Available 1st Party Apps
Range of 3rd Party Apps
Cons Low Quality Front Facing Camera
Lack of Extra Port
Summary The iPad 2 makes a solid upgrade from the original. The new design is beautiful and feels great to hold. Lighter weight makes it better as an eReader, and the thinness makes it fantastic to hold for anything. However, the lack of any extra ports really does hinder its usability unfortunately. I honestly don't mind using dongles for other connections, but the device desperately needs an extra port so you can dock the device on its side and still be able to connect other devices. There are workarounds, but none are ideal.
The new software are also very nice, adding lots of additional functionality, bringing its useful capabilities closer to OSX. iOS is still behind in certain areas (notifications, multitasking), but the added hardware power of the iPad 2 make them easy fixes for iOS 5. If we don't get solid fixes in those areas though, my rating will go down a bit.
However, in my opinion, the biggest disappointment of the new device is the cheap front-facing camera. Right after the new MacBook Pros came out with the capacity for HD FaceTime calls, the iPad goes with a VGA camera? Definitely not a smart design decision. I was thoroughly looking forward to having more devices capable of HD FaceTime calls, but Apple fails to move forward. While few will find any everyday impact with this, I think for the overall Apple ecosystem, this is really frustrating. But it really does hold this device back from being a huge step forward from the original and for all of iOS.
Looking forward to seeing what Apple has in store with iOS 5. Hopefully we will get some solid improvement there to fix the few spots where Android has the big advantage (above all, notifications).
iPad 2 makes a solid platform for the next year of tablet computing, but Apple holds it back from ultimate perfection in the end.
Pros Thin, light, powerful processor, and a wide variety of apps.
Cons Storage size
Pros Asthetically beautiful, nice feel.
Cons No USB, no micro sd slot, fuzzy fonts, terrible camera, and much more!
Summary I bought this for my wife at her last job thinking she really, really needed this thing. Well, she ended up doing nothing more than playing games and reading books on it. Even then, the iPad blacked out on her several times since she's been using it, it froze on her a few times for no reason, and we can't believe how terrible the resolution in on this machine when she was taking a few pics of herself. When she types things for notes, the fonts look very blurry for some reason. We were hoping for this incredible clarity they boast in these iPads...but nothing of the sort. You do better off playing games on it if you want to see it's potential. So, for pics, she just sticks to her smartphone which takes much better pictures (won't say who the company is). The majority of the times, it's sitting on the charger, lonely and still on top of the bedroom glass dresser top with a low light that shines on the leather case. Poor little iPad. You've been reduced to nothing more...than a paperweight.
Pros Big screen, good internet capabilities, and best of all, the apple app store.
Cons Battery dive bombs if the brightness is all the way up.
Summary As i said above, the greatest things are youtube and the app store, most of my fovorite apps are only on the apple app store.
Pros Lightest full size iPad (so far)
Lots of apps
Built in web browser (Safari) is fast
Cons No Retina Display, looks a little blurry after using a retina display device