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So anything out there better than the iPad2?

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No - lots of copycats. The biggest drawback is that it doesn't support FLASH and the Zoom does.

Here are some reviews to read.

Apple's iPad 2 Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In
By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld Mar 10, 2011 6:10 AM

On Friday the iPad 2 arrives, meaning the first reviews of Apple's tablet are in. Several tech pundits got their hands on the iPad 2 and after a week or so of playing with it, they seem to agree Apple has on its hands yet another winner. Thin, light and sleek, the iPad 2 still has some caveats (like subpar cameras), the reviewers point out, but that doesn't mean the new tablet can't make a splash.

First off, Macworld's Editorial Director Jason Snell puts it simply: "for Apple's competitors in the tablet-device market, the iPad 2 is a bucket of water to the face." He notes the new iPad "addresses many of the iPad's deficiencies, dramatically improves its speed, and doesn't cede any ground on price, features, or battery life. The iPad 2 raises the bar Apple set a year ago--and it's time for the rest of the industry to scramble again to catch up." Snell however points out "the cameras in the iPad 2 are essentially the same as those in the fourth-generation iPod Touch: It's nice that they're available, but they're not particularly impressive in terms of quality." Here's a video of Snell's review too.

Walt Mossberg from The Wall Street Journal says the iPad 2 is thin indeed, but not picture perfect: "its cameras take mediocre still photos and Apple won't even reveal their megapixel ratings. The company says they were designed for video, not still photography." He writes "the battery life, while very good [10 hours, 9 minutes], isn't as strong as I found it to be on the first iPad [11 hours 28 minutes]," while pointing out this is still "2.5 hours better than the [Motorola] Xoom did on the same test". Overall though, Mossberg liked the iPad 2: "As of now, I can comfortably recommend it as the best tablet for average consumers."

Over at The New York Times, David Pogue begins by pointing out that early critics weren't right about the original iPad. Moving to the iPad 2, he notes there is "just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience. [...]The iPad 2 is now 0.34 inches thick. Next to it, the brand-new Motorola Xoom--the best Android competitor so far--looks obese. Yet somehow, the new iPad still gets 10 hours of battery life on a charge." Pogue also finds the iPad 2 back camera lacking, at only 0.7 megapixels. He believes "The iPad [2] will still dominate the market, because it dominates in all the most important criteria: thinness, weight, integration, beauty--and apps." "The kicker, though, may be the price," he concludes.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball found the new tablet has 512MB of RAM and discussed the processing power of the iPad 2: "In practice, the iPad 2 feels like the fastest iOS device I've ever used--faster in every way than the iPhone 4. [...] Doing various side-by-side comparisons with an iPad 1, I noticed all sorts of places where the iPad 1 lagged. Apps that were launched slowly. Buttons that were pressed that didn't take effect immediately. Every little thing on the iPad 2 feels more responsive." Overall, Gruber finds the iPad 2 "a solid second-generation iteration. Easier and more comfortable to hold, noticeably faster, equippable with foldable covers that are both literally and figuratively magnetic."

Moving on to Engadget, Joshua Topolsky is very frank: "It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market." He also notes the iPad 2's "cameras are severely lacking, the screen--while extremely high quality--is touting last year's spec, and its operating system still has significant annoyances, like the aggravating pop-up notifications." Overall, Topolsky doesn't believe Apple enticed a lot of original iPad users to upgrade (unless they need the cameras), but the iPad 2 is "really quite good" for those who haven't bought one yet.


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I'm absolutely serious. Although the zoom has some nice features it's also prone to virus attacks that the apple product isn't.

I looked at both products when I was thinking about getting one. The iPad has the support, the apps, and a company that has 16 billion in cash backing it up.

It's a no brainer if price point isn't an issue for you.


Grissom - these are my comment and not those from Grouriak. Apologies for the mistake.

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The Toshiba Thrive looks promising. Not sure how it stacks up against the iPad.

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Swiss-Ar ... s-Thrive-/

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Grouriak,

My apologies for editing your post. I thought I hit "QUOTE" but must have hit "EDIT" and did not realize it until I hit the submit button.

I could not undo it, so again my apologies.

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Are you serious???


I'm absolutely serious. Although the zoom has some nice features it's also prone to virus attacks that the apple product isn't.

I looked at both products when I was thinking about getting one. The iPad has the support, the apps, and a company that has 16 billion in cash backing it up.

It's a no brainer if price point isn't an issue for you.


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We have 2 iPads and one iPad 2. The iPad 2 is the 3G version. The nice thing about the at&t data plan is there is no contract and with the iPad 2, you can turn offf he 3G completely so there is no ghost data usage. I looked at all the tablets and for the cost and features (apps), the iPad was the clear choice for us. Now, we have iPhones so I'm sure that had some influence. The only draw back for me is lack of flash. But, I've noticed over the past couple of months, I'm not running into as much flash on the WEB. Even Adobe is releasing a HTML 5 dev tool. There is another draw back for me, the camera. I find the camera of average quality. I'm comparing to the iPhone 4 camera.

To sum it up, I love the iPad. I find myself using it more and more at work. Pages, Numbers, & Keynote easily imports Microsoft documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.


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Griss: No worries, thank you.

Regarding Ipad2, I agree 100% on the virus stuff, however, I still think it's too expensive for such limited capabilities.

Motrola Xoom has dual core, same touch responsiveness, expansion capabilities, and there are fine antivirus programs for Android.

And you can expect better tablets before the end of this year.

I'm basing my experience with my LG P990, dual core android smart phone. way better than Iphone 4, larger screen, same touch responsiveness, Flash 10.3 support, one 8Gb internal microSD, one 32 Gb external microSD, etc.

In conclusion, you should be open minded regarding this. Apple is such a fine company, but it takes it's time to launch better products. Eventually they will have a blast tablet, but they are not there yet.

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Agreed, better stuff to come if you can be patient.


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In the field of computer technology it's never worth waiting. Everything becomes obsolete in 18 months.

I went with the iPad2. Primarily needed it for remote access to my work PC when I'm away from home.

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Logmein Ignition is available in both, Ipad and Android.

With a wifi connection, you are done.

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I also use Splashtop for remote access. It is a solid app.

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Soylent Green wrote:
In the field of computer technology it's never worth waiting. Everything becomes obsolete in 18 months.

I went with the iPad2. Primarily needed it for remote access to my work PC when I'm away from home.



I dissagree! My 286SX is still running Police Quest just fine.

My wife has an iPad and uses it constantly. I see an iPad2 in her future.

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Police Quest!!!

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I loved that game!

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