If this is the first time you’ve been hearing about Apple within your own personal space, it’s time to take away your nerd card. Big time. However, we’re just pulling your leg — we know that you know Apple, and Apple certainly wants to get to know you. They want to make sure that you know about the iPad, and not that pesky Kindle Fire or any of the other tablet type devices that are hitting the Internet. Apple is all about the cool factor, and the cult of all things Apple is still going strong.
Don’t get us wrong — we’re pretty Team Apple around here, but we still think that you might need to take all of the Apple love with a grain of salt. Like most technologies, there are some flaws and there are some strengths. It’s going to be up to the user to figure out what they want to get out of the platform, and how they think that the device in question is going to benefit them.
So is the iPad 2 worth getting? Well, the price point of $499 and up might get you down, but the Apple machine has really cranked out a great device. No, really — there’s a lot to love in the iPad 2.
You can buy it in two flavors — Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G. We like this because the 3G part only covers Verizon and ATT, and it’s probably likely that you want to make sure that you can go with the iPad even if you don’t have either one of these carriers.
Bluetooth technology is standard no matter which model you pick up, and there’s lasso plenty of storage to be found here — all the way up to 64GB. It’s highly unlikely that you will need that much space, but a lot of people like to be prepared just in case. It all depends on how often you update your technology as well. By the time you even begin to fill up 64GB, you will probably be ready for another tablet.
The screen has standard multi-touch technology, so if you’re used to your experience on the iPhone this will translate over well. it’s better to make sure that you’re going to be able to manipulate the screen as you see fit rather than struggle to get this done. It can feel weird to actually touch the screen so much if you’re used to a physical keyboard, but Apple has made sure that the virtual keyboard experience really isn’t so bad.
We think that the iPad 2 is worth getting if you really want something portable. Watching multimedia is a treat on a device like this, and there isn’t a lot of clutter. You load up what you want and go — which makes for a much faster experience than what you would normally find with say, your laptop.
Still, this tablet isn’t going to do everything, and if you needed to do some intense work for a long period of time, you would want to make sure that you can absolutely handle that type of thing as well — along with using the right tool in the first place. This is not really a laptop killer, more like a laptop replacement. Keep these points in mind, and there’s no doubt in our minds that you could really get a lot of good use out of the iPad 2!