Hands on with the iPad 2: Yes its here! [Review]

This year is supposed to be the year of the tablet with predictions that tablet sales will outpace PC sales, and Apple is leading the charge in an endeavor to knock all other  tablets out of the boxing ring even before they get to step into the ring and take a deep breath.

Last year saw Apple become the undisputed champion of the tablet form factor with its iPad. An impressive device, albeit a few shortcoming. Apple’s tablet offering this year seems to have learnt a great deal from its predecessor and packs quite a punch. With one hell of a look and  power packed hardware, the competition sure will have a hard time standing its ground against this one. Here’s a look at the specs under the shiny glass sheet, a beast in a prince’s clothing.

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iPad2 Review
iPad2 Review

  • 1GHz dual-core A5 CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage options
  • Front & Rear Cameras, front is VGA, rear is 720p
  • 9.7? LED display with 1024×768 screen resolution at 132ppi
  • GPU said to be 9x faster
  • Video output supports up to 1080p
  • Runs iOS 4.3
  • 10 hour battery life
  • White & Black color options

Prices : starting from Approx 29,000 for 16GB WiFi only upto 47,000 for 64GB WiFi + 3G.

Review: iPad2

Well I’m no Apple fanboy, and I personally don’t care for the absolutely controlled philosophy of Apple, but I think I know a great device when I see one. Apple’s iPad2 is just that! A great device. As the Apple tag line says, the new iPad2 is thinner, lighter and faster than the original. And if you hold both, the iPad and the iPad2 in your hands you will notice the difference immediately.

The touch screen on the iPad2 is awesome quality, the kind that you must be accustomed to if you are an Apple iDevice user. It churns out video with awesome clarity and sound. The rear camera on the iPad was impressive not so much for the front facing VGA, although I hoped for higher volume on music playback I was pretty satisfied as it is supposed to be a single user device.

What makes this iPad2 an absolute joy are the apps. With a killer collection to choose from, the iPad Appstore is what delivers a knockout punch to all its competitors. The games, although I didn’t play any heavy 3D games on it, surely impress and engage the user in hours of gameplay without even knowing it. The virtual keyboard on the iPad2 is well spaced out and makes for comfortable typing.

The iPad2 is an awesome improvement over the first generation, with better speed and performance.

Given all the hoopla sorrouding the device, iPad2 is surely the best tablet available out there, there may be a few notable competitors, but none of them come close to delivering an experience that the iPad2 does.

The closest device that comes to the iPad experience, i.e. Galaxy Tab seems to have a long way to go (and we put the onus on Google’s Android to match iOS capabilities).

Accessories/Features not yet tested

  • Smart cover that I was so looking forward to.
  • Facetime app.

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