Hands on iPad 2 Review

This post was written by jd on March 15, 2011
Posted Under: Bits & Pieces


I bought an iPad 2 on March 11 the first day they came out and at around 6 pm, one hour after they first went on sale.  Not knowing why I bought it, other then I’m a tech geek and have to have the latest and greatest toy that comes out, is the only excuse that I have. The iPad comes in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, with or without 3G. I bought the 16 GB iPad 2 without 3G.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with the tablet. For instance, I downloaded the Netflix app and it streams beautifully on a marginal wifi connection. I was able to watch the TV series “Bones” season five with no problems at all.

I was also able to download a Nook app, (I also have a color Nook tablet) and downloaded one of my books that I had started reading – Brian Greene’s “The Hidden Reality” and I also bought the book by Clive Sussler “The Jungle”  As an e-book reader, it’s wonderful, and I think it works better than the Kindle (yes, I have a Kindle also) and the Nook tablets. I downloaded the Kindle app but it does not work as well as the Nook app.

There is also an NPR app with which I can listen to prior programs or listen to KXJZ live.  Other apps that I like are Chess.com, Angry Birds,  Fruit Ninja,  PSExpress,  Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post,  Google Earth and my Spanish-English dictionary which I had on my Iphone . I noticed that some of the videos on CNN would not work since it needs Adobe Flash and the iPad does not support Flash.

Photo courtesy of My Gadget News. Showing benchmark speed iPad 1 compared to iPad 2.  Various other test results indicates that the iPad 2 performs 400 times faster than the iPad 1.

Related news:  Apple iPad 2 sells out – CNN


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