Expert Review of Apple iPad 2 16GB Silver
Apple iPad 2 is a second generation iPad or tablet computer developed and designed by Apple, which supports the world's best platform, iOS. Apple products are doing a good business in the market and with its elegant design and look this iPad 2 is going to steal the show and grab the market share of its competitors like Samsung, Amazon, etc. with its killing and unique features. iPads have their existence in the market since 2010 and today it still covers more than 60 percent of the tablet market share in the world. With time Apple has bring the desired changes with unique features in their product line and this is the reason why they still owe more than half of the market share. Representing the second generation technology, iPad 2 is blessed with a huge bunch of features and applications that make you feel proud on your choice. With iOS 5 platform as its base, iPad 2 is capable of giving you more than a satisfactory service and will increase your technical knowledge. The latest operating system brings lots and lots of new changes, based on latest technology, in the device. Available in black and white colors, this wonderful piece of gadget comes in a size of 241.2mm x 185.7mm x 8.8mm along with a weight of 607 grams, which means it is not easy to carry all the time but its sleek body won't let you feel the strain in your hand muscles.
Apple iPad 2 has aluminum uinbody design with tapered edges that gives it the look of older generation iPads. In front, this device is fully touch sensitive with the super responsive capacitive touchscreen. Below the screen you will find a backlit hardware home key and on top of the screen there is a secondary VGA camera for live video calls and self portraits also. There is also a hidden Ambient light sensor, which is in charge of the automatic adjustment of the screen brightness levels as per the light conditions in the ambiance. There are other two sensors also in front, namely, Accelerometer and Gyroscope. Accelerometer sensor measures the orientation or vertical and horizontal positioning of the phone and to rotate the screen accordingly. The Gyroscope sensor adds an additional dimension to the information supplied by the accelerometer by tracking rotation or twist. The right side holds a volume rocker, which is easy to use and press. There is also a screen rotation lock button beside the volume rocker, which doubles as a mute button and you can also fix either function to the key. The left portion of the tablet is kept bare and you will not find any hardware key or port there. The top hosts a 3.5mm universal headphone jack, a power/lock key and a microphone. At the bottom, you will get face to face with the proprietary dock connector and a single grill for loudspeaker. Coming to the rear panel, you will find the very own 0.7 megapixels camera sensor with Apple logo placed at the center of the rear cover. Since it has a unibody construction, you do not have access to its battery.
Apple iPad 2 is available in two versions – Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G. You will also get a separate microSIM card tray in the Wi-Fi plus 3G model. With this tablet you will get a personal voice assistant that follows your voice commands and do the work accordingly. You can fix your future meetings, set reminders, call the desired number, send messages later, open applications, get knowledge about the weather conditions of a particular place and can do lots of other tasks by simply giving a voice command. Isn't it very easy and entertaining to do all such boring and daily tasks without using your hands. Siri is your personal assistant that provides all such facilities at your footstep only following your voice command. No other application available in the market is capable of such an advanced functioning like Siri. Apart from Siri there are other built-in applications also that you will not find in other smartphones and tablets available in the market. Applications like Safari, iTunes, iBooks, Game Center, Maps, etc. are also available at your service. iCloud stores your photos, music, mail, apps, calendars, documents, contacts, and more and pushes them wirelessly to all your devices without any extra charges. Either you buy a song, edit a calendar event or take a photo on you iPad 2, iCloud will automatically update the current changes on your other iOS devices without any extra efforts from your side. Although the quantity of applications available at Apple store are less in number when compared to the number of applications available in the very popular Android market by Google but if you talk about quality, then Apple will win the race.
You will get access to nearly 2,25,000 applications in Apple store and what is more simple that you do not have to create separate IDs for different logins, you can use the same ID for Apple Store to download premium applications, for iTunes to download the latest music albums and for many more things.
User Interface and UI functionality
Apple iPad 2 holds a 9.7 inches wide LED-backlit IPS TFT display that supports multi touch gestures. This capacitive touchscreen provides a screen resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels with color combinations made from 16M colors. The screen looks vibrant, rich, sharp and real life-like with the pixel density of 132 ppi that brings reality to every picture when viewed from different angles. The screen is protected from scratches and finger prints because it has oleophobic coating over the display. The screen supports display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously. This iPad 2 runs on iOS 4, which is upgradeable to iOS 5.1, platform and is powered by Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor that makes the processing speed of the device much fast and the performance becomes more impressive with Apple A5 chipset that along with PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU improves the graphics performance of the device.
To give this tablet a new and different look, Apple has provided a smart cover over its surface that magnetically attaches to your iPad 2 and protects its screen and back. You can also roll down this smart cover to treat it as a back stand that helps you to wake up your iPad. This Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your iPad screen. Apple iPad 2 is full of amazing and wonder struck applications that are capable enough to make you stand out of the crowd. The various languages supported by the display are English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and many more.
Apple iPad 2 is the best example of perfection where you will get enjoyment and entertainment in each and every function performed by this mini gadget. In terms of multimedia features the only area of concern is the connectivity to FM radio that is not available, but apart from this drawback you won’t find even a single defect in the multimedia features. The default music player gives support to • HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV audio formats so that you do not have to compromise in any respect. You can download your favorite numbers using iTunes application that holds not only the stock for songs but for thousands of HD movies and TV shows, up to 1080p HD resolution, also. The collection of songs counts more than 20 million and your purchase will automatically gets updated to your other iOS devices with the help of iCloud. You can also play full HD 1080p videos that are supported by H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file video formats. With the help of Airplay Mirroring feature you can sync your Apple iPad 2 with your Apple TV so that you can enjoy your best videos on the big screen at a size of 720p.
Pictures and Video quality
Apple iPad 2 is the perfect device to store your best moments with the 0.7 megapixels camera sensor that captures images with a resolution of 960 x 720 pixels and can record full HD videos with a resolution of 720p by shooting 30 frames in a second. The still camera can zoom digitally up to 5x and the front VGA 0.3 megapixels camera can record videos with 30 frames per second. The Geo-tagging feature is also available over Wi-Fi network. The iPhoto application will automatically arranges your photos in the right manner so that you can easily segregate them without doing any extra efforts. With te secondary GA camera in front you can have live chats with your family and friends.
Apple iPad 2 supports Internet connectivity through EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSPA+ speed and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n via WLAN network. You can also sync your Apple iPad 2 with the nearby device using Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR and USB port v2.0 that transfers data with lightening fast speed. The built-in HTML browser makes web browsing full of fun and entertainment where you can easily toggle between the various web pages within seconds.
Internal and External Memory
Apple iPad 2 holds an internal storage space of 16/32/64 GB with 512 MB space for RAM for smooth functioning of heavy applications. There is no slot to expand the external memory of the device, but with such a huge internal storage space you will not feel the urge of expanding the outer memory.
Applications and Gaming
Apple iPad 2 is full of various applications that will cater your growing needs and will bring happiness at your service. Applications like Safari, Photos, App Store, Maps, Photo Booth, Reminders, Camera, Mail, FaceTime, iTunes, Music, YouTube, Calendar , Messages, Newsstand, Videos, Game Center, Contacts, Notes, and more that are available in the Apple store. You can also have entertainment at your feet with various choice of games that are available in the Game Center.
Apple iPad 2 holds a standard Li-Po 6,930 mAh (25 Wh) rechargeable battery that will keep the device alive and working for long hours. You can do web surfing on Wi-Fi, watch videos, or listen to your favorite music for up to 10 hours, have a talk time of up to 9 hours and a standby time of up to 720 hours with this power packed battery. You can also play music and videos for long hours without facing any battery drainage problem. The USB port can also be used as a charging port.
Apple iPad 2 offers connectivity to 2G and 3G networks at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G and 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 3G network. The downloading HSDPA speed via 3G is 14.4 Mbps whereas the uploading HSUPA speed is 2 Mbps, which is sufficient for heavy downloading and uploading of files.
Apple iPad 2 is a wonderful gadget that will give you a pleasure of being special with latest and unique applications and features at your end. The talking assistant Siri will make your work with this tablet easy and full of fun and entertainment. Apple iPad of all the generations are doing well in the market and their new sibling iPad 2 is also expected to deliver the same qualitative service to its precious customers. The most attractive and fabulous feature of this tablet is its operating system, iOS, which itself is capable enough to beat the other contemporary competitors existing in the market like Samsung, Amazon and lots more. Although Apple iPad has completely unique and different features and applications but it is facing a strong competition from the Android based tablets and smartphones as well as from its own siblings such as Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, RIM BlackBerry Playbook, HP TouchPad, Apple MacBook Air, Sony S1, Sony S2, HP Pavilion dm3t Laptop, Toshiba Thrive, Amazon Kindle Fire, Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Padfone, and many more to hit the market in the near future.