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As good as it gets right now

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For owners of the previous generation, we don't think Apple's put a fire under you to upgrade. Unless you absolutely need cameras on your tablet, you've still got a solid piece of gear that reaps plenty of the benefits of the latest OS and apps. For those of you who haven't yet made the leap, feel free to take a deep breath and dive in -- the iPad 2 is as good as it gets right now. And it's really quite good.

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Critic reviews

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13 reviews
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    9.0
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    8.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    9.3
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    9.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
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    8.0
  • Durability
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9.0
561 reviews
9.0
Engadget Mar 9, 2011

It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market.

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9.0
Macworld Mar 9, 2011

The first iPad was a bolt from the blue, a device that defined an entire category, and a tough act to follow. The iPad 2 follows it with aplomb.

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9.0
TechCrunch Mar 9, 2011

Let me sum all of this up in a simple way: the iPad 2, should you buy one? Maybe — it depends on a few factors. Will you want to buy one? Yes. Use that information wisely.

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9.0
PC Mag Mar 9, 2011

The clear standout in the ever-widening sea of tablets, the Apple iPad 2 brings a slimmer design, faster processing, dual cameras, and FaceTime video chat to a tablet that already had a leg up on the competition.

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9.0
New York Times Mar 9, 2011

You know what? The iPad will still dominate the market, because it dominates in all the most important criteria: thinness, weight, integration, beauty — and apps.

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8.0
CNET Mar 11, 2011

The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple's claim to being the king of tablets.

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8.0
AllThingsD Mar 9, 2011

The iPad 2 moves the goal posts, by being slimmer and lighter, boosting speed and power, and holding its price advantages, available apps and battery life. As of now, I can comfortably recommend it as the best tablet for average consumers.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Mar 9, 2011

With its ultra-slim design, faster dual-core performance, FaceTime camera, and gobs of compelling apps, the iPad 2 is the tablet to beat.

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8.0
Gizmodo Mar 17, 2011

Of course you should buy this. Unless you want a machine mostly to do things that require a lot of typing or creating things like Excel charts or Photoshopping. (Then you don't want a tablet at all.) Or unless you hate Apple. But everybody else who thinks they want a very personal computer? Yes.

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9.0
Chicago Sun-Times Mar 21, 2011

The iPad 2 is a solid, highly-progressive update and it’s only going to disappoint one kind of consumer: someone who was hoping that Apple would somehow completely redefine the greatest new tech product of 2010 in its second incarnation.

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8.0
SlashGear Mar 9, 2011

On most levels, then, the iPad 2 over-delivers. By boosting speed and graphics performance while simultaneously slimming down the chassis and preserving battery life, Apple has maintained its core strengths and extended its lead in what are arguably the toughest areas rivals face.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 14, 2011

For all the negatives, for now we think the iPad 2 is still the best tablet around. ... It is much better for consuming media, has more compelling apps (especially for the larger tablet size), has a better app store ecosystem, and is light and useable.

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9.0
USA Today Mar 10, 2011

The iPad 2 doesn't deliver everything on your tablet wish list. But when it comes to the ever-evolving state of the art, iPad 2 is second to none.

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10
veronica veronica

The iPad 2 is one of my favorite gadgets, and also one of the easiest to use. The form factor is great, though sometimes I wish it was just a tad smaller so I could comfortably thumb type while holding it in portrait mode. My biggest issue it wanting to use it outdoors. Don't bother. Bright...

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9.0
ryan ryan

Whether you're an avid user of Android or not, if you're looking at buying a tablet it's almost impossible not to consider the iPad 2. Not only because the iPad popularized the tablet form factor and is the current market leader by a wide margin, but simply because it remains the...

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8.0
cass cass

This is my first tablet and I have to say that it's a good way to start off in this category. I have to admit, it's still a luxury device. I don't feel as dependent on it as I do with my smartphone, but it's definitely a cooler experience apart from your desktop computer and your phone. Most...

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10
seth seth

As my first iOS device (I know, right?) I am floored by this thing. Every phone I've ever had now pales in comparison and I'm craving the smaller, pocket sized version. This gadget's made my life so much easier, and I find myself using it for just about everything. Except ebooks, which I...

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9.0
ddpacino ddpacino

I love the form factor and portability of the iPad 2. I use it more than my phone or computer these days, even at work and at a friend's house. The wealth of apps is lovely as well, but there are still apps I'd like to use that do not take advantage of the tablet UI. It is iOS' simplcity that...

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4.0
ccayer ccayer

Although I have grown to love my iPad and other Apple devices, what I don't love is the way Apple treats corporate customers. Apple is clueless to the needs of an enterprise. I was just told today that I am no longer allowed to use my corporate credit card for purchases. That Apple iTunes is...

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10
ylksa ylksa

I would recommend upgrading to the iPad 2 if you are an extensive user of the iPad. Thinner, lighter, faster makes it worth the upgrade.

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