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What’s New With The iPad 2?



I’ve been a bit of an iPad hold-out. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not an irrational Apple hater or anything. (I’ve actually had an iPhone for 3+ years now, and it does everything I could want and more) But to me, the concept of a tablet just seems too limiting. But I’ve recently had some time to use the iPad while traveling, and I’m starting to see the appeal of it. It won’t replace my laptop, but it’s good for a quick trip.

I knew that the iPad 2 was right around the corner, so I decided to wait and see what new features would be introduced before picking one up. (I’ve been burned by Apple before, like when I bought the iPhone 2G only a few months before the 3G came out!)

The highlights: Thinner, lighter, and more powerful. Same price. Same battery life.
What’s missing: Retina display, 4G support, USB, SD Slot, (free) HDMI adapter, etc.

The guys over at Engadget put together this nifty chart that shows the complete breakdown between the two iPads.

  iPad iPad 2
Display 9.7-inch
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 ?
Memory 256MB RAM ?
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera none VGA
Rear camera none 720p
Cellular radio EDGE plus triband HSPA EDGE plus quadband HSPA or
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope No 3-axis
Thickness 13.4mm 8.8mm
Weight 680g (WiFi),
730g (WiFi + 3G)
601g (WiFi),
607g (Verizon),

613g (AT&T)

Overall, it’s a nice upgrade, but many people (myself included) were expecting more from Apple. The tablet market is starting to ramp up, and Apple needed a game changer to stay ahead of the crowd. Hopefully the iPad 3 will be the answer. 😀

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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