The iPad was the result of Steve Job's innovative thinking to make tablet computing available to everyone. It was a hit in the market and became a household device. Now imagine an iPad with twice the capabilities of its predecessor-You get the iPad 2.
In this review I'll be critically analyzing the iPad 2 on the basis of design, build quality, functionality and pricing after which I will give a final verdict.
Design- The iPad sported a very sleek design, nothing changes with the iPad 2-only the fact that it is even slimmer than its predecessor(it is only 8.8 mm thick, the iPad was 13.4 mm). It boasts a 9.7 inch LED backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen which brings out the colours of the screen, making the iPad 2 altogether very admirable. You have the iconic home button and...................surprise!!! Apple Inc. has included a VGA front facing camera.
Build Quality- As per matters concerning build quality, Apple Inc. has stuck to the same materials it used in the making of the iPad. The iPad 2 comes with an oleophobic coating which prevents any smudge marks or fingerprints(caused through daily usage) from sticking to the screen. The screen is also said to be scratch-resistant. There have been rumors that the iPad 2's screen can withstand scratches even from diamonds. We can't really rely on this superstitions, but it just ensures that the iPad can take quite a beating.The iPad also comes with smart covers which just can be clipped on and act as shock absorbers.
Functionality- If the iPad 2 did not surpass the iPad on the above parameters, it would definitely beat it fair and square in the field of functionality. The iPad 2 is powered by a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 chip set which is much faster than that of the iPad(Cortex A8), and it makes web browsing seamlessly fluid. It runs on iOS 4 which was one of the best operating systems till date(until the arrival of iOS 5). It can be upgraded to iOS 5 but iOS 4 also works very well. The iPad uses the Safari Browser which is fast and very user friendly and thanks to the big screen, reading articles just feels like reading them from a newspaper. The biggest improvement in the iPad 2 is that a front facing camera has been included which means that you can make Facetime calls to other iPad 2 users and interact face-to-face. The camera at the back is an inferior 0.7 megapixel camera- yeah........it is stale move by Apple Inc., however it can shoot good videos(720p@30fps). The iPad also comes with iCloud........which is pretty much useless if you don't have any other Apple devices.
Pricing- The iPad 2 has outshone the iPad in the field of functionality as well as price.It comes in 16, 32 and 64 gigabyte models priced respectively at $399(USD), $499(USD) and $599(USD). And those were only the Wi-fi models; the 3G+Wi-fi models are priced a bit extra at $529(USD), $629(USD) and $729(USD) for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models respectively. The price was $100(USD) more, but with the arrival of the New iPad..........................well, see it for yourself.
The Verdict- Overall, armed with a contemporary design and an impressive spec sheet, the iPad 2 will definitely sell like hot cakes. It will do Apple Inc. proud and will also satisfy all its users. Don't care about the price tag; the iPad 2 is simply the best tablet computer in existence. Just go for it or you can go for the classic iPad which costs much less, but lacks a front facing camera. You might want to check out the New iPad which sports a whole slew of new and superior features which can be seen in depth in the review of the New iPad.
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