Now that the release date is official for the iPad 2, consumers have a few decisions to make. One is whether they want to upgrade their first-edition iPad to the newer model, which is, among other things, lighter, faster and thinner than its older counterpart.
Consumers also must decide between the iPad 2 and a plethora of other tablets that continue to enter the market. Once the tablet alpha dog, Apple now has stiff competition from companies like Blackberry, Sharp, Toshiba, Sony and Samsung.
If you still settle on the iPad 2 after considerations, your next decision will involve carriers. Like the iPhone, the iPad 2 will be offered by Verizon and AT&T. Computerworld has reported that Verizon will offered a tiered payment plan that begins at $20 for 1GB and goes up to $80 for 10GB. AT&T is only offering two options. Consumers can pay $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. Additional GBs will cost $10 per 1 GB.
Clearly, AT&T offers the cheapest option, but experts believe this deal is only best if you’re a light Internet user or if you plan to use the iPad 2 inside a home with Wi-Fi. AT&T users would pay for their data as they use it on a monthly basis. Verizon customers must pay upfront for any data they plan to consume.