Now that the official price and launch date of iPad 2 have been announced, it’s time to think of which color and what model of iPad 2 to buy.
Now, before I start, I must say that my suggestions are solely based on my opinion and they might not suit you because our needs are different. If you think otherwise, please comment ya!
Black or White?
Let’s start with the color first. Black or White? Michael Jackson anyone? Haha
This is a very controversial question. Which color is better? Black or White? Or what about both? Haha
I have been reading on the Internet about which color to buy. Well, some suggest that girls should get white with pink Smart Cover and boys should get black with leather Smart Cover. Do you think so? Well, it has some point too.
Actually white will certainly be in most people’s mind because it stands out and it’s different. That’s why some people pay a premium just to get the elusive white iPhone 4.
Yes, I am going for white iPad 2 too. Some might say that for better viewing of movies and photos, black will be the most ideal. Black frame will make the content stands out and more contrast. But I beg to differ as my girlfriend has MacBook white and she has no problem watching videos and viewing photos with white frames. And white has an advantage where fingerprints and dusts are not that visible. With black, everything seems obvious.
WiFi or 3G?
The answer is pretty obvious. I suggest WiFi only because who wants to pay extra for the extra few hours of convenience. I mean with so many cafes and restaurants providing free WiFi, why must you go for 3G. Moreover, our 3G speed is just nice only, depending on certain places.
Of course, unless you are a social media freak or someone who has to be connected to the Internet 24/7. Even so, I will still not recommend you to get the 3G iPad 2.
You can use that extra RM400 to buy Yes 4G Huddle (YES MiFi, RM399) and buy their data plan because Yes 4G is damn fast and it’s cheaper than what Maxis, DiGi and Celcom have to offer. And you might say that iPad 2 3G has GPS. Yes, it’s a nice feature to have but do you really need it?
If you already have iPhone 4, then you no need to consider the 3G option as you can turn your iPhone 4 in WiFi Hotspot for your iPad 2 to use.
16GB, 32GB or 64GB?
Last question. How much storage do I need? For me, I will be a bit more cautious as iPad 2 doesn’t have expandable storage. I will prefer to fork out extra RM300 for the extra 16GB just in case I have a lot of things to store in iPad 2.
iPad 2 16GB is actually very enough for average users with emails, a lot of apps, photos and some videos but in a world of increasing apps, music and videos, I believe you need at least 32GB. And if you will be doing a lot videos with iPad 2 camera, a photographer/videographer or love to put all your music and video library in iPad 2, then you should buy iPad 2 64GB. Some photographers or videographers who use iPad 2 as the platform to showcase their portfolios find that 64GB is not even enough and they are demanding 128GB.
Color is based on your preference. White is special and stands out from the crowd of tablets. Everyone will know that you have iPad 2 if you choose white. Fingerprints, smudges or dusts will now look obvious with white.
Black is cool but ubiquitious. Black will make your iPad 2 look normal and no different than other tablets. Black makes your display look brighter and has better contrast.
The choice for WiFi or 3G is very personal. You need to understand your needs before making any decision. I personal don’t use Internet most of the time and a Personal Hotspot/MiFi will be enough for me. I am quite attracted to the GPS but I can’t justify the extra RM400. If you have a lot of cash, feel free to buy the 3G.
32GB or more is a must because videos are going full high defination, games are getting more complex and beautiful, apps are getting better and more advanced. You might be using the camera more often. Just to be safe, get 32GB or 64GB. Don’t settle on 16GB only.
So, for my own choice, I will be getting a white iPad 2 32GB WiFi only.
What’s your say?