Thursday, March 3, 2011

Apple’s iPad 2 to be Released March 11…Hooray?

Ah, Apple.  You never cease to amaze me.  Yesterday, Apple announced the iPad 2, which will be released March 11, 2011 in the US. 

Here are a few of the specifics:

  • 33% thinner (iPad 2 = 8.8 mm—thinner than an iPhone 4, original iPad = 13.4 mm)
  • Lighter by .2 lbs
  • Dual core processor and improved video
  • Front and rear-facing cameras
  • Come in black and white
  • Supported by AT&T and Verizon
  • Same battery life as original (10 hours)
  • Same price as original ($499)
  • Can be bought with a “Smart Cover” that attaches to the iPad with magnets for $39-$69

iPad2 with smart cover

My Reaction:  Okay…I’m supposed to be excited about this?  I should say that I wasn’t excited about the original iPad either.  I took one look at it and thought, “If I want something like that, I’ll get an iPhone, which will actually fit in my pocket.”  So now I’m supposed to be jumping up in down like an excited 4-year-old because the iPad 2 thinner and weighs less?  Because let’s face it, those are the biggest differences.  Same price. Same battery life. What’s the big deal?  The better processing is nice…but necessary?

Oh my gosh, it’s lighter!  Because the average person struggles to lift over 1.5 pounds.  Thank goodness Apple has solved this problem with the iPad 2.  And thinner!  WOAH!  I definitely need my tablet to be as thin as my glasses.  Thinner than my textbooks.  Hell, why not just make it sheet-of-paper sized?  Two cameras.  TWO!  And they face front and back!  I know so many people had problems with the first iPad, which only had one camera…poor chaps had to actually flip around their iPad to catch video on their other side.  Oh no!

I guess I should say I’m not an Apple fan.  I don’t like the idea that the company constantly comes out with products that are just a little better than their previous one.  I think The Oatmeal sums that concept up nicely.

iPad 2

Honestly, I’ll wait until the iPad 5 to finally cave (if even…there are many other companies I’d rather buy from who are also making tablets).  This chart I found on explains that…click the pic to go to the site to view and read it fully.
iPad 2


So no Apple iPad 2 for me.  No tablets at all for me.  Yes, I’ve sinned against the Gadget Gods:  I have no tablet, no smartphone, no nothing beyond a phone I text and talk with.  Maybe that’s why I just don’t get the hype surrounding the iPhone or the iPad?

However, one of my coworkers pointed out that since the price is the same, you will probably be able to find an iPad for pretty cheap now.

What do all of you think?  iPad 2:  yay or nay?


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