The iPad 2; worth the money or a waste of time?

Posted on September 8, 2011 by

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The iPad 2 has been in the UK for around six months now and has nestled into our daily routine with ease.

Whether you think it’s simply genius or a waste of our time is almost irrelevant as Apple sold 9.25 million iPads during the  last quarter, a 183 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO said: “Looking ahead to the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, we expect revenue of about $25 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $5.50.”

Now we see tablets in all forms from a massive number of manufacturers but what is it that makes these computers so brilliant and why has everyone been rushing to buy one?

Steve Jobs the former CEO of Apple said in March: “With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices.”

“While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

Well I’ve given in and joined the craze with the purchase of my own 32GB iPad 2 and to be honest I’m ashamed that I waited so long to take the plunge.

I’ll admit that back when the idea of a tablet computer was first mentioned I was more than sceptical, I could not see a need for a computer that would fit in the market between a notebook and a smartphone. Especially with the current advances in mobile internet, there didn’t seem to be a need for a new computer.

It seems I was wrong and I immediately became aware of why when I first opened that box and powered up my new toy; which in the simplest terms is easier to use than a notebook but more practical than a phone.

It’s perfect for those moments when you are on the train or in a meeting but at the same time it’s great for use in the home, reading a book, browsing the web or even catching up with BBC iPlayer. Why is this you ask? It’s simple, it takes out the interface between the user and the computer. You don’t feel like you are telling it what to do, it seems to be working all on its own. You don’t wait for it to start-up, it doesn’t explain that there has been a problem and a programme must close, it just works. There’s no feeling of ‘wow this is taking it’s time’, it moves effortlessly between one task to the next and can handle multiple tasks at once.

Even the touch screen keyboard impresses with such ease of use you can write for hours without that frustration you would expect from typing on a touch screen.

Overall to say ‘impressive’ doesn’t quite cut it, it’s plain to see why this is the best tablet out there and selling in such great numbers.

You can pick yours up for around £400 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version which, despite being the cheapest version, is more than capable of leaving anyone feeling stunned. I advise going for the one-time payment, Wi-Fi only model unless you are frequently away from a Wi-Fi source.

Do you own an iPad or rival tablet? Let me know what you think below.

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