Sunday, March 13, 2011
Yes, tablets like XOOM are attractive on the hardware side and the OS front with non restrictive Android OS. But like with XOOM price, is killing the product. On the hardware front the iPad has improved but aside from the dual core processor, more memory and dual cameras, there is nothing much to the original iPad.
But the presentation has the people wowed, one of my friends stood in the line to get 32GB White version,WiFi only but ended up buying a black one as the white versions got sold out before he could reach the counter. That is good news for Apple and not so good for the competition.
The iPad 2 is not what I really want. The display is of high quality but it is the same resolution as last year and the iOS has some kinks to be worked out. What is good about the iPad 2 is the price point, Starting point of $499 and all the options like memory and carriers make it the tablet for the consumers.
After reading how the apps like Garage Band operates, even though the tablet is yet to gain the business usage capabilities, stands out in the crowd.
One striking feature is the cover or screen protector. With some clever engineering and with the help of magnets the cover protects the screen, put the tablet to sleep when closed and wakes it up when opened. It is also an stand for the iPad 2 when folded at various angles. One thing it does not do is protecting the back of the iPad 2. If you are looking to keep the back clean and nice, better look for other covers for the iPad 2, like portfolio type.
The apps, iMovie and the Garage Band were favored by testers and users. Both providing some surprising results and crashes.
Browser performance has improved but not spectacular. Much slower than others, even XOOM according to Sunspider results by Engadget.
The disappointment seem to be concentrated around the iPad 2 cameras. Both front and back cameras seem to be doing a pretty bad jobs. Yes they look really bad.
Battery life seem to be very good, in a video test (running an MPEG4 video clip on loop, WiFi on, screen at roughly 65 percent brightness), the iPad 2 managed an astonishing 10 hours and 26 minutes of non-stop playback.
Testers found the processor on the iPad 2, 1GHz, dual-core chip called the A5 drove everyone happy with the performance. According to Geekbench, the CPU has a 800MHz clock and is as fast as twice of the previous iteration of the tablet.
But I am waiting for Motorola to reduce the price of Motorola XOOM and to bring out the WiFi only version., then I will compare!
Engadget has the scoop.