I passed on iPad 1 but dove right in when the iPad 2 came out. I have to say that the week or two I spent with the 2 showed me that I do want to own an iPad. However, I am one of those that had significant light-leak (at least 8 semi-circles of light with several visible from Netflix/Huli viewing). I did exchange my first one and the second one was just as bad (first was white and the second was black.. both 64GB at&t). Apple has been awesome and I am pretty sure I have an iPad 2 on hold for me today thanks to a very, very awesome store manager but....
I also have the option to purchase a 64GB 3G iPad 1 for $529.. yes, brand-new, not refurbished, in-the-box.. it's being offered by at&t. I have a $900 Apple Store credit and it would be easy to just keep trying the iPad 2 but to be 100% honest I also had what looked to be early screen separation and some dust under the screen on one of the iPad 2s I had.. not confidence inspiring. I know... I know.. I can get the 2 and Apple will "make it right". The thing is, how long will that take?
My main usage will be the web, email, social media and some basic gaming. I am guessing that Real Racing HD won't be quite the same on the iPad 1 but I am also guessing that many more graphically-basic games might be just fine.
The thing is, if I got the iPad 1 I could bank (does $$ on Apple Gift Cards expire?) $331 to put towards the iPad 3 when it comes out (I LOVE retina display). This is a compelling argument.
So, the question is to those who have an iPad 1 or upgraded from iPad 1 to iPad 2.. are you seeing THAT much improvement in web speed, graphics quality? I am not concerned with the hardware as I am indifferent to the sizes of the two.
Thank you so much to anyone who can help me with this. I have been researching all I can "iPad 1 vs iPad 2" but there is nothing like true feedback from the actual community of users, not bloggers getting paid or comp'd units to review.