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iPad 2: One Month Later (Video)

by Jack McGrath | April 4, 2011April 4, 2011 11:53 am PST

With the release of the iPad 2, Apple has created an influential, competitive product that has further innovated on the core functionality of its predecessor. However, many are wondering whether or not this device will be right for them down the road. TechnoBuffalo’s own Jon Rettinger has voiced his opinions and concerns in the video above, recollecting his experience with the popular ¬†tablet.

While one might think that the increased speed is most noticeable during app initialization, it’s most prevalent while browsing the web, where web pages are able to utilize the second core of the A5 chip, accelerate the rendering of JavaScript graphics, resulting in significantly faster¬† load times.

Many Apple critics said that the original iPad was antiquated due to its lack of cameras. With the addition of both front-facing and back-facing cameras in its successor, the functionality that one would expect is finally available, but it is not consistently useful.

The second-generation tablet’s most apparent issues are not related to the hardware, but rather its operating system. iOS is unable to provide meaningful information on the lock screen, multitask in an intuitive way, and bring forth notifications in an unobtrusive way. It is likely that Apple will address these blemishes in the next iteration of its mobile operating system, but until a legitimate update is delivered, it is still a concern.

What do you, early iPad 2 adopters and those considering purchasing one alike, believe? If you do own the tablet, has it lived up to the hype? If you are considering buying one, does the usefulness of some features in the long term affect your opinion? Sound off in the comments below.

Jack McGrath

Rooted in his childhood obsession with dismantling and reassembling gizmos and gadgets around the house, Jack McGrath's knowledge of programming,...