Pros Great form factor
It's a tablet, love that part
Cons Connectivity Stinks
Summary Wife and I wanted tablets to stay connected while at work, and on travel because large corporation she works for doesn't allow interaction with google calendar on their laptops through their network. So, it worked great for that purpose. Facetime is also fantastic for a traveling parent to talk to kids every day. The form factor, size, weight, etc, and the ability to access the web without mousing around are also all a big plus.
My major gripe with the Ipad...connectivity.
OK, I listen to all the Apple lovers spout off about USB being old technology, but you now what, it's still the best way to get data in and out of a devise. Period. You can play around with I-tunes, and Cloud computing all you want, but it just won't make up for the inability to easily drag and drop items onto a devise. While i'm on connectivity....So you can buy their camera connection kit with both USB and SD card capability but don't be fooled into thinking you can easily use these to bring movies or documents onto your Ipad. I'm sure there is some greedy corporate reason for this, but without all kinds of converting and basically tricking the Ipad, you can't take home movies and put them on your ipad for viewing. How's that for back assward? This devise screams to be used to interact with other portable devices and Apple does everything possible to make that difficult. It's hard to believe all the Apple fans are ok with this?
I'll be honest, I love the ipad, and use it every day, but I love it because it's a tablet and the only good option right now. I just really don't like all the "Apple" parts of it. The minute there is a thinner Android option then the Xoom, this baby is going on Ebay.
Pros Nothing special, it's only got the app store going for it
Cons IMPORTANT!! The iPad2 does not recharge when connected to MOST computers. The tech support says that only the newest iMacs and Macbook Pros's can support the 10W requirement. So please don't count on USB recharging.
Summary I can't believe the reviewers at CNET didn't look at the battery recharge issue. Another common report is that safari is pretty cranky. When moving from one page to another, I often had text from the previous page stuck on the screen over which the new page loaded. The only way out was to restart safari after completely killing it. Having used an iPhone4 for a long time now, this has never happened before. I certainly think the iPad2 is really gliltchy, and lacked thorough testing. Some apps crash on me all the time too (even apple made ones like garage band).
Pros Some nice programs
Well put together
Everything that should be standard, isn't
No add no memory
built in, non replaceable battery
Summary I've played around with one of these for a few days now, and I find it like most Apple products, overrated and overpriced. Tablet have been out for decades and yet this thing seem no better than them. The only thing good about this product is that Apple does a good job putting out flashy software that probably won't be used beyond the first few days. After that, the really addictive software usually comes on on both Android and Windows. Then there is the Apple incompatibility issues. Its not really Word friendly and it being the industry standard of word processor standard, its kinda sad. Finally, even with version two the failed to include anything with anyone complained about, like an SD card slot, USB ports even HDMI out. Cheaper version tablets have more of these features. That and I found the OS hard to navigate. So like most Apple products, its mainly for show, and benefits from half way decent advertising.
Pros Again, this review is specific to iOS 4.3, not a knock on the hardware.
Cons After upgrading any Apple device to iOS 4.3 (native on the iPad 2) we no longer have VPN connectivity to corporate networks. Many user have complained of the same issue. Apple must have been aware of this, that or lousy beta testing.
Summary Let's hope iOS 4.3.1 resolves this issue.
Pros It's thin enough to slice a cake, yet still feels firm enough not to seem flimsy and cheap. There are a lot of tablet-specific appls to purchase and the UI feels snappy and responsive.
Cons Still too heavy to use as an ebook reader. Requires dongles for HDMI and SD.
Oh, and the blacklight is bleeding through in TWO spots, but it's only noticeable when the screen is on! I'm taking it back Monday. Can't believe I waited in line for this.
Summary It's very annoying to get home, start up a new device and find a flaw in it. The bleeding of the backlight is a very blaring flaw too. I should have checked the product out as soon as I got to the car, but I seriously thought Apple was better at quality control than this.