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Apple iPad 2: will you get it?

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Apple iPad 2: will you get it?

The iPad 2 is finally here and it's truly an iPad on steroids. It has now grown dual-core A5 muscle capable of delivering double the processing and nine times the graphical punch. But tablet steroids are of a special kind and instead of growing bigger, the iPad 2 has lost significant part of its body fat and is now not only more lightweight at 1.33 pounds (601 grams) for the Wi-Fi version, but it's also 33% slimmer than the original iPad and even slimmer than the iPhone 4.


While it might be the thinnest of all tablets out there, its powerful guts are by no means left unmatched by the competition. The recently released Motorola XOOM and upcoming tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 also come with dual-core brains and probably even more RAM than the iPad. But could this make up for the humble number of tablet-centric applications for Android Honeycomb? It's up to you to decide, but before you vote with your dollar let us know about the most important thing for us - your opinion!


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Will you buy the new iPad 2?
18.78%
341 votes
(341 votes) W00t! I'll be camping outside the Apple Store!
10.9%
198 votes
(198 votes) Dual-core CPU in a razor sharp package? I'll get it as soon as I sell my original iPad on eBay!
6.11%
111 votes
(111 votes) I've got the original iPad and it suits me just fine.
40.36%
733 votes
(733 votes) iWhat? I'm getting a Honeycomb tablet!
3.52%
64 votes
(64 votes) I want the webOS HP TouchPad!
3.47%
63 votes
(63 votes) 10 inches? Isn't that a giant iPod? I'm waiting for something smaller!
16.85%
306 votes
(306 votes) Tablets annoy me. I'll stick with my laptop.

1816 votes


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posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:01 10

1. appleblackberryandroid (unregistered)


When you can view a web page as it is intended, instead of getting a download flash player error is when I will even look at ANY Apple products.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:06

2. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


no flash is small drawback, but at least it doesnt have huge drawbacks as android.. like crapy battery life... and other....

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:30 9

11. Eingild (unregistered)


Dude, battery life does not depend on the OS. It depends on the battery model provided by manufacturers. If you're going to bash other products, do it the right way.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 11:47 2

31. Todd (unregistered)


Actually, batter life does depend on the OS to some degree, albeit a small amount, it does hold some responsibility.

You see, the OS determines how to use all the resources available to it, including energy. How much energy gets diverted to one application over another? What about increases power usage for one core over the other ... or both?

The list goes on. A good operating system will be able to increase the life of a battery on any given device.

Though you are correct in that the battery is the biggest contributor, it isn't the only.

And thus I reach my point... grow up, get off the forums, and go play in traffic.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 10:50 5

25. AppleFUD (unregistered)


Sorry, that's just FUD.

Android will get about the same battery life as iOS relative to what's running. Both operating systems handle multitasking in a very similar way. The difference is that Android developers can choose to enable background multitasking which means some can write bad apps that drain the battery, thus if someone is getting bad battery life on an Android device it is most likely do to a poorly written app, not the OS.

If you don't believe me just do some research on how iOS & Android handle multitasking, there's several great articles on it.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 12:49

33. Todd (unregistered)


I never said that the iPad or the Droid OS handled multitasking poorly or that one was better than the other. I just said that the OS does have something to do with the battery life.

I agree - modern OS will manage battery life well and equally with other OS

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 16:40 5

35. Xoom for $539 (unregistered)


WOW!!!
Looks like Sam's Club will have the WiFi Xoom for $539

That's $40 more than the lowest iPad 2 16G
And you get 16G more
Lots more RAM
Don't need Apple's proprietary dongles = $40-$80
And you get an SD expansion slot = priceless = unlimited memory

Of course. . Honeycomb = priceless!

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 02:30 1

59. MobilePhoneMaster (unregistered)


I doesn't want iPad 2. It runs the stupid iOS operating system. I prefer Honeycomb tablets (Motorola XOOM or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) or Android mobile phones
I prefer a Nokia mobile phone with Symbian OS than an iPad 2.

Although, a mobile phone, it runs better operating system (Android and Symbian are better than iOS). So, I can do more with a good mobile phone than an stupid tablet

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:09 1

3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


So far more people want an iPad than anything else. Let's see how this plays out

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:11 1

4. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Now it's a tie! Uh-oh!

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:13 2

5. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Now honeycomb is winning!!! I can't take the drama!!!

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 10:06 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL this is drama i just hope it doesn't get trolled

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 10:21 1

21. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Of course it will

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 11:31

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL now xoom wining by a big margin but this may change when everyone gets of their jobs 2-7PM then this tread will burn like gasoline

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 11:31 1

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


WTF "xoom" i meant honeycomb... my bad

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:15 2

6. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


And now the iPad 2 is winning again!!

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:18 3

7. appleblackberryandroid (unregistered)


you call 10 hours of battery life a downside. Wake up and get your facts right superpooburgermister. xoom, xoom, xoom

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:19 1

8. appleblackberryandroid (unregistered)


looks like nomore tie

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:20 4

9. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Tables are stupid, stick with a damn laptop.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 10:52 2

26. Socalvenom (unregistered)


I second that notion I mean Why spend $800 on a tablet when you can get a very nice netbook that does everything a tablet can muster and then some I own a Gateway netbook which was $280 250gb hd, 2gb ram, 1.6 intel atom and you name it it has it. Tablets are useful in some ways but the majority of people that want tablets want them expecting they run just as good as a laptop or better. I guess people forgot tablets were created for our entertainment. Instead they made them look like a replacement technology for laptops and netbooks. Shame

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 02:14 5

52. AndroidQueen (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Mar 2011)


Tablets are sexy! Laptops are not.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:21 6

10. appleblackberryandroid (unregistered)


since 90% of web pages require flash, how is it a minor drawback? It's a minor drawback to you because you haven't seen flash before on your apple. You can't miss what you never had. xoom, xoom, xoom

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:34 2

12. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


I really like that Apple isnt trying to push 3D on to people. I just might switch to apple for that reason alone.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:35 2

13. bigeffindeall (unregistered)


Glad to see common sense is winning...I still cant see the point in a tablet...Call me old fashioned, but why not just get a small laptop, or a netbook?...Ipads and the other tablets just seem like really nice toys to have...Sure, If Ihad the money to waste Id get one...But until then i'll stick to my driods and my laptop....

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:39 1

14. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Couldn't have said it any better. That is EXACTLY how I feel...

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 10:53 1

27. AppleFUD (unregistered)


How about a tablet that can actually double as a netbook? That's what I'm waiting for--the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I think that will get both jobs done nicely.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 21:01

45. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


doesn't Dell already have that concept with a tablet that docks into a netbook-like hardware.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:41 5

15. .... (unregistered)


ipad = shit

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 11:06

58. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


xoom and all android products = shit

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:45 1

16. deago78 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Just sold my 16gb iPad for $450 on ebay last night so it would be odd for me not to take the ~$50 hit and buy the new one. Considering getting my first white colored piece of technology too. Any thoughts on that?

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