What's changed between a few hours ago and now? If you were to have purchase an iPad yesterday, would you be crying today? Short answer - yes. Long answer - lets look at the specs on both machines. While it may appear from about 20 feet away that these devices look basically the same, there's quite a few lovely additions to the iPad 2 that bring it right in line for competing with what Apple has called the "Year of the copycats" - referring directly to Android and Blackberry devices on the horizon (and in the streets, if you consider Motorola XOOM, the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS optimized tablet.) But what's the real question here for those dedicated fans of Apple? What will I get when I trade in my old iPad for the iPad 2?
Make no mistake, the iPad 2 is one very skinny tablet. It's obvious the amount of effort Apple has put into reducing what was already a pretty slender slate to a ridiculously thin slice of iOS goodness; the 8.8mm body - thinner than an iPhone 4, don't forget - should feel delicate, you worry, but the metal chassis still feels sturdy and the whole thing is flex-free.
Behold the new fistfight. While we have had many a competition between tablets of Android and the iPad original, this is 2011's real brawl. We're talking the official Google approved Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet vs Apple's hero product, the second generation in what's quickly become a game-changing device in the whole world of consumer electronics. Who will emerge victorious?
Apple introduced a rather strange little character in their keynote speech on iOS 4.3, a system released right alongside the second iPad. iPad 2 will be featuring a brand new version of Photo Booth, an application popular for first-time users of Apple products over the past few years as it's one of the only instantly fun-to-use apps loaded on every OS X product. Now it's here on the iPad 2 in iOS 4.3 with an oddly tantalizing set of features.
This has to be one of the most significant differences between Honeycomb and Apple's iOS mobile platform, or so Apple would note to us at the Apple event held on March 2nd, 2011. This was known as the iPad 2 event, and indeed from start to finish it was definitely aimed at that crowd and market. One of the items we were wondering about, as we're sure many others in the tech world were wondering about as well, was how Apple would react to the oncoming wave of Android tablets with the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a tablet-based system.
We're here at the Apple iPad 2 event where we've just been informed of none other than the big news maker itself, the iPad 2. This device is set to be released with a new Apple A5 dual-core processor, 512MB or RAM, front and rear-facing cameras, FaceTime for iPad support, and a display that's the same size and resolution as the original. This device comes in both black and white, the metal on the back still being silver, the front bezel giving you the opportunity to side with the light side or the dark!
Today we were treated to a presentation by HP that might completely turn webOS around, out of the dark spaces of everyone's doubt centers and into a very plausible option place for many soon-to-be seekers of tablets in this new market. The tablet in question is the HP TouchPad, running webOS 3.0 and looking like not a half bad idea for a workstation on the go. We decided to match it up against a couple contenders, first the Motorola XOOM Android tablet, now the Apple iPad. How does the TouchPad measure up? You be the judge.