Although Apple’s sequel to the original iPad was released well over a month ago, several sources note that many people are still having difficulties getting their hands on one. In other words, there’s no way in hell you’re going to find one randomly sitting on the shelf of your local electronics store. Most stores won’t even let you reserve the iPad 2 due to high demand, so if you’re not keen on camping outside stores each morning with a slew of other giddy Apple Fanboys/Fangirls, then you’ve got more waiting to do my friend.
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer states, “We sold every iPad 2 we could make and the demand was stunning.” Really Pete? You guys didn’t see this shit-storm coming?
Most early adopters of cutting edge tech get so caught up in the flurry of “how soon can I get it,” that they don’t stop to think, “Do I really want/need this thing?” So to settle my tech-related inner turmoil, I borrowed an iPad 2 from a colleague (without her knowledge of course) and wasted a perfectly good day in several local coffee shops testing it out, because trendy coffee shops are where real iPad lovers do their best work, amiright? Aside from a glass of Scotch and a Dionne Warwick album, the one thing that helps me make tough life decisions is a good old fashioned “pros & cons” list. The following is compiled from Engadget, CNET, and my own experience.
– My arrogance and pride were sufficiently gratified by whipping out the iPad 2, holding it out at arms length, and running around the coffee shops loudly proclaiming, “THIS IS MINE! THIS IS WHERE MY HAPPY COMES FROM! SO SHINY!”
– The device is thin, looks downright sexy, and comes available as WiFi only or 3G (but 3G requires extra carrier fees and a promise of your first born child).
– Compared to the original iPad, its got a new dual core processor and more memory, which means a faster and smoother experience when visiting all those
porn news sites.
– It helped me score 2 phone numbers from cute women. Sadly, my wife scored my left arm with a kitchen knife after hearing about that.
– The battery packs a punch, getting around 10 hours of life under tests of constant usage.
– Great for gaming on-the-go or when you’re hiding under your desk to avoid your boss.
– The Smart Cover is mildly cool and bends in lots of neat ways – but lets not be coy, it’s still just a cover.
– You just lost anywhere from $500-700, not including Apple-dedicated accessories (and carrier fees if you snagged the 3G version).
– iPad 2 still doesn’t support Flash, and it’s highly unlikely that it ever will given the feud between Apple and Adobe. Booooo!
– Screen resolution wasn’t upgraded from the first gen model, so no Retina display as is seen in the iPhone 4. Seriously?
– Photos look like shit, likely because the cameras are shit. Oddly though, video comes out halfway mediocre. I videoed myself executing a series of deadly Jean Claude Van Damme kicks, complete with the patented Van Damme prolonged power-scream. People in the coffee shop look frightened, so I know my technique was spot-on. The video portrayed my fury quite decently.
– The single speaker on the back of the device didn’t quite emulate the raw power of my Van Damme power-screams, so I’d get yourself a good pair of headphones if you’re an audiophile.
– Apparently, your every move and location can be tracked and stored with this thing. Big brother much?
Lets cut to the chase people. You may want the iPad 2, but do you need it?
– If you have a MacBook and an iPhone/iPod Touch: hell no.
– If you have the first gen iPad: I’d wait for iPad 3.
– If you have a PC laptop and Android phone: you’re likely to go with the Motorola Xoom or wait for upcoming Android tablets.
– If you have a laptop only, or a smartphone only: chances are it could be fun to mess around with.
– If you don’t have a computer, smart phone, or iPod/MP3 player: then you’re Amish.