iPad 2 Review


17.04.2011

iPad 2 Review

The guys from Apple have released their new tablet, Apple iPad 2. The device is lighter, thinner and faster than his little brother. New iPad 2 comes with a 9.7-inch display and with a 1024 x 768 resolution. Also, the tablet has more memory, a dual core A5 CPU and new cameras. New Apple iPad 2 has a new design and a lot of features that you can learn by reading this article.

iPad 2 Hardware

If you had the old iPad, you will be able to make the difference, the difference of speed. Also you will be able to make the difference about the thin.

Apple iPad2 has a height of 9.50 inches (241.2 mm), a width of 7.31 inches (185.7 mm), a depth of 0.34 inch (8.8 mm) and a weight of 1.33 pounds (601 g). The 3G models has 1.34 pounds or 1.35 pounds. Like the old version, the front of the device is all screen and down has a home button. The front camera is very small and the antenna from the back is present only for the 3G version. The mute button / the rotate switch, the volume buttons are on the left side and the Micro SIM slot(only for the 3G models) is on the right side.

Of course like the old iPad the power / sleep button is on the upper right side and on the upper left side is the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Talking about colors, new iPad 2 is available in: black or white.

iPad 2 Specs

New iPad 2 comes with a dual core A5 CPU with 1GHz and has 512 MB of RAM. The display is identical like the older iPad, 9.7 inches and a resolution of 1024 x 768. The device don’t has Retina Display, but has LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. Also, the simply WiFi version has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR technology and WiFi(802.11a/b/g/n), the 3G version has WiFi + 3G with UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) support, while the 3G Verizon version has CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) support.

All iPad 2 versions comes with light sensor, with accelerometer and also with a three-axis gyroscope. The sound of new iPad 2 is quieter than first iPad, but it is more clearer.

iPad 2 Performance

The new iPad 2 is equipped with a 1 GHz dual core, named A5. Some guys said that the CPU is clocked at 800MHz. The graphics performance of the new iPad 2 is impressive. The guys from Apple said that new iPad 2 is up to nine times faster than the older version.

iPad 2 Battery Life

The guys from Apple promises a better battery life on iPad 2. Of course the iPad 2 users can expect to the same battery performance like the previous version of the tablet. Apple iPad 2 has the better autonomy compared with his rivals. The Apple tablet has an autonomy of 10:26h and it is the first.

The second tablet is the older iPad with 9:33h, and then are: Motorola Xoom with 8:20h, Arcos 101 with 7:20, Samsung Galaxy Tab 6:09h and the last is Dell Streak 7 with 3:26h.

iPad 2 Cameras

New iPad 2 comes with two cameras. The first, the back camera has 5MP, recording HD with 30 frames per second with audio and has 5X digital zoom. The second one, the front camera is VGA, recording VGA with 30 frames per second with audio. Also, the camera has features like: tap to control exposure for videos and pictures and video geotagging over WiFi.

The second camera is very useful for Facetime, a video call feature from Apple, that keeps in touch with your family and with your friends.

iPad 2 Software

The new tablet from Apple comes with iOS 4.3.1, a little update from the older version, but very important because the new software fixed the bugs with the graphics on the iPod Touch. Also, the guys from Apple has improved the browser performance, they added AirPlay support and also added the button for mute or lock the rotation.

Apple introduced GarageBand and iMovie, two very smart applications.

iPad 2 Browser

The iPad 2 browser, Safari is now more faster, thanks to Nitro JavaScript engine. Compared with the older iPad and with iPhone 4, new iPad 2 is more faster. Motorola Xoom is also a tablet which raise to the iPad 2 level in terms of browser performance.

The disadvantage for all Apple device, not only for iPad 2, is the Flash, because Apple don’t support Flash on its platform. But this is not a big problem.

iPad 2 Camera Apps

Like iPhone 4, iPad 2 comes with Facetime, an application that allows to make a video call. You can use Facetime feature only if you are connected to WiFi. Of course the secondary camera is not very clear(it is a VGA camera), but it works good.

The second camera app is Photo Booth, an application that allows you to change the camera effects. Including nine effects that are manipulatable with multitouch.

iPad 2 GarageBand

GarageBand is an Apple application, very interesting that allows you to mix your music, to add effects and other. The app has a professional aspect and also has a lot of features. Even you are not a specialist in music domain, GarageBand helps you to make music with a lot of sounds like: drums, guitar, piano, etc, but also with a smart set of instruments, named Smart Instruments. The app costs $4.99 and offers eight tracks of recorded audio or software instruments. Another feature of this app, is to draw out and sequence complete with the eight tracks. I think, with this great program anyone could be a good DJ.

iPad 2 iMovie

For only $4.99 you can have another smart app from Apple to your iPad 2. With iMovie you can apply for your videos a set of movie templates and also you can associate effects. After you edit your videos, you will be able to export and upload to a lot of sources like: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and other.

iPad 2 Accessories

There are some iPad 2 accessories that you must have. The fist is AirPlay is a smart accessory that allows you to wireless streaming audio,videos and pictures.

The second accessory is the HDMI dongle. The adapter costs only $39 and allows you to directly plug in your HDTV. You will be able to see HD videos running from your iPad 2.

Another iPad 2 accessory is Apple Smart Covers. This protect all device and make it more accessible. Depending the material, costs $39 in polyurethane version and $69 in leather version. The covers can also put your device in sleep mode and can wake it up when you open the flaps.

iPad 2 Conclusions

Apple iPad 2 is the best tablet from the market. Of course, the device has advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • easy to use;

  • good battery life;

  • fast, both in applications and on the internet;

  • smart applications;

  • comfortably accessories.

Disadvantages:

  • the video call application, Facetime is dependent by WiFi;

  • the secondary camera is not very clear;

  • don’t support Flash;

  • dependent by iTunes.

If you have the first iPad, you must to update it to new iPad 2, because you will see the differences.

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