So I stood in line at Jb hifi at the launch on Friday to get the iPad2.
So why did i want the iPad2?
Well from all reports it was quicker ,a lot quicker , and as i have made the iPad such an integral part of my workflow I decided to get the iPad2.
Setting up the iPad2 is very easy , I just plugged it in to my main computer , running my iTunes account , iTunes recognised the iPad and restored my backup from my previous iPad. I now had all my apps and the majority of my previous setup on my new iPad2. The only thing you have to add in are passwords for your mail account and your iTunes passwords to purchase apps.
In all this probably took about 10 minutes.
When comparing side by side with the original iPad it is thinner ( a lot thinner ) and logic would dictate lighter but to be honest I am sure it is but when holding both in separate hands , I cannot notice the difference. I also thought the first iPad was light.
The first thing you notice is how quick the new iPad is and that is due to the new dual core A5 chip.
Apps load quicker , a lot quicker. Switching between pages in PDFs and books in iBooks are noticeably quicker with pages in PDFs being rendered for viewing far quicker.
Safari loads far quicker now making web surfing even more enjoyable on the iPad2 and can keep those pages in memory , along with open apps thanks to the new processor.
Games are noticeably quicker thanks to the new processor and makes it the ideal portable gaming device.
Remember this has 9 times the graphic performance of the previous iPad ( according to Apple)
The design has changed slightly from the first iPad
The buttons are now tucked away towards the back of the iPad2 so that you notice them even less now , but really I cant say I noticed them before and the shape of the back of the case is more curved.
The screen resolution is the same and it is still the ultra glossy screen.
The new iPad has front and rear camera's and for the life of me why anyone would want these is beyond me , yes it has Facetime for video chatting and I have shown below some photo's taken with the higher resolution rear camera and one with the front facing camera.
If you are going to buy this to take photos well , how can i say this kindly , think about what you will look like holding up the iPad to take these photos.
The iPad has always been about the apps.
The Apps load far quicker now and keep more in memory but for me the killer app on the iPad2 is Garageband which takes advantage of the new processor.
You can learn more about Garageband for the iPad at this review from Techworld
The first iPad set the benchmark for the tablet category and this new device again set it apart from the competition and encourage developers and companies to develop a product that can compete and surpass the iPad2.That is what computing and technology is all about ,making and developing better products that can be used and adapted for whatever field you choose and use the device on.
Apple have driven this field with the iPad range and the other manufacturers are striving to catch and surpass them , this encourages innovation in technology.
The iPad2 is an excellent device , quick and user friendly and as I said about the first iPad , this is a content consumption device not a content creation device but with the iPad2 and the new Apps that can take advantage of the new processor that line is starting to get blurred.
For me it was always about speed as the iPad is such an integral part of my work flow and that investment in the iPad2 should be paid back.
So if speed matters then upgrade to the new iPad.
One last comment.
It still doesnt run flash and after having the iPad for over a year , do I miss flash , let me think for a moment , no.
If I want a cpu , battery draining , security risk, piece of software as Adobe flash is currently ,then i would look elsewhere than an iPad , however I do hope that Adobe see the light and fix all the issues that Flash currently has.