“I see 2!” said the iPad

The Apple iPad 2, what more does it have to offer?

Lets get this clear, since the first iPad became available to purchase on 3rd April 201o, there has been a surge of companies stepping onto the tablet bandwagon. You have Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry, Archos, and Toshiba to name but a few. To up the stakes Apple has updated the iPad, but is the iPad 2 better than the other tablets making strides in the market?

Apple’s press release quotes their CEO, Steve Jobs, saying “”With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices.” He is right. And it’s safe to say that the iPad has become a lot more personal. Writing from the unveiling in San Fran, The New York Times Live Blog says the iPad 2 has 720p capture capable front and VGA rear facing video cameras as expected. It is 8.8mm thick, is 1.3lb heavy, has a gyroscope, and comes in white and black. It will also have a new version of Apple’s mobile OS, IOS 4.3, along with a HDMI port that can output 1080p. It oozes with fun and a loving consideration for the businessperson who, when on business, can now leave their laptop’s at home.

I think it’s safe to say that competitors are running scared. Even if they can compete on features, Apple has a price point that seems unattainable by any other vendor. This is due to Apple’s intelligent early purchasing deals and by managing to secure 60% of the world’s touch panel output. Take Samsung for instance; they are now rethinking the price of their Galaxy Tab 10.1. Tech gurus at geek.com cite Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung Mobile, also admitting that the iPad 2 is surprisingly thin. He said, ‘We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate. Apple made it very thin.’ But does size matter? Yes! If you could buy a product that has better  software and is thinner you would. It’s like buying a bottle of wine; buy the better tasting expensive wine on offer or the cheap tasting wine for the same price?

What about the Motorola Xoom? Competition is intense. According to CNET.co.uk, Xoom will be the first tablet on Google Android’s newest version, Honeycomb or 3.0; specifically designed for tablets. The Apple iPad 2 will come with its Apple A5 chip and 1GHz dual-core CPU processor. That compared with the Motorola Xoom’s Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core CPU – also an amazing hardware.

But what do you want the tablet for? If your passion is taking photos, go for the Xoom; It boasts a 5MP rear, 2MP front, 720p video compared to the VGA front, 720p video rear of the Apple iPad 2. But if it all boils down to the price tag then Apple wins hands-down.

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