At the risk of sounding like I’ve consumed a motley of medications & whiskey…
i.e using too many exclamation marks & articulate like a preteen unleashed on Bieber
“ OH MY GAWD the new iPad 2 is finally here!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!“
After merely months of getting my hands on one, the new ipad is here and it is 33% thinner, just like Steve Jobs. But jokes aside, Jobs revealed the new ipad at an invite-only event in San Francisco today and in a nutshell; it has been upgraded to HDMI, has 2 cameras, comes in black and white, longer battery life – and wait for it…. It also comes with a smart cover that attaches itself magnetically! Say whatttt? All this maintained at the same price, shipping out next week!
Some Mac enthusiast are however, disappointed and underwhelmed. Aside from all the shave offs and add ins, there’s still no Retina display, SD and/or USB slot. Although there’s a front and back camera, the rear camera is only at 720p and the front camera is “VGA-quality”, suitable for video and still photography. Although it is slimmer than its predecessor, it’s only 0.2 pound lighter and there’s no additional storage capacity. It comes in three storage sizes for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB. The new tablet will go on sale in the U.S. on March 11 and will start at $499. The original iPad, which went on sale last April, is now $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the product. The 3G version of the 16GB iPad is $529. Apple will begin shipping the iPad 2 internationally to 26 countries starting March 25.
So if you’re wondering if you should get one, or replace your current ipad, here’s a good run down on what Steve Jobs got right and wrong, extracted from bnet.com, written by Rick Broida.
What Apple Got Right
Dual cameras. The iPhone 4 and FaceTime proved (to my surprise) that phone-based videoconferencing can work really well. With the iPad’s much larger screen, it can work really well in a conference-room environment. This could give the iPad 2 a major push into the business world.
Size. The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor, and actually thinner than the iPhone 4. That’s a big improvement, as the original iPad has always seemed chunky to me.
HDMI out. If you want to use the iPad to drive business presentations, it’ll be much easier now that you get mirrored video out — which shows everything that’s on the screen, not just video from specific apps. And it’s 1080p! But you’ll need a $39 accessory to enjoy it.
Smart Covers. Amazingly, the most inventive thing about the iPad 2 is a new accessory. True to its name, the Smart Cover is pretty ingenious, using magnets to hook onto the side of the tablet and a folding design that turns it into both a keyboard stand and a video/FaceTime stand.
What Apple Got Wrong
Price. The iPad is a year old now, and Apple still hasn’t budged one penny on price. I’m sorry, but $500 is just too expensive for a tablet — to say nothing of the models that cost hundreds more. Apple is raking in cash hand over foot; the company couldn’t afford, say, a $100 price cut? As a card-carrying cheapskate, I’m seriously disappointed by this.
No new ports. Many users had been hoping for a second dock connector. But any chance of using a docked iPad in landscape mode more or less went out the window. And the rumored SD slot and USB port? Both no-shows.
Weight. The iPad 2 weighs 1.3 pounds, down from 1.5. That still makes for a heavy, sometimes unwieldy device. Maybe I’m spoiled by my Kindle, but I want the iPad to be less tiring to hold for long periods.
Focus on speed. I may sound nuts for knocking the new dual-core processor, but to me this is a low-priority item. Make that no-priority: I’ve never once felt that my iPad 1 was too slow. And I’m not sure what’s to be gained by beefing up the processor, other than generating more heat and reducing battery life (even though Apple claims it will remain the same). I just wish Apple had focused its hardware efforts elsewhere — or kept the same processor and lowered the price tag.
By the way, I intentionally left out iOS 4.3-specific features, as most of them aren’t limited to the iPad 2. I should also note that for all my griping about the new model, it won’t matter: it’ll still be a huge seller.
But enough yabber. I’ll keep this brief, I’m way too excited for my own good and my heart’s pulsations has gone up 10 notches since 9am so I’ll just barrage you with an onslaught of iCandy. Here’s the word for the day: flummoxed! *Cut to me bouncing off the walls and squealing like I’m possessed by Mariah