The iPad 2 is finally here! Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey give us a review of Apple's new super tablet. What's changed? What's better? How does it hold up now that the market is full of tablets? Find out with this review.
What You Need to Know
- It really is thinner than the iPhone 4 and about 30% thinner than the original iPad.
- A lot of people didn't like how heavy the first iPad was, so this one is about 4 oz. lighter.
- The newer dual core processor is supposed to double performance, and provide up to nine times better graphics when you're playing games and it's noticeably faster.
- Launching applications or loading web pages is definitely quicker than the original, which we expected, but the system itself is also peppier.
- Some games are already optimized for the iPad 2, like Infinity Blade and Real Racing 2; these look and play fantastic, and they really lend credence to the claim that the iPad is a full-fledged gaming device.
- Apps like iMovie and Garage Band are designed for the iPad 2 because of its speed and they're killer apps.
- iMovie runs better than it did on the iPhone 4, but the larger screen is really what makes this app a useful tool; it wasn't the easiest thing to use on the iPhone's small screen.
- Garage Band is a ton of fun on the iPad.
- We finally get front and rear cameras on the iPad.
- The rear camera takes good enough pictures and records 720p video, but it's not even close to the quality of the iPhone 4; it also doesn't have a flash.
- The front camera is only VGA quality, but of course, it works just fine with FaceTime; we liked FaceTimeing on the iPad more than the iPhone because of the huge screen.
- Apple also added video output, but you have to buy an HDMI adapter for an extra $40.
- Everything you do on the iPad 2 is mirrored through HDMI, whereas before, the original iPad would only have video out of certain apps.
- $500 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version
- 5 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- At that price, this is the best tablet on the market.
- Original iPad owners don't need to upgrade, but if you waited to buy, now's the time.
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