To upgrade or not to upgrade? That is the $829-dollar question. I mean, if you have an iPad, should you line up outside the Apple (s aapl) store and buy the new iPad 2? Is it worth it?
I mean, it has a faster chip. It has two cameras. It has a new OS. It has a gyroscope. It can do HDMI video out. It can play nice with all iTunes content. It sure is thinner — about one-third thinner than the current iPad — and 0.2 pounds lighter that the current iPad, which weighs 1.5 pounds. (Apple iPad2: What you need to know).
Like many others in the media who follow Apple, I was at the iPad 2 launch event held earlier today. I had a chance to spend some time playing around with the new device and have some quick impressions. Now you have to remember, I’ve had only ten minutes to play with the iPad 2, so take these impressions with a pinch of salt.
- The 3.2 ounces in shaved weight actually does feel a lot lighter than one might imagine just from looking at the spec sheet.
- The slimmer size makes holding the device a lot easier. It’s very much like the iPod touch vs iPhone comparison.
- The screen is no different from the current generation of iPads, except the dual-core processor and additional graphics oomph make it feel livelier and more responsive. Still, I wish Apple offered higher resolution on the screen.
- I can’t really tell how other apps — games, for example — perform on the device.
- The two cameras are great addition. I am a big FaceTime and Skype Video user. Facetime looks pretty hot on the bigger screen and makes video calling more useful.
- I like that the iPad 2 is more video friendly thanks to cameras, iMovie, and scores of other upgrades like watching iTunes content on it via Home Sharing and sharing videos to big screen televisions via a HDMI adapter and/or AirPlay.
- No matter how hard Steve Jobs tried to convince us that the white iPad 2 is cool, I am so NOT into the whole white Apple devices thing, and that means the iPad 2, as well.
That said, being an owner of a 3G iPad, I’m hard pressed to spring for the upgrade. I am still getting maximum mileage out of the first-generation device. The price cuts announced earlier today are only going to devalue the resale value of my top-of-the-line iPad 3G. (Related: How to prepare a used iPad for sale.)
I have a MacBook Air, which does a great job at video conferencing, and now with a Verizon (S VZ) iPhone 4 in my pocket, I can FaceTime anytime. I’m still waiting to see how developers leverage this new hardware.
That said, if you’re a first-time tablet buyer, it’s perhaps your best option on the market right now. It has a fast processor, is light, is ultra thin, is available in a week, and more importantly, it’s far ahead of what else its rivals are selling (or are planning to sell.)
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Sold my iPad1 for £320 last week, that was a pretty good guess…
I’ll get a 2 for no other reason than wanting one, it’s conspicuous consumption, and that’s why it’ll sell well…
Good call. I am sure you will be upgrading to the new one.
Already ordered an iPad 2, 16gb wifi replacement for the same model in iPad 1.
Haven’t heard back yet from the reseller I deal with; but, they take trade-ins and that has worked well for me in the past upgrades of Apple devices.
you seem pretty objective Om with your MBA, iPhone 4, & iPad. how could someone not trust your opinions? shouldnt you be writing up an article on how Android is doomed now?
good thing Kevin is here to balance out this place
Sorry, can you clarify “The 3.2 ounces in shaved weight actually does feel a lot less lighter than one might imagine just from looking at the spec sheet.”? It doesn’t feel lighter or it does feel lighter? Sounds like you are saying that you don’t notice the weight savings but I’m not sure.
No it feels a lot lighter. And you would be pleasantly surprised by it.
The big surprise is the cover.
You can measure the time in nanoseconds for the time it takes others to copy it.
That is why Apple is Apple. Their designs lead the pack.
Just dont press to hard or it will fall over, which was happening all day at the press event.
How long before a class action law suit is filed?
Yes, it’s Apple’s case design which they stole from the InCase Convertible Magazine Jacket. “Lead the pack”? I guess Apple apologists will say anything.
Few people buy replacement device every year, so the whole notion of “should you upgrade” is really … well ridiculous.
I realize that the whole blog-o-sphere has to write something, and all the self proclaimed “technology journalists” must ask all these penetrating questions, but really, it’s just pointless.
Apple amazes me constantly. The can release a product with new features that everyone gets excited about, when really it is just the stuff they would should have put in the first one if they were truly about putting out the best product. Not to mention the fact that they still won’t support flash because it will cut into there app market. And above all that it still runs a phone OS! This device is better than the last, but it is still half baked and the consumer deserves more.
Bullseye. If the iPad 1 had launched with a front and rear facing camera, the iPad 2 would offer very little to recommend it. And why didn’t the iPad 1 have a front/rear camera? The iPhone 4 launched just a few months later with that technology. If they didn’t have the technology available for the iPad 1, it points to the fact that Apple hardware is at least 6 month old technology by the time it releases. Or, if they did have the technology but elected not to include it with the iPad 1 for business reasons……evil. If Apple didn’t have the tech ready for March 2010 release, why didn’t they hold off for a couple more months and have a truly fully featured tablet?
Let’s get the facts straight there was no market prior to the iPad. The tablets before it were all junk. Flash is junk too it kills battery life for sure. I can’t watch a simple video for more than 2 minutes and my Evo’s battery is practically dead.
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch have 2 year lifespans. If you have the original iPad, then iPad 2 is not a must-have. The iPad 3 is the one for you.
But Apple products have good resale value if you must have a new one every year.
Me, I buy iOS devices plus AppleCare and replace them every 2 years like clockwork, and Mac OS devices plus AppleCare and replace them every 3 years like clockwork. It is too much trouble to replace them any more than that, and too much trouble to replace them any less than that.
I don’t play too many games apart from Angry birds on my ipad…so the extra speed doesn’t change much for me.
I was so hoping for iphone 5g news… anything up on that front? Is it expected some time this year? I have put off my 3G to 4G upgrade just b’cos of that expectations.
Im a bit puzzled as to how you think the ipad 2 is far ahead of anything else out or about to come out? Whats it got that others already havent?
Agreed. It almost seems ipad just almost caught up with the xoom on hardware specs.
of course the ipad 2 is lighter on the other hand xoom can do microsd cards.
Hmm. Genuinely impressed.
I’m definitely in the same boat with my first gen. I just think the upgrades are far too minor to make me want to upgrade.
But as for the white iPads, I disagree! I think they look great in white.
Malik – Love your notes about playing with the iPad 2, but I have to call you out on your statement: “and now with a Verizon iPhone 4 in my pocket, I can FaceTime anytime.” This is too Apple Fanboy-ish for me, and assumes an awful lot. You can only actually FaceTime when (a) the person you’re calling has a FaceTime capable device (b) and you have good enough reception.
Love the site. Keep up the good work.
Yes, and no where did I say that you don’t need Facetime on the other end, but I should have made it obvious.
Incredibly, the iPad2 runs iMovie. If you can do that on a mobile device, then you can do just about every computing activity that most consumers and businesses currently use PCs for.
Watch these currently mobile ARM devices upscale and get used for all household and office computing. Microsoft beware.
I agree completely on the idea of tablets consuming a lot of the PC market, however it seems that they still lack the functionality to make it happen. I want to see apple put Lion on a tablet with its new touch friendly features. I’m also quite interested with how windows 8 will turn out.
I don’t need to spend the money immediately, but it seems like the spec boost will finally help quash the “iPad is only a consumption device” trope (which was always the product of an utter lack of imagination among certain commentators).
If the new A5 processor and Garage Band work well together, imagine what that means! A totally capable, very mobile 8-track recorder and sampler in a cost-effective package.
Of course, other developers will create new ways to produce content, art, music, etc. that take advantage of the extra processing power.
Not to sound too hyperbolic, but while we’re not looking at anything too major in terms of form and function, I think the spec bump will help create an entirely different framework for thinking about production and distribution. And that’s really exciting.
Or rather, the existence of iMovie and GarageBand makes the content-creation side of the iPad that much harder to hand-wave away. Strictly speaking, there’s not a lot that GB does that existing iPad apps don’t already do (although I don’t think there’s one that does *everything* GB does, and certainly not with Apple’s panache), and GB will run on first-gen iPads as well as the new one.
new camera, much more powerful GPU, all I see is fragmentation among new apps.
good thing is though, now that Apple’s “day” is over. Android can go back to dominating every tech blog site out there.
it’s amazing, I remember when iPhone/iPad anything would dominate the headlines for weeks, now it’s literally a day-n-out. this is exactly why the tech mindshare has shifted to Android while the mainstream “mom crowd” still only knows iPhone/iPad devices.
I gotta be honest, I am not clear what your point is? Can you be more clear?
I am so happy that we chose to buy two Xooms. These tablets run like wildfire. Fabulous screen in terms of resolution, clarity, color fidelity and super fast page loads. The construction is top shelf as is the video capture and playback. Plus, it pairs perfectly with our Droid X’s. We love Android!
Hmm can you share what great apps you use on Xoom and how many crashes you experience everyday? What about the tablet responsiveness when running multiple applications? I was very close of buying a Xoom, thats why I ask
I’m definitely excited about the iPad 2. I wasn’t that impressed with the first iPad, but Apple has done it right this time.
FaceTime and iPhone is limited to wifi only, yet now with an iPad using a tether or Mac usin 3G card I can? Why so many damn hoops Apple?
Many of the IOS 4.3 features will also benefit the original iPad, will they not? I do resent being charged extra for tethered minutes I have already paid for. Will there soon be extra charges for home electricity used to charge someone’s electric car?