Computerworld reviews Apple’s iPad 2: ‘The Holy Grail of computing’

“Eleven months ago, Apple released the first iPad, a touchscreen handheld computer that redefined tablets, disrupting the laptop/desktop market just as the iPod did to music players and the iPhone did to smartphones. On Friday, 15 million iPads later, Apple released its successor, the iPad 2. Many people — myself included — predicted long lines and sell-outs, just like last year,” Michael deAgonia writes for Computerworld.

“So did Apple deliver?” deAgonia asks. “In a word, yes; more accurately: hell yes.”

“The first iPad wasn’t slow, even though competing devices (most announced without release dates) seemed to offer faster hardware. It has always been responsive, with minimal interface lag, if any. The iPad 2 takes this a step further,” deAgonia reports. “Featuring a new dual-core A5 chipset and double the memory (512MB instead of 256MB), everything feels faster, whether it’s app launching, data loading, switching between apps, rendering photo effects, or outputting projects in Garage Band. The speed boost affects everything. (While Apple hates dishing out specs, benchmarks indicate that not only is iPad 2 much faster than the first generation model, but it smokes the Motorola Xoom, as well.)”

“After a year of using that device, and speaking to other iPad owners… I have to say that the iPad may really be the closest thing to a perfect computer. I don’t say that lightly, either,” deAgonia writes. “If we were to define the Holy Grail of computing… it would be a device that can be pretty much anything to anyone — at home or at work — turn on instantly and operate day in and day out, without maintenance, fear of malware, or the need to troubleshoot. And it has to be portable, preferably held in a single hand. That, to me, is the Holy Grail of computing: a device not based around a checklist of hardware specs, but one that actually gets out of the way of doing stuff. Until the iPad arrived last year, such a device existed only in science fiction. The updated iPad 2, in concert with the App Store and a growing ecosystem of peripherals, completes the evolution. Compared to other tablets, it remains without rival.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jai G.” for the heads up.]

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44 Comments

  1. So slowly but surely iPad is being recognized for what it is.
    Now “officially” being recognized as a computer, will the pundits revise Apple’s market share in personal cumputers?

    1. Cumputers!

      How exciting.

      MDN: Is there a way to have the text size tool at the top of the article?. Also, it would be great to be able to ” booark” the last comment read. That way when you come back two hours later you can pick up at comment 9 and carry on.

      Thanks
      Jax44

    1. I know I couldn’t stand their comments. They were saying the iPad 2 sucks for the sake of saying it sucks. All of their so called “evidence” is the same old used excuses for why Windows/ Android is better. They call us fan boys and yet they are the ones who over react over a simple comment. Try having an actual discussion with one of them. MDN- I’m with my people 🙂

  2. When discussing a tablet, there are better religious metaphors than the Holy Grail.

    Also, we need to stop calling it a computer and start calling it a web/smart/connected appliance. Computers are complex, clunky, 20th century devices.

  3. In spite of the lousy resolution of the cameras and
    the max capacity staying at 64GB, I am so tempted
    to upgrade to an iPad 2.
    Help me somebody! I need an intervention. 🙂

    1. I’ll probably never fill up the 64GB I have. I thought I’d need it to carry around a lot of movies, but i don’t. I have a few movies actually on the drive but the rest I stream. Sure, if you’re going on a flight or something, you bring some more movies along, but they don’t need to live on there forever. Then there’re a ton of music I put on it to have on the road, but I think I still have 20 GB left.
      I wish I had a bigger iPhone 4 because I shoot a lot of videos with it, so maybe that’s a reason to have a bigger iPad 2, but still not much of one. That’s a lot of video.

      Stop worrying about onboard storage, it’s becoming less of an issue all the time.

      1. I’m about to use most of that 64GB downloading 3 cameras worth of nonstop photo taking and unedited movie shooting. With three of us shooting we may just max it out.

        I always wanted to go to the Galapagos.

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