iPad Resolution: 7 Good Reasons You are Not Buying or Upgrading to the New iPad

This post is not just about iPad resolution but your own resolution. If you are still weighing your options and you don\’t have a firm decision not to buy the 3rd generation iPad yet, here is a list of reasons why you should really not buy the new iPad.

Of course there are many wonderful features on the 3rd generation iPad but that is not the point. Notice how Apple is marketing the new iPad, it\’s more of the aesthetics that is highlighted not much on the functionality. I will focus on what the new iPad is and what it is not so you\’ll know whether it\’s for you and if you really need to buy it.

1. Retina display is too much

Sure, it is gorgeous but do you need it?

To give you a perspective let\’s use Apple\’s comparison.


With 3145728 pixels packed on a 9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy IPS display, it has 4x pixel density than the older iPad 2. The new iPad resolution is called QXGA  – it still has 4:3 aspect ratio, and it is NOT wide screen. Apple puts \”widescreen\” on the specification but it\’s not wide screen at all.


QXGA is currently the highest non-experimental and non-widescreen resolution — not very common but it will be, soon, due to iPad. The only other company that I know to release a mobile device with QXGA resolution  is NEC which sold laptops with QXGA monitors in the Japanese market.

If you watch non-HD Youtube videos, expect it to appear blocky. Think watching SD television on your HDTV.

If you play mobile HD games, watch HD videos on the go, browse ultra high resolution photographs from DSLR outdoors then perhaps it is worth the upgrade from iPad 2 alone. Otherwise the retina display is probably too much for you.

Also if you do not have the tools to edit or produce great materials from the new iPad, you might as well do those activities on a desktop computer.

2. You\’re not savvy on tablets or not a power user

If you intend to use the new iPad mostly for note-taking, using Facebook, browsing the internet, playing Angry Birds, reading novels or recipe, showing interactive stories to your kid or anything that does not require HD at all, then iPad 2 or any other tablet will serve you for quite a long while.

This boils down to what you really need. If you just need a simple tablet then you are probably better off using Kindle Fire. It\’s cheap and it does what a typical 7\” tablet can do.

3. Looks the same but heavier and thicker!


Disappointing? Yes, to a certain extent.

It might be necessary for the new 11,666 mAh battery inside to support the IPS display power requirement but are you kidding me? This makes iPad 2 more attractive.

Although  every major features were upgraded, the 3rd generation iPad is virtually the same as the older iPad 2 but the new iPad seems to be downgraded because it\’s ticker by 0.6 mm and heavier by 51  g  (Wi-Fi only model).

Get an iPad 2 if you are after the thinnest and lightest iPad available.

4. 4G LTE what?

Maybe having 4G is compelling enough reason to buy the new iPad but are you willing to pay the premium? Take note that you are most likely going to download bigger files from the Apple app store due to increased resolution, and it\’s probably the reason why Apple included 4G LTE on the new iPad anyway.

The new iPad uses either 700 Mhz and 2100 Mhz frequencies for 4G and for some countries that means 4G LTE is not supported at all. Your best hope is that it is compatible with HSPA+ network on your carrier. Apple needs to make separate models to support different 4G frequencies in US alone and it is misleading that 4G is supported worldwide. Again, it\’s not!

The good thing is, Apple still sells Wi-Fi only iPad and you can totally avoid the frequency mess.

If you can get unlimited and unthrottled data plan it might be a great deal but your battery probably won\’t last longer on 4G anyway so you might wish you have bought the Wi-Fi only version or probably something else.

5. You already bought an iPad 2 or other tablet

If you are happy with what you already bought and you don\’t wish to dive  immediately on a new purchase, that\’s totally fine. It is safer to wait and see what other consumers think of the new device after it is used and tested by typical consumers like you and me.

Also, you might wish to get more mileage out your device if it is less than 6 months. Don\’t pity yourself if you are not getting the new iPad soon. You\’re just fine without it.

6. No Siri


I don\’t blame you if you love Siri so much. The new iPad has a dictation feature but it is not as flashy or entertaining as Siri could be. Maybe it is coming to iPad in the feature but if you are dying to see Siri in the new iPad, better luck next time.

7. Need to save money

Let\’s make this quick. If you don\’t have enough money then don\’t buy the new iPad. You can consider iPad 2 because it is cheaper now and the awesomeness to price ratio is still relatively high compared to other tablets.

If you really want to save, why are you even looking at the new iPad?


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Text Messaging Will Be Outdated Soon

\"\"As we enter into new phase of wireless technology (i.e. 4G) it seems that telecommunication companies have already hinted the trends in mobile usage. People are using more voice and data now with 4G on the horizon. It is inevitable that demand for text messaging will decline.

If anyone hasn\’t noticed yet, more and more people are using IM over SMS because it is more convenient. Not to mention there are lots of conversations happening on Facebook, too. With free Wi-Fi in campuses, coffee shops and even malls, it\’s easier to get updates on people you care about simply by using popular social networking sites like Facebook straight from your mobile devices. As a result, less people are using text message to update friends and family. It seems that \’chatting\’ through text messages will be old fashioned before long. In addition, the market for tablets and smart phones is booming which is another nail in its coffin.

Text messaging had become cheaper lately due to maturing technology and increasing competition. As companies cut margins they get less profit. Some carriers had already increased their prices for text messages and stopped competing aggressively in this segment.

In the USA, AT&T planned to change their pricing for SMS plans. Before, SMS plans can be as low as $5 for 200 messages and $15 for 1,500 messages. With the new price rates the cheapest plan would be $10 for 1,000 messages with $0.10 charge per text if you exceed the limit. If you need more, you can get unlimited text message for $20. This is good news for heavy text message users. But how many people actually practice heavy texting these days? With the new price structure, they are effectively increasing the base price for light text message users, which is probably majority of their subscribers.

In the Philippines, the trend seems to be similar but less dramatic. Smart had recently announced that they would downplay unlimited promo. Instead of stepping up the base price for text messages promo, Smart is making unlimited text promos less accessible for typical Pinoy texters. To me, this is a sound business decision since Smart owns Red Mobile that already caters for unlimited call and text segment so there\’s no point cannibalizing their own market.

I rarely use text message nowadays because it\’s very easy to misread and miscommunicate. Maybe I would still use SMS heavily if Twitter via SMS is supported in the Philippine but that\’s not the case. It\’s good for occasional \’poke\’ but if I want to get the message across I make voice calls. On top of that, unlimited talk is more economical because it is cheaper these days and you get more value from it compared to unlimited text messages.

And that\’s only the beginning. Telcos no longer compete among themselves because the competition had shifted to other means of communication. There are more promos for voice calls today than in previous years, whether for NDD or IDD, since more people are discovering VoIP to make free calls.

Don\’t get me wrong. I am not against SMS or text messages. I am just telling the not so obvious. Expect to see less promo for text messages and more promos for voice because 4G is here already.

What I am anticipating is how soon will the prices of data plans catch up on innovations. More people will eventually adopt 4G even if they don\’t know it. A new cycle will start and hopefully we\’ll get bargain data plans before the advent of 5G.

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