iPad 2 is faster - but as Brian says, you won't notice unless you are running next to an iPad 1. (The iPad 1 is plenty fast for everything out there currently - although some of the new games are taking advantage of the iPad 2 hardware) For note taking and movie watching the iPad 1 would be fine.

Although the cameras aren't very good on the iPad 2 - consider you could use it for video chat, as well as taking pictures to add to class notes (or video too) - instead of having to take it on a separate device and load it on afterwards.
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Thanks for the responses! Based on some research and what I plan to use it for, I think I have decided on the first gen.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to buy a trusted refurb?
The Apple store is out of stock of the 16 GB WiFi. 3G is not necessary, and the extra memory isn't really either, so I'm hoping to find the most budget-friendly price.

Thanks for your help again!
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I'd have to imagine that ebay is stocked full of pretty decently priced iPad 1's by now? The 3 is around the corner (supposedly) and the 2 has been out for a good while. If you're looking for budget friendly - why not a used one?
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That's a good point... I'm just weary about a used one and it's "actual" condition. I think would feel more comfortable with a refurb.

And I'm not a big fan of ebay... mainly because I don't know how to use it effectively.
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Just keep checking the Apple refurb pages -- Original iPads pop up there periodically.
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