iPad 2 is still the best tablet
Let me begin by saying that I think that the iPad is a fantastic device. I am an early adopter that has Windows, Apple, and Android products and enjoys them individually for what they are. This review is comparing the new iPad 2 to the original iPad release to help you decide if you should upgrade or try to find one of the older units on the “cheap”.
The iPad 2 comes in the same memory options as the original – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB and no external slot is available for memory cards. With all these memory options you can install tons of apps. With the dual-core in effect, you will notice a faster loading of apps, web-pages, and web based apps compared to the original. The original was not “slower”, but in comparison, you can notice a definite speed increase. I believe that web pages and web-based apps are loading faster do to increased wifi capabilities, but I am unable to test this theory.
Like the original, iPad 2 is a slick device, meaning both beautiful and slippery. Looking much like the original, except now it's 10% lighter and 33% thinner. What does this mean? This unit actually becomes even more slippery when moving it around in hand. The original's had some weight behind it, good and bad (though only by a few ounces), was enough to keep it in your hands. iPad 2 is like a is beginning for a warranty for the unit because when hands become sweaty playing games or in heat, this thing could go flying out.
However, the Smart Cover, is an awesome option to combat this, albeit a minimum $40 option, it is NICE! Using magnets embedded in the iPad 2, the Smart Cover clicks into place to protect the iPad screen, adds hardly any weight or bulk, and turns off the unit very “sexily”. When the Smart Cover is closed, the iPad goes to sleep automatically, and then awakens when the cover is opened. The Smart Cover can also be folded to act as a stand for typing or movie watching.
The display is the same, and this is why I feel this isn’t the leap we were expecting. This does not have the Retina Display, and still boast the same specs as the original. I’m not saying that the screen is awful at all, the iPad 2's screen is still as good as the original.
The iPad 2's speaker has been moved from the side to the rear. In my opinion, this may be the only negative thing that has changed with the new release. The cameras on this device actually don’t have iPhone 4's 5 MP HDR camera, iPad 2 has a .69 MP (960 x 720) rear-facing camera and a.33 MP (640 x 480) camera in front. Unfortunately, the pictures are not the best, but in defense of the device, you are probably not taking stills with this thing. The pics tend to be grainy lack pizzazz. The cameras are really for are the ability to video chat using either Apple's FaceTime or Skype.
But if those upgrades aren't important to you, the original iPad at it's newly reduced price is makes for an excellent choice as well.
The iPad 2 includes three major upgrades over the original iPad 1:
•iPad 2 is a third thinner and a few ounces lighter than the original. It also has a slightly smaller surface area – the screen is the same 9.7 inches, but the bezel is smaller which makes it nice when you do hold this.
•There is now front and back cameras, so you can use Apple's FaceTime video chatting.
•Dual core processors (actually two 1 GHz processors on a chip).
Other than that, the new iPad is just a slightly smaller, thinner, faster upgrade to the iPad Original. You could call this an iPad 1.4 per say.
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iPad 2 - true desktop, laptop, gaming, DVD replacement
The 1st iPad was as close to a laptop replacement as one could get, finally bringing the web, photo editing, word processing, and gaming Mac-style not only affordably, but in an easy to use fashion.
As a daily user of my 1st generation iPad, I've found the The iPad 2 has several new features that make it even better than before. The only drawback is that many older cases and accessories will no longer work. Docks and Sync cables remain the same.
The new iPad is considerably thinner, more durable, and almost a 1/3 lighter in weight.
The iPad 2 also features a new docking accessory, sold separately that allows video mirroring for your computer or video out to your TV via HDMI and audio out.
This allows you to watch downloaded movies, view facebook and twitter, play games, and see your iPad directly on a big screen!
- A much faster processor and more RAM. This allows better app multitasking and allows the iPad 2 to have three new features that the 1st generation iPad wasn't capable of ...
1) Facetime video using the two built in cameras. One on the rear of the new iPad, one on the face. This will allow true video conferencing over wifi and 3G.
2) The faster processor has also allowed Apple to release a version of iMovie for the iPad. iMovie for the iPad allows editing of videos right on the iPad. (iMovie is an additional $4.99 from the Apple App Store and does not ship with the iPad 2.)
3) The addition of a Garageband audio creation and editing application. Almost identical to the Mac desktop version but now with touch controls. (Garageband is an additional $4.99 from the Apple App Store and does not ship with the iPad 2.)
- The addition of cameras has also allowed Apple to release Photobooth for the iPad. Photobooth is Apple's real time Photo/Video effects enhancing application. Example: One part of the application allows you to look like you are in funhouse mirrors - stretching your face in various funny ways. Another effect allows you to look like you are in a heat scan and another an x-ray view.
The iPad 2 is also now available on both Verizon CDMA and GSM networks. The GSM version is sold by various retailers in the United States but does not come carrier locked - but AT&T does have specific data plans for the iPad.
If you happen to have the iPad unlimited plan in the United States with AT&T - AT&T said that you are grandfathered in and can continue to use your unlimited plan with your new iPad 2.
The iPad 2 will also come in black and white in sizes of 16 gigabytes (GB) 32 GB 64 GB and in wifi & wifi + 3G versions.
My personal recommendation for the iPad is to save a little money and get just the wifi version and then use other options to connect to the internet if you are near a wifi hotspot - options like jailbreaking your iPhone for a wifi hotspot or paying to wirelessly tether your phone.
Please let me know if there's anything else you would like to know ...
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iPad 2 Quality suffers because of demand!
Let's start off by saying that I was not impressed with the display of propoganda that on the 11 of march when the must have iPad 2 was released. Lines that circled the block and attitude with anxious apple goers to add to the frustration. Added with lightweight and a long battery life this unit keeps up with the best. However with high deman the quality department may have been limited.
This is my second apple product including the iPhone 4. I raved over the iPad and decided to wait for the next generation, since the original iPad was a beta bug for apple.
First, I will note the PROS because apple makes some great products and I don't want to take that away from them. The battery life is outstanding. I am on day number 3 and still have an impressive 27% battery life. The screen is very sharp and responsive to the touch. Additionally, I could hold this thing all day without getting tired because it is next to being weightless and with the addition of the smart cover very logical to hold. Response is great. The processor is very quick and I have not experienced app hangs or delays to date. Also, currently no software crashes.
CONS: besides the obvious differences between the original, the iPad 2 has a rear facing and front facing camera. The manufacturer claims HD recorder @ 720p, but from my experiences I would be a sceptic to these accusations. Video seems to be very dull and grainy, nothing close to the HD that I am used to watching. Let's face it, face time picture quality is set back a generation. The front facing camera is terrible quality. That equivalent to my old nokia, seriously.
Overall I give the iPad 2 a 5 out of 10. Apple must have really rushed to get these things out. Mine has the bleeding light issue in the corners that everyone is crying about. This proves quanity overmatched quality in this release. My suggestion to everyone would be to wait for number 3 to come out before you seriously consider dropping 600 bucks on this thing. My predicition would be much higher resolution cameras tacked on with a retina display. If you absolutely cannot wait, give it a few months, let demand die down a little, and perhaps they will get the quality department under control. Good luck and happy bidding!
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