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In this I-Pad 2 review we look at Apples latest release and see if it’s for you.

Apple is well known for its innovation and quality. The launch of the new i-Pad 2 was not essential since the original i-Pad has not been on the market for very long and is a best seller when it comes to competing tablets. It’s faster and lighter and certainly much thinner than its predecessor which is very welcome.

The new i-Pad release is a nice surprise since it will be about the same price as the original or even cheaper in the UK than when it was first launched. Discounting of the old model could get you into the world of tablet technology. Time will tell, but keep watching. Prices for the latest bit of kit are as follows: £399 16GB Wi-Fi, £479 32GB and £559 for the 64GB model. If you want the I-Pad to have both Wi-Fi and 3G, it will cost £100 extra across the range. If you have the I-Phone or similar, then you will already have a feel for the screen and because it’s much bigger, then it will be a joy to use. Just one button below the screen will bring you right back to the home page.

Apples latest version has been kept simple but this can prove a little disappointing if you expect the I-Pad 2 to rival your computer. Take e-mail for instance. You can type in your message fine but if you want to attach a photo or paste in some text from elsewhere, it is not so simple since you have to tackle an app-swapping session which is not ideal.

  • You can run two apps at the same time and you can change between them both with a double click on the home button, but what you can’t do, is have both apps on the same page side by side.
  • You can copy and paste on the I-Pad which is nice but it can be a little fiddly but most will get used to it especially as you don’t need a mouse.

I-Pad 2 review-Games and music

If you like games then the I-Pad 2 is going to be a lot of fun. You get access to the huge collection of apps and games in the Apps store. You can choose from the classic puzzle titles to all the latest shooters. Take Apple’s own GarageBand app. It’s quite impressive and shows just what can be done on a touch-screen, recording multiple tracks using virtual instruments and cheat instruments and having a great laugh. Creating your own songs is sure to be a big hit for many, but you’re going to have to sync them with your computer first.

I-Pad 2 review: Any good as an e-book reader?

The new i-Pad release does about the same as the old one, if you can call it old, so, in this regard it won’t be worth the money if all you want is an e-reading device, having said that, it is slimmer at 8.6mm. The thinness is actually a fraction less than the already slim Kindle 3 which is astonishing. Just don’t sit on it! It’s also lighter so won’t be as fatiguing to hold for hours on end while reading. You can store literally thousands of books on this device and it retains its 10 hours battery life.

New cameras

The new i-Pad release comes with a fun new feature in the form of two cameras, one front and one rear. These are not going to be of the best quality, but will perform perfectly for taking self portraits for uploading onto your Facebook profile for instance. Just stick to a camera for serious work. There is also a video-calling app called FaceTime in which you can chat with people using these cameras. Of course whoever you do call using this app, will have to have compatible hardware such as the Mac, i-Phone 4 or i-Pod touch or the Apple i-Pad 2 of course. You can shoot videos of course and the i-Movie app means you can edit your movies and apply music and editing. Serious fun! Of course you get access to the I-Tunes library where you can buy video and music where the selection is brilliant if a little expensive.

The new I-Pad 2 has been made faster and is generally a big improvement especially in the graphics department and is almost four times as fast when it comes to rendering textures.

Just in case

The new Apple doesn’t come with a cover, it’s extra, £35 for the canvass one and £65 for the leather one. It’s going to be worth every penny though and is actually a very neat design since it also doubles up as a sort of stand which angles the pad to a nice comfortable position for typing or viewing video. Another very neat trick is that when you peel off the cover, it automatically switches the I-Pad on. As you would expect the cover is held in place with magnets. It’s definitely a must buy.

The screen size is still the same at 9.7 inches but it’s lost a lot of weight. In fact it has lost a huge 124g which will make a big difference in portability and handling. The new I-Pad 2 release comes in either black or white. If you choose the white, then everyone will know it’s the latest version.

In this I-Pad 2 review, we ask: Is it for you?

It all depends on whether or not you are going to use all those goodies available to you. If all you wanted was an e-book reader then look elsewhere for a more dedicated bit of hardware which won’t be so hard on the pocket. As a replacement for your laptop computer it still isn’t quite there apart from surfing the web. I hope you enjoyed this I-Pad 2 review.


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