The iPad 2 is Apples latest installment to their iPad line. At just 0.34″ thick, the iPad 2 is very thin and portable. This iPad features Apple’s all new dual-core A5 processor and also has double the RAM over the previous iPad. The price of the iPad 2 is $499, for the 16GB WiFi model, $599 for the 32GB WiFi model, and $699 for the 64GB WiFi model. You can also get the iPad with a data plan from AT&T or Verizon. The 16GB iPad with AT&T or Verizon is $629, 32GB for $729, and the 64GB for $829. The iPad 2 measures at 7.31″ in width and 9.50″ in length. On the top of the iPad you will still find your standard 3.5mm headphone jack and the on and off sleep switch.
On the right side you have your volume rocker and silent/screen rotation lock. On the bottom of the iPad there is a 30 pin connector port for syncing to your PC or Mac. You have a camera on the front of the device and one on the back. The back camera features video recording in 720p HD up to 30 frames per second with audio. The back camera also takes still shots with 5x digital zoom. The front camera features video recording up to 30 frames per second as well.
When comparing the iPad 2 to the first generation iPad there is quite a notable difference in performance. The iPad 2 is much more responsive and snappy thanks to the all new A5 chip. The accelerometer seems to be more responsive and sensitive as well. The graphics and shadowing is improved over the first generation and makes playing games more realistic. These things combined really make playing games on the iPad a much more enjoyable experience. The battery life on the iPad I found to be quite good. I was able to get about 10 hours on WiFi which is what Apple advertises. When running more graphic intense games or using the 3G network battery life decreases, but is expected.
The iPad 2 comes preinstalled with iOS 4 which is a very user friendly operating system. This is the same type of OS that Apple’s iPhone utilizes as well. FaceTime is an App that comes preinstalled on the iPad and utilizes the forward facing camera on the front of the iPad. Photo Booth comes preinstalled too and is very similar to the Mac version. It is something that you can play with for hours and still have fun.
Overall the iPad 2 is a very impressive installment to the iPad line. Although it doesn’t replace the functions of a notebook I would highly recommend it for more simple applications.