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When Apple introduced its first generation iPad early in 2010, it took the world by storm. The tablet was so successful that it prompted other manufacturers to release their own tablet devices in a bid to capture a slice of this obviously very hot market. While many of these competing tablets enjoyed decent sales, none of them could challenge the mighty iPad in terms of volume. Opting for a yearly update cycle for the iPad, Apple now has its second-generation device on the market. Apple has made a number of changes to the iPad 2 in terms of its physical design and hardware. Apple has managed to shave a bit of weight off its latest creation; the iPad 2 tips the scales at 601g (WiFi only) whereas its predecessor is 79g heavier. In hand you can feel this difference but we never thought the original was heavy anyway.Apple also managed to shrink the iPad 2's thickness to 8.8mm versus the older tablet's 13.4mm. The edges have also been worked on, so the newer model looks slightly more contoured and volume-wise the iPad 2 is definitely the winner. That said because the iPad 2 still features the same overall dimensions in terms of height and width, you won't notice the slimmer design in reality.
TechRadar has already reviewed Apple's new slimmer, sexier iPad 2.In short, it's a keeper, but Apple also makes a more expensive 3G version and it's worth considering what it brings to the table before you make your purchase.So, with a shiny new 64GB 3G model in our mits, TechRadar set about seeing how 3G can change the way you use an iPad.Visually the only thing to separate a 3G iPad 2 from the Wi-Fi-only version is the sleek black bar visible along the top of the device.Our colleagues at T3 took this iPad 2 unboxing video which you can watch below. It spoils the minimalist Apple aesthetic, but only slightly since you can hardly see it from the front of the iPad. In all other respects it looks exactly the same, it's only 12g heavier and has the same processor, cameras and memory configurations (16GB, 32GB and 64GB), and even comes in the same colours and has the same battery life.Yet for including a 3G chip (which provides a wireless data connection to the Internet wherever you can get a 3G signal) Apple whacks another £100 onto the price of the basic Wi-Fi model; so a 16GB 3G iPad costs you £499, instead of £399, a 32GB model costs you £579 and a 64GB model will set you back a whopping £659, making it the most expensive iPad on the Apple Store.
If you're reading this now, we assume you're not one of the faithful fans who queued all night to get your hands on an iPad 2 the day they were launched. This next-gen tablet has proved to be the subject of more media hype and fan hysteria than its older brother, and in Asia it was selling on the grey market for at least twice its original price. While the iPad 2 is slimmer, speedier and even more desirable than the first one, is that enough of a reason to upgrade, or even to buy one in the first place? Looks When it comes to all things techie, making them smaller is always a big selling point – and the iPad 2 weighs in at just 600g (compared with the iPad's 712g) and is 33% slimmer. The aluminium body is just 8.8mm deep, which makes it slimmer than most smartphones, and sits comfortably in the hand, rather like a futuristic, very cool-looking slate. The capacitive touch-screen measures 9.7 inches and is surrounded by a bezel that is either white or black. There's a home button at the bottom, and at the top is a camera suitable for video calls. The rear camera has a rather oddly low-resolution of 0.7 megapixels.
Once again it seems like it's Apple vs the world. While potential rivals for the iPad have been growing in number over the last few weeks, Apple is fighting back with a the new and improved version of its ground-breaking touchscreen tablet. The iPad 2 is clearly designed to help Apple stay one step ahead of the game in the tablet market, and although it's very similar to the iPad 1—with the same screen and interface, for example—it also has a few key differences. As Apple is proudly proclaiming, the iPad 2 is lighter, faster (double the processing power) and slimmer than the original tablet. Another key difference is the arrival of two built-in cameras—one for Apple's FaceTime video calling function and the other for taking photos and shooting videos. On top of that, the price tag has been trimmed of a few pounds, a white model will be available alongside the tradition black-framed device, and a selection of Smart Covers have been designed to accompany the upgraded tablet. All in all then, the iPad 2 is nothing revolutionary, it's just (slightly) evolutionary. So just how good is this second version of the iPad?
"The third post-PC blockbuster product" - this is the phrase that Steve Jobs used to describe the iPad at their recent media event for the iPad 2. Regardless of how you feel about the company or their products, there is no denying that Apple is one of the best when it comes to product design and marketing. Eager consumers flock to get the latest Apple hardware each year, often waiting in lines hundreds deep for hours on end. The original iPad launched in April 2010 and managed to sell 15 million units in nine months. That equates to roughly $9.5 billion in revenue for Apple and perhaps one of the most successful tech launches in history. Granted, not even Apple could predict the iPad's rocketing success. Competitors soon realized the value in this newfound tablet market and got to work at a feverish pace, although already at a disadvantage and having to play catch-up. There have only been a handful of notable launches from the competition so far such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the recently released Motorola Xoom, with many more to come, but according to Apple they still hold a >90% market share in this new segment and we tend to believe them. This brings us to the highly anticipated iPad 2 which went on sale March 11.
The Apple iPad 2 is about to hit European shelves, fresh form a diet and exercise regime that's helped it shed weight and build muscle. Faster, thinner and lighter is an accurate account of what's been going on in the year that divides the two editions of Apple's tablet. Apple is taking it easy with the upgrades as usual everything is carefully planned to ensure smooth traffic of new and repeat customers. It's weirdly inconsistent with the hype about every new release. Anyway, faster-thinner-lighter is a fair deal to offer new users without making the original iPad adopters feel duped. It's a sequel from the creators of a blockbuster. The iPad 2 is in no mood to start a revolution. But evolution should be good enough considering the original iPad is yet to be beaten. The list of disadvantages of any iOS device is the usual long read. Apple's iOS has limitations that we all have to live with. Apple will never bring Flash support, allow regular file management or make iTunes (or at least the mandatory cable connection) optional. As to the actual iPad 2, if you want real GPS functionality you have no choice but to opt for the 3G-enabled model, which adds $120 to the regular bill.
The magic is back for a second act, baby, and it doesn't play for the Lakers (that's the other Magic). The magic we're talking about plays for team Apple, and while the competition tries to come up with a so-called "iPad killer," Apple may have beat them to the punch. How's that for irony? We're of course referring to the iPad 2, Apple's second tablet in as many years, and the first successor to the slate that started it all. Don't confuse that to mean Apple invented the tablet, which it didn't, but the Cupertino outfit was the first to figure out how to market and sell such a device to the mainstream, almost single-handedly reviving a mobile concept that many didn't think could co-exist with laptops and netbooks. With the iPad 2, Apple is looking to extend its lead over the competition, which at this point is pretty significant, and make sure it isn't passed up by some spunky newcomer to the tablet space. We've heard promise after promise of upcoming tablets that were supposed to unseat the iPad, and we're finally starting to see some real worthwhile alternatives, such as Motorola's Xoom.
Amazingly, the tablet market has evolved tremendously over the course of the last year thanks to the revolutionary onset of the Apple iPad. Prior to its release, tablets were merely thought of as secondary devices, or even expensive luxuries that rendered them almost completely incapable of reaching mass appeal. However, the iPad surely has taken things to an entirely new direction as consumers gobbled it up thanks mostly to its intuitive operation, portability, and more importantly, its manageable low cost of ownership.Naturally, it’s only expected to find its successor, the iPad 2, to step things up a notch in various aspects to make it a moderate improvement over its predecessor. And rightfully so, we’re greeted with a product that pushes the envelope in the design and hardware department, while still retaining that gold standard of being ticketed with a minimum $500 cost of ownership. Precisely on cue, its arrival should stem the tide of recent competitive offerings from tampering with its reach, but let’s hope that the tablet experience is up to the task of complementing its fashionable exterior and impressive hardware.
We review the Apple iPad 2 which refines the formula set forth by the original with dual cameras, a faster processor and an even thinner profile. Judging by the lines at stores, the Apple iPad 2 is a phenomenon. It's been rumored for so long, and with so much talk about tablet PCs in general in the past year, it's as if the pent-up demand just exploded this weekend. But despite the long lines and sold out stores, two questions remain: Is the iPad 2 better than any other tablet and, two, if you want an iPad is getting the original at a deep discount actually a better deal? We answer those questions and more in the full review below, so continue on to find out.Three major improvements raise the iPad 2 above the original.1. It's thinner by a third, and has a slightly smaller surface area thanks to a thinner bezel, with a sloped iPhone-3G-style edge, instead of the original iPad's squared-off perimeter. It’s also about 25 percent lighter – and you can feel both improvements.2. The iPad 2 has front and back facing cameras which will enable a bunch of new applications, most importantly FaceTime video chatting.3. It now has a dual-core 1GHz processor, which, according to Apple, doubles the speed and juices graphics up by nine times.
Apple made the iPad 2 thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the first-generation tablet. The iPad 2 also has front- and rear-facing cameras, which enable FaceTime video chat, and at least one high-profile launch app iPad 2 exclusive in iMovie. While the iPad upgrades qualify as something more than a fresh coat of paint, the functional differences between the first generation iPad and iPad 2 are minimal. The iPad 2 is essentially the same device that reinvented the tablet market in 2010. This time though, Apple does not have the luxury of setting the standard. Competition from Google in the form of Android Honeycomb has pushed tablets further in function with Flash support, widgets and slick 3D effects. Hardware makers like Motorola and Samsung have upped specs to near notebook levels, including screen resolutions approaching true HD. If Apple wants to maintain its sizable market lead, it will have to do more than just play catch-up with each successive iPad release. It will have to continue to innovate and offer the best tablet experience available.
Just under one year ago, Apple shocked the computing world with a 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet that few truly expected.Some called the original Apple iPad a large-format iPhone. Others berated the name and made jokes that were not remotely funny.The early reviews were marginal at best – we handed the device a solid four stars. Technical folks decried the lack of Adobe Flash and the missing cameras.Now, 60,000 apps later (according to Apple, who counts every conceivable option) and just a few weeks after the first real Android 3.0 tablet contender hit the streets (Motorola Xoom), the iPad 2 has sauntered onto the playing field.iOS 4.3 reviewThe iPad 2 release date in the US was 11 March, while the iPad 2 UK release date is 25 March.Some expected pure gold: a tablet that runs as fast as a laptop and weighs less than a newspaper.Yet, the reality with the iPad 2 is that Apple has taken an iterative approach. In many ways, the iPad 2 is a crowd pleaser because it does not rock the boat.At 241mm tall, 186mm wide, and 8.6mm thick, the iPad 2 is just a hair smaller than the original iPad and it's thinner than the iPhone 4.
The competition must really hate Apple. The Apple iPad wasn't just a successful tablet computer in 2010--it was the tablet computer. In one fell swoop, Apple created the new tablet market and sold tens of millions of iPads in spite of a global economic downturn and considerable skepticism. With the iPad's second go-around, Apple sticks to its successful formula. The iPad 2 is thinner, faster, and includes two cameras, but otherwise, the iPad stays the same: size, price, capacity, and features all carry over. Oh, except for color. Apple now offers both white and black versions of the iPad 2 in every price and configuration. The base model starts at $499, giving you 16GB of storage and a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. If you want more storage for all your applications, photos, music, and videos, you can jump up to the 32GB ($599) or 64GB ($699) models. The freedom to surf the Web over a 3G cellular connection costs an extra $130 over any of the three capacities mentioned above, plus monthly carrier fees. Unlike with the original iPad, you now have a choice of two carriers (Verizon and AT&T). Choose carefully, though, since the Verizon version of the iPad can't be made to work on AT&T, and vice versa.
The iPad shaped the consumer tablet market. Now, just as Android 3.0 Honeycomb slates are rising to the challenge, the iPad 2 is here to move Apple's game on even further. Squeezing a faster processor, boosted graphics and twin cameras into a 33-percent thinner design, yet keeping the same 10hr battery and - perhaps most importantly - the same price, the iPad 2 promises to refine what rivals were still struggling to beat. Is the Apple iPad 2 the best tablet today? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. It may be a little smaller, a fair amount lighter and a whole lot thinner, but the iPad 2 is still unmistakably an iPad. The original, bow-backed model measured in at 246 x 190 x 13 mm and 680g (for the WiFi-only version); the new iPad 2 slims that down to 241 x 186 x 8.8 mm and 601g. Since the display is still 9.7-inches, that means a slightly narrower bezel as well, though the difference is minor. Like the latest iPod touch, the edges of the iPad 2 taper neatly: the slate sits flat on a table, not rocking like its predecessor, and feels even thinner in the hand thanks to the narrowing sides. That makes one-handed use - such as when reading ebooks in iBooks or the Kindle app - more practical.
A year ago, nobody had an iPad. Then Apple sold 15 million of them in just nine months, creating a whole new category of technology product. The iPad may have become, in the words of Steve Jobs, "the most successful consumer product ever launched." It turns out that a lot of people saw the iPad's appeal: It's a supremely portable device that's well suited for checking e-mail, surfing the Web, playing games, reading books and other stuff you get off the Internet, and even for getting work done. Kids and the elderly have embraced it, too. It's awfully hard to follow such a massive success, but that's the task set out for the new Apple iPad 2, which goes on sale Friday. At least the iPad 2 has one thing going for it: The original model caught the technology industry so flat-footed that only now are true competitors beginning to appear. Those competitors will now face a new iteration of the iPad, one that's faster, smaller, and lighter than the model introduced a year ago--all while retaining the $499 entry price that has proven all but impossible for Apple's competitors to match. It's almost unfair. A Game of Inches (and Ounces) Call it Jobs's Law if you like: The latest version of any Apple product is likely to be thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
As cocky as it may seem, when Steve Jobs boasts that most of the new 2011 tablets are no match for the original Apple iPad, he has a point. Currently, only the Motorola Xoom (Verizon Wireless) ($599-$799, 3.5 stars) shows enough promise to compete with Apple's tablet. RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, HP's TouchPad, and Samsung's Honeycomb Galaxy Tab could also be contenders, but as Apple hits its second tablet rev, they've yet to arrive. The iPad 2 is thinner than the original iPad, with a faster processor, dual cameras, and FaceTime video chat. Apple also drummed up some excellent new accessories and apps, like the innovative Smart Cover and the endlessly fun, yet affordable GarageBand music app. Android lovers and Apple haters can argue that there are quality non-Apple tablets out there, and, like Jobs, they have a point. But these other tablets are few, and right now, none of them rival the iPad 2, which easily wins our Editors' Choice for tablets. Before we get to the meat of this review, here's how the iPad 2 pricing breaks down. The Wi-Fi–only model costs $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB.
No one has been able to match the iPad's industrial design or intuitive interface. No tablet even approaches the number of apps available for the iPad. Only iTunes offers a one-stop shop for music, video, and books. Does Apple even need a sequel? Actually, yes. Now that Android 3.0 tablets are finally hitting shelves and the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad are getting ready for battle, the tablet war is finally heating up. So here comes the iPad 2, which is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessor but also adds a dual-core processor and dual cameras. So is Apple still one step ahead of the competition? Our full review reveals all.The iPad 2 is the MacBook Air of tablets. Weighing 1.34 pounds and measuring 0.34 inches thick, the iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner and about 15 percent lighter than the iPad. It's also significantly lighter than the Motorola Xoom (1.6 pounds). You really have to hold the iPad 2 in your hands to appreciate the difference. With its sturdy aluminum back, the tablet feels just as solid as before; there's just less of it, which made the iPad 2 easier to hold during long gaming or reading sessions. The smoother, rounded lines also make the iPad 2 feel more natural in your hands.
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