Posted on 03 March 2015.
Finally, the much-awaited iPad 2 has arrived, and consumers are wondering if the era of the tablet computer has really begun at last. The answer we have all been waiting for comes down to this: we are closer than we were before. Consumers are going to love this tablet, and Apple stock is going up.
What’s so great about the iPad 2? Now that the original iPad has a boatload of competition, it’s got to be great. First, compared to its earlier iteration, this newer iPad is thinner, lighter and faster. It’s so thin now, in fact,.034 inches to be exact, that it not only edges out all the other tablet computers on the market, but it now feels much more comfortable in the hand. According to Apple, this skinny Minnie still has 10 hours of battery life. More important, the slimmed-down design makes it seem utterly possible that one day soon, the tablet computer will replace both the laptop and the smart phone in one fell swoop, and may, indeed, become the only tech gadget we carry around with us.
Further, like other newer tablet computers, the iPad 2 now has two cameras, a low-resolution on the front side for video chatting, and a camera on the back for hi-def video. The camera on the back could be better to compete with, say the Motorola Xoom, but having both is an improvement. Thus, this new mobile device also replaces the digital camera. Plus, it has an HDMI slot so you can connect it to a hi-def TV. Like the iPhone, it also has a gyroscope, making game-playing more engaging. Little by little, tablets are becoming the all-in-one device.
As for price, the iPad 2 costs about the same as the original and considerably less than its competitors. The 16 GB version is $ 499 while the 64 GB 3G version about $ 829. The 32 GB iPad 2 3G is priced at $ 729. That’s highly competitive, but another absolutely required item is the new magnetic polyurethane cover which, when clicked open, also wakes up the computer. Very cool. $ 40 more.
In sum, if you’ve been drooling for an Apple iPad, be glad you waited. This is it. Think of all those apps-65,000 and counting. No other brand of tablet comes close to the number of apps, though Android-based tablets are coming up fast. The iPad 2 is a super tablet computer.
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