Apple iPad 2


When the iPad 2 was first launched, many critics asked how it was possible to make improvements on the market leading iPad, especially as the price of the iPad would be almost $600 without 3G features. Apple has made some significant upgrades to the world's first tablet computer, but you will need to decide what features are important before deciding whether to upgrade.

What Stays the Same

From the outside, the iPad 2 is almost identical to the original. You still get the same black frame and a full 9.7- inch screen. The touch screen technology is identical, as is the layout of the apps and the settings app contains the same functionality.

The computer still accesses the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection but you can also upgrade this with Verizon or AT&T to allow you 3G access anywhere that you can receive a signal. You still cannot make calls, but you can download programs like Skype or Viber to allow you to call people through the Internet.

What Has Changed

While on first appearances you may not see the differences between the iPad and the new iPad 2, a closer look will tell you that many things have changed:

  • Thickness – The new iPad is a mere 8.8 mm thick, making it thinner than an average finger. This has reduced the weight and it will take up less room and weight in your bag than your average paperback book.
  • Front facing camera – The original iPad only had the camera on the back, meaning that the FaceTime app was redundant, even on the newer models. The camera now faces you when you are using the new iPad, which allows you to have face-to-face video conversations with your friends, families, and colleagues.
  • Dual core processor – The reduction in size does not mean a reduction in speed and the new technology in micro-processing means that your iPad 2 will be around twice as fast as the original iPad. As a result, any app that requires the graphics card such as games or videos will be a lot smoother with much higher definition.
  • Improved operating system – To compete with the new Android technology, Apple has released iOS 4.3 on the new iPad to allow users greater functionality and access to the processing power of their tablet. The new operating system allows users to manually set memory usage for different apps, as well as the ability to put apps and downloads into background mode, which will help to save battery life.
  • Battery life – One of the biggest criticisms of the original iPad was the short battery life that was not helped when users were running multiple apps at the same time. The new iPad will now run for a minimum of 6 hours on a full charge, and with the ability to run programs in the background with less memory usage, test users were getting an average of 9 hours of use in between charges.
  • More apps - At the time of release of the new iPad, Apple estimated that over 65,000 apps are available through the Apple store. This covers everything from games to weather forecasts to iPad versions of Microsoft Office software. This compares to a little over 20,000 on the Android market and you will know the quality is better because Apple has to approve every app that written for the iPad.

iPad 2 - Is it worth it?

No More iPad Name Jokes

The success of the first iPad seemed to drown out all of the skeptical iPad name jokes that were abundant prior to release of the first generation. The iPad is considered by many to be the best tablet PC. Where did the naysayers go?

The improvements contained in the new Apple tablet PC will entice current users to upgrade, and win over those undecided about the tablet experience.

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