Apple iPad 2 Unboxing & Hands-on
Obviously, the first thing to initially catch our eyes is the ridiculously razor thin profile it beholds which is impressively 33 percent thinner than its predecessor. At that level, it makes other recent tablets on the market look bloated by comparison, but more importantly, it’s still solidly built all around thanks to the premium choice of materials that it’s crafted out of. Furthermore, it’s marginally lighter to hold in the hand, while retaining the same expected 10 hour battery life from before. All in all, it might not be a design that’s regarded as ground breaking, but it’s nevertheless an evolutionary approach that refines upon the wonderful design qualities found with its predecessor.
Some of the new additions include a front-facing VGA camera for video chat, rear camera that shoots 720p video, and a powerful 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor – the latter of which chirps along at double the speed of the previous A4 chip, while not compromising on battery life. And despite using the same 9.7” IPS display with 1024 x 768 resolution, we’re nonetheless content with its radiant output and great viewing angles, though, some would argue that this should’ve received an upgrade.
Turning on the device, we’re presented with the familiar iOS experience that keeps in mind responsiveness and simplicity to the utmost level. Thanks to the speedy processor in tow, navigating around the platform and launching apps are no problem for this tablet – albeit, the speed factor doesn’t seem too different from the original in our opinion for right now. However, one particular app to catch our attention is the Photo Booth app found at the main homescreen that applies a myriad of fancy looking photo effects on an image you’re attempting to shoot. Besides that, we’re pretty much treated to the same assortment of apps that we’re all too accustomed to using with any iOS device at this point.
Now that the tablet market is gaining momentum because of the sharp rise of activity seen with the Android camp, the iPad 2 so far has some advantages that will hopefully keep it at the top of the list. Naturally, its steady price point is probably what’s going to keep it looking attractive to consumers, but we’ll find out shortly whether or not it has the overall staying power to fend off the competition. Expect our in-depth review soon!
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
So, how long were the lines at the store you bought your iPad 2 (in comparison to the lines for the iPad 1)?
7. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
I saw some pictures of lines, but I think the pics were from a weight watchers convention, cuz every broad i could see was a 300 pounder. But I think that's just because a lot of the pics were from Texas.
2. LXH (unregistered)
this is not Ipad2, because Apple named it Ipad in the back. so this is new Ipad, not Ipad 2
16. JacksonH22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)
technically this is supposed to be the Ipad 1.5, they weren't able to get all the tech specs that they originally planned to get into it in time. There's going to be another ipad out by the end of the summer, which was supposed to be the ipad 2.. but they just decided to call this the ipad 2 and the next ipad will be the ipad 3.
4. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Looks very flimsy. Another sure fail that's not gonna make much of a dent in the computer market. Laptops will continue to outsell tablets 100 to 1.
10. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
well its made for video... i highly doubt u r gona take ur ipad while hiking to take some pics
17. JacksonH22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)
it's good for being the first camera on the ipad...
6. Smoke_stack_lighting (unregistered)
8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
There were some pretty insane pictures of the Apple Store in New York. I thought it looked tame at first, but towards the end of the day, around 7 or 8...it was just ridiculously long. Same in San Francisco. In Columbus, our Polaris Mall store sold out within an hour and a half. Our first Apple Store at Easton Town Center had one left by the end of the day...seems like they had more stock. I wasn't able to get mine, so I had to order mine online. The long wait begins...
The iPad 2 is much thinner and you can feel the weight difference between the first and the second generation. The flatter back makes the newer one easier to hold. Getting closer to how light the Kindle feels. The camera does suck, but I can't imagine with even a 5MP camera that I'd be running outside with a tablet to take a photo or video...
9. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
I wasn't going to get one and me and my wife were at Walmart doing some grocery shopping. One thing led to another and I found myself waiting in line. Super fast, NOT Flimsy but yes that camera is pretty laughable. I do agree with Jeff, I don't plan on using for anything other than face timing with my daughter who lives 2200 miles away.
11. DfromBK (unregistered)
Like the Hallucinator i wasn't getting one for myself but i was gonna upgrade wife's original iPad. I tried to go to the 57th street store in NYC on friday hnight but the line was absolutely ridiculous, longer than the line when i got my original iphone on day1. I went to the same store on saturday morning about 7:30 am and got one in about 5 minutes.
As for my wife . . .she'll never get it. i opened it at the store for set up and fell in love with it. I actually ordered one for her on online should get it in 4 weeks.
Awesome device. I am hoping that they update teh OS at some point to enable widgets.
12. Wesley01 (unregistered)
No microSD card or usb port = a closed device only to buy more things from iTunes and fill Apple's bank balance...ha ha ha
13. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
wow my picture frame looks way bigger kudos for apple lmfao
14. Septimus (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
Wow. Nice background! Where did you get it?
Going to replace my iPad 1 with this one. Saw what it can do graphics wise. Quite amazing.