Apple iPad 2 First Look

We got a chance to lay our hands on the new iPad 2 which will be coming out in April for Singapore. Special thanks to Wilfred.

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  • John Tan

    cut down on the “really” and “very” please!!!!

    • Apologies. I will do my best next time. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Soojenn

    You review on the iPad2 is a bit short, and agree with John, you could do less with the “really” and “very”

    The iPad lacked an HDMI output, was short on pure horsepower, was missing a camera and didn’t have Flash, etc.

    Apple is back with the iPad 2, a second-generation product that seems to specifically address many of those disses. The result is another high-class offering from Apple, even if it isn’t nearly as groundbreaking as last year’s offering. Taking a closer look at the iPad 2, you will note the following:

    THE FORM

    At first glance, the iPad 2 looks a lot like a regular iPad. Its 1,024×768 LED display is completely identical to the original’s screen, and every button and hookup – from the standard 30-pin USB-to-iPad connector on the bottom to the volume rocker on the right side to the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top – is placed right where it was on the first iPad. The display looks as good as it did before, although it’s disappointing that Apple didn’t upgrade to the Retina display being used in the iPhone 4.

    There are subtle differences, though, mostly related to size. Somehow, Apple has removed some of this iPad’s girth; it’s just 0.34 inches thick – thinner than even the iPhone 4. The bezel has also been trimmed ever so slightly, resulting in a slightly shorter product. On the back you’ll get that familiar cold steel iPad feel, although this time it feels slightly smoother and flatter, allowing the iPad 2 to sit comfortably on any surface. There are two cameras – one in front, situated almost invisibly on the top center, and one on the top right-hand side on the back.

    Despite all these additions, there is still no microSD or SD card slot, so you’re limited to whatever storage you have on your model. And it would surprise you how quickly you can chew up 64 GBs.

    The entire package clocks in at a scant 1.35 pounds, but it still feels sturdy. If there is a shortcoming to the new arrangement it is that the 30-pin connector no longer slides fully into the back of the iPad; its bottom is somewhat exposed even when fully inserted.

    The overall feel of this new iPad is one of sleekness. This is a beautiful gadget to carry around.

  • Soojenn

    You review on the iPad2 is a bit short, and agree with John, you could do less with the “really” and “very”

    The iPad lacked an HDMI output, was short on pure horsepower, was missing a camera and didn’t have Flash, etc.

    Apple is back with the iPad 2, a second-generation product that seems to specifically address many of those disses. The result is another high-class offering from Apple, even if it isn’t nearly as groundbreaking as last year’s offering. Taking a closer look at the iPad 2, you will note the following:

    THE FORM

    At first glance, the iPad 2 looks a lot like a regular iPad. Its 1,024×768 LED display is completely identical to the original’s screen, and every button and hookup – from the standard 30-pin USB-to-iPad connector on the bottom to the volume rocker on the right side to the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top – is placed right where it was on the first iPad. The display looks as good as it did before, although it’s disappointing that Apple didn’t upgrade to the Retina display being used in the iPhone 4.

    There are subtle differences, though, mostly related to size. Somehow, Apple has removed some of this iPad’s girth; it’s just 0.34 inches thick – thinner than even the iPhone 4. The bezel has also been trimmed ever so slightly, resulting in a slightly shorter product. On the back you’ll get that familiar cold steel iPad feel, although this time it feels slightly smoother and flatter, allowing the iPad 2 to sit comfortably on any surface. There are two cameras – one in front, situated almost invisibly on the top center, and one on the top right-hand side on the back.

    Despite all these additions, there is still no microSD or SD card slot, so you’re limited to whatever storage you have on your model. And it would surprise you how quickly you can chew up 64 GBs.

    The entire package clocks in at a scant 1.35 pounds, but it still feels sturdy. If there is a shortcoming to the new arrangement it is that the 30-pin connector no longer slides fully into the back of the iPad; its bottom is somewhat exposed even when fully inserted.

    The overall feel of this new iPad is one of sleekness. This is a beautiful gadget to carry around.

    • Thanks for the in-depth review of the iPad. This is a First Look video which isn’t a full review video.

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