An iPad is fast becoming the new must-have tech accessory on the market, with hundreds of thousands of Apple fans around the globe eagerly anticipating Apple’s next tablet release. Other companies have even gone so far as to imitate the iPad’s design in their own tablets, which has led to legal wrangling over copyright issues. However, there are some people who are still unconvinced and think that the iPad is simply a bigger version of the iPhone, without a lot of it’s basic functions. This is why we have researched 10 of the most popular reasons that iPad fans have for owning their iPad 2.
1. It’s a Big Step up from the Original iPad
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Despite naysayers claiming that the iPad 2 is more like the iPad 1.5, we reckon that it has a lot more pros over the old iPad; it’s design is lighter and thinner, it runs on iOS 4.3 which gives you a better multimedia experience and has HDMI capability which allows it to be connected to a flat-screen TV! Nice!
2. Reading ebooks is Easy Due to the Specialized Screen
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Staring at a screen to read books and magazines in the evening is never that much fun, especially if your day job involves staring at a screen. However, with the iPad 2’s screen pixilation of 1,024×768, the reading experience is a pleasurable one, so you can kick back and relax and dive into all of your favourite ebooks on your virtual bookshelf.
3. The Game Play is Fantastic
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Thanks to the new A5 dual-core processor, the graphics performance is 9 times faster than the original iPad, meaning that the game play on all of your favourite apps and games is second to none. Just try Angry Birds out on this bad boy and see how it handles!
4. It Saves Travelling with a Laptop
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You can use your iPad 2 for so many functions other than reading and playing games; if you want to show a presentation to work colleagues or take an Internet compatible device to a client, you no longer have to lug around your old laptop! Hell, doctors are even using it for X Rays!
5. You can load all of the compatible apps that you’ve bought on your iPhone onto your iPad
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If you have any apps that you bought for your iPhone, you can transfer them onto your iPad 2 by simply plugging it in to your computer and launching iTunes, clicking on the iPad icon and ‘syncing’ selected apps by checking and unchecking their boxes. Easy!
6. The Amount of Potential Storage Space is Incredible!
Apple have allowed you to choose from either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 3G models of iPad 2, (prices are: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB of the Wi-Fi version $629, $729 and $829 respectively for 16, 32 or 64GB for the Wi-Fi + 3G). The 64Gb has an amazing 14,000 songs or 80 hours of video!
7. It Makes Reading The News Fun!
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By downloading a News Reader RSS feed, you can get all of your favourite news channels’ updates streamed directly to your iPad 2 with up to the minute information. What a joy!
8. It Makes Geeks Look Cool
Ever since the rise of ‘geek chic’ in fashion circles, nerds have been edging in on the fringes of the mainstream; now that iPad 2’s are incredibly cool, it has opened the doors for all of the geeks to impress hot chicks with their new, um, technology!
9. It Has A Camera For FaceTime, Recording And Much More!
The iPad 2 boasts front and rear facing cameras, with the front camera capturing VGA still images with 5x digital zoom and video recording of up to 30 frames per second with audio and the back facing camera being able to record 720p HD video at up to 30 frames per second with audio. Apple users have been enjoying FaceTime with friends and family, as well as video-conferencing software, meaning that you don’t have to be sat across from your boss when you have your next meeting!
10. It’s Cheaper than the Original
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The iPad 2 is £30 cheaper than the original iPad was, (UK prices); you can’t really argue with that!