As you can see it maintains the unique design that Apple has become synonymous with. But what we really want to know is why is this thing worth buying? The iPad2 will be released on Friday, March 11th, with pricing beginning at $499 for 16gb wifi only version and $629 for the wifi+3G version. But if that is not enough to convince you to buy this device then you and I are of one mind. But worry not there is more information on this "magical" device after the break.
The iPad2 will be released in two colors: white and black, and come with an array of new features not see in the original iPad.
Design and Build Quality
We have to start our discussion of any Apple product with one if its most notable features. The iPad2 is similar in design to the original iPad. They both possess a sleek minimalistic front side with one home button. While the back of the iPad2 is encased in the same aluminum chassis the original iPad sports. Based on many hand-on accounts I have read and heard the device is well built. It does not feel plasticy of flimsy as many other tablets do, and even without hands on experience with this device Apples resume of excellent build quality and design ensure that this device will live up to previous Apple products. The iPad2 also boasts the same 10 hour battery life that the original iPad has. Notable differences between these two devices are the VGA front and 720p rear cameras that are present on the iPad2. Also the iPad2 is 8.8 mm thick while the original iPad is 13.4 mm thick.
The iPad2 also boasts of a new "smart cover" that is available in polyurethane or leather that magnetically attaches to the iPad2 and can also be converted into a stand. This smart cover also cleans the screen every time it is opened.
Like most tablets the iPad2 will be offered at an unsubsidized price by mobile carriers because you are not obligated to purchase a 3G contract from them.
The Technical side of things
Now lets get into the real differences between these two devices. Based on an editorial account from Engadget.com the iPad2 is fast. very fast. The iPad2 maintains the same 9.7inch screen and 1024x768 resolution of its predecessor. The new 1GHz A5, and a plethora of other improvements and tweaks to set this device apart from its competitors.
LED-backlit IPS LCD
LED-backlit IPS LCD
|Resolution||1024 x 768||1024 x 768|
|Processor||1GHz Apple A4||1GHz dual-core Apple A5|
|Graphics||PowerVR SGX 535||?|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Cellular radio||EDGE plus triband HSPA||EDGE plus quadband HSPA or|
CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A
|Bluetooth||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR|
730g (WiFi + 3G)