90
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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iPad 2 review

To say Apple's iPad 2 is an easy tablet to review is somewhat of an understatement. The device, a follow up to last year's wildly successful (and currently market-defining) iPad, is nearly identical when it comes to software, and though improved, closely related on the hardware side as well. With a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display, the general size and shape of the device has remained the same, and though inside there's a new dual core A5 CPU, more memory, and a pair of new cameras, most of the iPad 2's changes are cosmetic. Still, the previous tablet soared far above most of its competitors when it came to the quality of both the hardware (if not its raw specs) and its software selection -- something Apple still stands head and shoulders over its adversaries on. So this new model, a thinner, sleeker, faster variant of the original may not be breaking lots of new ground, but it's already at the front of the pack. But is the iPad 2 worth an upgrade for those that took the plunge on the first generation? More importantly, does the device have what it takes to bring new owners into the fold? Those questions -- and more -- are all about to be answered in the full Engadget review, so read on!

Pros
  • Amazingly thinExtremely fastCameras finally added
Cons
  • Camera quality is poorScreen resolution could be higherOS still has rough edges
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Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

100
veronica
The iPad 2 is one of my favorite gadgets, and also one of the easiest to use....read more
90
ryan
Whether you're an avid user of Android or not, if you're looking at...read more
80
cass
This is my first tablet and I have to say that it's a good way to start off...read more
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Model
16GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, RAW, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth attachment, External keyboard, Digital camera
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Ruggedized
no
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
32GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard, Digital camera
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
64GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard, Digital camera
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
16GB 3G GSM

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard, Digital camera
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
32GB 3G GSM

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard
TV out
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
64GB 3G GSM

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard, Digital camera
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
16GB 3G CDMA

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (CDMA-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard
TV out
yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
32GB 3G CDMA

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (CDMA-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard, Digital camera
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB
Model
64GB 3G CDMA

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (CDMA-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (0.7 megapixels) (Records video, Digital zoom) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth attachment, External keyboard, Digital camera
TV out
yes (Composite (proprietary))

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
None
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], HID [peripherals], PAN [ad hoc network])

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
512 MB