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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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4216/apple-ipad-2-gpu-performance-explored...

The iPad 2 completely and utterly destroys the Tegra-2 powered XOOM in graphics benchmarks ... by a huge margin ... HOLY CRAP!

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Why Apple Doesn’t Need A Gaming Console?

Kind of a silly article, but at the same time interesting:
http://blogs.forbes.com/briancaulfield/2011/03/14/the-ipad-2-shows-why-a...

Microsoft has the XBox 360. Sony sells the PlayStation 3. Nintendo offers the family-friendly Wii. Apple, by contrast, doesn’t sell a gaming console.

Or does it? Load medieval fighting game Infinity Blade onto the iPad 2, hook it up to a high-definition television using Apple’s $39 digital AV adapter and it can be hard to tell.

Apple claims the new version of its tablet computer offers 9x the graphics performance of the old model — and game developerrs report the new tablet’s graphics capabilities are impressive. “Apple surprised us,” says Rob Murray, Chief Executive of game developer Firemint.

Want a demo? An updated version of Chair Entertaiment’s Infinity Blade medieval fighting game scales up gracefully to take advantage of the more powerful Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU built into the iPad 2’s A5 processor.

Infinity Blade runs just fine on an iPad. Try it on the iPad 2, and gamers will notice a big leap in graphics. There’s more coming, promises Donald Mustard, creative director at Chair. “We’ll be able to do things that are just mindblowing.”

Graphics, however, are just a start. The new machine’s advanced built-in gyro turns the tablet into a tossable, turnable gaming controller — kind of like the Nintendo Wii’s Wiimote.

That lets players send virtual cars carooming across a virtual racetrack in new games such as Firemint’s Real Racing 2 HD, which turns the iPad into one big steering wheel.

Gamers can compete in battles with players on iPads and iPhones anywhere on the net — a little like Microsoft’s XBox Live.

And HDMI video mirroring lets users put the action on the screen onto a high-definition television set — just like cutting edge consoles do.

To be sure, the iPad lacks a gaming console’s graphics power, but that’s coming. “We’re about two years away from surpassing consoles,” Mustard says.

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"To be sure, the iPad lacks a

"To be sure, the iPad lacks a gaming console’s graphics power, but that’s coming. “We’re about two years away from surpassing consoles,” Mustard says."

maybe this years current 5 year old ones... tech in a something that thin that will rivial "current" consoles may happen.. but the price iwll go up accordingly, a Ipad will be $1000, current consoles will be $300 and they will compare in say 5-10 years from now... maybe.

I must say the speed reported would clinch it for me easy.. even when I dont like Apple.. I dont like slow either and as a TECH head.. i gotta have my speed. If I had use for one my choice would be an Ipad for sure.. already kinda forgot about the one I just got (old one).

Havent read much, is the CPU in it Apple only? or will we see it running adnroid in some "hopefull" Ipad competitior?

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I have been extremely impressed with the speed of this thing. It is especially noticeable when you jump back and forth between a 3GS (my phone) and the iPad 2.

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Models and Target
Chris Kennedy wrote:

I have been extremely impressed with the speed of this thing. It is especially noticeable when you jump back and forth between a 3GS (my phone) and the iPad 2.

So you ended up getting one? What model did you get? I talked it over with Christina the other day and she suggested I get the 64GB instead, though I think we both agree that whether it's the 32GB or 64GB version, it should be the wi-fi one.

On a side note, we were in Target shopping last night and I noticed that they apparently were no longer carrying the Kindle and only had a couple of units remaining of iPad 1 in their display, with no indication of anything iPad 2. It doesn't matter as I'll be ordering direct from the Apple store anyway, but I thought it was a rather case for traditional retail.

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Bill Loguidice][quote=Chris Kennedy wrote:

So you ended up getting one? What model did you get? I talked it over with Christina the other day and she suggested I get the 64GB instead, though I think we both agree that whether it's the 32GB or 64GB version, it should be the wi-fi one.

I got the 32 GB Wi-fi model. I got to Best Buy around 4:50 p.m. on Friday. There was a line, of course, however they were handing out slips to people in line. I managed to get one. I requested the 32 GB White model, however there was a bit of a snafu - The Best Buy employee told me that "Apple screwed up" and that the boxes weren't labeled properly. He sold me a box that said "iPad Black 32 GB" and said "it should be white." Well...no. It was black.

But ultimately...who cares? I got home and started using it after my first few minutes of "dang. I got the wrong one."

As you know, I was originally going for 16 GB. By Friday afternoon I figured I should just get the 32 GB.

I've been downloading apps and using the thing like crazy since Friday evening and the battery is around about 35% just now. Amazing. My 3GS can't make it but 15 hours...on standby.

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Chris Kennedy wrote:

I've been downloading apps and using the thing like crazy since Friday evening and the battery is around about 35% just now. Amazing. My 3GS can't make it but 15 hours...on standby.

Yeah, like I've related that many times myself, Apple's "early" generation smartphones had dreadful battery life. Me going from the 3G that could barely last a day with light usage to the 4 that handles everything I throw out at it and then some (all the while having a nicer screen, being faster, etc.) and then still only sips at the battery was quite liberating.

I'm thinking either the Wi-Fi 32GB ($599) or 64GB ($699) Wi-fi only model for me, gray polyurethane smart cover ($39), engraving (probably "Loguidice"), digital AV adapter ($39), iPad camera connection kit ($29), iPad 2 dock ($29), and an Apple wireless keyboard ($69). I was wavering between white and black, but I was thinking the black bezel might be easier on the eyes than the white bezel, though certainly the white bezel would match stuff better (damn Apple aesthetics!). Not sure. So I'm looking at $804 or $904 sans any tax or shipping. Eek!

In any case, looks like there's a 3 to 4 week wait at this point, so I may see about ordering now depending upon when they'll charge me.

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Black v White

I find that the black bezel is much easier on the eyes because it isn't noticeable. The white one is currently on display at Best Buy, and I took a look at it after having already owned the black model for a couple of days. I found myself asking, "what am I look at?" as my eyes wandered from the bezel to the screen and back. The white one looks nice when it is "sitting there" in a room, but the black one is better for actual use (in my opinion).

It sounds like Apple is juggling the orders a bit right now. Some people got the "3-4 weeks" notice and later received a "shipped" notification. You can always hop in the queue. I may elect to use them for some of the accessories that are sold out.

I should also note that I did pick up an Invisishield as well, however I haven't installed it yet. You have to set aside time to do that...

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Chris Kennedy wrote:

I should also note that I did pick up an Invisishield as well, however I haven't installed it yet. You have to set aside time to do that...

I'm VERY picky when it comes to putting screen protectors on my devices these days. I did it on a few handhelds over the years including a DS phat when I first got it, but I've NEVER been very good with putting the things on. I've resigned myself to just being as careful as I can and if it gets scratched, it gets scratched. In fact, I had one on my PSP, but took it off, and sure enough, eventually it got a scratch. I'm hoping the smart cover mitigates most scratch situations.

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My order is officially in via

My order is officially in via the Apple Website, minimum 3 to 4 week wait. There was tax, but no shipping.

EDIT: The iPad 2 itself is apparently set to arrive April 14, with an April 11 ship date. The accessories will come before then at various times.

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