With the competition and technology climbing like the game of snake and ladder hastily, has made the biggest players to continue tempt the users with new updates, upgrades and products. The same policy is the motto of the tech giant APPLE which has religiously updated and upgraded the most popular of their products and have continuously replaced the flop ones with the new ones.
This time it has come up with the brand new and advanced iPad 2 which has been the next generation of the Apple’s popular tablet device. The new revolutionary tablet would attract the users like bee to honey or would lure them away, Can’t say?
No competition was there when the first iPad was launched which made it a big hit but now the iPad 2 has some competition – right now, the Xoom, this time Apple would have to work hard to lead the way else it will be fall under the stampede of the new technology.
Apple has a new iPad on the way, but you’ve probably gotten pretty chummy with your original model. For a first-generation product, the Apple iPad is a fine tablet that can do tons of different things and hasn’t lost any of its functionality in the last few days.
Sure, the shiny new iPad 2 is more compact, faster, and adds cameras, but besides that, there’s not much more in the way of upgrades. So, should you make the move to the iPad 2?
Let’s takes a look on new features of Apples iPad 2.
It is a rumored that this new table is to be called “iPad HD,” though without direct confirmation from Apple, we can’t be sure. The new design will feature rounded edges more akin to the iPod touch, thinner casing measuring at just 0.37-inches thick. It 1/3 thinner than the iPad – 8.8 mm thick from 13 mm – making it thinner than the iPhone 4. The mockup design also included a revised speaker on the lower left corner, as well as an unknown port on the right.
2.) New Cameras
Apple’s second-generation iPad features a 1GHz A5 dual-core processor, [which will include a Cortex A9 multi-core chipset that will work to power the device's new high resolution Retina Display], front- and rear-facing cameras. The front-facing camera gives VGA quality which is enough for videoconferencing . And rear camera is having 0.7 megapixels resolution.
As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, the cameras on the device are not great, then why would you even want to with a tablet?
Well, the new one has a camera, so you can use FaceTime, Photo Booth, and other fun iLife apps that focus on taking photos or videos. It is loaded with a faster CPU and graphics processor which means it’s better suited for the apps and games of the future.
The new screen is rumored to increase the maximum resolution to 2048×1536, up from 1024×768, 10 hours of battery life, an accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope, and separate GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon) 3G connectivity options.
There is not much difference in the new iPad 2 if compared with the older iPad. But still there’s a tiny camera just above the screen, but you can barely see that. Unless you get the white version, it will be just like looking at the iPad 1. And that will undoubtedly lead some people to conclude that the iPad 2 isn’t that big of a deal. But as is the case with most Apple products, you really have to use it to safely make that assessment.
The next noticeable thing is the thickness which has been reduced down from 13.4mm to 8.8mm and now this really makes a huge difference when you switch from holding one to holding the other. Even though there is not much difference in the weight (700gm v/s 600gm— depending on if you get the 3G or Wi-Fi version), the change in thickness almost tricks you into thinking it is significantly lighter.
Overall, the device has a much more fluid design. Apple notes that the body now consists of two parts instead of the three that made up the iPad 1. This makes it feel even more solid, and even more like a natural object instead of a machine.
The tapered edges of the iPad 2 feel better in your hands.
And those edges also make the buttons on the side and top more pronounced (and a bit easier to use). Of course, the tapered bottom also makes the dock connector a bit harder to use, but that’s a minor nick.
Another upgrade which will become a favorite very soon is the main button, which earlier was a somewhat heavy and loud click. The battery life remains excellent. Apple made a point of saying that despite the new thinness, they didn’t sacrifice battery life.
But the biggest changes to the hardware that people will care about are undoubtedly the upgraded processor and RAM. Apple has stated that the iPad 2 uses their new A5 chip, which is a dual-core chip, meaning it’s much more powerful than its predecessor, the A4. They have not said anything in terms of the RAM included in the iPad 2, but it seems fairly obvious at this point that it has double the RAM (512 MB) of the original iPad, putting it on equal footing with the iPhone 4.
The recent addition to its library is the Apple’s iOS 4.3. It’s the OS that will come pre-installed on the iPad 2. There’s nothing hugely different from an aesthetic perspective from iOS 4.2, but a little digging does reveal some welcome additions.
The other big additions are AirPlay upgrades and Home Sharing. AirPlay in iOS 4.3 now includes the ability for third-party apps to take advantage of it. Home Sharing allows you to play your media from another machine on your Wi-Fi network (just like from Mac to Mac).
FaceTime and Photo Booth are in reality the new generation software. Both are on iPad 2 only because both obviously require a camera. But Apple says that the real-time rendering for the 9-photo view in Photo Booth also requires the graphical power of the A5 chip. FaceTime on the iPad 2 is particularly nice because the nearly 10-inch screen seems much better suited for the feature than the 3.5-inch screen found on the iPhone.
OS X users will recognize Photo Booth immediately. It’s little more than a fun app, but again, it shows the type of graphical rendering capabilities the A5 is capable of. The real software goods come from the aforementioned iMovie and also Garage Band. These have been redesigned from the ground up to be useful on the big multi-touch screen that the iPad offers. And it’s amazing how usable they are. If Apple wants to sell a lot of iPad 2s, all they have to do is put them on display in Apple Stores with these two apps installed. When you’re using them, you’ll experience the kind of “wow”, type of feeling.
6.) The Smart Cover
The first Apple iPad cover, in my opinion, was awful. This one is completely different, and has been designed to not only work with the iPad 2, but be symbiotic with it.
The cover attaches via magnets. This makes sure it is never mis-aligned. And just as important: this allows it to easily detach as well. And the cover can fold up to double as a stand for either typing (slightly elevating the iPad 2) or watching content (elevating the iPad 2 higher).
The coolest thing about it though is that it can put to sleep and wake up the iPad 2. Yes, with the cover you’ll no longer have to hit the sleep/wake button if you don’t want to.
The disappointments for the iPad 2 are largely the same as they were for the iPad 1. I still wish the thing was a little lighter. Holding it in one hand is fine in some positions, in others it gets tiring.
I also wish the screen was less reflective. You basically cannot read anything in direct sunlight.
Compare iPad 2 With iPad, Decide Which Is Better?
1.) The iPad is as good a media player as the iPad 2
The iPad 2 doesn’t increase the resolution or improve the brightness or colors of its display over the first iPad, so as a plain movie viewer, there’s no compelling reason to replace your iPad. There are no movies you can watch or songs you can listen to on the iPad 2 that you can’t on the original iPad.
2.) The iPad is as good an eBook reader as the iPad 2
Once again, same screen, same eBook reader. The iPad 2 isn’t going to display newspapers, magazines, and books any better than the original iPad. At best, the iPad 2 will load large documents like PDFs faster than the iPad, but that’s it. Not a good justification to toss out your tablet and spend $500 on a new one.
3.) The iPad can access the same online content as the iPad 2
Again, just like playing local media files and loading eBooks, the iPad 2′s additional power won’t make online content any smoother or prettier. The iPad can already load Hulu Plus. It can already load Netflix. It can already load the Adult Swim mobile app. What more could you want?
4.) The iPad can output video to an HDTV just like an iPad 2
Apple announced the Digital AV Adapter alongside the iPad 2, and showed off its video-mirroring feature as a strong benefit of the new tablet. Unfortunately, video mirroring only works with the iPad 2, but the adapter itself works just fine with the old iPad.
Question: Now What’s The Use Of iPad?
Yes, you can still use your original iPad as an HDTV-slinging movie player, albeit at 720p compared to the iPad 2′s 1080p maximum output resolution. (Update: The Digital AV Adapter only works with the first iPad at up to 720p, while the iPad 2 can output at 1080p through the adapter and supports video mirroring. You can still send video to your HDTV through your original iPad, but it will be slightly lower resolution. Whether that’s a deal-breaker is up to you.)
As far as my concern The iPad 2 is still a matchless gadget in class. The Apple team has squeeze in such a great effort to design it beautifully. And ensure success over its opponents.
iPad 2 owners: What do you think about the device? iPad 1 owners might be sit this round out if they don’t make a move to upgrade their device, Right? Let us know in the comments.