Apple's Amazing Keynote - Revenge of the iPad!

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Well, Apple did it, they actually lived up to the hype yet again. Steve Jobs coming out on stage and doing the presentation was a brilliant touch. No matter what you think of Jobs or Apple, good for him. As for the iPad 2, well, Apple didn't merely iterate slightly, they did actually make a true "2", no now all those silly rumors of an iPad 3 coming out in the fall can be put to rest. 1.3 pounds, THINNER than my iPhone 4, new A5 processor, improved graphics, dual cameras, available in black and white, AT&T and Verizon from day one, 10 hour battery life, $499 starting price (maxes out at $829 for 64GB with WiFi/3G), HDMI mirrored output up to 1080p, smart covers, etc. I think my hemming and hawing over what tablet to get was for naught as the decision has been made rather handily for me. Apple is just too far ahead of the competition at this point. Maybe that will change within a few years, but right now, all things considered, the iPad 2 is the only logical choice in tablets. It hits the US on March 11 and rolls out to 26 more countries on March 25. So, what do you guys think? Are you sold or do you think there will be better options in 2011?

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Chris Kennedy
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One vs. Two

Hey clok1966,

You bring up a great point - With official refurbished models selling for as low as $349, it makes it easy to pick up an earlier generation iPad.

That said, the small changes they made to this new model are some of the reasons why I waited. The cameras - despite their apparent lack of quality - are one reason why I waited on the iPad 1.

The second and more important reason is the form factor - weight and dimensions.

The third reason (that I didn't initially consider but did enjoy hearing) is the speed boost. The device has been reviewed in several places, and a few of them (such as engadget) posted some real world benchmarks of the iPad 2.

So I am quite certain the iPad 2 is for me, but there are a LOT of people that should go the route that you recommended.

I am also quite surprised that so many people are dumping their original iPads to get the iPad 2. There will certainly be some that do this, but...wow.

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clok1966
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I was informed our next

I was informed our next batch of 16 would arrive today? they out yet? i will update on thoughts compared to the old one when I can If i have time

Bill Loguidice
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Thoughts on the crappy cameras
Chris Kennedy wrote:

That said, the small changes they made to this new model are some of the reasons why I waited. The cameras - despite their apparent lack of quality - are one reason why I waited on the iPad 1.

I'm somewhat disappointed by this. I realize it's not meant for taking photos (and in fact would be rather awkward given the form factor), but they should have at least put in iPhone 4 quality sensors with LED flash. They could have improved the FaceTime camera as well just a bit. After all, you have this rather nice 10" screen, so you should at least make things look nice for that. With all that said, it's certainly not a deal breaker for me as the video recording quality at 720p is more than enough, and I rarely use FaceTime as it is now on my iPhone 4, so the opportunities will be few and far between. Nevertheless, I suspect one of things that the iPad 3 will feature are "revolutionary" (at least from Apple's spin) cameras, maybe even 3D (though that may take until iPad 4). This just seems like an artificial ploy to "save a feature". The other possibility - and this is where my technical ignore comes into place - is that perhaps because the iPad 2 is even thinner than the iPhone 4, that it had to use a lesser camera system to both fit and hit the price point they wanted. If that is the genuine reason, than I find it hard to argue with because weight and dimensions really are critical on a tablet, which is of course a device you'll want to carry with you regularly and use like a book, etc.

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Bill Loguidice
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Good news, I got "permission"

Good news, I got "permission" from Christina to get an iPad 2 on the condition that my work bonus and at least one book deal goes through (my self-imposed stipulation, actually). Both seem likely within the month, so hopefully it will be sooner rather than later for me...

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Chris Kennedy
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I definitely believe that Apple deliberately works on ideas that they know can be incorporated into the next iPad/iPhone and then holds back several of them for the next model because those features can go into the "next model" or "next next model." That's tough on the consumers, but wow does it ever make more money for them.

In fact, I think the iOS SDK already has mention of SD card read-write access for the iPad...so that's probably somewhere in the pipe for Apple.

I wonder if iPads with Retina displays are another one of the future features.

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Bill Loguidice
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Features
Chris Kennedy wrote:

I wonder if iPads with Retina displays are another one of the future features.

Possibly. Everything that I've read, it's prohibitively expensive to scale a retina display up to a 10" screen (and the resultant resolution would be insane, which opens another set of issues). Maybe iPad 4 will have one?

I imagine the withholding of things like SD card ports, USB ports, etc., all comes down to "we'll do it when we have to". Not only does it save Apple millions of dollars not to add those things in, but it also allows them to sell extreme profit add-ons to do those functions. Win-win. Once competitive tablets get their acts together, Apple will surely have to respond in kind. I believe that will definitely take a while, though.

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I'm curious about the

I'm curious about the comments regarding the cameras in the iPad 2. I was assuming that Facetime would be one big reason for regular folks to buy this thing--they'd like the bigger screen to see their family members better. But the quality is bad? Please explain.

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

I'm curious about the comments regarding the cameras in the iPad 2. I was assuming that Facetime would be one big reason for regular folks to buy this thing--they'd like the bigger screen to see their family members better. But the quality is bad? Please explain.

To put it simply, instead of video conferencing at a high resolution, you'll be video conferencing at a low resolution (VGA) that doesn't really take advantage of the nice screen. It works and that's what primarily matters, but they could have done a nicer job with it (like I said, my iPhone 4 has better cameras). Same thing with the external camera when used as a still camera. As a video camera it does 720p, which is fine, but as a still camera it's 0.7 megapixels--yes that's under 1MP! Viewing photos taken with a regular camera apparently look amazing on the screen, but using the camera (no flash either) on the back of the iPad, not so nice, obviously.

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clok1966
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There was a post about the

There was a post about the camera something like less then 2% use (not sure where the number came from, and dont rember the site so my memory may be wrong, maybe it was 12% )it so in a design point of view cheaper was better, and (not said but My guess) the IPAD3 will improve it! gotta leave a few features for the next one :)

Bill Loguidice
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Cameras
clok1966 wrote:

There was a post about the camera something like less then 2% use (not sure where the number came from, and dont rember the site so my memory may be wrong, maybe it was 12% )it so in a design point of view cheaper was better, and (not said but My guess) the IPAD3 will improve it! gotta leave a few features for the next one :)

Yeah, I agree, I don't think it's a critical feature (the iPad 1 did just fine without ANY cameras), but instead of saving several million dollars, Apple should have just given it the same camera specs as the iPhone 4. I don't think that was too much to ask.

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