16gb apple ipad 2MC769LL/A Tablet

Item No.: 5988

Product Description

Technical Details

Capacity: 16GB | Connectivity: Wifi | Color: Black
  • Apples newest generation of iPads.
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology.
  • 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed processor.
  • Forward facing and rear facing cameras.
  • Apples iOS 4 and access to Apples app store.

 

Product Details

 
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B0013FRNKG
  • Item model number: MC769LL/A
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required

Product Description

Apple iPad XX1LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi, Black) NEWEST MODEL
I consider myself relatively unbiased on Apple products. I received the original iPad as a gift (which I was able to return once I saw the iPad 2 announcement) and I have an old iPod 4th gen with color display which is still going strong after a few years, but aside from that I typically use Windows PCs and my phone is Android.

If you dont have an iPad, and youre trying to decide whether you want one or not, ask yourself: What will I use this for?

This is meant to be an overview for the uninitiated, since according to initial news reports, 70% of people who have bought the iPad 2 so far didnt own an original iPad.

Advantages:

If you want it for web surfing, a portable Netflix or other video screen, gaming, or FaceTime/Skype video chat, its definitely adept at all of those things. I used to read books and magazines in my bed before going to sleep, and I still occasionally do, but now Ive found that surfing with the iPad is just as convenient and relaxing.

The iPad is all about the apps. Even now there are a few games out there that are optimized for iPad 2, or have improved iPad 2 modes. Lots of games are free and those that arent occasionally go on sale. The only two Ive bought are Scrabble HD and Dungeon Hunter 2 HD, both when they were $1 each. I recommend both. Dungeon Hunter 2 HD is a great 3D game that tries really hard to be Diablo 2, with character classes, customization, and online play. It looks great and has never crashed or had a framerate stutter. The iPad 1 had problems with crashing and low framerates with games occasionally, and this version seems to be a much better gaming system. Thats the only big difference I noticed between the iPad 1 and iPad 2 so far though.

For me, having a huge array of apps to play with, many of which are free if you dont mind ads here and there, and the convenience of being able to web surf without having to drag out my laptop makes this worth having. Plus the battery gets 8-10 hours on a charge, which is a far cry better than any laptop I know of. Its a great e-reader for airplane travel, even really long flights, though you cant use it on take-off and landing of course.

Wi-Fi performance is flawless and the range is excellent. More than once Ive pulled up in the driveway and before Im even in the house, Ive heard my iPads ESPN ScoreCenter app go off to inform me of a score. I cant speak to the 3G quality, though, as I dont have that model. Frankly, I dont think most people need it. If Im out of the middle of nowhere and need the web for something, Id much rather pull out my phone than the iPad. Tons of public places have Wi-Fi these days.

If you want to be able to print things, you might think at first that you need an AirPrint compatible printer. Fear not! A simple Google search for "AirPrint any printer" will show you how to configure your PC or Mac to broadcast its printers with AirPrint. I have Brother and Canon printers and they both worked with it. It took some time to download and install the AirPrint service and then configure printer sharing options on my network, but that was a far cry better than buying a new printer or an expensive printing app! Still, Ive found that my printers occasionally disappear from the list, and the only way to get them back is to shut the iPad down completely and power it back on. Annoying.

Limitations:

The iPad 2 still doesnt support Adobe Flash. Some websites are adapting to this and adding HTML 5 video. Many arent. Keep that in mind if youre a heavy web video user. I love to watch web shows like the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd, and most web show hosting sites are still in Flash.

The screen is supposedly oleophobic but gets fingerprints all over the place in mere minutes of use. I find that extremely irritating. If you feel the same way, get a screen protector like the ZAGG InvisibleShield. You will thank yourself when all it takes to clear fingerprints is one wipe, plus it protects from scratches to boot. To get fingerprints off the screen itself you need some isopropyl alcohol and the patience to scrub like mad. Ick. Also, in direct sunlight, the glare off the screen makes it hard to see. Add fingerprints to that and its practically impossible.

Although the iPad 2 has two cameras, one on the front and one on the back, I havent found much reason to use them other than for video chat. The cameras are terrible quality and the iPad 2 just isnt portable enough to drag around everywhere for camera usage. You can get an excellent digital camera for $150 or less, and most smartphones have much better cameras than the iPad has. Use one of those instead.

If you dont own a laptop, dont expect the iPad 2 to do everything a laptop will, especially if you plan on doing any work-related things. Office applications are not included. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, which are like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint respectively, are available for $10 each. I dont own them, but apparently they work reasonably well. However they are not 100% compatible with Microsoft Office documents, especially if you have more complicated formatting, macros, or animations that dont translate directly. Plus, the virtual keyboard is a bit more tiring to type on and definitely hinders typing speed. I average about 45-50 WPM on it, where I can get 80-100 WPM on a normal keyboard. You can be a little lazy with it to increase your effective typing speed, though; you can leave out apostrophes or required capitalization and the iPad will nearly always fix it. That also takes care of my fingers occasionally hitting the wrong keys due to the lack of tactile feedback.

A lot of other features that you would expect a laptop to have are not here, though, or cost more. For example...
- You can give slideshow presentations or display video on external monitors, projectors, or TVs with it, but that will cost you $29 for a VGA adapter plus the price of a cable and DVI to VGA adapter (monitors or projectors), or $39 for an HDMI adapter plus the price of an HDMI cable (newer TVs), or $39 for a composite or component video cable (older TVs)
- You can transfer photos from a camera directly without having to use iTunes, but that will cost $29 for a camera adapter kit
- The iPad is terrible at file storage for things other than music, videos, photos and apps, and with no USB or SD card slot, cant easily use external storage. If you want to store documents or need external storage for anything youll need a file management app to keep track of them, and an online cloud file storage service like MobileMe (expensive) or Dropbox (free but limited to 2 GB, or pay for more)