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When Apple's original iPad hit the tech world last year, it received a very warm welcome from consumers. However, the original iPad was not without criticisms. Reviewers and early owners groused that the iPad did not provide any USB or Ethernet ports, had no camera and was missing a microSD slot for extra storage. These were considered the major shortcomings of the original iPad. The iPad2 has currently been released in the United States and will soon be available in other countries. Potential consumers are thus curious to know whether the iPad2 fixes the shortcomings of the original iPad. Will the fixes be attractive enough to encourage consumers to spend big bucks to purchase the iPad2? New features of the iPad2 The iPad2 is more versatile than the original iPad. It is faster, thinner, lighter, and more powerful. The base model of iPad2 still maintains the starting price of about US$499. This is the same as the previous generation of iPad. With a dual-core processor, the iPad2 is also much faster and contains more powerful graphics and is thus ideal for fast-moving games. The iPad2 also has a better battery life outlasting the previous generation of iPad by about an extra hour. The iPad2 is also equipped with two built-in cameras, one in the front and one in the rear. The front facing-camera lets you capture your image for video chats or Skype video sessions. The rear camera allows you to capture great moments or your surrounding scenery. The original iPad lacks is sorely lacking this useful feature. The Smart Cover for the iPad2 is a must-have accessory that every iPad2 buyer should have. It is a perfect fit and is very versatile. Not only does it give protection it also doubles up as a stand your iPad2. The Smart Cover can be folded and transformed into a stand that makes the iPad2 easy to view while resting on your lap or on a table at home. The Smart Cover comes with ten vibrant colours that will surely suit your style. The iPad2 also boasts upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity, which results in ultra fast surfing and downloading when connecting via Wi-Fi hotspot. 3G connectivity is possible if you sign up for a 3G data plan from one of the major mobile carriers such as AT&T or Verizon. If you want to stay connected in most places, having Wi-Fi and a 3G plan is recommended. The iPad2's interface sports a feature that contains an accelerometer. The iPad2 lets you easily
transition the tablet to landscape mode. The multi-touch technology also allows you to move and manage stuff on the screen with your fingertips in a very intuitive way. Drawbacks of the iPad2 The iPad2 still lacks a USB or Ethernet port and has no microSD slot for expanded storage options. Users who worry how they will be able to connect the iPad2 to other devices, fret not for here is the solution. Apple sells an iPad camera-connection kit separately. This cameraconnection kit enables users to transfer photos and videos from a digital camera via the camera's USB cable or an SD card. Another common grouse of the original iPad's screen was that the screen was fine for surfing internet, playing games and viewing multimedia content, but it was not good enough for long periods of reading. The same drawback exists in the iPad2 as it comes with a backlit screen and not the e-Ink non-backlit screen offered by an e-reader like Amazon's Kindle. Frankly, the iPad2 is not ideal as an e-reader and is more suited as a general media consumption and entertainment device. The starting price is $499 for the iPad2. The base model of the iPad2 offers Wi-Fi connectivity, with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB memory options. As a guide, for an upgrade to the next level of hardisk storage it will cost you an additional $100 dollars each time. The premium model of the iPad2 offers both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. This model starts at $629 dollars and the price increases if you want higher harddisk space. As a guide, for an upgrade to the next level of hardisk storage it will cost you an additional $100 dollars each time. The Wi-Fi plus 3G model can meet the needs of the road warrior who wants to stay connected and have access to information sources from places without Wi-Fi hotspots.
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