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I have had my iPad 2 for nearly 2 years, it was originally a joint anniversary present, but over time it has been mostly me that uses it. We chose this one as we felt we wanted the 3g so that we could use the internet away from the house, and the shop we went to only had available 16gb or the 64gb. We felt that the 16gb probably wasn't enough memory, and knew that you can't upgrade the memory on an iPad so decided to go for the bigger memory.
What it looks like
The iPad 2 is 18.6 cm by 24.1 cm, it is said to be 30% slimmer then the original iPad, but length and width ways it's about the same. I know this is true as when we first got ours we compared it with my mum's original iPad. It is quite light and weighs just 612g. Mine is black with the aluminium silver back, it also comes in white, the colour I'd originally wanted, but I agreed to go with the silver, which was my husband's favourite. On the top is the power button, and a microphone, top of the screen is the front camera, which is 0.3 mb. On the left is the sim card holder. Then on the right side going down is the screen lock button, (which can also be set to do something to the mute, so if you lose sound this is probably what's causing it), then the volume control is under this. At the bottom is the plug to charge the iPad, and above this on the screen is the home button. This is a multifunction button, which switches on the screen, and if the screen is on will take you back to the home screen, or out of a app. On the back is the main camera, but on the ipad 2 this is still only 0.7mb. It takes a decent picture, but is obviously not the best quality.
The battery lasts about 8 to 10 hours with constant use.
What it comes with
In the box this comes with a usb charging cable, a plug which the usb charger attaches to charge this with the mains, a small thing that looks like a safety pin and is needed to open the sim card holder to put the 3g sim in. Mine came unlocked (I think they all do in the UK),and I got the sim free from O2 after deciding they had the tariff and signal I wanted.
Mine came with what I think was ios 4, but has since been updated to ios 6. The software packaged with it originally was Notes (for surprisingly enough writing notes), Music, Video, Facetime (Apple's version of Skype, I've never used it as I have no one to Facetime with :( ), a clock (with alarms and timer), Messages (for instant messaging, again I've never used this), Calendar, Maps (originally was google, but is now Apples' own system), App store, iTunes, Camera, Photo booth, Photos, Mail and settings. Since a software update last year it also now has Reminders (a ticky box reminder list), and Newstand (allows you to download newspapers). It also comes with notifications, a system that links with other Apps to remind you of events, (particularly handy for telling me when something is about to end on eBay.)
The iPad 2 also has many accessories you can purchase, both made by Apple and made by other companies. Of these I would recommend the protective film, and a case to protect your shiny toy. I also have an iPad bag, and several iPad styluses, and a car charger. For any of them I would shop around as the price varies quite widely.
Using the iPad
The true joy of the iPad for me has to be the App store, you can pretty much find an app for anything. You can create folders to organise your apps, and through a linked computer can move them around the screens. I have 10 pages of apps, some I love, some I barely use, I have to confess to an app addiction, I love finding them and downloading them. In the App store there is a good selection of paid for and free apps, and in my defense many of my apps came free. There are also some apps with free "lite" versions so that you can try before you buy the full app, I have always found this handy. Free Apps I would recommend are iBooks, and the Kindle app, both handy for reading books, manuals etc. Another free one worth a mention is iTunes 12 days of christmas, this gives you a free app, song, book or video each day from boxing day until 12th night.
How I use it
In the house I use it for the internet, as it's quick to pick up and use, I also use the eBay app to list things on eBay. I usually read reviews on Dooyoo through it, although I still prefer to write them on the laptop. I use it to make lists of what I should be doing, and to plan things, I also have several photo apps to alter photos. I also use it to waste too much time playing games :) My husband laughs as I use it to multitask, doing 1 thing on the iPad and another on the laptop :) Sometimes when he is using the laptop I use it to check mail, or to again go on the internet.
Away from the house I have used it as a map whilst traveling, even without the 3g it knows where you are. On holiday I have used it to watch films and tv programs bought from iTunes, and to listen to music. I have also used it to take photos and videos when I haven't got my camera, or can't be bothered to take it out. On holiday last year, with the help of Burger King's wifi I used it to keep up to date with eBay and emails. The volume isn't great but in a quiet room it's loud enough, and the picture for films is good.
So do I like it
Yes as you can probably tell I love it.
It does have some negative points; iPad's don't have flash so some web sites and surveys won't work on it, it doesn't have a usb connection so you can't easily add peripherals like a camera or a flash drive. I believe it is possible to buy an adaptor, but I've never done this. For this reason you really need a computer as well to be able to do most things. The touchscreen keyboard can be faffy, and it likes to think it knows what you are trying to type, and will auto correct, even if thats not what you wanted to say. You can buy an adaptor to use a physical keyboard with it. If you want to print from it you will need a wireless printer.
For me these problems are minor, possibly because I have a laptop as well. I find it does most things I want in the house, and comes into it's own when we go away for the day or on holiday. I can honestly say I'm addicted to it, and there isn't a day I don't use it. In fairness I don't use the 3g a lot, but like to have the option for when I need it (I just cancel it when I'm not using it), and the memory is probably too big hence me filling it with so many apps, as well as loads of music, 3 series of "on the buses" and other tv programs,and films.
For me then I think I will give it 4 stars, as much as I love it I can see that on reflection it can't for me replace a laptop, and so loses a star.
When I bought it this was about £679
It's now between £530 (eBay) to £700 new, and about £320 used.
The new iPad 3 retails for £659 in the Apple store
I've had iPads since August 2010. I work as a musician abroad, and sometimes need to carry a lot of music around with me - so I bought the first iPad wifi only, 64gb. I use it to read pdfs from, as opposed to books. Saves megabucks on excess baggage charges!!
Anyway, the problem with that iPad was that it had no webcam, and the page turns were a little slow. Also,having wifi only meant internet was limited to when I was in range of wifi - plus I couldn't video Skype with home.
Cue the iPad2 64GB wifi+3G. It cost me £659 in Sep 2011. Paying the extra £100 for the 3G was worth every penny, as it has liberated me - I can be in the sticks and watch a film, or call someone visually via skype.
I have to say the webcam on this one is not terribly hi resolution - iPad3 has addressed this I'm told.
Also, the ipad2 is lighter,thinner, and a lot faster on the page turns than the ipad1.
Of particular note is the speaker, which has exceptional clarity. For example, there's the end of a 'Yes Minister' episode where the dialogue is unintelligable - until I watched it on this iPad where I could hear every word.
I recommend getting one of the cases that fold into a stand. I chose the invision one on amazon because it covers the back as well and is a quarter of the price of apple's own magnetic cover.
If you want the basic benefits of a computer and books, without the bulk, the iPad2 is an excellent solution.
After having an iphone4 for around a year, I didn't think there was any need for me to have an iPad. However my boyfriend recently went to America and bought me one back as a present and now I can't live without it! The first thing I noticed about it was the speed of everything. I have a laptop and used to do things like online shopping on that but the iPad beats it hands down, it also is much faster than my desktop computer at work which is really high quality! It is basically just a larger version of an iPhone but this means that you use it as a computer and it works the same, just with loads of added features!! The apps mean that you can do everything from online banking to catching up on tv. The quality is really good too and it's so easy to navigate with the toUch screen being so easy.
I have never been an Apple fan, i use Dell laptops and have a blackberry phone but i thought i would give this little gadget a try as everyone seems to be made about them. i have to say i have now been converted and if Apple iphones were cheaper on contract i would have one of these too. The Ipad works so smoothly gliding from page to page and opening the apps is never a problem, they always open straight away with one touch, compared to other android tablets that crash or take a few taps to get it to recognise you are trying to open something. The creen is brilliant too, very bright and clear and i have set for hours playing games on it and has not effected my eyes at all like some screens. i cant see much difference between the newer module and the Ipad two apart fromt he screen and voice recognition and to be honest if you are happy with the IPAD2 there is no need to spend all that money out again ont he slightly upgraded version. For the price it costs however i do feel it is slightyl on the expensive side and is only really worth it if you use it for everything you do and not switch between the ipad and a computer, maybe because some things are easier on a computer such as switching between sites or looking at documents.
The main good things i would say the Ipad has are: really good apps both free and chargeable, quick access to emails, watching films in bed as so easy to hold, getting daily podcasts and news articles, using it the same as a kindle + the bigger screen.
The down sides are: no flash support, no USB ports, is not adaptable with anything other than apple software and hardware, cant plug my camera in to look at pictures or any slots for SD cards.
However even though there are a few down sides it is still a great little device for when you are sitting on the sofa and want to surf the internet, play games or listen to music.
So I got my brand new iPad 2 as. A 21st birthday present, arrived from apple almost a week earlier than predicted so that was great. I plugged it into my laptop done the usual upgrades you would expect it to do. It works a treat, a lot of people were telling me not to get it but I decided to try for myself. I have so far had no technical faults, certainly nothing a quick upgrade or on/off didn't fix.
There have been a few things I am not too impressed about. When I first tried to download old apps that I had from my iPod touch, they would only show up as an iPhone sized screen, I didn't realise there is a button that says 2x to make it full screen, however when you do this with iPhone apps they go a bit blurry, they are perfectly fine to use still just a bit off picture.
Another problem I noticed is you cannot install flash player, which is very annoying for some sites! I think if apple allowed flash this would be great. I also think they should allow some kind of word or something built in (apart from the cheap looking notes. Also a way to upload to regular sites would be nice.
The wifi is great but I do regret not getting 3G sometimes, however paying an additional £100 does not seem worth it in my opinion! Considering I'd be on the go and the battery does not last 10 hours as mentioned, infect when I'm doing a few bits at a time I'm using my battery in 2 hours flat.
Overall great product definatly buy it, the sounds, the graphics and everything are great, the two built in cameras are awesome! But I think you may need to use it along side a laptop sometimes.
I do realise how lucky I am as my workplace have just bought me a 64GB Wifi+ 3G iPad 2. In the main this is because I spend a lot of time away from the office and out on the road and so it is incredibly useful for me to have a device which allows me to manage my email and calendar effectively.
At around £600 for the Wifi + 3G version this is by no means cheap and there are certainly cheaper tablets on the market - but what you get for that price tag is an incredibly slick, intuitive and responsive devise which is an absolute joy to use. I really cannot express how much easier this makes my working life and having the 3G means I am also not beholden to finding wifi spots, which is amazingly useful when I am in the car.
The iPad is astonishingly thin and light and this means that I can slip it into my handbag easily enough, I therefore feel safer carrying this than my full size laptop as it is far less conspicuous. As a female this matters a lot to me.
The touchscreen on this device is very accurate and easy to use, I find I can type as quickly on the
keyboard as I can on my laptop or a desktop and I rarely have problems hitting the wrong keys, it is amazing how accurate the touch screen is for this in particular. Answering emails properly and with a detailed response is made very easy by the iPad (although I have to say the iPhone is also brilliant for this).
I have become a proper iSheep over the last few months and now possess two iPhones (one work and one personal) and the iPad. One of the advantages of using both the iPad and the iPhone is that the iPad is second nature if you are used to the iPhone operating system and organisation structure (although I actually believe the iPad is so intuitive anyone could pick it up and figure it out pretty quickly).
For speed the iPad is, I believe, unbeatable. Browsing the internet on it is amazingly easy and fast and regardless of the number of tabs you have open it is consistently slick. In fact, in my house the laptop has become virtually redundant because it is just so much quicker and easier to pick up the (always ready to go) iPad.
Battery life is impressive on this device and although I use it for an hour or two every day I find it only needs charging a couple of times a week and it seems to hold the charge well if I have fully charged it and then do not touch it for a couple of days. It is also very useful that it uses the exact same charger as the iPhone so I only ever need to take one charger with me to conferences and the like.
You can probably tell I am a big fan of these devices but that is not to say they are perfect. Being Apple rather than Microsoft does have some limitations, for instance you cannot open/use Word, Excel or any other Microsoft documents and you also cannot use Adobe flash player, you can of course download apps which do this kind of thing for you but as many of the emails I am required to deal with have such documents attached it is a minor irritation not to just be able to use them fluidly.
The other niggle I have with the iPad is that there is no USB port so you cannot quickly and easily move or back up documents from it to an external drive. There is of course the iCloud (which is great) but it means you rely on a third party source looking after any such data you move to it. In terms of using the iCloud for photos and apps and music, this is a fabulous idea and I love that it synchronises remotely and enables you to access all of your items from any device linked to it.
In terms of the amount of apps available there literally is one for pretty much everything you can think of or possibly want. I use Evernote to take notes in meetings these days and the time it saves me by already having an electronic copy of what's gone on is very helpful. I do think having the 3G is worth the extra investment as you never actually need to faff about getting passwords for wifi at each place you visit. I do believe that although work have invested in this device for me they also get more out of me in non-work time as I am inclined to answer emails whenever I pick it up and respond more quickly regardless of whether or not I am at work. This could be seen as a negative but I actually find it somewhat reassuring that I rarely ventur e into the office without being fully appraised of what's going on.
In short, I do believe that as far as tablets go this is the best on the market and, as you would expect from Apple, it gets top marks for functionality, design, ease of use and speed. I cannot fault it as a support device for my job and I feel totally privileged to have one at my disposal. When I next replace my home laptop I will have to seriously consider whether or not to just buy one of these instead, it really is that good.
Well going back a few years now when Apple released the early version of the I-Pods they were a great piece of kit, so much music in a small bit of kit, then they added to it and added the photo and video functions. Then along came the I-phone and things progressively become more and more impressive and now we have without a doubt the most piece of incredible technology released to date, the I-Pad 2!
I was always very interested in the design of the I-Pad when the original series was first released as it seemed like just the job for what I needed, wifi access with the availability to download apps as and when needed, at the time of the release I couldn't really afford to pay out for the I-Pad. However now after taking out a new contact with Orange I have been given the I-Pad 2 which has been included with my monthly tariff, all I can say at this stage is Wow!
The I-Pad 2 is my most used electronic device, over my laptop and blackberry mobile the I-Pad seems to do be able to do everything that all my other devices can but in a much considerably faster and efficient manner!
The main positives about the I-Pad 2 are the the large brightly lit LCD display, the fast processing power for the use of Apps and browsing internet and accessing e-mail etc.
Then you have the size and the fact that its fairly lightweight in comparison to carrying a laptop or other device around, I seem to use it for the convenience more than anything but simple things like checking weather forecast's, tv listings, facebook and social networking.
The I-Pad 2 comes in black or white, however the black version does look that bit more attractive to the eye. It has the same slick design which has been developed further from the evolution of the I-Phone and of course its another quality product produced by Apple.
Only negative is the price tag as they are still selling these at between £450-£600, as mentioned I have had mine included with a mobile contract through Orange so haven't suffered with the immediate cash payout just to own one but this option may not be so suited to some as they may not like to be tied in to a contract just to own such a device.
Overall a very well designed and constructed device, can not wait to see what the future holds for Apple and what new technology we may be introduced to in the near future..
I am a big fan of apple products. So when I have to choose what to buy between Apple iPad 2, Blackberry Playbook or Samsung galaxy tab to replace my old iPad, it will always be the iPad 2 that comes out as a product to buy.
I ordered iPad 2 3G 64 GB running on iOS 5 with anti-glare screen protector and free laser engraving which I opted to put my name on the back of my iPad 2 to personalize it.
The debatable topics that people always talked about are whether the apple iPad 2 is really worth the price? Or how about the customer who already has an iPad, does it really necessary to upgrade from iPad to iPad 2? Well, I have to say that so far I am somewhat satisfied with my iPad 2 experiences. While the Samsung galaxy tab leads the selling in the market, I still think that the apple iPad 2 is better if we compare it to any competitors in term of the features and technology.
Once again apple show their superiority with the brilliant product design they made. The apple iPad 2 comes with a very slim and light design. It is very similar if we compare it to the previous version really. But If you previously own an iPad, you will notice that the new product is thinner and lighter compared to its predecessor. The length and height are the same for both models, so if you think that the 9.7-inch display in the last year model is too big for you then maybe this new product is not for you. While I'm happy with the overall built, I do hope that the next version of this gadget will come in smaller dimension in terms of the length and height.
The Dual Camera
The iPad 2 comes with dual camera, the one at the back of the device, and a new integrated web cam in front of the device that has the ability to take a still picture, records a video and make a video chat with a new application support called facetime. I found the front camera really useful not only to use with the awesome facetime feature, but also to use with skype, which at the last year iPad failed to provide. While apple hyped their HD camera ability, I have to admit that the camera quality is not that "great". Perhaps "ok" or "decent" is more suitable.
One word: brilliant. The retina display is still as good as the previous product. I don't think that anyone will complain anything substantial about the iPad 2 displays because the quality is really good. Despite of that, I already knew from my iPad experience that the glossy screen glares under a bright light. That's why I bought my iPad 2 with the anti-glare screen protector.
Apple promised that the iPad 2 battery can last for 10 hours while browsing the internet, listening to music or watching video. But I don't think that my iPad 2 battery life ever match the 10 hours mark. The longest battery life for me is approximately 8 to 9 hours only with continuous usage. This is almost the same compared to my last year iPad. But I do feel that the iPad 2 battery recharged faster though.
Well, it has been totally different experience compared to the iOS 4. The new operating system is really awesome, rich in features, supported by established app store with a huge application choise, very user friendly and it gives this product a giant leap to leave all the competitor years behind. One feature that is really cool is the AirPlay Mirroring where I can wirelessly stream whatever's on my iPad 2 screen to my HDTV via Apple TV. But, The missing part of this brilliant OS is still the old same classic problem, where apple 'forgot' to add the flash player to the safari browser. I solved this problem by purchasing the Skyfire app from the app store which cost me more money but useful to open flash supported websites.
The overall speed performance of iPad 2 is much faster compared to the old one. I can tell the speed different when I open an application, playing games or browsing Internet that it's faster.
Well, it's an apple product. The price maybe high, but once again, you get what you paid.
Where to start? This is the best thing ever!
There are lots of tablet computer devices on the market today. But for me and the majority of the tablet buying public, you just can't get better than the iPad. This is the second generation of iPad, I didn't own the first so I can't compare them. This is so stylish. It's thin yet heavy. It has so many functions there are too many to list, and the functionality is growing by the day as more apps are added, and the new iOS 5 upgrade has made it even better to own.
The iPad 2 has a 9.7 inch TFT screen which is LED back lit. This results it an amazing vivid screen picture with a resolution of 1024 x 768. The screen isn't like a laptop screen it's hard glass. This does mean you have to be a little bit more careful as the screen will shatter if dropped or knocked against with reasonable force.
The screen is a touch screen and is very good at responding to the slightness and lightest touch.
This 64 GB 3G model is the top of the range. It features a 64 GB memory full Wi-Fi, and the 3G part refers to the fact that you must insert a sim card from a mobile provider. This then enables you to use their 3G network weather you're out doors or in. This actually means you don't have to have Wi-Fi at home with this model. You just pay a set amount (this differs for each network) for an allotted amount of download space, the norm is 5G.
I find there to be so many uses for this iPad. It's great for multi page Internet browsing.
It's wonderful for Skype as the built in front facing camera is of the best quality, and the built in microphone is very clear as is the speaker.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps (application's) for the iPad. These cater to your every need from booking a Holiday, medical advise, translation, calculation, social networking (the official Facebook app was added recently), bookmaking, educating all the way down to the best games available. Most of these apps are available free, and if there is a charge it's normally a one off small amount.
Sky, BBC, Fox, CNN, all the major world news sources have high tech apps for the iPad. While all major publications, such as your daily newspaper, magazine or a book by your favourite author can be accessed at a touch of the screen via the built in Ebook reader.
The quality of the recordings from the built in high definition cameras is outstanding. Playback on the iPad is like looking out through a window.
I find using the Google street maps app very helpful when booking a Holiday as you can literally stroll around the streets of your destination before you decide to buy and go. You can see what the area is like, the kind of stuff you won't see in a holiday brochure.
The lithium battery used in this is great. It's lasts far longer than a laptop battery. The running time is around 10 hours from just one full charge, this means ten hours of use browsing the Internet over a Wi-Fi signal or playing back video that you have recorded. Show me another device with that kind of battery power.
There are a host of accessory's for this tablet, from the new magnetic Apple cover. Too the Apple TV device.
I can find no faults, only hundreds of positives when it comes to reviewing this beautifully designed, compact tablet computer. FIVE STARS.
This can be bought from Amazon.co.uk for £500 + shipping
I purchased an Ipad 2 about a month ago as I had recently got rid of my Iphone and was going through a sort of "I-withdrawal" phase. Was very pleased with my purchase. The device is really well designed, comfortable to use and looks great! I also couldn't believe how fast it was, very responsive compared to my 3g Iphone.
I use my Ipad for games and there are literally thousands to choose from in the app store. My little one loves her virtual pets and watching youtube videos, as well as films purchased from itunes. That is the joy of having an Ipad, there really is an app for almost anything you could ever want!
I also love the Ibooks app and would say the Ipad stands out as a very competative Ebook reader, the plus side being it has a backlit screen for bedtime reading which competitors do not have.
The only downside I can think of is of course the lack of Flash player on Apple products. I keep my fingers crossed that Apple will soon introduce this although I think we may all be waiting a while...