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Apple iPad 2 review

8.9/10 AVG.
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8.9/10
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The Apple iPad 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 38 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • The new A5 processor is extremely fast at any app you throw at it.
  • Elegant and thin design is sure to turn heads.

What's bad

  • 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.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The updated iPad 2 doubles the processing power and gets FaceTime and HD video. The speed boost is tangible but developers are yet to use its full potential. The real benefit of the newly-added cameras is FaceTime. HD video recording is not essential on a tablet really. You know, most of the iPad ow...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
MacInTouch

Steve Jobs calls the iPad a “post-PC” product (along with the iPhones and iPods). Traditional PC-like apps, such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote, helped its acceptance, but the fact is, the iPad is not a PC. It's intensely personal. You touch it, hold it, carry it, stroke it; no “personal computer” ha...

- Robert Mohns, MacInTouch
Recombu

The original iPad was the best tablet available a year ago. Now, the iPad 2 is the best tablet available, though it really hasn't diverted from the original formula.We’re still waiting for a proper Android-powered rival to appear, a year on. Whether that’s because the first iPad was so far ahead of...

- Mat Smith, Recombu
Pocket-lint

There are some differences worth noting. Yes, the iPad's battery will last you a bit longer, it’s a better looking piece of kit, it has 3G, a camera and it’s more flexible in terms of what you can do with it. The real story, and where you need to think long and hard, is about what you want to do wit...

- Dan Sung, Pocket-lint
PhoneArena

Being the newest kid on the block definitely has its advantages, and it really shows with the HTC Jetstream as it excels in shooting photos & videos, packs support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and incorporates HTC Scribe Technology. Moreover, the HTC Sense for tablet experience offers a lot of usefuln...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Apple iPad 2's screen size is 9.7 inches with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual Core Apple A5 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 4.3 (Update Available: 9) operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
You can take photos with the phone's onboard camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/ 64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad 2 Specs

Overview
Release date March 11, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 4.3 (Update Available: 9)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual Core Apple A5 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/ 64 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM Unknown
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.1 x 18.6 x 0.9 cm (9.5 x 7.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 601 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Pixel density 132 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key Yes
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Geotagging
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Protected AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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GSMArena

It doesn't simply upgrade the first-iPad – its goal is to convert new users

The updated iPad 2 doubles the processing power and gets FaceTime and HD video. The speed boost is tangible but developers are yet to use its full potential. The real benefit of the newly-added cameras is FaceTime. HD video recording is not essential on a tablet really. You know, most of the iPad...More

The updated iPad 2 doubles the processing power and gets FaceTime and HD video. The speed boost is tangible but developers are yet to use its full potential. The real benefit of the newly-added cameras is FaceTime. HD video recording is not essential on a tablet really. You know, most of the iPad owners are likely to have a more portable gadget capable of capturing HD video. In portability terms a tablet comes between phones, netbooks, and laptops. Combinations between these gadgets can vary but a tablet always seems to be the least essential. But are people having second thoughts? Do they take long to be convinced? No, sir. And Apple does deserve credit for that. The iPad 2 is virtually competition-free for now. Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, save for the Motorola XOOM, are still in the works. Motorola rushed the XOOM launch to counter the new iPad and ended up with no Flash and compatible apps. The XOOM is effectively an unsupported tablet for the time being. And to make matters worse, it’s prohibitively expensive. Android Honeycomb is a dedicated tablet platform while iPads use an upscaled smartphone OS. Droid tablets will certainly get an edge from an OS designed from ground up to make better use of screen estate. But it’s Apple that seems to be a step ahead of the competition so far. Like it or not, Apple has done it again.

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MacInTouch

Mediocre still photo quality, noticeably faster and more capable, video camera is competent and fun to use

from MacInTouch

Steve Jobs calls the iPad a “post-PC” product (along with the iPhones and iPods). Traditional PC-like apps, such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote, helped its acceptance, but the fact is, the iPad is not a PC. It's intensely personal. You touch it, hold it, carry it, stroke it; no “personal com...More

Steve Jobs calls the iPad a “post-PC” product (along with the iPhones and iPods). Traditional PC-like apps, such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote, helped its acceptance, but the fact is, the iPad is not a PC. It's intensely personal. You touch it, hold it, carry it, stroke it; no “personal computer” has ever been so intimate or so accessible. Over the past year, customers adopted iPad with astonishing rapidity; even Apple seems a little surprised at just how quickly it blossomed. Now that it's well understood, Apple is showing apps that extend the iPad's capabilities, apps designed to put more creative power in our hands. PhotoBooth is a bit of funhouse silliness we all can enjoy, and it encourages group participation. FaceTime video chat builds on our social nature (not to mention encouraging our friends and family to buy their own iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone 4). GarageBand has unique, touch-sensitive instruments, and its ingenious “Smart Instruments” make it easy for anyone to create music. iMovie, originally for the iPhone 4 and now for the iPad, too, enables you to edit video with your fingertips, complete with professional-looking titles and transitions. Both apps lack the sheer versatility and power of their Mac cousins... but when you can lean back in a comfortable chair, quickly and easily put together a video of (or song for!) your friends and family, then send it out, all from your lap, those limitations cease to matter. It's not that the iPad 2 is perfect. While we never expected to do fine arts photography with an iPad, Apple has gone below and well shy of the call of duty. Apple says the camera is “optimized for video”, but this is shorthand for “you'll be embarrassed to share photos taken with your iPad 2”. But, considering this is our only criticism... it's a fantastic product, overall. And the iPad 2 is classic 21st-century Apple: an evolutionary improvement on a very well-conceived, focused product. Nothing in this second-generation iPad is revolutionary, but everything is better. (Even the cameras. After all, there were none before.) With iOS 4.3 and faster hardware, it's more richly functional than the original at the same price. If you already own an original iPad, this probably isn't a compelling upgrade worth a $500+ investment, unless you simply must have iMovie. But if you've been holding out for Version 2, now's a great time to get an iPad. It's significantly better, has no disadvantages (aside from availability), and is clearly worth forgoing a $100 discount Apple recently offered to close out the original model.

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Recombu

responsive and smooth capacitive touschscreen, mediocre camera

from Recombu

The original iPad was the best tablet available a year ago. Now, the iPad 2 is the best tablet available, though it really hasn't diverted from the original formula.

We’re still waiting for a proper Android-powered riva

l to appear, a year on. Whether that’s because the first iPad...More

The original iPad was the best tablet available a year ago. Now, the iPad 2 is the best tablet available, though it really hasn't diverted from the original formula.

We’re still waiting for a proper Android-powered riva

l to appear, a year on. Whether that’s because the first iPad was so far ahead of the curve, we don’t know, but if you’re looking for a tablet, this is the best. We wouldn’t say it was perfect, but it is the certainly the best tablet experience currently available.

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Pocket-lint

The iPad 2 is the clear winner

from Pocket-lint

There are some differences worth noting. Yes, the iPad's battery will last you a bit longer, it’s a better looking piece of kit, it has 3G, a camera and it’s more flexible in terms of what you can do with it. The real story, and where you need to think long and hard, is about what you want to do with it. If a tablet, for you, is about watching movies and TV, and reading an enormous wealth of publications and periodicals, then it’s definitely the Kindle Fire that’s the one for you. If playing games, communicating, working and generally using a tablet as a tool is just as important, then it’s the iPad 2 and that’s where you need to be at. At least until the iPad 3 comes out....

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There are some differences worth noting. Yes, the iPad's battery will last you a bit longer, it’s a better looking piece of kit, it has 3G, a camera and it’s more flexible in terms of what you can do with it. The real story, and where you need to think long and hard, is about what you want to do with it. If a tablet, for you, is about watching movies and TV, and reading an enormous wealth of publications and periodicals, then it’s definitely the Kindle Fire that’s the one for you. If playing games, communicating, working and generally using a tablet as a tool is just as important, then it’s the iPad 2 and that’s where you need to be at. At least until the iPad 3 comes out.

 

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PhoneArena

The iPad 2 remains the most relevant tablet on the market thanks to its eye-catching looks and well-rounded performance

from PhoneArena

Being the newest kid on the block definitely has its advantages, and it really shows with the HTC Jetstream as it excels in shooting photos & videos, packs support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and incorporates HTC Scribe Technology. Moreover, the HTC Sense for tablet experience offers a lot of us...More

Being the newest kid on the block definitely has its advantages, and it really shows with the HTC Jetstream as it excels in shooting photos & videos, packs support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and incorporates HTC Scribe Technology. Moreover, the HTC Sense for tablet experience offers a lot of usefulness with its depth – despite its choppy appearance at times. Even in the face of stiff competition, the iPad 2 remains the most relevant tablet on the market thanks to its eye-catching looks and well-rounded performance. However, pricing is always something that can dictate success or failure with any product.

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PhoneArena

Impressive industrial design, premium choice of materials, and razor thin profile

from PhoneArena

Now that we’ve compared all the various aspects of both tablets, we ultimately have to go back to the drawing board and look at what’s offered at face value between the two – mainly because they flaunt the same $500 pricing. If this were a fashion show, there’s no denying the fact that th...More

Now that we’ve compared all the various aspects of both tablets, we ultimately have to go back to the drawing board and look at what’s offered at face value between the two – mainly because they flaunt the same $500 pricing. If this were a fashion show, there’s no denying the fact that the iPad 2 would win with its impressive industrial design, premium choice of materials, and its razor thin profile. Moreover, it offers the functionality of being able to shoot photos and videos as well – even if it’s not something that’s highly prized by some people. That’s not to say that the HP TouchPad is completely out of the race just yet, well, it’s able to impress us with its far better implementation of multi-tasking and notifications with webOS 3.0 – albeit, some performance issues can sometimes hinder the experience. Taking things in stride, we’re also glad to see that app developers are on board with the platform right from the beginning. Circling back around to our point, the iPad 2 is every bit worth the $500 it’s priced at – whereas the TouchPad seems to be overpriced with its offerings. We’re not saying that the iPad 2 hits the high marks in all categories, but it’s far more refined in almost every way imaginable to make that $500 price point more than suitable.

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PhoneArena

The iPad 2’s thin profile, solid construction, and choice of premium materials radiates more value for the buck

from PhoneArena

Literally, it’s a coin toss between the two mainly because they are priced evenly and have their own unique strengths that appeal to certain individuals out there. In terms of design though, we know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the prestigious title of being the thinnest and lightest, b...More

Literally, it’s a coin toss between the two mainly because they are priced evenly and have their own unique strengths that appeal to certain individuals out there. In terms of design though, we know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the prestigious title of being the thinnest and lightest, but when thinking about their starting price of $500, the iPad 2’s thin profile, solid construction, and choice of premium materials radiates more value for the buck. However, Android 3.1 Honeycomb on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers a higher degree of personalization, better implementation of notifications, and an integrated experience that’s barely contested by the iPad 2. Additionally, Samsung’s tablet is the go-to device if you’re intimately interested in shooting photos and videos. In the end, it’s truly the platform experience that vastly separates the two, but no matter which way you dissect it, both are undoubtedly regarded as being the top contenders in this ever-growing tablet space right now.

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What Hi-Fi

The marriage of content, functionality and performance remains unsurpassed

from What Hi-Fi

Is it possible to say something about the iPad 2 that hasn’t been said before? Well, we could say it takes a while to get used to (it doesn’t), the interface is a little sluggish (it isn’t) or that content is a little thin on the ground (there’s tonnes of it). So... that’s a no then. In...More

Is it possible to say something about the iPad 2 that hasn’t been said before? Well, we could say it takes a while to get used to (it doesn’t), the interface is a little sluggish (it isn’t) or that content is a little thin on the ground (there’s tonnes of it). So... that’s a no then. In design it remains ahead of the pack. Light, slim and smart. But as has happened in the phone world, the iPad’s interface no longer drops jaws, with Android rivals more customisable and dynamic.

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Geeky Gadgets

Slim and sleek design, enhanced graphics

from Geeky Gadgets

After using the new iPad2 for a number of weeks now, the added speed and sleeker design of the new iPad 2 are great additions especially the HDMI out and mirroring features. The new iPad 2 still puts Apple well in front of the competition currently on the market, in terms of design and specifications....

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After using the new iPad2 for a number of weeks now, the added speed and sleeker design of the new iPad 2 are great additions especially the HDMI out and mirroring features. The new iPad 2 still puts Apple well in front of the competition currently on the market, in terms of design and specifications.

However if you already own an a first generation iPad and don’t feel the need for extra speed and enhanced graphics the upgrade might not be worth the expense, at the current time, but if you are a teacher or presenter who requires the mirroring or HDMI out features, exclusive to the iPad 2 the upgrade is definitely worth considering.

If you are a first time iPad buyer or making the jump to second generation all you have to do now is decide which model to choose from the eighteen now available. The iPad 2 comes in a Wi-Fi-only version as well as two separate Wi-Fi/3G versions: one compatible with AT&T’s GSM-based cellular network, and a different one compatible with Verizon’s CDMA-based network. Again it comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions and is now available with either a black or white bezel.

Overall the iPad 2 is a great tablet, Apple have basically added enough new features and changed the design to make the upgrade to a new iPad 2 appealing to many, there are a couple of things that we would have liked to see in the new iPad 2, the main one would be a higher resolution display, but we suspect that will arrive in the iPad 3. Have a look at our iPad 2 gallery below for lots more photos.

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NDTV

Twice as fast as the previous version

from NDTV

Is it faster and thinner? It is. But, as we said straight off, the original iPad is a tough act to follow. It doesn't warrant an immediate upgrade, even though the iPad 2 is a worthy successor. If you have the original iPad, you may want to hold on to it, unless you want to video chat.

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Is it faster and thinner? It is. But, as we said straight off, the original iPad is a tough act to follow. It doesn't warrant an immediate upgrade, even though the iPad 2 is a worthy successor. If you have the original iPad, you may want to hold on to it, unless you want to video chat.

If you do not have a tablet and are thinking of buying one, the iPad 2 is a nobrainer. With thousands of apps and no serious competitor, it is your best available choice.  

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User Reviews


Apple's iPad 2: What's New and Should you Upgrade?

At a recent product launch that included a surprise appearance and standing ovation for CEO Steve Jobs, Apple introduced the new iPad 2, further strengthening Apple’s current domination of the burgeoning tablet market and making it all the more challenging for Apple’s tablet competitors to keep pace.

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At a recent product launch that included a surprise appearance and standing ovation for CEO Steve Jobs, Apple introduced the new iPad 2, further strengthening Apple’s current domination of the burgeoning tablet market and making it all the more challenging for Apple’s tablet competitors to keep pace.


“It is an all new design,” said Jobs of the new model, “not a tweaked design… it’s a completely new design.”


What isn’t new with the iPad 2 is the price, as Jobs was keen to point out. With the base Wi-Fi-only model starting at $499, Apple has set the pricing identical to its first generation iPad.


The iPad2 is available in three versions based on storage capabilities - 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.


All three versions can be purchased with Wi-Fi-only connectivity, or with Wi-Fi + 3G. A 64GB model with Wi-Fi + 3G is priced at $829, with mobile connectivity plans available in the U.S. from AT&T and Verizon.


Starting March 11, the new models will be available in the U.S. directly from Apple or from Apple authorized resellers.


In Canada and several other countries, the iPad2 is due for release on March 25.

So just how much tougher does the iPad2 make it for other tablet makers to keep up? Plenty, at least according to Apple.


Featuring a new 1 GHz dual-core CPU called the A5 chip, Apple has theoretically made the iPad2 twice as fast as the A4 chip found in both the iPad and the iPhone 4.


Not that the original iPad could be considered slow, but this increase in processing power should, according to Apple’s product literature, make you “notice the difference when you’re surfing the web, watching movies, making FaceTime video calls, gaming, and going from app to app to app. Multitasking is smoother, apps load faster, and everything just works better.”


Together with graphics processing power that Jobs says is “up to nine times faster", the new dual-core A5 chip at the very least matches the dual-core CPUs found in the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG G-Slate, all of which feature a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU and come loaded with Android Honeycomb, Google’s new operating system designed specifically for tablets. While Apple is not reporting the amount of RAM in the iPad 2, it is believed to be at least 512 MB, or twice the amount contained in the iPad. By comparison, the Xoom, BlackBerry’s upcoming PlayBook and HP’s TouchPad all specify 1 GB of RAM.


Also new in the iPad2 are two cameras, one front facing and one rear facing. The rear camera is capable of recording 720p HD video up to 30 frames per second and features 5x digital zoom. The front camera, located at the top of the device, records lower quality VGA video up to 30 frames per second. Both cameras will record audio and can shoot single frame pictures. The megapixel specifications have not yet been released in Apple’s product literature.


To make use of the new cameras, Apple is also releasing FaceTime for iPad, an application that allows you to make video calls from the iPad 2 to someone else’s iPad 2, iPhone 4, new iPod touch, or Mac over Wi-Fi.


With a diagonal screen size of 9.7 inches and 1024-by-768-pixel resolution, the iPad 2 comes with the same display as the iPad, which will be a disappointment to screen-conscious users expecting more pixels and a pixels and. However, at 1.35 lbs., the new model is lighter and thinner than the iPad, which is a welcome design upgrade for users who spend much time hand-holding their device for lengthy reading.


Despite the new A5 CPU, the iPad 2 does not consume any more power than the iPad and a fully charged battery should last for up to ten hours of continuous usage. Charging the iPad 2 is done by plugging in the 10W USB power adapter, included in the product box, or via a USB connection to a laptop or desktop computer.


Unlike the iPad, which like Henry Ford’s Model-T was available in any color you want – as long as it’s black – the iPad 2 gives you at least one other color choice, as long as it’s white.


For an additional $39, Apple has also released the new iPad Smart Cover, a nifty design that uses magnets built into the iPad 2 frame to align the cover and help protect the screen. The Smart Cover, available in ten colors, also doubles as a stand to hold the tablet at various angles for viewing and typing.


While the iPad 2 does not include technical features that are miles beyond the competition, it does keep Apple in the lead position in the tablet market, likely for some time to come. With nearly 15 million iPads sold in less than one year, and more than 65,000 iPad applications available in Apple’s App Store, tablet competitors have much catching up to do.

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