For most of us, it is inconceivable to escape the fact that the iPad 2 is now available. Apple product launches always create a great deal of buzz. Apple fans could be the cause of this or is it truly that their products are so good? Coming from someone who is indifferent, I’d say it’s a little of the two. Following on one year from when the original iPad was launched, the iPad 2 can now be purchased. The question that goes into most people’s minds is ‘is it worth getting the new iPad?’, and that is the question I will attempt to answer in this mini-review.
The first thing to notice with the iPad 2 is the reduction in physical size. The screen size has stayed the same at a pleasant 9.7 inches; nevertheless, the thickness of iPad 2 has been reduced by 33% of the original size, which of course is a good thing. The weight of the iPad 2 has also seen a diminution with it now tipping the scales at just 600 grams. Not heavy at all. These alterations are touchable as I found by holding the iPad and iPad 2. Any thought you may have that it will not function as well, because of the size alterations, could not be further from the truth.
In comparison to the first model, the iPad 2 is quicker. For the latest iPad, the performance of the graphics is announced to be nine times as rapid according to Apple. If that is right, it is a huge leap forward. The reason for this progress is for demanding games and the camera, which we’ll discuss shortly. Plus, the change from an A4 to an A5 chip means that Apple has a fast processor inside. The new iPad’s A5 dual core processor is what makes it quicker than the first model. The speed was something I was mindful of when using various functions. I’ve as well looked at both the original iPad and new iPad side by side and I can certainly say you notice things, such as web pages and video, loading much faster.
Now, about the recent addition of the cameras; not only one, but two cameras are on the iPad 2. The two cameras are set at the front and at the rear of the device. This is a big move as the first iPad had no camera the least bit and this may be crucial to you. A more or less better capability of one of the cameras is the ability to film in 720p HD. FaceTime and PhotoBooth are a couple of new additions to the iPad which give you the ability to make video calls and snap fascinating pictures, respectively.
With FaceTime, the front camera allows your calling partner to watch you and the back camera lets him see what you can see, on the back side of the iPad.
If you have money and wish the new quicker processing times then upgrading from the first iPad to iPad 2 probably makes sense. The additional features are not that earth-shattering, although you do now have cameras and all in all the enhancements are good.
Apple – Introducing iPad 2