iPad 2 Initial Impressions

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I like to give new gadgets a little bit of my time before giving initial impressions or reviews. Too many tech “reviewers” don’t give objects their full attention prior to posting their supposed thoughts. They don’t get to know the ins, outs and quirks of a new device. You have to really USE your new toy quite a bit before you know for a fact that you are giving an honest opinion. This is why I waited a few days before even recording a video about my initial impressions.

After playing around with my iPad 2 the other day, I spent a few hours playing around with it. I’m pretty happy thus far with the upgrade. The speed differences are a little noticeable. There’s not a huge jump in speed, no.. but you can definitely tell the difference. The outside looks great. I happen to like the new design!

One of the noticeable differences in the design is the way that the port is exposed, much like the iPod touch. I’m not sure I really thrilled about this part. I can certainly lock the cable in properly. Since there’s nothing flat for the cable to sit up against, it’s easier for the cable to be jarred.

It’s nice to have a camera on the iPad, yes… even though they don’t work all that well. I’ve written my thoughts about that in a blog post, so I won’t bother to go into it again. I don’t feel the camera is going to be used as a primary one for any of you, anyway. It’s more there to use FaceTime or whatever other online type of video chatting you may need to do.

In terms of graphics capabilities.. they work well enough. They seem to run a bit more smoothly than on the older iteration. As the apps are optimized for this new version, we may see even better differences.

The iPad 2 suffers from the exact same problem as iPad 1 – fingerprints! I cannot wait to find a matte screen protector that will work well for this new device. I can’t stand to see a dirty screen. It just freaks me out. I can’t help it!

The Photo Booth built-in app is a lot of fun. There are many seriously cool effects that you can do with just a few taps, pinches or flicks of a finger. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy making myself look freaky. I saw this event based photo booth people may be interested in.

I did particularly enjoy not having to reorganize this new iPad. When I plugged it in to sync for the first time, it asked me if I wanted to restore from a backup. Uh – yes please! All of my apps and folders magically appeared the way I wanted them.. including many passwords!

As I said the other day, Zen Viewer HD is the best document reader. I’m more than happy with it, and not only because we gave away five copies of the app! There are a ton of excellent features, including easy management of nearly every type of file and media you can think of.

Even with nearly 400 apps, my iPad 2 runs smoothly. Thus far, I’m very happy. Are you?

  1. One flaw I’ve noticed is some slight backlight bleed through on the screen at the bottom by the home button and at the top of the screen, after exchanging for multiple units I’ve seen this problem on all of them, apple employee tells me maybe it’s just the way they are made, poor craftsmanship but overall I’m happy with it

  2. My initial thoughts are I’m glad I passed on the iPad 2 and stuck with my original iPad. From what I’ve seen of others iPad 2’s the cameras are not great, and I didn’t really feel I needed one, much less two, anyway.

    The screen has thinner glass but the iPad 2 isn’t significantly lighter than my iPad nor has the battery life been improved. The unit is faster in paper and will perform 3D graphics much better than my iPad, but I don’t play graphically intense games on mine and don’t see a need for faster graphics.

    I do really like the form factor of the iPad 2. Thinner and easier to hold are two huge improvements to the original iPad. That said, the original isn’t bad with the right case – which I now own. The smart cover is definitely cool and would be nice to have for at home usage but isn’t practical as an all the time case as is my Cyber Acoustics case for my iPad.

    So…I will be keeping my ears and ears open for the iPad 3 – only a short year away.

  3. I’m holding out for the iPad 3…while better specs are always nice I use my iPad primarily for reading and I don’t have any performance issues with the original. What I need most is a higher resolution screen.

  4. I thought the iPad 2 is really great! Well, as in really great! It seems that the iPad 2 is the only tablet I see in the market. lol The iPad 2 just blew off my mind when I first laid hands on it. lol

  5. Just discovered your site.. it appeals to an old geek like me.
    You make good points ..although in your videos i have to sometimes
    avoid the frustration of wanting to …um… string you up until you *GTTP* ;-).. well.. you do wander..
    I’ve been around long enough to know how to spot if something’s good.. and there’s no question.. the iPad is directly in line with the future of computing..
    Hey , my dad’s 90 and HE’s asking about these things..

    I can’t for the life of me understand the approach of all the competitors..
    see, how normal competition works is, if the other guys are doing something really well, then you try to find the holes in their product, the place where they ‘drop the ball’ as it were..
    I guess mr. Jobs et al don’t really drop the ball.. much..so I’m not sure where there would be holes to counter with, but it seems that the competition are trying to counter in the *strongest* areas rather than fill apparent weaknesses.. and at a higher price point (?)
    .. i’m just not sure that that might work out for them…

    Cheers from…Doccus