Is The iPad 2 Worth Buying?
There’s no question that nearly all people will have seen or heard of the iPad 2 in one way or another. Apple releases always produce a lot of buzz. Is this due to Apple’s product line being great or merely buzzt from their hardcore fan base? Coming from a person who is indifferent, I’d say it’s a bit of both. Following on one year from when the first iPad was released, the iPad 2 is now available. Today, I will look at what different with this innovative release and if going over to the iPad 2 is something you should do.
The first thing to notice with the iPad 2 is the diminution in physical size. It is good to note that the iPad 2 is thinner, to the tune of a third in comparison to the original iPad, and that the size of the screen is as it was. At only 600 grams, the iPad 2 is much lighter. That’s very light.
I’ve had both an iPad and an iPad 2 and I must say there is a noticeable divergence in its feel. It would be an inaccurate supposition to believe that this skinnier, lighter version does not function as well.
The new iPad, iPad 2 is as a matter of fact a lot quicker than the original. The graphics processor is touted by Apple to be 9 times quicker than the initial iPad. If that is true, it is a significant leap forward. The reason for this progress is for demanding games and the camera, which we’ll come onto before long. An A5 chip implies that Apple also now has a processor that is a lot quicker. The A5 chip features a dual core processor and it makes a difference to the speed of the latest iPad. No matter what I was using, I could see that it was faster. Loading time is speedier and I observe this when using the web and video functions on both the original iPad and iPad 2.
- Apple’s newest generation of iPads.
- 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology.
- 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed processor.
- Forward facing and rear facing cameras.
- Apple’s iOS 4 and access to Apple’s app store.
List Price: $ 499.00
The iPad 2 now features two cameras. These are situated at the front and at the rear. The original iPad did not have cameras at all, so this is a big feature if you’re bothered about having a camera on your device. A somewhat better capability of one of the cameras is the ability to film in 720p HD. FaceTime and PhotoBooth are just two new additions to the iPad which let you make video calls and take interesting pictures, respectively. With FaceTime, the front camera lets your calling partner to see your face and the back camera lets your partner see what you can see, on the back side of the iPad.
If you have money and wish the new quicker processing times then making the switch from the first iPad to iPad 2 probably makes sense. While the upgrades are an improvement, it’s nothing serious, apart from maybe the camera of iPad 2 which is a brand new inclusion.