iPad 2 Review

Posted: March 14, 2011
iPad 2 Review

Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey give us a review of Apple's new super tablet, the iPad 2. 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

Overall Rating

  • 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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Comments are Closed

  • Bluewonder

    Good review except for the absolutely bogus rating.
    Mediocre cameras without LED flash, no expandable memory slots, extras cost an arm and a leg, and still no Adobe Flash support... Xoom-me-up baby!

    Posted: March 14, 2011 7:45 PM
  • wyattwag@msn.com

    So i waited to get the ipad for this version, and now i have to waited for the smart cover 2?! apple fail!

    Posted: March 14, 2011 6:57 PM
  • GeminiKanon

    Hmmm beefy! i'm talking about then ipad, not kevin; or am i? anyway, aside from innuendo, i have to agree with the review. The ipad 2 may have its flaws, but I think what apple has on its side is the wide selection of Apps and brand recognition. I laughed when kevin answered why the ipad did not have flash for the cameras; you'll get that on the ipad 3. Long live apple and its effective marketing strategies. i'll be buying a new ipad 2 as soon as they're back in stock.

    Posted: March 14, 2011 6:34 PM
  • CrimsonKing09

    5 out of 5, REALLY?!

    Posted: March 14, 2011 6:22 PM