The "1-Minute" Review
- Could use some more RAM. Can get bogged down if many apps are open at once.
- The cameras are not good quality and border on unusable.
The Apple iPad 2 is the much-anticipated successor of the original iPad and at first glance it looks nearly the same as the first. The hardware has undergone upgrades including a dual-core processor and more RAM, but the software remains unchanged, not that it's a bad thing; iOS is awesome to use and is extremely smooth.
The iPad 2 is available with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus 3G connectivity. The 3G version is priced approximately $130 higher than the Wi-Fi only model but allows you to take advantage of 3G cellular data networks. This makes the most sense for commuters or those who need internet access not just at home or at Starbucks, but nearly anywhere they go.
The design of the iPad 2 is excellent and just screams class. It is the thinnest tablet on the market and weighs less than a paperback book. Speaking of changes, it starts with the hardware. The old A4 CPU has been replaced with the new dual-core A5 and the difference is obvious the first time you pick up the device. It is faster at loading apps and handles multitasking better than the original iPad. It could use some more RAM though. 512 MB seems pretty slow these days as most competing tablets feature 1GB.
The iPad 2 also features the best battery life among tablets. You can expect to get around ten hours of battery life between charges which makes the iPad 2 the best choice for someone on the go for most of the day. As with the first iPad, the touchscreen is the best in the business. It is responsive, accurate, and features amazing multi-touch features which make the iPad 2 one of the most entertaining tablets to use.
When it comes to drawbacks there are not too many to speak of. The most glaring weakness is the camera. In simple terms, it is not very good at all. Video chat is noisy and blurry while stills are not sharp at all. However, this does not really hamper the overall usability of the device as most people are not going to use the iPad 2 as their primary camera.
Note: The Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi is the same product as the 3G-enabled version except for the fact that your access to the internet is limited to areas with Wi-Fi. If you can live without the wider coverage offered by 3G and limit tasks that require internet connectivity to hotspots, this is the one to get.