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iPad 2 review

Apple's new tablet is the best of its kind, but is it really good enough?

One of Apple's standout features that bridges its full catalogue of products, the iPad 2's interface is a joyously simple, intuitive and easy to follow system which, thanks to the recent iOS 5.1 update is identical to that found upon the newer and more expensive third-generation iPad.

iPad 2 review

Arguably the most intuitive user interface found on any tablet device, Apple's iOS software makes the iPad a device that can be picked up by any tablet novice of technophobe alike and be transformed into an app filled, internet browsing, video playing, photograph capturing powerhouse in a matter of hours.

The iPhone replicating operating system is largely responsible for pioneering the app-based interfaces that now dominate the portable device scene.

iPad 2 review

Utilising its simplistic app-based OS, the iPad 2 features an easy to adopt point and shoot style user interface with consumers required to make use of the expansive 9.7-inch highly reactive touchscreen in order to navigate their way through menus, desired programmes and dedicated tasks.

iPad 2 review

With fast reaction times, little fuss when opening and navigating through applications and barely any fanfare when connecting the device to Wi-Fi and 3G networks, the iPad 2 is almost faultless in its performance with hardware and software combining seamlessly on a number of fronts to produce a device that is a match to the needs and requirements thrown at it by all manner of users.

For those wannabe iPad 2 owners who demand strong internet connections wherever they are, the tablet's optional 3G network connectivity features are simple to set up with self-assigning network tethering ensuring strong signal wherever available that helps transform the iPad into a truly portable device despite a form factor that cast a number of shadows when first introduced in 2010.

iPad 2 review

Thanks to the inbuilt 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium polymer battery, the new iPad predecessor plays host to a touted 10 hour battery life that rings true when doing little more than browsing web pages through Wi-Fi means, listening to music and creating the odd note or document.

iPad 2 review

Throw more power-hungry tasks at the device such as app use or downloading and the working day encompassing battery life quickly diminishes with gaming a metaphorical plug to the battery's power reserves.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerApple
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
GPSYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSUPA, HSDPA, EDGE
Product FamilyiPad 2
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformiOS
ColourBlack
Operating SystemiOS 4
Brand NameApple
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeA5
Screen Size24.6 cm (9.7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Weight (Approximate)612.3 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution700 Kilopixel
Height241.3 mm
Width185.7 mm
Depth8.6 mm
Screen ModeXGA
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelMC774LL/A
Product NameiPad 2 Tablet Computer
Product LineiPad 2
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberMC774LL/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

Thinner, lighter and full of great ideas.
Once you pick up iPad 2, it'll be hard to put down. That's the idea behind the all-new design. It's 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands. And it makes surfing the web, checking email, watching movies and reading books so natural, you might forget there's incredible technology under your fingers.