iPad 2 Makes Its Debut

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 2

If you watch technology, you know that last week’s big news was Apple’s release of the iPad 2. During the iPad’s announcement, Steve Jobs said that almost 15 million iPads had been sold in the original iPad’s first nine months on the market. Obviously, none of those people took my advice to wait for the second version of the iPad.

But those who did will be happy to find that the iPad 2 is lighter, a third thinner, and twice as fast. It has a more powerful dual core main processor and a faster video processer. It also has dual facing cameras, a gyroscope, and an HDMI port. Other specs, like the display, are the same as the iPad 1. The pricing is also the same: $499 to $699 for the Wi-Fi only versions and $629 to$829 for the Wi-Fi plus 3G, depending on the amount of memory. The 3G version will now have GPS and will work with service from AT&T and Verizon where the older iPad only worked on the AT&T network.

These changes give the iPad the ability to take pictures, do video conferencing, surf faster, and display movies and television shows more smoothly. The HDMI port will let you easily hook the iPad 2 up to a TV to display whatever you see on the iPad screen on the television. Most importantly, the new dual core processor, gyroscope, and GPS will allow developers to create better games and new Apps that will only run on the iPad 2 and future versions.

So perhaps now is the time to buy an iPad. But then, you need to consider that the competition in this tablet computer area is really heating up. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, no less than 80 manufacturers announced that they were working on tablets.  I thought that some of these manufacturers would have good, inexpensive tablets out by now, but most have not yet appeared, giving Apple a real leg up in the marketplace.

The few tablets that have appeared don’t seem to compare favorably to the iPad 2. Samsung has already released their Galaxy Tab. It is smaller and runs an older Android operating system so the whole tablet turns out to be inferior when compared to the iPad 2. Motorola has just released their Xoom tablet which is running a new Android operating system made for tablet PCs. The hardware and the new operating system are getting good reviews, but the Xoom only comes in one model with extra memory and 3G and 4G support. It sells for $800 without a Verizon contract or $600 with a two-year contract. While it may be popular, Motorola has cut out the lower end of the market where Apple is making a killing.  Apple smartly responded by cutting the price of the iPad 1 by $100. So you can now get an original iPad for $400.

While the launch of the iPad 2 will put more pressure on competitors to get their products to market in a timely way with a less expensive price tag, how they fair remains to be seen. In the iPod music area, Apple got such a strong hold on the market that no one has ever been able to catch up. Yet in the mobile phone arena even though Apple had a big lead with their iPhone, the Android operating system has become a good solid competitor. It’s too soon to tell how things will go with the tablet PC market, but one thing is for sure. These tablets are extremely useful as they augment the average lifestyle.

A tablet like the iPad can be used to easily read the morning, afternoon and evening news. It can be turned into a book reader, a magazine reader, a gaming machine, or a photo display gallery. You can use it to create and/or play music and to watch television and movies. Best of all, it is always handy. With a 10-hour battery life, you don’t have to worry about plugging it in as you do a laptop. Just pick it up when you need to look up a word, recipe, or news story. Use it as a baby-sitter to keep the kids entertained. Use it in the bathroom to catch up on email or in the garage to catch the game while you putter.  It can quickly become an integral part of your everyday family life.

All you have to do is decide if you want to buy one now or later. The next version of the iPad will be available at this time next year. It is almost sure to have a better display and other goodies that Apple is already working on. And there may be some competitor that comes on strong. In the meantime, the iPad 2 is a worthwhile purchase. In fact, I’ve got a birthday coming up and I just put it on my wish list – make that a Verizon 3G model, please.

4 Comments

anne maillet 10-03-2011, 21:07

I just returned from a vacation where everyone had Ipads, smart phones, laptops amazing! But we had to go out side for the wifi service and I can tell you everything is very dificult to read outside How can you read on the ipad if you are at the beach in sunlight? Only the kindle is readable anywhere! When will the other smart pads have that feature? i know that it can be done because the man who is responsible for the “a computer for every child “program in africa…had computer screens that can be seen in daylight and screens that don’t seem to crack if dropped! Where are these features in our computers? Planned obsolescents?

Don Sebastian 11-03-2011, 09:18

Ipad getting into aviation.
Now the FAA has allowed properly mounted Ipads to be used for navigation, weather avoidance, and many other tasks that General Aviation APPs supply. But upon renewing my Flight Instructor rating, I found a hole lesson on cockpit distractions. As a aircraft inspector for a person buying used airplanes. I was inspecting a French airplane, the representative of the manufacture was present with his ipad 1. He could answer every concern about airworthiness I brought up. The very technician questions about defects not covered in the French manuals, was answered on line with a direct link to France. All this as we were walking around, and climbing throughout the airplane. Airplane owners have a lot of money, but to learn the benefits and use this new device is time consuming. Time is something they don’t have much of. Would you like to start a program that will supply these smart people with the hardware and apps, and introduction of practical usage.
Don Sebastian (910) 315-0099

Pat 15-03-2011, 04:39

New iPad 2 is more than you dream it about.

marketing strategy 01-01-2013, 08:25

What’s up, the whole thing is going well here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s
really fine, keep up writing.

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