Apple iPad 2 Review

The second generation of Apple’s amazing device ‘The iPad 2′ is great for surfing the web, reading and sending emails, watching videos and photos, listening to music, playing games,  and lots more. iPad 2 has a completely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than original iPad, while the same beautiful 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD. Apple iPad includes the new A5 dual-core processor for fast performance and incredible graphics, and now includes two cameras, a VGA front camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a camera facing the back that records 720p HD video This brings the innovative feature FaceTime to iPad users for the first time.

Design & Display

Apple managed to reduce the thickness of the new iPad – the new version is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter. It feels really comfortable holding and being so light may make you completely forget you are even holding it. We all know that Apple is able to impress with looks – so the new iPad is a gadget that impresses with its seemingly slim, sleek and shiny design. Because of its new design, it was compared to the iPod touch (a little larger, of course), which means that it is much easier and more comfortable to hold than its predecessor and it comes in two colors black and white.

Another factor influencing the iPad 2 is that Apple included a first-class IPS LCD panel at a very competitive price and has not settled for a less expensive second or third level of the LCD, which is what many manufacturers do. iPad 2 offers nearly identical performance to the awesome iPhone 4 retina display is even though the iPad has a higher pixel resolution than the iPhone 4, the screen is much larger then the number of pixels per inch is only 132 ppi compared to the iPhone 4 Retina display of 326 ppi which is possible because the iPad 2′s advanced anti-aliasing methods.

Software

If you used the original IPAD, IPAD 2 is not very different: still running Apple’s operating system iOS4, offers a familiar swipeable home screen enhanced by folders, and a consistent user interface appearance of Apple extends across all standard applications. The iPad 2 also benefits from a well-populated App Store, and has excellent multimedia capabilities — it is a great device for viewing photos, watching videos and listening to music. Apple has introduced iTunes Home Sharing support where you can share you home iTunes library wirelessly to your iPad and other iOS devices, and new AirPlay support for other parts of iOS and third-party developer support have been added.

Video Playback & Sound

A pleasantly surprising features of the iPad 2 is its enhanced support for HDTV and HD video. A combination of iPad 2 hardware upgrades, a new adapter from Apple, and updates to the iOS share the credit, but the end result is good news both for entertainment and education.

Entertainment aside, the new Apple Digital AV adapter enables the iPad 2 to extends its wings. With this adapter, iPad 2 outputs high definition video at resolutions up to 1080p and Dolby Digital surround sound, all served by an HDMI cable that the owner of any high definition television will know of.

Camera & Video Recording

Cameras in iPad 2 is essentially the same as the fourth-generation iPod touch: It’s good that they are there, but they are not particularly impressive in terms of quality. The front camera is the same as that used in the iPhone 4 and iPod touch, which offers only VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). It is grainy in low light environments, but is perfectly usable for its intended purpose, which is the video chat.

It is better to use this camera only for video, cause as a still camera it has poor performance especially in low light conditions. But it’s capable of shooting 720p HD video in well-lit environments with decent quality.

Battery Life

The battery life of the iPad 2 is approximately ten hours, but this largely depends on how you use your device.

If you look at three films in a row, the iPad the two can not last much longer than six hours. We tested the iPad 2 lasted 9.5 hours when fully charged performance of typical functions, such as checking email at random, web surfing, etc.

Cons:

1) Low quality cameras

The iPad 2′s camera shoots at less than one megapixel. The iPad 2 has a front-facing VGA camera and a rear camera that can capture 720p HD video and still shots — clearly lousy for stills.

2) No USB port

USB port for device-to-device communication and an SD card slot for expandable memory is still absent.

3) No 4G connection

iPad 2 is equipped only for 3G speeds. Meanwhile, competitor’stablets such as the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Motorola Xoom and the T-Mobile G Slate were built to be 4G-capable devices.

4) No retina display

iPad 2 is still equipped with the same 1024×768 pixel display as the iPad. The device does not pack as many pixels per inch as the iPhone 4′s retina display.

Conclusion

Despite its few hiccups Apple has left its competitors way behind in the tablet device market. After more than a year of launching the iPad the iPad 2 dramatically improves on speed features and batterylife. The iPad 2 raises the bar Apple set a year ago—and it’s time for the rest of the industry to scramble again to catch up.

 

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