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Hands On With Apple IPad 2 432

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the thinner-is-better-right dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Yesterday's announcement of the second-generation iPad showed exactly why there was so much excitment around the device. As the video hands on shows, iPad 2 makes up for all the things lacking in the original iPad. The 1GHz dual-core A5 chip does justice to apps like Photo Booth and over all user experience. Moreover, while the screen carries the same resolution, Apple was able to pack it in a noticably thinner iPad 2. Infact its dimensions, 13.4 mm to 8.8mm thick, make it 33% thinner than iPhone 4. Also while the cameras aren't HD, the inclusion itself provides an opportuntiy for Facetime, which is actually more interactive than what we've seen so far on other Apple devices."
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Hands On With Apple IPad 2

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  • Not enough (Score:2, Insightful)

    by ewe2 (47163) <ewetooNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:02PM (#35370918) Homepage Journal
    Personally, I'm waiting for iPad 3.5, when it will really be finished!
  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:03PM (#35370924)
    Well, except for Flash support and user expandable memory...

    Does the Bluetooth support an external mouse and keyboard?
  • by DavidinAla (639952) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:14PM (#35371062)
    I've been using a bluetooth keyboard with my iPad since last spring, when the iPad took the place of my laptop. I wouldn't know about a mouse, because there's no need for a mouse with it. The Flash issue has been covered to death. You either understand why its exclusion is a good thing or you don't, so there's nothing to add there. As for user-expandable memory, I can't figure out why people bring this up. It's a trade-off. There are certain advantages to having sealed, fixed memory, and it's a tradeoff to get them. If you don't want those advantages, buy a product that requires the user to manipulate a file system, but you're NOT going to see those in iOS products. Period.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:16PM (#35371090)

    so like all apple things, for $20-40 extra you can do what most normal tablets would be expected to do...

  • by alen (225700) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:19PM (#35371120)

    so where are these tablets with the same or better specs than the iPad but cheaper price?

  • Re: Not enough (Score:0, Insightful)

    by oh_my_080980980 (773867) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:26PM (#35371202)
    Yeah it's not Like Microsoft or Google doesn't have fanboys. *rolls eyes*
  • by jdastrup (1075795) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:28PM (#35371230)
    Am I the only one who gets annoyed when someone claims a camera or a display is HD? HD means nothing. There is resolution. It can be higher or lower relative to another resolution. When does a particular relative resolution become HD? The marketers seem to have that one nailed down. And that's not even considering overall picture quality, bit depth, bitrate, lens quality, aperture, light sensitivity, etc. Plenty of "HD" cameras on phones take crappy pictures.
  • The razor wire (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ThatsNotPudding (1045640) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:34PM (#35371272)
    topping the walled garden is now 33% sharper too.
  • by Overzeetop (214511) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @02:38PM (#35371322) Journal

    WTF are you letting your people put removable storage into your devices? I thought that was phased out a decade ago to keep virii from jumping on the corporate network. And what are you going to use it for - it all comes with wireless N, email and a web browser that can be pointed to your internal server. You're not going to get any faster transfer with a marketing USB dongle (that is usually dog slow) or a class 6 (or even class 10) SD card. I suppose I can buy the HDMI thing, but you're going to have to carry a dongle for that VGA connection anyway, and presuming you even allow Macs on your network they already have to carry an adapter to go from DP to, well, anything useful.

    Now, if you want to complain about having to install iTunes on your corporate machines - THAT is, imho, a real issue.

  • by vux984 (928602) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @03:00PM (#35371546)

    You either understand why its exclusion is a good thing or you don't, so there's nothing to add there.

    Wow. That's some arrogance. Did you really mean to say: "Either you agree with apple, or you are wrong."

    There are certain advantages to having sealed, fixed memory

    Can you actually name any that are relevant?

    Not having to manipulate a file system isn't one by the way. My car stereo handles CDs, mp3 disks, flash memory, and ipods, and all the complicated file system stuff is completely invisible... I just push the source button. I guess that would be too overwhelming for an iDevice user?

    Another example is the Nintendo Wii file system management which a 4 year old has no trouble with.

    Meanwhile the multiple advantages of removable storage however are blindingly obvious.

    Arguing about the trade-offs of expandable/removable storage its about as idiotic as as arguing about the trade offs of wearing a motorcycle helmet. (In that yes, there are circumstances where not having a helmet on would be advantageous... but the disadvantages thoroughly outweigh any advantages.)

    but you're NOT going to see those in iOS products

    This same arguments about how you didn't need were made about native application development and multi-tasking...

    The main reason there is no expandable memory is that:
    a) Steve Job's obsessively hates slots and buttons, and is more than willing to sacrifice function to get form.

    b) If you can slide in your own 8GB SD card for $50, why would you pay hundreds of dollars extra for one with extra memory?

  • by uniquename72 (1169497) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @03:59PM (#35372256)
    Rifles can easily be broken down and parts replaced by a knowledgeable user, and there are tons of 3rd party add ons for them that work well across all brands without needing any special connectors, etc.

    Try again.
  • And? The lack of multitasking WAS a deal-breaker for me and so I didn't get the device. I don't see how how that does anything but validate the parent's point. I don't care WHY Apple omits things since it's totally irrelevant. What I care about is whether a device meets MY needs.

    The problem with Apple products is the vast quantity of asshats around here that really DO want the product "except..." and find themselves personally offended that Steve Jobs doesn't do anything to meet their needs and feel that Apple somehow owes it to people to deliver products they want in a manner they want at a price that they want. Which, clearly, they're doing for enough people that their bank accounts continue to get fatter.

  • by MorpheousMarty (1094907) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @04:21PM (#35372550)

    so like all apple things, for $20-40 extra you can do what most normal tablets would be expected to do...

    Normal Tablets, I heard of them, usually followed by the term "market failure". Sure it would be great to have these features, but lets face it, Apple made a tablet people actually want, and a part of that was taking away features. It definitely isn't for the Slashdot crowd, but I don't recall us being that keen on tablets with these features either.

  • The main reason there is no expandable memory is that:
    a) Steve Job's obsessively hates slots and buttons, and is more than willing to sacrifice function to get form.

    b) If you can slide in your own 8GB SD card for $50, why would you pay hundreds of dollars extra for one with extra memory?

    Yep. Those are the two most likely reasons. Charging $40 for a video dongle is ridiculous and $40 for their magic cover is equally ridiculous.

    But so what? I don't get the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth caused by Apple releases. If those prices are too high or you don't like their marketing practices or the devices don't do what you need them to do then DO NOT BUY THEM. If someone else is perfectly happy to pay said prices for said items and they do not care about expandable memory and don't have any idea about Steve Jobs' personal taste then who the fuck cares?

    No one needs to own an Apple device. No one is forced to own an Apple device. No one is entitled to own an Apple device.

  • by Antisyzygy (1495469) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @07:35PM (#35374914)
    The problem with fanboi's is they consider ANYTHING to be a troll. Apple isn't perfect and if I were to point out one of its many flaws all the sudden my inbox would get bombarded by / , updates from Apple-heads.

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