Since the first iPad hit the market opinion on the device, as well as the tablet phenomenon in general, has been completely polarised.
In one corner you have the tablet-lovers: those that cannot be without their beloved new gadget. And in the other, you’ve got the cynics: users that are happy with their netbooks, and scoff at the very idea of tablet-styled replacement.
But if you’re somewhere in the middle and are increasing drawn to the idea of having a shiny new iPad 2 device in your hands, then you’ve come to the right place.
Here are our top six excuses for getting an iPad 2 – because once you have one, trust us, you’ll have to justify it to plenty of tablet-dodgers out there in the big bad world:
1. “It’s got a dual-core processor, more RAM than the original and it’s cheaper than the Motorola Xoom”
This is a good point and it’s mostly true. The iPad 2 does have a dual core processor and more RAM than the original iPad. It is also cheaper than the Motorola Xoom, providing you opt for the cheapest 16GB version of the device.
2. “Apple’s App Store is stocked full of dedicated iPad applications. The Android Market has a lot of catching up to do before it can match Apple in this respect.”
Again, this is a good point – and not many people will contest it. Why, you ask? Simple. Because it’s true. Apple is way out in front of Google in terms of dedicated tablet applications. For instance, there are now over 65,000 dedicated iPad apps on the App Store. At present, Google with Android 3.0 cannot compete with this.
3. “The iPad 2 has more graphical power than the current top brass of Android 3.0-powered tablets out there.”
This is a bold statement, but there is increasing evidence accumulating online that Apple’s A5 chip has what it takes to beat Nvidia’s latest Tegra 2 chipset.
For instance, in a recent benchmarking of Apple’s A5 processor, PC World concluded the following:
“Apple’s new A5 chip has more graphics muscle than Nvidia’s Tegra 2, which is found in the Xoom and in all announced Honeycomb tablets to date.”
4. “iOS 4.3 is the most mature tablet operating system currently available.”
Android may dominate the smartphone market, but it doesn’t have the same level of penetration in the world of tablets – although, this isn’t for want of trying. Last year, for instance, saw the launch of a load of Android 2.2-powered tablets, most notably the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak.
However, the big problem with this picture was that Android 2.2 was not designed for tablets, which resulted in a rather less than adequate user experience.
Apple’s iPad on the other hand sold like hot cakes. And before long Apple had a plethora of dedicated iPad apps and built in functionality for the iPad, as well as a dedicated operating system in the form of iOS 4.2, which recently got updated to iOS 4.3.
So as good as Android 3.0 looks, and it does look very good, it just doesn’t have the maturity to stand up to the iOS 4.3. Apple is one generation in front of Android – and for this reason, Google will always be playing catch up.
5. “The iPad 2 is the thinnest tablet device on the market”
If you’re after a portable tablet but you don’t want to scrimp on screen real estate then the iPad 2 is most certainly the device for you.
For starters, it’s thinner than the iPhone 4, which is no mean feat in itself.
But that’s not all. The iPad 2 even had Samsung flustered last week after its official launch. Don’t believe us? Check last week’s news when Samsung’s Mobile VP, Lee Don-Joo, said the following:
“The new generation of iPads is very thin, so Samsung will have to improve the inadequate parts on their tablets.”
6. “The iPad 2 lasts longer than the competition – it’s got the best battery life by far.”
Apple waxed lyrical about the importance of battery life longevity at the launch of the iPad 2. This is all well and good, company’s always go off on sales-spiels when launching a new product. Thing is – Apple wasn’t kidding. In fact, it understated the iPad 2’s battery life.
According to Engadget, “The iPad 2 managed an astonishing 10 hours and 26 minutes of non-stop playback. That beats Apple’s own claims, and bests its nearest competitor — the Xoom — by about 2 hours. That’s another whole movie!
They conclude: “To say we were impressed would be an understatement. The iPad 2 fully delivers when it comes to battery life.”
So there you have it: six solid reasons to get an iPad 2 ahead of the current crop of Android 3.0-toting tablets. It’s faster, lighter, cheaper, lasts longer, has more apps and has a better processor. What more could you want? And don’t say Flash!