Experiment shows people have hard time telling Apple iPad 2 from the new Apple iPad

Experiment shows people have hard time telling Apple iPad 2 from the new Apple iPad
Early indications are that Friday's launch of the new Apple iPad was a disappointment, at least considering the huge bar that was set for the release. Could it be that Apple overestimated the demand for a tablet with Retina display? Could everyday people even tell the difference between the display on the Apple iPad 2 and the third-gen Apple tablet? Would they notice the faster speed produced by the Apple A5X processor and the quad-core GPU?

With a tip of the hat to those coffee commercials (we've replaced the premium coffee in this 5 star restaurant with Folger's crystals), Gizmodo handed over an Apple iPad 2 to Gawker employees, telling them that it was the latest iteration of the device, and captured the results. Some correctly noticed no difference in the screen from the iPad 2 while others raved about the amazing screen resolution. One guy noticed how much thinner the new model is and liked the increased resolution on the screen.

So what can we make out of this experiment? For one, Apple could have saved a ton of money by just re-labeling the Apple iPad 2 as the new Apple iPad. Most of those in the experiment said that they would buy what they thought was the latest Apple tablet. If people can't tell the difference with their coffee, how are they expected to note the difference with something more complex as the number of pixels on a display?

To catch the video of the experiment, click on the sourcelink.

source: Gizmodo

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1. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Not that surprising! Most of it IS mental...

2. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012


3. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

And the sheep said "Baaaaaaaahhhhhhhh"

10. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

iLemmings don't make a sound. They just stand there slackjawed

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"But if they look the same, how will anyone know I upgraded?"

4. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

If you can't tell the difference in screen quality then your effen blind!!!this is the best tablet hands down I have owned and I've owned them all.

8. jtc8008

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

You have owned them all? You must be very very rich. I'm jeolous

18. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

No not rich but I do alright. each tablet I owned for about a month then returned it but this I'm keeping.

11. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

denmcdon - I meant to thumbs down your post. Not up. My bad.

49. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Then you're an effin iDiot for buying the exact same thing you already bought not even a year ago. Oh wait my bad, the screen is prettier.

5. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I don't know, I just got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 with the Super Amoled display, Its pretty awesome even compared with the new iPad

60. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Yeah you're right. I'm proud owner also of Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 which way better than ipad, especially in multitasking. The super amoled plus hd is superb and exynos really fast. They increase the screen resolution of ipad coz they realized maybe samoled is superior in there retina display. Those people who bought new ipad should nothing to be proud of coz other people who saw their new ipad may think its still an ipad 2... just a waste of upgrade.

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Just proves that if you tell an apple user that something is new, they'll believe you.... If PA let us post pictures, this would be a great time for the one from Futurama with Fry shouting "Shut up and take my money!"

50. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Or Farnsworth's "I don't want to live on this planet anymore".

7. jtc8008

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

HAHA such a waste for the new one.

9. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I work at best buy and me and another employee were quizzing other employees since we had a new iPad and iPad 2 side by side to see if they could tell the difference, and mosdlt guessed wrong. The only thing that would give it away was the new iPad gets WAY hotter. Even messed with a few customers we knew very well by switching the tags, NONE of them knew before we told them, even after compairing them. We got about: 80 and sold about 20 by 6 (we open at 10). Interestingly enough iPad 2's were selling better because people would come in for the new ipad, see there was almost no difference, and go with the cheaper one, or move to android

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can tell the difference. My iPad 2 had 32 gigs,and no LTE,my new iPad has 64 gigs,and LTE. Oh,and the screen looks really good too.

36. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

What your describe is mainly small differences in internals which makes no difference to the external device look,build or appearance. The new ipad is essentially the exact same device as previous ipads just with a screen (not made or engineered by apple) which has a better resolution. The sheer fact is that apple re-releases products year in year out with little difference besides an $ added to the name and an extra 'again' added to the changes everything again motto. If you place and iphone 4 and an iphone 4$ side by side nonosy can tell the difference

57. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

is it a problem? i mean it seems to be an industry standard…. look at the moto droid… it barely changes at all except for interior… the droid x had like 3 goes before it changed… htc outed the exact same style over and over… samsung does the exact same-- they repagage older designs with new tech… its not a bad thing! u dont have to fix something that isnt broken!!!!

58. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You're right. There is nothing wrong with incremental updates. That's how evolution of any kind works. A series of small changes over time. Here's the thing though: Many of the more "vocal" Apple fans put down Android OS, Android devices, & Android users for exactly this reason. It's the hypocrisy that gets people riled up, and the blind fealty.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, according to most iFans, they wouldn't be able to tell the difference between an iPad and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (even with the different aspect ratio and buttons), so why would they be able to tell one iPad version from the next? Maybe if a judge held both up ruened off in front of them from 10 yards away. They seem to think that's a fair test.

25. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Personally, I might have been interested in buying the new iPad. Unfortunately, the announcement came ahead of time that W8 tablets would be coming out later this year. So I'll wait until the W8 tablets are out in the market before making my decision.

54. veRdiKt

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

I work at best buy also and its one of the biggest ones and we got about 270 sold like 180

12. gemmabba

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2011

You Don't Say?????!!!!!!

14. mgonzalez

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

Honestly I just got my preordered new iPad and was hoping I didn't receive an iPad 2 by mistake. I think I can notice the weight difference. as for the screen, my eyesight is kind of bad so I don't even really notice the higher screen resolution. I guess I would have to have it side by side with an iPad 2 showing the same image on both screens to really see a difference in screen quality.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not to be a smartass, but why not save a few bucks and just buy the 2 then? The only real noticable upgrade on the 3 is the display (unless you want the LTE connectivity)

28. mgonzalez

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

I had the iPad 2 and I sold it. To be honest probably not particularly smart on my part because the new iPad is hardly an upgrade but what's done is done. It's still a nice tablet. I prefer it over my transformer prime, just wish the new iPad had a quad core CPU.

41. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Hope they have more in stock, and save self $100.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Funny that's what android devices do when they freeze. They stand there slack jawed till u reboot em. Bwahahahahahahah.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

iPhones just shut the app, and act like nothing is wrong. Oh, and according to research, they do it more often than Android devices, too...

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