Fourth-Generation iPad: 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy This Tablet

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-10-31 Print this article Print

5. It's not as mobile as the iPad Mini

If mobility is what a customer is after, choosing the fourth-generation iPad over the iPad Mini makes little sense. After all, the iPad Mini comes with a smaller screen measuring 7.9 inches and is shorter, thinner and lighter than the larger iPad. If mobility is crucial for customers, opting for the fourth-generation iPad is a bad idea.

6. LTE pricing goes up quickly

As noted, customers on a budget won't be happy with Apple's starting price on the WiFi-only model. But those same folks should consider that Apple charges a whopping $130 premium for LTE service. In addition, those customers will need to contend with plans from carriers that can cost anywhere between $15 a month to much, much more. Be aware of the high total cost of ownership on the LTE iPad model.

7. A new design is likely coming

Apple showed off a new tablet design in the iPad Mini. And although it didn't say that the design would come to the larger slate, rumors have suggested it could happen sooner rather than later. In the event a new design is coming, it'll likely arrive next year. So, why not wait a year for that to happen?

8. The Lightning port

Apple's Lightning port is a major issue for many customers. Although Apple says that the port will allow for better charging and data-transfer performance, for those who own accessories equipped with the old 30-pin connector, it's useless. Don't forget about that before buying the latest iPad.

9. Apps aren't optimized yet

Apple's new A6X processor is nice, but let's not forget that developers have yet to optimize their applications for that chip. So those hoping for beautiful video games that take advantage of the processor's graphical power just won't see that for some time.

10. The camera is just so-so

Apple's fourth-generation iPad comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Although that's better than what's available in the second-generation tablet, which is still for sale, it pales in comparison to those available in just about every mobile product on the market. Plus, it highlights one important point: Apple's components, in some cases, won't match what customers can find in other tablets.

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