iPad 2: Hands-On First Impressions and Photo Gallery

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jlvetor123

I tried out a couple Android tablets and for the price the eLocity worked well but a little slow so I sent it back. After some sales pitches I bought the Ipad2 and I have been sorry ever since. I can not believe they designed the Ipad without at least an SD card slot. To insure I can get to my data I have to carry my laptop with me when I travel. I know there is ways to get data such as the cloud and Itunes but I'm not really into that so this is an expensive email machine and reader as far as I am concerned. The cheap 299.00 eLocity felt more like a PC and was user friendly. As soon as I can convince my wife I need an upgrade I will be going back to an Android, most likely the Samsung Tab 10 inch or maybe the Xoom if they bring the cost down some.

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dstevens

can it do flash?

err, i mean will steve allow it to i suppose...

if not then im not impressed

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Wingzero_x

One thing you have to hand it to Apple, they really know how to shear the sheeple effectly from all their fleece made of dough!

I just don't get the whole point of this thing. Maybe I would if it actually had those standard connections that are standard in PCs (ie USB), or things that a just a gimme like SD-card slots. Exactly what does this do that can't be done on a iPhone/iPod touch, a PC, Netbook, Android, etc..etc. Personally I don't like Flash either, but I can't imagine a web without it. And if you have to have a bunch of expensive dongles hanging around there goes the sleekness, and portablity!

I have to agree with the previous poster that given the choice the netbook is still the best all around player.

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JeffDenver

Nothing revolutionary about it. Nothing special. Its a processor upgrade and (maybe) a memory upgrade. 

It still lacks many of the features of its competition (No SD expansion, no Widgets, no Flash, no Drag and Drop Media, No noticication bar...)

iOS is the OS of "No". And that is not appealing to me at all as an end user. 

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AEB152

Okay I don't know why people think that the Ipad and other tablets are going to rule out netbooks off of the face of the earth. When you compare them I find netbooks still have the upper hand. The Ipad simply lacks the hardware, no USB, HDMI, Not even a mini VGA or mini usb on the dang thing! Also it doesn't really multi task, It doesn't have much storage and the Ipad and other tablets can't beat the price of a netbook. Once they scale down to 300 CDN and have better hardware then I will agree that netbooks are outta luck. But my hopes where crushed when they just didn't add any extra hardware that would be practical for real life use! And yeah I believe a tablet should be independent and free from need of a computer. So very disappointed in the Ipad 2 no real amazing improvement for me.

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Aksparks04

I'll be honest, my hatred for Apple (spawning from being a gamer and having a Macintosh family computer when I was younger) runs quite deep.  I've never quite gotten over the scars of having roughly 3 games to choose from at any given time during my early teen years. :P

I can see why tablets might appeal to some, but they just arent for me (ipad or otherwise).  I play games and use design suites -- I have a full-tower system for that.  I use word processing, spreadsheets, do coding, etc -- I have a laptop for that.  The only use I can find for tablets are when you are on-the-go and want to watch a video or read an ebook . . . and your smartphone disintegrated before your eyes . . . and so did your ebook reader . . .and you have an extreme allergy to paper products.

That said, if I was interested in a tablet, I'd still pay a little extra to get one with more features and a better (imo) os.  At this point, I'd probably rather get the Xoom than the ipad2, despite the lower display quality.   Whether its statistically true, it just seems like many apple products are lacking in the interoperability arena.  Whether its in games or other software applications I'm a fan of adjectives like "open-ended", "sandboxy", and "customizable".  Since these words dont seem to apply to most apple products, I try to stay away from them.

 

 

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DJSPIN80

Even a hardened Apple fanboi as myself, I'm not gonna invest in an iPad 2 (I currently do not own an iPad and still use an iPhone 3G).

Reasons:

1.  No retina display

2.  No SSD slot (which would be nice, considering photography is my hobby)

3.  iPad3 is probably around the corner

I like the price point's Apple offers but the iPad 2 is more of an increment than an upgrade.  Faster CPU, GPU?  Nice.  Dual cameras?  Nice.  But no Retina Display means it's a new'ish iPad that looks the same.

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jwavisjr

I really plan on purchasing a tab device.  I am leaning towards the ipad2 because the others can't seemed to hit the price point, I understand some of have them have better features like better res and nicer hardware but I really wish they would build wifi only models, i don't need no carrier plan or anything like that.  I have a WP7 phone and I have to say I asolutely love the thing, yes I've had Android and the iphone but for me the WP7 rocks, I am waiting to see what other OS's are offering including WIn 8 tablet OS, which means I will probably make my decision by this summer, have to hand to Appple, for the most part they got it right.

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pcnutcase

Dual CPU, 9X faster GPU, thinner, same price as iPad1, colors - black or white, 2 camera's front & back, lighter.....still junk. :P

 I worked on fixing some newer Macs....ie Imac G5 & Macbook pro etc... I am amazed at how much shitty plastic they use...very fine, thin, delicate plastic that breaks easily! I'm also amazed at how the actual wire connectors deteriorate quickly. Must be made in China, I had deja vu of those awesome "Made in China" pencils that never sharpen but the lead always breaks.

 Another point & issue is the "over heating problem" in Apple products. I see alot of burnt out PSU's. Let's talk about parts....lol....wow....so expensive lol!  The inside design is never the same, always different in model #'s...so that means your new MAC will be absolete as soon as you open the box !Then to top it off , Apple stops making parts for its older products lol....so good luck finding a used part dealer who wants less then $250 for a Mac mobo !! lol..INSANE! Thank God for PC based systems!

 Another point, which fit's into this reality check post , repair costs..lol. $100 / hr for a MAC. I come to realise it's probably the Tech MAC Universal Committee from Quzar 5 Nebulla who put that price on it as "universal". I believe it's a deterrant, " Please , I don't want the hassle to fix that crap, let's put a steep price on repair's so the "sheeple" will rather buy a new MAC!?"

 The artsy , weirdo people can have their Mac's....they just better not ask to much from it because when it comes down to business & asked to work "hard" ...they "fail"!!! Junk....junk....junk!

 There gadgets are fun though...ie itouch, ipod.

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Engelsstaub

My Alienware is "Made in China." All of the mobos I can think of are made in Taiwan (China; if you ask the Chinese gov't.) I'm not sure what isn't made in China today...is it all bad? Are they subhuman untermenschen incapable of making the same products that the US, Germany, England, etc now refuse to??

Here's a list of PCs that I can think of that are not made in China:

 

 

///THAT IS ALL///

I get what you're saying about the customization of Macs though. It's either hard or impossible this side of a MacPro desktop. That's why people like you choose PCs; they can customize and upgrade to their heart's content. As for the iPad, which this article was about, I know more PC-users who own one than Mac-users. Maybe that just comes down to PC>Mac marketshare. Don't know/don't care.

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bachman

Maybe the iPad 1 will be cheaper now.....

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md123

It is $100 off the old price.

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LGA1156

I have the Ipad and love it, for use on the commuter bus, and sitting on the couch, I dont think the 2 is a worth whiled upgrade, maybe if it had adobe flash then I would think about it.

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dmonkyking

Nothing like an unbiased, first impression look at the ipad 2 from a person with obviously no ties to Apple, I hope you can sense my eyes rolling.  But I'm glad to see Apple add features that everyone else has, they are so innovative!

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JonPhillips

Y'all might not be aware of this, but I am editorial director of Mac|Life as well, and I can assure you that Susie is as fair and reasonable a reporter in the Apple space as the MPC guys and gals are in the PC space. Yes, our group-wide editors are enthusiast/champions of the tech spaces they cover, but that doesn't mean that ANYONE is in bed with Apple (or Intel... or Nvidia... or AMD... and so on). I'd like to point out that when the iPad was released last year, Mac|Life was the magazine that ran the coverline "iPad Reality Check" -- precisely to bring thought and reason back to the iPad debate.

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dmonkyking

Considering you're an editor for MacLife as well, let me ask you something.  How much non Apple related news is on that site?  No need to check, I checked myself.  The 1st page has mostly articles related to the iPad 2, the second page has a mix of iPad and iOS news, same with the 3rd page.  Where are the balanced articles about Android tablets, Windows, and other non Apple related articles that seem to apply to just MaximumPC?  We get that MacLife is a sister site, but if you're going to mix the two sites then shouldn't it be a 2-way street? 

In regards to the maclife "iPad Reality Check" article, as I don't subscribe to MacLife I can neither confirm or deny your claim, but I am willing to bet that the article doesn't provide any comparison or insight into other devices that may be more suited for tasks that the iPad lacks and I'm sure those shortfalls they do mention about the iPad are probably buried by the praise they give it, but just a guess as I can't read the article.

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TheMurph

I'm going to chime in here as the voice of a technology enthusiast, not as one who is representning Maximum PC in any official capacity.

That said... I would find it very suspicious for a technology-themed website to *not* have a single iota of news about a new device that--like it or not--is a pretty big talking point for tech connoisseurs and neophytes alike.  Love Apple or hate Apple, you can't deny that their product launches have the right to be covered just as much as anything else.  Tech is tech, and Apple makes interesting decisions toward hardware design that are worth sharing and debating.

For Maximum PC to have up-to-the-minute news about some company building a cardboard compuer case, yet ignore the launch of a product that's captured headlines across the nation, would look as if the site is purposefuly ignoring Apple for some reason.  And that, to me, would not only reek of bias, but it would look downright silly.  I mean, shoot, Android phones aren't PCs.  I don't see a blanket ban on discussing those.

Anyway, my long-winded point is that you might not like what Apple does, or the products Apple makes, but plenty of people sure do.  I wouldn't expect to see a 10-page Apple product roundup on Maximum PC, but I wouldn't expect to see absolutely zero coverage about a big product announcement either.  Do you have this same issue with the 5,913,418 other tech sites on the Internet that talk about Apple in addition to mostly PC-centric news?

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dmonkyking

 

I'll just ignore the fact that no one answered my question as to why non Apple related tech news isn't on MacLife if it's so important for MaximumPC to be diversified when it comes to tech news.  That's a little hypocritical don't you think?  If anything, I think MaximumPC has the most diversified articles for a site that has a pretty specific audience. I read many Android sites and I go there to read Android news, I wouldn't fault them for having a few non Android news, but I go there specifically for Android news. I'd like to think that Honeycomb was a pretty big deal and it is really helping to shape the tablet world. Chances are I won't find that information on MacLife nor would I expect to. I appreciate MaximumPC offering Android news, but I get my Android news long before I come here for it. I don't fault MacLife for having just Apple news as it's an Apple tech site, but the same respect should be applied to MaximumPC's readers as this is a PC site. We can argue all day about Macs being PC's, but I think the majority of readers on this site understand what the PC in MaximumPC is suppose to mean and why they come here. MaximumPC needs to stop pretending to be something they are not. If they want to include Apple and Anrdoid, and other non PC tech then if anything it should be included in MaximumTech, that would be more appropriate. I know I'm not alone in that belief.

Also, Apple is not the only tech company in the world, every site does not need to provide up to the minute info on everything Apple. No doubt they have been innovative on certain tech, but they are one of many companies that have developed some good things and it does a disservice to the tech world when Apple is brought into the limelight every time they make their one product a year, or in this case, make their evolution of a product they made last year.

Finally, as this is one of many of these types of comments that have appeared on this site I know nothing will change, but this is just my opinion and maybe you guys will see where me and other readers are coming from. I guess it's a good thing that the MaximumPC magazine doesn't follow this sentiment at least.

 

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TheMurph

"it does a disservice to the tech world when Apple is brought into the limelight every time they make their one product a year"

Even though their "one product," as you say, is the market leader?  (referring to the iPad, in this case)

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Engelsstaub

Don't bother, Murph: just another troll trying to bait an editor who actually took the time to answer him/her.

I've read MacLife before: they seem to have a pretty well-rounded view of things. The last issue discussed five things they didn't like about Apple (among a bunch that they did. As we should expect...it's called "MacLife." People who read magazines dedicated to Apple are not going to be too concerned about how the iPad compares to whatever device is trying hard to be just like it today. Nobody would even be making tablets anymore if not for the success of the iPad. It is what it is.)

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dmonkyking

Oh, I have a difference of opinion that has yet to be disputed by anyone who's responded but I automatically become a "troll". You want to call me a "racist" or any other catch phrase too?  By all responses I prove my point in the favoritism towards Apple and the need to defend them so heavily.  If the MaximumPc mag followed MaximumPC.com I'd probably cancel it in a heartbeat, but luckily it doesn't.

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Engelsstaub

Please tell me how you can conclusively dispute an opinion. The catch-phrase this time is "ignorant hypocrite." Hypocrite--as in one who fills threads with comments about your displeasure with Apple whilst ignoring the arguments presented...ignorant. You admitted you don't read the magazine but you're cock-sure of what they write about?)

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Engelsstaub

I think it looks like a worthwhile improvement over the original.

For people who don't like the whole iTunes ecosystem, it may be more advisable to buy another tablet (or no tablet at all if they see no purpose.) Me personally; I don't mind it at all.

(There are some of us who can live with both PCs and Macs. I don't toss and turn at night seething with hatred for Apple's or Dell's CEO so it's all good to me. I like my high-end PC and I like my iPod touch. Macs are computers too. So thanks for including stories on their products even if it's not always popular with those who swear allegiance to Win7 :P )

I have to admit that I'm (sometimes) impressed with the way Apple (sometimes) innovates. They make things smaller within a year's time and manage to stick a little more power into it. In the computer-world proper, they seem to care more about battery life and such than having the highest CPU speeds. Whatever works. Different strokes for different folks.

I may get one. Not sure yet. I think my son would like it...he's used to Macs from school.

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MrMick

An iPad doesn't necessarily tie you to iTunes. Sonos offers free controller software that enables you to run their excellent multi-room audio system on it, too. They'll soon offer the same for the Android platform (a long overdue development, in my opinion, since I have an Android phone and currently no tablet device).

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Engelsstaub

Good point, Sir. I personally don't mind iTunes and love my 64Gb iPod touch...but I know it's not for everyone. I do my own ripping for the music and just let iTunes manage copies in Apple Lossless (or AAC for voice.)

I guess that's the cool thing about iDevices: they're so popular that we have an abundance of great and innovative third-party devs and manufacturers to step in and help make them more accessible to everyone's preferences. 

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COMMANDER_COOK

I will give them points for the cover. It's a nice touch.

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Techrocket9

Why is this on MPC? If I wanted this I would go to a lamer site.

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jgrimoldy

Why did you click on the link and read the entire story?

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Techrocket9

To get to the comments section to write that comment to discourage the production of similar articles in the future.

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Red Ensign

You think some irrelevant forum jockey crying is going to influence a what stories are run here? Like it or not, Tablets are considered PCs. That's a fact you can do nothing about. Until I see a new spin off called Maximum Tablet, news about any and all tablets and PCs belongs on this site.

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jgrimoldy

And then you came back to the same article, an article you dislike, A SECOND TIME ?!?

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Techrocket9

Yes, because discouraging the production of said type of article is worth the unpleasantness associated with traversing them (even for a thrid time).

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Stockislander

MmmHmm. I just read Playboy for the thought provoking articles articles....

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