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Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Member Name: James_Coburn
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Date: 13/09/11, updated on 13/09/11 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Good keyboard, good speaker, thousands of apps, could be a lifestyle tool.
Disadvantages: High price
I have previously reviewed the iPhone 4, and the MacBook Pro. Now comes the turn of Apple's latest tablet, the iPad 2.
Running the new dual core A5 processor and sporting 512mb of ram the iPad 2 is twice as powerful as it's predecessor. Combine that with an estimated 9x increase in graphics power and you're holding a very capable machine.
It is thinner than the iPhone 4. And 33% thinner than the original iPad.
Using the device you immediately feel at home, movement through the home screens is fluid, it opens apps with ease and doesn't keep you waiting.
One thing i should definitely mention is the speaker. using the iPhone 4 i always have to plug speakers in or put it against something flat to echo the sound around a bit more, the iPad 2's speaker is immense. you could have it on a table during a barbeque and it would happily contend with general chatter. it is very good.
Upon turning the iPad 2 on and activating it I immediately went to the app store to download some of my already purchased apps, I must say that iPhone only apps look a little rubbish on the larger screen. You can run them at original size or double them up to fullscreen at the expense of them looking pixellated and frankly rubbish.
However the more I looked I found that there were iPad specific apps for most of the thngs I wanted. iMovie for instance which I downloaded to iPhone automatically downloaded the iPad version. It's a shame this isn't true of games like angry birds, which leapt up to £5 for the upscaled hd version. I don't want to pay twice for a game I already own.
Of course if you go on YouTube you'll see the VS videos, The EEPad, TouchPad, Blackberry Playbook, There are millions....
I looked into it a lot, and some of the alternatives actually weren't much cheaper, but i felt they offered less in terms of quality, size/weight and overall satisfaction.
I did not want to get home with a Touchpad and hate myself for making the wrong choice.....
Flash support is still missing. If this is a deal breaker but you love the iPad, get the Skyfire web browser app. It's £2.99 and gives you flash support. Sorted! (I have since read that adobe are working on a similar solution to this issue, their own solution will be somewhat similar to Skyfire, but i assume it will be built to work with Apple's Safari web browser.
They claim the battery life is 10 hours. I can confirm that it lasts a LONG time. I used to watch things on my laptop, now i stream them from my laptop to my iPad, I would say on half brightness, General use, web browsing and
I managed to get a decent gel case and some screen protectors from amazon for about £10, it goes without saying that if you spend this sort of money you want to protect your investment. A must.
(I since further invested in a small messenger bag, which is iPad sized, saves me carrying my larger laptop bag on train journeys and stuff.)
I debated VERY strongly over getting an original iPad and saving some money, but I heard that a lot of future apps will be built around the faster technology, this is a very good reason to buy new if you can afford it. In terms of buying used units I wouldn't bother. They appear to hold their value and I found a lot of people trying to sell used units for more than brand new retail prices.
On the subject of 3G vs WiFi only it depends on your usage. I'm editing this right now on my iPhone via 3G, that alone is reason enough for me not to spend the extra £100 for 3G, as well as additional data costs. My friend however didn't have an iPhone but had a 3G iPad 1, he made great use of it, but I don't think you'll ever really need both.
Personally my iPad is staying at home as a toy, I would take it on train journeys or long car trips, but even if I did need 3G I could use my phone as a hotspot using a jailbreak app (MyWi) and do it that way. There's generally nothing I immediately need 3G on the iPad for that the iPhone can't take care of.
On the hot topic of jailbreaking....
I will be jailbreaking my device when I can (a) figure out how to downgrade the firmware, or (b) they release a new jailbreak for iOS 4.3.5.
If you plan to jailbreak now try and get one with firmware 4.3.3 then go to www.jailbreakme.com and download Cydia in safari on your device.
I do not advocate piracy, I merely like to tweak my devices :)
Anyway. Overall it's cracking. Everything I wanted and more. 5/5
Summary: I couldn't stop writing about it. You don't need it. but it is awesome, if you can, buy one!
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