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iPad 2 Review - The Evolution Of the Amazing Device

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It's barely a year since Apple unleashed its original iPad, a game changing device on the planet of mobile computing. The tablet is firmly established as a niche product: smaller than a laptop or netbook but bigger than a smartphone. The Ipad might possibly not have been the first tablet device but it was the one that renewed the format for that mobile internet age.

Now, twelve months later, with the original iPad a runaway success, however with other manufacturers getting in on the act in greater numbers, Apple has released the apple ipad 2. The thrill and anticipation regarding this new model continues to be remarkable, so in the following paragraphs we'll take a look at what the new iPad brings to the table, and whether it makes sense for owners of the old model to choose upgrading immediately.

Whenever Apple launches a brand new, upgraded version of one of its products, you can be sure the new model will shoot for something noticeably different in design when compared with its predecessor. This is the way Apple uses design to stimulate desire to have its products. Nevertheless there is always technical advancement, simultaneously appearance and style are used by Apple to distance the brand new product in the old and make that which was 'new' a few months ago seem 'old hat'.

Bearing this in mind, the brand new iPad 2 is surprisingly recognizable in the old model. To be fair, when it comes to named it would be tough to reinvent the wheel; with that said, the brand new model is noticeably thinner and sleeker compared to original. There is also a curve towards the edge of the new unit that provides a different feel within the hand. In addition to being thinner than the first iPad, the new model is also lighter, by 80 grams.

Getting to the technical specifications, as we compare the old iPad with the apple ipad 2 we can see that there have been some big improvements made. The brand new unit is powered by an A5 dual core 1 GHz model, which is effectively two times as fast as the single core A4 chip within the old iPad. The apple ipad 2 has 512 MB of RAM, again twice those of the first generation iPad. Also around the plus side, the apple ipad 2 features a better graphics engine that's claimed to be nine times faster compared to previous version. On the other hand, the apple ipad 2 screen is identical (1024x768 pixels) as that on the old iPad, so there isn't any improvement there.

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A substantial advance with the iPad 2 is within its provision of two cameras: a rear-facing cam for video and still capture, along with a front-facing VGA cam for video chats. In comparison the original iPad had no camera of any kind. Another improvement with the iPad 2 is its inbuilt gyroscope that detects whether the unit is being held horizontally or vertically. This feature aims to counteract a frustrating tendency of the old iPad to show images or pages at the wrong orientation when the unit was moved suddenly.

As you might expect, the enhanced hardware from the iPad 2 makes for faster processing and smoother display of some kinds of material. Simple web browsing, using the supplied Safari browser, doesn't seem that different but video playback is certainly somewhat smoother. However, one disappointment may be the camera quality. The resolution is not that great, either for capture of video and stills, or for the caliber of video chats. This can be a little surprising because of the superior specifications of the cameras on the iPhone 4. On the other hand, a tablet such as the iPad isn't a perfect size or shape to use as a camera. Perhaps the company's research shows that buyers use the iPad chiefly to see the net so that as an e-reader, and so there was no reason in over-specifying the unit.

One other thing we have to mention is the issue of Flash support. In common with the different iPhones and former iPad, the apple ipad 2 does not support Flash, so any websites determined by this technology (and there are lots of these) will not display on the iPad. Some websites, for example Google's various sites, offer HTML5 versions as a substitute for Flash, however, many other websites don't so these will not be viewable whatsoever around the iPad 2.

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To conclude, we shall try to answer the twin questions of whether you should choose the iPad 2 over another tablet, as well as whether existing iPad users should replace their machines. With regard to other tablets out there right now, the chief contender appears to be the Motorola Xoom. Should you place the apple ipad 2 up against the Xoom, in our opinion the Xoom arrives slightly on the top. The display is crisper and brighter, and also the Motorola is better specified over-all. On the other hand, the iPad has a smaller footprint and lighter, which is a benefit, even if performance is not as good. Of course, the other major difference is the interface. The Xoom is an Android device, and Android has increasing numbers of fans. The adaptability and flexibility of the Android OS is certainly greater than those of the Apple iOS, but to this day many people, especially those already used to Apple devices, like the smoothness of the Apple interface.

Should you already own an iPad, you might be wondering whether or not to upgrade. If you are a person who has to get the latest and greatest, as well as for whom the price is not a concern, then yes, you should go for it. The apple ipad 2 has an improved, sleeker case along with a noticeably zippier performance. You will certainly see a speed difference compared to the old model. On the other hand, if you have only recently purchased the iPad, you could take security in knowing you have an excellent product and enjoy it for what it's. If you aren't desperate to be up to date, you need to perhaps wait for the apple ipad 3, or for a discount around the apple ipad 2, that will probably come at some point when this brand new product continues to be on the market for a while.
 

Posted May 29, 2012 at 12:22pm

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