The iPad remains the standard for the entire tablet market. Released in 2011, the second-generation iPad consistently ranks as the best-selling tablet and receives high marks from reviewers.
The iPad 2 comes with Apple's iOS operating system and functions in many ways like an oversized iPhone. The iPad comes in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G models (available without contracts through AT&T and Verizon).
The iPad 2 features front- and rear-facing cameras which can be used for video calls or for creating HD-quality movies. The iPad also has access to the Apple App Store, with more than 200,000 apps specifically designed for the iPad.
When the New iPad was released in March 2012, Apple discontinued all other capacities except for the 16GB Wi-Fi and the 16GB 3G models, slashing the prices by $100.
Prices(Prices as of 03/1/2013)
|Apple iPad 2 (16GB, Wi-Fi) ||Apple iPad 2 (16GB, Wi-Fi/3G) ||Apple iPad 2 (64GB, Wi-Fi/3G) ||Source|
|$20-$200||AT&T data plans|
|$50-$100||Verizon 3G plans|
|$69 ||Wireless keyboard|
|Weight||1.33-1.35 lb. |
|Battery Life||Up to 10 hours|
|Processor||1GHz dual-core Apple A5|
|App Market||Apple App Store|
|Other Features||Wi-Fi accessible|
Ambient light sensor
|Warranty||1 year, limited|
For manufacturer information about this product, go to Apple.
Best-Selling Paid Apps
(List as of 03/4/2013) Source: Apple
|1. WhatsApp Messenger||$1|
|2. Toy Story: Smash it!||$1|
|3. Minecraft - Pocket Edition||$7|
|4. 8 Ball Pool||$1|
|5. Clear Vision 2||$1|
What People Are Saying:
Reviewers praise the second-generation iPad for its thinner, lighter appearance -- in fact, it's even thinner than the iPhone 4, a feat considering what's packed inside. The original lacked a camera, so the dual cameras are also a welcome addition. A faster processor than the original speeds up many tasks and improves gameplay. Expert reviewers note this might not be enough for owners of the original to upgrade. Reviewers and users laud the iPad for its ease of use, easy setup and long battery life. But users repeatedly mentioned a few complaints about the iPad 2 -- the camera quality is lacking, the Wi-Fi models can occasionally have a hard time connecting to the Internet, and the lack of Flash support can be frustrating.
- PC Magazine: "(The iPad is) the clear standout in the ever-widening sea of tablets."
- Engadget: "It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. As much as we'd like to say that something like the Xoom has threatened Apple's presence in this space, it's difficult (if not impossible) to do that."