More and more of us are choosing to sell our mobiles so that we can upgrade to a newer, more advanced model as smartphone technology so rapidly changes, but it is not just the smartphone market which experiences such quick development. The tablet market is just as competitive and technological development prompts constant new releases.
Apple lead the way with sales of their iPad outnumbering any other tablet. In fact Apple iPad 2 hold a market share of over 60% in tablet sales. Despite their success they released the successor to the iPad, the iPad 2 less than a year after the original product came to market. There are different versions of the iPad 2 but this review concentrates on the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G model.
In terms of its physical appearance the Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, measuring 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm, is slimmer than its predecessor by about 33% and it weighs about 15% less as well at 613g. The sides of the newer version no longer have the smooth curve of the original iPad but are squarer giving a more contemporary feel to the design. The iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G has a 30 pin dock connector, a volume rocker switch and a mute button. There is also an on/off button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The speakers have been repositioned on the newer iPad but their audio quality has not seen any improvement.
On the front of the tablet is a 9.7 inch LED backlit LCD Multi-Touch display matching that of the older iPad. The difference you will find with the newer iPad 2 Wi-Fi +3G is the addition of a VGA camera. The screen is the same as before with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and a pixel density of 132 ppi. It has a fingerprint resistant covering and the display has IPS technology as seen with the original iPad device. The result is vivid colours and a screen which can be easily viewed from all angles. The only slight hindrance to its performance is the switch between portrait and landscape as you angle the screen to view it.
To the rear of the unit the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G is equipped with a camera with 5x digital zoom which captures 720p video at a speed of 30 frames per second. Unfortunately the image quality of still photos and video is disappointing.
The newer iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G is powered by a 1GHz dual-core A5 processor and is noticeably faster than its predecessor. It runs on IOS 4.3 and has an approximate battery duration of an impressive 10 hours even when running video, listening to music or browsing the internet via Wi-Fi.
In summary the Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G makes improvements on the original iPad tablet but it is not ground breaking. Perhaps it was a conscious decision from Apple to leave some advances for future devices to ensure loyal iPad fans will continue to upgrade their devices over time.