“Apple didn’t need to launch a second-generation iPad. The original commands around 80% of the US tablet market. It is less than a year out of the box,” Josh Halliday reports for The Guardian. “But when [Apple CEO Steve] Jobs can improve on one of Apple’s products, you can rest assured that he will. Thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, the iPad 2 has a smaller footprint than the original – plus two cameras and extra software such as GarageBand.”
“The greatest departure from the original iPad is its speed. Apple claims that loading apps, playing games and browsing the internet are up to up to twice as fast as on the original. Certainly, internet browsing is the most striking difference,” Halliday reports. “As an owner of the original iPad, I’ve never felt that performance was lagging (then again, I also own a 20-month-old iPhone 3G), but the iPad 2’s A5 dual core processor makes it much more responsive to touch.”
Halliday reports, “Overall, the iPad 2 offers a string of incremental but important improvements on its predecessor… Apple remains ahead of the pack with the iPad 2, which offers faster web browsing, better graphics – and a really clever cover… Owners of the original iPad should not feel too sore about the upgrade: you don’t need to buy a new tablet. Those waiting to buy their first tablet could do much worse than the iPad 2.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike W.” for the heads up.]