So, yeah, uhm, I bought an iPad 2 today. I still don’t think anyone really needs a tablet, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want one. I wanted to wait until the HP TouchPad was announced, but now that it has, it seems it won’t be coming to The Netherlands any time soon. As such, the iPad 2 it was. A few quick fist impressions.
I bought the cheapest possible iPad 2 – 16GB, wifi, black, â‚¬479, plus the Smart Cover for â‚¬39. That’s one heck of a lot of money, but hey, sometimes I’m allowed to indulge myself with something that’s all want and no need.
Build quality of the device feels excellent – like all of Apple’s current hardware, really. It feels sturdy, strong, and the metal casing looks like it can take a punch. Compared to the row of plastic Android tablets I saw in the store today, the iPad 2 is not just miles ahead, but lightyears ahead.
Note, though, that build quality has nothing to do with the quality of the components inside the device. You can’t really judge those just by looking at and holding the device – my MacBook Air looks and feels just as sturdy as the iPad 2, but its SSD died within two weeks, and the left side of the display discoloured within a few months. Only time will tell how the iPad 2 holds up over the months.
Another thing you notice is just how fast and responsive the device really is. There’s no lag, no waiting, no stuttering – everything is fluid and quick. I find this a far cry from iOS’ somewhat sluggish performance on the iPhone. I guess it takes a dual-core processor to really make iOS fly.
I’ll get back to you all with a more thorough article in the future. So far, I’m liking it, but since I only just got it, that’s to be expected.
A friend and i saw the Motorola Xoom featuring android 3, packing a good tegra2 with a fresh os release .. it was so far beyond the ipad 1 it wasn’t even funny. My friend, a fairly big Apple opponent was all sigh since there was no comparison possible at all. The bestest android was still laggy around the edges, felt like a geeky tech demo with no soul or system wide vision. While the ipad released endorphin through your brain with the right amount of excellency in graphic stack / framework combination, aiming the nicest touch/visual response I’ve seen. Browsing between documents, rotation of the layout .. everything felt in place. Thinking of the other lower quality tablets and the not available dual core ipad 2 left a weird smile on my face.
p.s : Even thought it’s still a large amount of money, I can’t stop thinking about replacing the acer netbook I got my mother with an iPad, I’d bet 100$ she’d be happier, less anxious, more productive ‘computing’ user than ever
Edited 2011-06-10 22:17 UTC