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Apple iPad 2 Review [All You Need to Know]

After selling over 100,000,000th iPhone and 15 million iPads in 2010, Apple just unveiled its much hyped iPad 2 today at YBCA media event. Powered with Apple A5 dual-core processor, iPad 2 features a front and rear camera, built-in gyroscope and it's 33% thinner and 15% lighter than the 1st generation iPad. Above all, iPad 2 will be coming in 2 colors i-e Black and White.

Apple iPad 2

33 Percent Thinner & 15 Percent Lighter Than 1st-Gen iPad:

iPad 2 Sleek Design
iPad 2 comes with an extremely sleek design. It's 33% thinner and 15% lighter than the 1st-gen iPad. It weights only 1.3 pounds with a built-in gyroscope. iPad 2 is even more thinner than iPhone 4 and it claims to be thinner than any other tablet PC that is available in the market. iPad 2 will be coming in two colors i-e Black & White.

A5 Dual-core Chip, Superfast Graphics & Same Battery Life:

iPad 2 A5 Processor, Graphics & Battery Life
Apple iPad 2 is powered with A5 dual-core chip which makes it twice as fast as 1st generation iPad on CPU performance. It will the first dual-core tablet that will be shipped in volume. iPad 2 is upto 9 times faster in graphics performance which makes gameplay on iPad even more smoother and realistic. The power of A5 chip and graphics can be noticed while surfing the web, watching movies, making FaceTime video calls, gaming and editing videos with new iPad iMovie app. Even powered with superfast processor chip and faster graphics performance, iPad 2 manages to keep its amazing 10-hour battery life.

Front and Rear View Camera:

iPad 2 Cameras and FaceTime
iPad 2 features two cameras, one on the front and one on the rear. This was one of the highly demanded features after first generation iPad. Cameras are specifically designed for FaceTime video calling, both cameras will work together to provide you with the best of video calling experience. Front camera puts you and your friend face-to-face and rear camera is to show your surroundings and who you are with :)

iPad 2 Smart Cover:

iPad 2 Smart Covers
When we talk about innovation, Apple certainly comes at top of the list. Apple has introduced Smart Covers for iPad 2. It's built on a smart magnetic technology which not only protects the screen of iPad but also transforms into perfect movie-watching, game-playing and web-surfing stand. It's extremely thin and it doesn't add bulk to sleek new design of iPad 2. It automatically puts the iPad into sleep mode when you close it and automatically instantly wakes up the iPad when you open or bend it. Last but not the least, it comes in 10 amazing bright colors.

iOS 4.3:

iPad 2 - iOS 4.3
Along with iPad 2, Apple is releasing next version of iOS - iOS 4.3, which brings some great enhancements and new features. Here are few good ones:

  • Significantly increased Safari performance with Nitro JavaScript engine. Java runs twice as fast as before.
  • iTunes home sharing - Allows you to wirelessly browse and stream all of your movies, music and tv shows you have stored in iTunes to your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  • AirPlay improvements.
  • Preference for iPad switch - Users can choose and assign either "mute" or "rotation lock" feature to the slider switch present at the side of iPad.
  • Personal hotspot - It's for iPhone 4 users only.
  • Photo Booth comes to iPad.
  • FaceTime comes to iPad - You can FaceTime between any iDevices which support FaceTime.

iOS 4.3 will be available for download free on March 11th, 2011. It supports all iPads, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G and 4G.

Pricing and Availability

iPad 2 comes is three sizes i-e 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with same pricing as first generation iPad. Here are details:
iPad 2 Pricing
iPad 2 will be available in US on 11th Mar, 2011 and will be available to other countries w.e.f 25th Mar, 2011.

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