The question on everyone’s mind is what is the difference between iPad 1 and iPad 2? To be totally honest, their software is almost completely the same. The hardware is also much the same as that of the iPad 1.
Compared to the iPad 1, the iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch (24.6cm) screen, with a 1024 x 768 display, more memory and a battery life of over 10 hours, including the addition of a camera.
The iPad 2 is also a bit faster and it is unbelievably thin at only 0.34 inches (0.86cm) – it’s thinner than the iPhone 4). iPad 2 is a bit shorter than the previous model at 9.5 inches (24cm) tall and weighs about 0.6kg. It looks and feels amazing when you hold it, (you feel extremely hi-tech).
The front side of the iPod is a screen, except for the small home button and the small camera at the top, the back is made of aluminium with a small speaker at the bottom left and the camera on the upper left
The iPad 2 is available in white and black, has 512MB of RAM which makes it just as good as the iPhone 4. The iPad 2 has amazing graphics that makes it great for gaming! Included in the device is bluetooth, WIFI. All this in such small frame!
With Apple moving the speaker to the back of the device, the sound seems clearer and somewhat quieter than the iPad 1, and hasn’t made a drastic change in the sound. If you want to listen to music or watch videos, you’ll want good headphones or decent speakers nearby.
In my opinion, the iPad 2 isn’t just the best tablet on the market it feels like the only tablet on the market. If you have the iPad 1, then don’t go and buy the iPad 2 except if you really need the camera. For those of you who haven’t yet made the leap, feel free to take a deep breath and dive in – the iPad 2 is as good as it gets right now. And that is really good.
My score for the iPad 2 – 4 out of 5!
By Ludolf Burger