News: April 2011

iPad 2 launched

Although it seems like only yesterday when Apple launched the “category defining” iPad, they have just announced the launch of the new, improved iPad 2. The device you never knew you needed until you tried it out has just gotten twice as fast and 33% slimmer – quite the diet then!

It still comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G spec. The base 16GB model is probably a bit short on storage if you intend on using the device for multimedia, music, films, etc. However, for strictly business use, spreadsheets, pdfs, email and documents the base model is probably adequate. However, the 64GB model makes more sense if your budget can stretch that far.

At the heart of the stylish iPad 2 is the A5 processor – a dual core 1Ghz chip. This should handle multi tasking much better than the old A4 processor. The iPad 2 is also available in Black or White (the original was only available in Black).

Screen size remains at 9.7 inches (LED backlight, glossy display) and battery life is an impressive 10 hours. The iPad 2 is also designed to work with the magnetic iPad cover which is yet another example of great Apple design.

In summary, the iPad2 is a great device for business or personal use. For business travellers it offers true mobile office facilities without the bulk of a laptop. The 3G connection on the “Wi-Fi + 3G” is a great extra which allows the device to connect to the internet using a sim card when you are out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot. This new version can also connect to a projector for PowerPoint presentations and is a surprisingly versatile presentation tool.

Do you really need one? Probably not. Is it worth upgrading from iPad 1 to iPad 2? No – the only gains are a faster processor, improved multi tasking and video cameras for video-conferencing. However, if you haven’t already taken the plunge and invested in an iPad – this is undoubtedly the best tablet computer that you can buy.

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