Thursday, March 3, 2011

Apple fanboys (and girls) rejoice!

iPad 2
To quote Apple, "Thinner. Lighter. Faster. FaceTime. Smart Covers. 10-hour battery."

When the first generation iPad came out last year I was a little skeptical as to what the benefits might be.  But after playing with one I could see countless ways to use the device to better improve my daily computing experience.  Think about what most people do when they get online...check email, browse the web, check their facebook or twitter, and perhaps watch some YouTube videos.  The iPad does all of those flawlessly and is very portable which makes it much more practical to bring with you instead of lugging around a notebook.  The first generation iPad is still a nice device and is on clearance on Apple's website - they knocked $100 off each model.

Just like any new product that Apple releases they've made improvements in almost all categories.  iPad 2 has a new A5 processor which is a 1GHz dual-core chip.  Apple claims it is twice as fast as iPad with up to nine times faster graphics processing.  iPad 2 now has cameras built in, one front and one rear, just like iPhone 4.  The front facing camera is just okay while the rear facing camera can shoot 720p HD video.  You can use the built-in cameras to take advantage of FaceTime which is fun if you haven't had a chance to use it...very "Jetsons" feeling!  iPad 2 is thinner, 33% to be exact when compared to the original iPad, and it is also 15% lighter.

iPad 2 comes out March 11th and prices start at $499 with the "top of the line" model reaching $829 for 64GB of storage and built-in 3G capability.  Some accessories to think about would be the new iPad Smart Cover and Apple Digital AV Adapter for HDMI out.


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