Apple iPad 2 Review: Can You Notice the Changes?


When Apple released the original iPad it quickly sold in its millions. People queued outside stores to make sure they were the first to get their hands on what would become a trend-setter in the world of computing and gadgets. Fans were eagerly awaiting the latest upgrade, which impressed some and left others wanting more.

Whether you already own the original iPad or not, here’s a guide to what you’ll get in the iPad 2, whether it was a notable upgrade, and whether you should spend your hard earned cash on this latest iPad release.

Features Of The iPad 2

  • *16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage models
  • Wi-Fi only or W-Fi + 3G connectivity
  • 9.7 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen multi-touch display
  • 1024 x 768 resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor
  • Apple iOS 4
  • Forward facing and rear facing cameras for photographs, videos and video calls
  • Access to Apple app store
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 7.69 x 9.89 x 1.79 inches in size
  • Weighs 3 pounds

Is It Worth Upgrading From The Original iPad?

Only you can decide whether it’s really worth upgrading your iPad if you already own one. You’re not going to notice any major changes, and many of them can be seen simply by upgrading your old iPad to the newest operating system.

That said, if you love technology then you’ll definitely want to upgrade for the faster performance, and some of the newest features such as the two cameras, improved gameplay thanks to the new gyroscope, and new apps such as iMovie for putting together your own videos and home movies. In fact the camera alone could be worth it if you’ve been waiting for it ever since the first iPad was released. You’ll also want to consider the fact that you can recoup some of the costs by selling your old iPad if it’s in good condition.

Pros And Cons Of The iPad 2

There’s a major pro to owning the iPad 2 – it’s cool and it’s fun! At first thought, this might not sound like much of a reason for shelling out on a new gadget. But if you’ve ever played with a friend’s iPad then you’ll know what I’m talking about. All of your reservations go out of the window once you get your hands on it and start playing with all of the apps.

In all seriousness, the iPad 2 has found a huge, unexpected market. On the one hand it’s an extremely capable productivity device, used by business people all over the world to keep up with emails, check appointments and work on documents. On the other it’s just the right size for watching movies, playing games, and keeping up to date with various websites.

You can do it all with the iPad 2 – and more – thanks to the links it has with the huge Apple app store. There’s an app for just about anything you can think of, both free and paid, which gives it a huge edge over its rivals (not that there are many). It also looks sleeker and works faster than the original iPad, and doesn’t cost any extra.

The downside – and there has to be one – is that it is going to cost you. Even with the smallest storage capacity, and no 3G, you’re still going to have to pay hundreds of dollars for this device. Some argue that you may as well spend your money on a full-blown laptop instead, but it really does depend on your own personal needs and what you’re planning to use the device for.

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