The iPad 2 is available today. At present it's only available online, but will hit retail stores in the U.S. later on today. The big questions is: are you going to buy an iPad 2?
If you're like me, you decided to skip the first iPad and hold out for the 2nd version. Not because you didn't love the first iPad, but because its debut release didn't quite justify you parting with your hard earned, but limited cash. Do the iPad 2's specs now warrant a purchase?
Those who took the plunge the first time round and were very, very pleased (just ask any smug iPad 1 owner -- they won't hesitate to tell you). But now, even they are faced with a dilemma: sticking with their beloved iPad 1 or discarding it for the thinner, lighter and faster, camera-endowed replacement. What to do, what to do?
To help us come to a decision, we thought we'd do a roundup of what some of the high-flyers of the tech world (those fortunate enough to get preview models) think about the iPad 2.
David Pogue at the New York Times seems underwhelmed by the iPad 2's specs on paper (thinner, lighter, faster, a camera and a gyroscope), but when he actually gets his hands on it, he seems thrilled. Pogue says, "Just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience." He goes on to say, "This is a tablet. You are almost always holding it. Thin and light are unbelievably important for comfort and the overall delight." In comparison, Pogue says, "the best Android competitor so far -- looks obese."