Early Reviews Of iPad 2

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iPad 2 – 2nd generation of Apple’s hugely successful tablet arrives tomorrow.

As expected, Apple’s embargo on publications seeded with pre-release units of iPad 2 ended yesterday and we are seeing early reviews from these publications.

Here are some excerpts from our favorite reviewers:

As new contenders move into the field, Apple isn’t likely to keep its 90% share of the booming tablet market. But the iPad 2 moves the goal posts, by being slimmer and lighter, boosting speed and power, and holding its price advantages, available apps and battery life. As of now, I can comfortably recommend it as the best tablet for average consumers.

Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital (WSJ)

Now, the coming months will bring a blizzard of tablets that are meant to compete with the iPad. And they’ll offer some juicy features that the iPad still lacks. On an Android tablet, you can speak to enter text into any box that accepts typing. You also get an outstanding turn-by-turn navigation app — and GPS maps are a different experience on a 10-inch screen. It’s like being guided to your destination by an Imax movie.

Furthermore, new Android tablets will be able to play Flash videos and animations on the Web, something that both Apple and Adobe (maker of Flash) assure us will never come to the iPad (or iPhone). Flash on a tablet or phone can be balky and battery-hungry, but it’s often better than nothing. Thousands of news and entertainment Web sites still rely on Flash, and the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch simply can’t display them.

But you know what? The iPad will still dominate the market, because it dominates in all the most important criteria: thinness, weight, integration, beauty — and apps.

David Pogue of New York Times

It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn’t just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. As much as we’d like to say that something like the Xoom has threatened Apple’s presence in this space, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to do that. Is the iPad 2 a perfect product? Absolutely not. The cameras are severely lacking, the screen — while extremely high quality — is touting last year’s spec, and its operating system still has significant annoyances, like the aggravating pop-up notifications. At a price point of $499, and lots of options after that (like more storage and models that work on both Verizon’s and AT&T’s 3G networks), there’s little to argue about in the way of price, and in terms of usability, apps like GarageBand prove that we haven’t even scratched the surface of what the iPad can do.

For owners of the previous generation, we don’t think Apple’s put a fire under you to upgrade. Unless you absolutely need cameras on your tablet, you’ve still got a solid piece of gear that reaps plenty of the benefits of the latest OS and apps. For those of you who haven’t yet made the leap, feel free to take a deep breath and dive in — the iPad 2 is as good as it gets right now. And it’s really quite good.

Joshua Topolsky of Engadget

For Apple’s competitors in the tablet-device market, the iPad 2 is a bucket of water to the face. After more than a year of struggling to catch up to the original iPad, here’s a new model that addresses many of the iPad’s deficiencies, dramatically improves its speed, and doesn’t cede any ground on price, features, or battery life. The iPad 2 raises the bar Apple set a year ago—and it’s time for the rest of the industry to scramble again to catch up.

For everyone else, the iPad 2 is a triumph, an iPad that’s even more iPad than the original. And the original one was really good. The first iPad was a bolt from the blue, a device that defined an entire category, and a tough act to follow. The iPad 2 follows it with aplomb.

Jason Snell of Macworld

Are you planning to buy or upgrade to iPad 2 after reading these reviews? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • katsuboi

    I believe the only tablet that could compete with iPad would be one that had a full blown Windows OS on it, had comparable battery life, speed, and memory slot options. I’ve tried a few of the competing tablets and they all really suck.

    Give me a netbook in tablet form please!

    • Yo Mama

      umm… those exist already. Netbooks with touch screens is what you want (it sounds like it) I think it was an HP I saw that does that… Flip the screen around and fold it down over the keyboard and viola! Looks and acts like a tablet running Windows 7.

      • katsuboi

        Yeah, I’ve seen those, they been out awhile. What would be nice and what I think may would like to see is one in a similar form factor as the iPad. Slim, powerful, and beautiful.

    • nick

      This is a weird tech world we live in. Ive seen touch screen computers around for a long time, many of which exceed Ipad 2 specifications. The only thing that is lacking is the sleak, cellphone aspects.

      I agree though, once Pads become more powerful than my 7 year old HP laptop, I will probably upgrade.

      *for the record, my hp laptop from 7 years ago, still exceed performance of some new laptops. Go figure?

  • ipadforever

    that’s an easy one!
    OF COURSE I’ll be upgrading

  • I will be online on Friday for the IPad 2. There is no device on the market that could compete with the IPad. iPad 2 put the one thing it was lacking which is a camera. 2 cameras at that. Can’t wait for the upgrade.

    • YbtsiPad

      I completely agree. There is nothing that can compete. I have the iPad now, and gonna get the iPad 2 as soon as I can.

  • smartfuck

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    • ajamacus

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  • fas

    I think the review say its worth the upgrade.

  • Dont Bite the Forbidden Apple

    No upgrade on the screen.. Booooooo!
    OT but, Apple is gonna be military soon. All of us have the mark of the beast- an apple logo.

  • ajamacus

    I am NOT upgrading! The Ipad2 will be my first, and I’m pretty pumped today!

  • anonymous

    The only way any one else can compete with Apple is to give you more features for less money. And unfortunately the xoom and Samsung galaxy cost more than an ipad. I guess they feel that they have a superior product and want to charge a premium for it.

  • nick

    The best? Probably. For the moment at least. For the most part, Apple is doing a great job creating one device that dominates for an entire year while the rest of companies catch up. Then when the design is surpassed, a year has passed and Apple releses the best product again.

    Hardware wise i dont think this is particularly special. Beauty, lightness, cost will all be beaten soon, so I’m going to say that this Ipad isnt going to be the best in the market for long. Sorry Diehard Apple fans. What i think Apple has going for it is a solid operating system. Android and google devs are seemingly beating themselves over the head trying to keep up with all the new android phones and pads. It may be boring, but unity in android software and hardware is the only thing that’s going to enable Android to take the clear lead.