Why I want an iPad 2!

Published: March 4, 2011

The device’s edges have also been reshaped and look much sleeker.

Since the launch of the iPad last year, various tablets have been released on the market which are more powerful than the original. But Apple was not going to sit back and watch the competition succeed. They have announced the iPad 2 – the new improved version of the revolutionary iPad.

Size and weight

The iPad 2 is 80 grams lighter and 33 per cent thinner than the original. So if your reason for not buying the original tablet was its size and weight, you should seriously consider the iPad 2.

Aesthetics

The device’s edges have also been reshaped and look much sleeker. Unlike the original, the iPad 2 is available in two colours, black and white. Internationally, both colours are priced the same but in Pakistan one should expect to pay a premium for the white one.

Camera

The iPad 2 comes with two cameras which can be used with FaceTime, a video calling software developed by Apple for iPhone 4.  This was a highly anticipated feature, since the original iPad was the only Apple device without it. (This software works fine on Pakistani internet too.)

The back camera can record videos at 720p resolution at 30 fps and like all Apple products, the video quality is great and videos can be edited in the iMovies application.

Another new feature is PhotoBooth which has been ported over from MAC OS and allows you to take pictures with special effects. This software works well and can be used with both the front and back cameras.

One question that remains is whether the tablet’s size renders the cameras useless as taking pictures with the iPad will be difficult. There is always the risk of dropping and damaging it!

Processor

The original iPad had a single core 1 GHz processor. The new processor has a dual core 1 GHz processor which means…

- The overall usage is much snappier.

- Faster internet browsing – but the lack of Flash means that we can’t rate the browser superior to the one present in many Android tablets.

The other basic apps remain unchanged. There is new software namely iOS 4.3 which adds many performance tweaks along with in-app subscriptions and support for Air Play and Air Print.

Screen

Many iFans were hoping for a retina display. They were disappointed.The display on the iPad 2 retains the same resolution as the original iPad. Apparently, we have to wait until 2014. The iPad 2 has a LED back-lit IPS panel which is not as good as the Galaxy Tab 7 due to a lower pixel density but the viewing angles are better than other tablets on the market.

Connectivity

As far as connectivity goes, Apple fulfills the requirements on the checklist. All iPads come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Air-Play and Air-Share support. The iPad 2 goes one up by adding CDMA support.

Of course,  you have to buy a CDMA specific device which will not have data roaming. The 3G version has data roaming and can be used anywhere in the world. The HDMi-out accessory is also present but its capable has to be purchased separately.

Price range

The thing that makes the iPad stand out is the choices available . You get the iPad in 16/32/64 GB models with the choice of having 3G, Wi-Fi only or CDMA. This means that the iPad ranges from prices of $500 – $800.

This means that the cheapest iPad is cheaper than the rest of its competitors and provides Apple with a much larger market than its rivals. The only constraint is that you are stuck with the amount of memory you buy as there is no expansion slot. The iPad 2 has a 10 hour battery life which is the same as the original iPad.

Cover

What makes the iPad 2 truly stand out is the cover that can be purchased with it. When the iPad 2′s specs were originally announced people were not sure why there was a proximity sensor. Can it make calls? No, the proximity sensor is for the new “smart cover” Apple has made especially for the new iPad.

The cover looks like a book cover. It has a single piece back but the front has four magnets which can be customised to convert it to either a FaceTime, video player or keyboard stand.

The cover uses the proximity sensor to turn the device on when the cover is opened and to put the device to sleep when the cover is closed. It is available in plastic or leather and comes in various colours. The only problem is that the case is slightly more bulky than other covers.

Conclusion

The iPad 2 is a great device but not one that stands out. It merges in with the crowd of tablets and might even be eclipsed by many devices in terms of specifications.

However, the large Apple fanbase and number of iPad apps means that it will outsell its competition like the original device. While it will not be able to be a runaway hit like the original tablet which could have held its own for another year, the iPad 2 will be another hit that will enjoy a large market share.

mohd.khanani

Mohammed Khanani

The founder and president of Fanats FC and the youngest D-Certificate football coach ever, Mohammad writes on local football issues.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ehabs

    All of it is practically copied from other technology-related websites.

    This author’s blogs are terrible. Why is he still allowed to write?Recommend

  • http://www.bonfriends.org Marina Khan

    Tablet computing is just a fashion. NO need of tablet. I dont see the use of ipad or galaxy tab. They dont have the computing power of the laptops, I want to run photoshop cs5, would it work?? no!!Recommend

  • sanity

    ^^terrible terrible author. please fire him!Recommend

  • ILLIDAN

    @Waleed Khan – So true bro!

    Apple products are too expensive for all the utility they provide. There are better products with amazing features, provide the same functionality and are far cheap. Apple have a fan-base of foolish people like the author who consider it a pride to own each and every apple product. Look at samsung’s Galaxy S phone, way better and useful than an iphone, but for the likes of author, a big NO, only cuz it does not have an apple logo!

    @Author and the likes, take a look at wot it is -
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/appleRecommend

  • Mohammed Khanani

    @ehab: the facts will be the same everywhere.Recommend

  • Mohammed Khanani

    @Illidan: I personally hate the apple way of over charging and nevr buy Apple devices but am a die hard wp fan and this is just a review. The title i didnt keep.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    @Mohammed Khanani:
    Then why cover stuff you do not like?Recommend

  • Mohammed Khanani

    @Saad Durrani
    Its a review. Just because you dont like something doesnt mean u dont review it or dont give an honest review.Recommend

  • http://Multan ILLIDAN

    @Author –
    In that case just enjoy the oatmeal! :DRecommend

  • Saad Durrani

    @Mohammed Khanani:
    #orly? Dude… your headline is self-explanatory…Recommend

  • Akki(India)

    Stupid iPad …. Buy this
    http://www.notionink.com/techspecs.php
    the adam by notion ink….with nVidia Processors & graphics…dual coreRecommend

  • Mohammed Khanani

    Notion Ink is great but the other Android tablets have better worldwide company and developer support.Recommend

  • http://saidcanblog.blogspot.com Said Chaudhry

    I got the first iPad, and it wasnt really useful for me. My dad on the other hand loves it, it makes reading online newspapers really easy with its quick zoom features and all. I still like the Motorola Xoom tablet is going to be the best tablet. Recommend

  • Mohammed Khanani

    The xoom is running on honeycomb which is still very buggy. If the bugs are removed it will br great. Also currently you get the $800 cdma one and ipad starts at $500.Recommend

  • http://morepowerfulthan.com MorePowerfulThan

    Very informative article with interesting views on Apple’s iPad 2Recommend

  • John

    We have IPad 1 and 2. Two each.

    They get used more often than lap tops, desktops, etc.

    IPad2 is better in many ways.

    In the end it is always The battery life, and resolution and nothing comes closer to iPad.

    Conclusion is wrong.

    Comment is based on exp of all the gadgets that are collecting dust in the shelf.Recommend

  • Ahsan Altaf

    Asslamoalikum

    I am currently offering an apple ipad 2 16 gb + wifi . Its brand new .

    price : 0313-2926912

    note : I am offering the lowest price as compared to market price

    Jazak AllahRecommend

  • Ahsan Altaf

    Price is = 60000Recommend