When I first got my hands on the iPad 2 yesterday, I was more than excited. After watching nearly every video on the internet about the device I was ready to put the iPad 2 to the test and see how much better it really was from the iPad 1. After a close look, the main differences I found with the iPad 2 were the magnetic cover, new shape, and speed. Throughout these areas, I’ll try to bring a comparison to other iPad 2 competitors and try to evaluate which is the best buy.
A very cool device that helps keep the screen clean and also functions as a stand if you want to Skype or watch videos with the iPad 2. Being magnetic, it’s really nice in the sense that it snaps on and off easily. The weight is really nice (it’s like a cloth) and folds into a nice stand (as stated above) or can be bundled into your pocket. However, I would have preferred it if the magnetic cover had the ability to attach to the back of your iPad 2 since it is rather large and can be frustrating to find a place to put it constantly. Overall, I would say that the magnetic cover is an awesome device and that my one complaint will most likely easily be put in an accessory in the future. It also turns on or off the iPad 2 when you remove it from the cover ‘” acting not only as a cover but also as an instant sleep on and off button. None of iPad 2’s competitors have this feature and really helps the feel and look of the iPad 2.
This surprisingly helps a lot. I remember a lot with the iPad 1 that I hated holding the iPad 1 for long periods of time because the boxy shape would always hurt my hands after about 10 minutes (like walking around with a book). The curves on the bottom really help a lot for me in terms of holding the device, but the 15% lighter weight that Apple advertises is relatively unfelt for me personally.
Speed and Graphics
The game capacity has defiantly improved (I would say more like 3x to 4x ‘” NOT 9x), but I’m not exactly a huge fan of playing games on the iPad. As for Dual Core chip, I could defiantly feel a difference while surfing the web and running other apps as compared to other market competitors and the IPad1. The one issue I was disappointed with however was the camera for Skype and recording functions. In no way shape or form was the camera a higher quality than the iPhone, as it acted like a regular phone camera and not an actual HD camera. The movie editor is alright for me, but at least in my opinion, why use a mobile movie editor when you a superior desktop one?
Overall, if you’re looking for increased surfing speeds and a more comfortable design ‘” the major strengths of the IPad2 – this is the device for you.