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Apple iPad 2 Review – First Look, Design & Features


Finally, Steve Jobs has announced that starting March 11, 2011 – the brand new Apple iPad 2 will be available in US stores, so if you are a fan of Apple or you already own an iPad and would like an upgrade than you should consider on getting to know its new features first:

Improved design

Apple succeeded to cut down on the new iPad thickness – the new version being 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter. It is supposed to feel really comfortable holding it and it being lighter you will practically not feel it in your hands. We all know that Apple is able to impress with looks – so the new iPad is one gadget that impresses with its thin, sleek and shiny appearance. Because of its new design, it has been compared to iPod touch (a bit bigger of course), meaning it is much easier and more comfortable to hold than its predecessor. Despite its changes in the design, Apple has succeeded to keep its 10 hours of battery life – which is pretty cool. Besides its minimalistic design, it comes both in black and white color.

Powerful and more useful

The new iPad carries the powerful 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 SOC that makes everything flow pretty fast on it. You can watch HD videos and movies and play games that look smoother and more realistic – all of this by enjoying higher resolution. There will definitely be lots of video apps in the future, so that the new iPad is perfectly compatible with it.

The pretty useful and expected part of iPad 2 is its two incorporated cameras. This will help you keep in touch with your folks without needing a desktop computer or even a laptop that is much bigger and heavier. It comes with a front-facing VGA camera for Photo Booth (a new feature) and Face Time.  The 3.2 megapixel camera in the back of the iPad captures 720 HD video.

Another useful feature is the HDMI Video Mirroring that will help users mirror their iPad screen right on an HDTV using an optional adaptor. There are also different other accessories available with the release of iPad 2 that you can check out on their official website.

Updated iOS

Although expected, the new iPad boasts the new iOS 4.3 that comes with new improved features. Your browsing experience in Safari will be much faster so that you could find all you need in no time, enhancements to Air Play have been added, and there is also a choice to use the side switch on iPad 2 that will either lock the screen rotation or mute audio.

Smart Cover – a pleasant unexpected surprise

The new iPad cover was pretty unexpected but a really nice surprise. The cover comes in two types of material – polyurethane and leather and a rainbow of colors to choose from. Both materials have a special microfiber that cleans the screen automatically when you cover it, so you can say goodbye to nasty fingerprints on your screen. The cover can be attached due to its special included magnets and it is really light so it doesn’t add any weigh to your iPad.

Once you pull it off from the iPad, it will automatically resume sleeping, without you having to push any additional buttons. Another feature of the Smart Cover is the fact that when you fold it you can use it as a stand for your iPad. This way it will be easier for you to watch videos or talk to your family and friends, as you won’t have to hold your iPad for that. The stand is also really comfortable when you use your iPad for typing or browsing the Internet.

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It is really up to you if you want to change your iPad or wait for the new version that might probably have more features. Yes the new iPad 2 is more powerful, has a nicer design and you can definitely take advantage of the video call option, but the old iPad isn’t that bad either and their price dropped 100 dollars with the launch of the new iPad 2. However, if you are new to Apple and decide on buying a tablet PC from them, than iPad 2 is probably a good option and it will probably satisfy your needs.

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Corina Ciripitca

A girl that lives through the lens of her camera - as this is the best way to see things as you want them to see. Born and raised in Moldova, now living in sunny Cyprus.

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