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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?

iPad 2 Unboxing and Thoughts

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Yes, the top of my head was cut off in this video. That was intentional, since it’s not important what was going on in my head at the time of the recording. All that mattered was what was sitting in that nice little box – the iPad 2. I bought my 64GB black WiFi + 3G model on launch day because I can do pretty much everything with my iPad – and I DO. I can do more with this thin and light little device than I could on my desktop machines several years ago. That’s how powerful and portable this gorgeous device is.

Before you attempt to record or watch an unboxing, make sure that you sip some of your Unboxing Juice. I don’t even understand why people even do these things. It’s a box. You open the box. You take something out of the box. Most of them are actually pointless and dumb. I generally don’t have very high opinions of them myself. However, I know that many of you out there wanted to see this particular unboxing, so I gathered my courage and hit the record button.

As I mentioned, this is the big boy in the line of iPad 2 offerings. I nearly didn’t get it and wouldn’t have if it weren’t for our friend Reza. He saved the day! I wanted the 3G option in case I happen to be in a place where there is no WiFi and for the nice little GPS functionality.

As usual, Apple’s boxes are very minimal. The picture on the front of the box is done at an angle, likely to show you how slim the device really is. You won’t find a ton of packaging inside, nor anything unnecessary. Sadly, you don’t even get box farts with the Apple products! What’s up with that? Geez.

The first thing that I noticed after taking the device out of the box is that you cannot tell the difference in the weight. I know it supposedly weighs a smidge less than the first iteration, but you can’t tell simply by holding it. Heck, I’ll admit it: you can’t tell any difference in thickness, either. If you can, perhaps you should climb on top of several mattresses with a pea underneath them. That’s all I’m saying.

You want to be wowed by a product, not freaked out by the packaging. This is definitely the case with every Apple product I have every bought: they all have that WOW factor without having to climb through hoops to get to it.

I will be uploading some additional iPad 2 videos this week, including ones which show off the camera, a comparison between the two versions and likely my initial impressions. What are your thoughts on the iPad 2 if you have one?