Apple iPad 2 is the second generation the iPad tablet. The new tablet is not much of a ground breaker like the first iPad, but added new features here and there to consolidate on the performance of the hugely successful first generation iPad. Apple iPad 2 tablet offered some improved features for improved performance and better user experience like two cameras with FaceTime, tri-axis gyroscope, 1GHz dual core, and assorted network options. The Apple iPad 2 is also slimmer and lighter than the first iPad.
Hardware and Software
Apple iPad 2 does away with the single-core processor and in its place is an A5 1GHz dual-core processor adding more power. A dual-core processor will result in faster performance and smoother multi-tasking. According to Apple, the iPad 2 will offer up to nine times faster graphics performance than the first iPad. Apple iPad 2 will be running an updated iOS 4 (iOS 4.3). iOS 4.3 is designed to offer a better user experience.
Display & Camera
Apple iPad 2 comes with a similar display as the original iPad. It is a 9.7-inch LED-backlit touchscreen. The resolution is also unchanged, 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi). The display is brilliant with a crisp view. The first iPad tablet had no camera at launch, but the new iPad comes with two. The rear facing camera of the Apple iPad 2 comes with HD video recording capability, while the front-facing camera offers VGA video. Both cameras can take still images as well. Apple iPad 2 features FaceTime, which enables both cameras for video calling. With FaceTime, you can activate any of the two cameras on the Apple iPad 2 for video-calling with just a single tap. You can show your call mate what is happening on the other side of the room that is making you smile by switching on the rear camera with just a single tap.
Network, Data, and Internet browsing
Apple iPad 2 offers three network options. There is an iPad 2 with only Wi-Fi. With this iPad 2, you cannot access cellular networks like GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, EVDO, etc. There is also a second iPad 2 that supports Wi-Fi and 3G cellular based on WCDMA/HSDPA. This model also called iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA can access 3G cellular services based on WCDMA (UMTS) and HSDPA. When outside 3G network, this model can also access GSM/EDGE network. The third iPad 2 model is called iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G CDMA EVDO Rev.A, which supports cellular services based on CDMA and EVDO Rev.A. iPad 2 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Apple Ipad 2 supports Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR for short-range wireless connectivity. Users can transfer files from/to their computer wirelessly via Bluetooth as well as share content wirelessly with other Bluetooth enabled devices. iPad 2 lacks a USB but comes with a cable for connecting its docking connector to USB.
media support and storage
One great edge the iPad has over other tablets is the number and quality of apps. There are over 65,000 apps specifically designed for the iPad at the Apple Store. With support for multi-tasking, you can run more than one app at a time, saving your valuable time
Apple iPad 2 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.
Pricing & Availability
Here are current prices of Apple iPad 2 in Nigeria:
- Apple iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G UMTS/HSDPA – 80,000 Naira
- Apple iPad 2 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G UMTS/HSDPA – 120,000 Naira
- Apple iPad 2 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G UMTS/HSDPA – 129,000 Naira
- Apple iPad 2 32GB Wi-Fi – N120,000
- Apple iPad 2 64GB Wi-Fi – 130,000
Apple iPad 2 tablet Features & Specifications
- A4 2 Dual Core 1GHz processor
- Apple iOS 4.3
- Accelerometer sensor
- tri-axis gyroscope
- digital compass
- 16GB/32GB/64GB built-in memory (depends on model)
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- GPS Navigation
- GSM Quad-band (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz) (depends on model)
- 3G/3.5G (UMTS/HSDPA) (850/900/1900/2100MHz) (depends on model)
- 3G/3.5G (CDMA EVDO Rev.A) (800/1900MHz) (depends on model)
- email/push email/IM
- Music player (MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC)
- Video player (MP4, H.263, H.264)
- Video/Photo editor
- Battery capacity: 25 watt-hour