The iPad 2… a month later

The iPad 2… a month later

In our digital age, we’re constantly being bombarded with gadgets that seemingly push the human experience to new directions; some taking the usual evolutionary path, while others kick things up a notch with their ingenious and carefully thought-out execution. Nothing has undoubtedly changed our mentality as a whole society more in the last year than the rise of tablets, and rightfully so, they engage human interaction in ways we haven’t thought about previously. Of all the various ones out there on the market, especially after checking quite a few and fully absorbing their offerings, nothing sticks out more that the venerable iPad 2 – even despite its still relatively new arrival on the scene.

It’s all about pricing

First and foremost, you can’t deny the alluring price point that Apple has instilled with the original iPad, and of course, its successor surprisingly maintains that level. Thus, it’s able to keep even the closest of competition at bay. Although we’re mildly impressed now that Sprint has lowered its pricing for their version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it’s unfortunately a little too late at this point to compete on the same level. Sure you can pick one up on contract for $200, or $429.99 off-contract, but considering its already dated hardware compared to the iPad 2, it’s not something that can benevolently attract those consumers who are starved for the latest and greatest.

But so far, we haven’t compared the iPad 2 with some of its current direct rivals, and some upcoming ones as well, but it was only a couple weeks before the iPad 2 launch that we saw the biggest name in the Android tablet space hitting the market. The Motorola XOOM came out in full force thanks to its heavy presence in various advertising spots, but one of the main reasons why it’s still not at the same level in terms of popularity is because of price point yet again. As it stands right now, the gargantuan $799.99 no-contract price of the XOOM is by far its Achilles’ Heel – and not to mention $70 more than the similarly equipped 32GB iPad 3G. Granted that it has some impressive features, like 4G LTE support in the very near future (no 4G love for the iPad 2), it’s still a hefty price to pay to experience the top shelf Android tablet.

Naturally, there are a host of other tablets coming to market that will undoubtedly test the might of the iPad 2 – some employing a totally new tablet experience (PlayBook & TouchPad), while others are attempting to win consumers with their novel features (shooting 3D photos & scribe technology). Albeit, there is still one aspect that seems to utterly attract people far and wide to the iPad 2 – and that, my friend, is its killer design.

Good looks can help too

Say what you will, but there is still no arguing the fact that the iPad 2 is still tops in this particular area. Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak 7, which launched recently, are constructed out of plastic, while the Motorola XOOM steps up to the plate with a solid metallic exterior. However, when you hold the iPad 2 in your hands, you can’t help but behold its razor thin profile and premium choice of materials. Yeah, the 10.1” Samsung Galaxy Tab is emulating its streamlined looks and price point, but after briefly holding onto one during the most recent CTIA event, it doesn’t quite embody all the richness and glory that goes into the iPad 2’s design – then again, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 we check wasn't a final product, so who knows, maybe Samsung will take care of that by the time it launches.

Sole focus on one item only

Unlike its competition, Apple is able to craft such a stellar device, not to mention gracing it with killer pricing as well, because they only make one tablet – and that’s it! On the other hand, manufacturers out there like Samsung and Acer place their attention on a multitude of tablets – which obviously plays into cost. When you’re able to solely focus on one product and expect to sell millions of units, you’ll more than likely be able to secure deals with component vendors. Ultimately, this is one of the driving factors that enables Apple to produce such a stellar tablet that’s competitively priced.

Then again, there is the original iPad

Of course, the iPad 2 isn’t for everyone, but for the majority of people who have at least $500 and change to spend, it’s very hard to not take it into consideration. Impressively, we’ve seen an adverse change in pricing with Apple’s original model. In fact, we reported that some Verizon locations are selling the 16GB iPad Wi-Fi for an unheard price of $299! That’s not something you can overlook, especially considering that some people regard the $250 Nook Color as a bargain in terms of Android tablets, but it nonetheless shows you the kind of allure surrounding it. And if you prefer going the Craigslist route, we’re confident that you can possibly pick one up used somewhere around the $200 mark.

Looking forward to the future

In the end, it’s really going to take a lot to knock the iPad from its throne. Although it’s sitting on a sizable chunk in the tablet space right now, it’s going to take one company to focus all of their efforts in conceiving, manufacturing, and marketing a single tablet to literally have the same mix of ingredients to produce a worldwide hit. Some time down the line, we’ll surely find that Jesus tablet that will finally say to the world that it's better than the iPad in every way, but then again, it might be short-lived considering that we see a new iPad model every year – then again, maybe we won’t?

Related phones

iPad 2
  • Display 9.7 inches
    768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 6944 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x



37. Rey unregistered

Iphone 5 will be released soon...Hahaha how do u feel buying Iphone 4 and now Apple will be producing Iphone 5?

33. tptintin

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

I just like to make a point about not having flash player for the iPad 2 if you do your research better instead of slagging the ipad off, people with iPad 2 can enjoy full flash by going on to app store and download ISWIFTER which is a awesome app and is only £1.79 it works great for me even better if you have wifi, hope that will shut a few people up...

32. Alui unregistered

I have a Samsung Galaxy S and an iPad2. Why I bought the iPad 2 and not the Xoom, Galaxy Tab or some other tablet? Many reasons: -when I saw the iPad next to the competition it really put them in the shadow. The design is very classy, the other tablets looked like cheap next to the iPad. -I've read that Xoom had disappointed the buyers(no Flash, no sdcard, at launch) so I did not wanted to take chances(after the disappointment with the Froyo update for my unlocked SGS). -I like the smart cover, it's nice to watch videos without having to hold the tablet. Also I like that it provides protection to the screen when not in use. -I knew that the iPad will not suffer from the Android devices problems (lag and battery life). So, I have the iPad 2 for almost two weeks now, and I have to say I'm very impressed. It really does what Apple claims, the battery life is galactic, no lag. The only problem I see so far is the very high price of the apps, no refund, and some apps freeze in the "loading" state if you click the home button or close the smart cover. Anyway, nothing too annoying.

31. CarbonKI unregistered

Why does everyone claim the IPad is the top because of it's app count? How many apps did the IPad launch with that were truly optimized for it? NOT-THAT-MANY.

22. IOS5 unregistered

You like the iPad 2 then buy it You don't like the iPad 2 then don't buy it but keep it in your mind iPad 2 the best tablet in the market.

28. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Because its the internet, people go here to say shit they probably wouldn't say to another persons face...

20. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

isnt it clear that there is some kind of connection between PA and apple? ipad a month later? come on....

21. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

This is a ligitamite artical IMO Its a month later artical on the best selling tablet device to date! Would you rather have an artical on the Xoom 2 months later?

19. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

One could ask whether the Xoom is a finished product? It just has a Work in progress feel to it. Didn't come with flash! Do the expansion slots work now? Do the USB ports work? (without rooting the device.

11. NookColor unregistered

Yeah well. . . the Nook Color is still outselling it in North America. . . so, whatever.

10. alexmd unregistered

Xoom is the best tablet now and it will not become outdated in a year. Besides there is no need to by 3g version of the tablet since you can easily bluetooth tether it with any android device for free. I personally use rooted droid 1 and see no reason to upgrade in at least another year. I had the original I pad for a year and now it is used by kids only for games and flash cards. If you are a professional who needs a tablet for work get the xoom, if you just want the apps get the I pad. The lack of flash support is a big problem for ios since most reach web sites and apps still going to use it for years to come. Html 5 is just not there yet. Plus I think apple is destroing the web by allowing developers to build stupid apps for every web site to overcome the limits of the ios devices.

16. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Xoom is a Fail = FACT!

9. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

"we’re constantly being bombarded with gadgets that seemingly push the human experience to new directions" "Nothing has undoubtedly changed our mentality as a whole society more in the last year than the rise of tablets, and rightfully so, they engage human interaction in ways we haven’t thought about previously." ahhh hahahahahah. Tablets are nothing more than watered down computers. Even if they were full blown computers they offer nothing that pushes my human epxerience. What are the ways we havent thought of before???? Apps?? No offense but are these articles being written by 20 something year olds. Tablets are just a new packaging of the same stuff we have had for several years now.

14. AppleFUD unregistered

"No offense but are these articles being written by 20 something year olds." Probably. . . or people that have never really done anything on a computer except browser the internet and maybe write an article. That's the thing. If you notice who's all in love with the iPad it's "tech writers." However, if you notice these "tech writers" don't know anything about tech. They are some of the most tech illiterate people you will find, yet they are telling everyone what to buy. What it comes down to is, a bunch of hack writers that write anything and everything for a buck. . . so they spew whatever they think will get them page hits.

27. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I agree I have no idea why someone would ever buy a tablet, but they do so we must argue about it!!!

8. Funkmon unregistered

Actually, craigslisters are selling their ipads for almost as much as ipad2s.

6. Darren unregistered

The Xoom is the best tablet available if you can get past the price. Hands down. The hot TABLET operating system on it is years ahead of the "Upsized IOS." Is the IPAD better looking of course. My macbook pro is better looking than any windows machine I have seen as well.

7. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

The Xoom is an epic fail! No one is buying them....Why? Because the average user doesn’t care about hardware specs that are only slightly better then its competition! The Xoom can shot lasers and most consumers wouldn’t care. The OS is flawed with imperfections (more then the norm) and the marketing strategy sucks. Consumers like confidence; they like products they know will succeed. They don’t want question marks next to their purchase. The Ipad is a winner. It is a proven technology. It is innovative and sexy at the same time. You can’t go wrong with it! This time next year my ipad 2 will have some residual value while your Xoom will be an expensive cup costar.

13. YourAnEpicFail unregistered

So then why is the Nook Color selling so well and the Asus Transformer is already sold out of all it's original shipments around the world? "Consumers like confidence; they like products they know will succeed." I guess that's why almost all of Apple's products have low market share. Way to NOT make your point. "This time next year my ipad 2 will have some residual value" Yeah, like how the iPad had some residual value. . . right, even Verizon & AT&T had to nearly give them away to get rid of them. One thing last generation Apple products don't have is value.

15. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Lets see... The Nook Color sells well because of its price tag. And it does what its supposed to do. Apple products have a high market value. Where do you get your facts from. Apple has sold 2.4+ million ipad 2 all the while Xoom has only sold 100k! Why would anyone pay full price for the original ipad when they could get the ipad 2? This si why there is a price reduction.... SO THEY CAN SELL THE REST OF THE INVENTORY! Your precious Xoom cant sell at all! NO ONE is buying them and that is a fact! I You Sir are factless! I am not an Andriod hater I just like quaility over quantity,

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Used Apple products have no value? Wow you're clueless. When the iPhone 4 came out I sold the 3gs for $260. More than I bought it for! Another tolling fail by a fandroid. The reason the xoom isn't selling is because it has a crappy OS with no apps.

36. Rey unregistered

hahahaha agree with u! well customers now are just looking the name Apple..hehehehe They are buying the name at a high rate whahahha

17. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Another reason the Xoom is a failure is much simpler. 3G versions are virtually non existent! It's a typical Motorola problem! They don't cater for people outside the U.S..

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the xoom is held back by its price. Moto themselves said they could justify the tag because its "LTE capable". Really? How did that work out? lol. if the xoom launched at the same price as the ipad2 and had lots of advertizing like apple does, it would have been a much different ballgame. its up to samsung now. IMO their tablet is better than the xoom anyways. Hopefully they are smart enough to advertize more.

25. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

'remixfa' I agree with you 100%! The zoom is not the flagship Andriod was hoping for. Samsung's next gen Galaxy tabs are going to be a much better device for Andriod. iPad killer is will not be but firm competition...absolutely! There will NEVER be a pure ipad or iphone killing device because Apple has already has several advantages... The most important is time! IOS has been out for a lot longer then any REAL Andriod device so its going to take time before it can catch up to the leader,

4. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Android or Windows are bound to bulldoze the iPad into submission. For the time-being the iPad2 is probably the best device available, considering all the services that it comes with, but it can't last forever. Especially, now that Google is making strides to provide similar services.. Only time will tell..

35. Rey unregistered

Yeah....Time will come Android and Windows will kill Apple hehehehe...

3. rigor unregistered

but you only talked about the iPad 2's looks, pure cosmetics.....that's not enough to make it the best....

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

P.A. ipad lovers.... pretty sure Apple is paying their wages.

5. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Sure, but lets be honest the iPad is the best tablet. The amount of Apps alone are something to be impressed by. The iPad defiantly is a great device and it deserves to be on top in the tablet world.

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