Apple iPad 2 Unboxing

The Apple iPad 2’s retail package brings no surprises. Only a tad wider than the device itself the box holds your brand new iPad 2, a short manual, a very compact charger (think the original iPhone’s) and a USB cable.

If you opted for a Smart Cover the only thing you’ll really miss is a headset. Their thinking must be that this is not a phone but a computer. You don’t get headphones when you buy a MacBook. Or maybe it is more likely for iPad buyers to have an iPhone than not.

Key features of Apple iPad 2:
  1. 9.7” capacitive IPS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels; oleophobic coating
  2. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity
  3. Optional 3G connectivity (data only)
  4. Optional GPS with A-GPS support
  5. Apple A5 SoC - 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics
  6. 512MB RAM
  7. iOS 4.3
  8. 16/32/64GB of onboard storage
  9. Weight of 601 grams (607 grams for the 3G version)
  10. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  11. 10 hours battery life
  12. Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor
  13. Compatible with every iPhone app without any modifications
  14. The cheapest version costs less than an unlocked iPhone
  15. 0.7MP auto-focus camera, 720p video recording at 30fps
  16. VGA secondary camera capable of Facetime calls
  17. Impressively slim 8.8mm waistline
  18. Four and five-finger gestures (locked by default, but easy to enable with a Mac and a $5 app)
  19. 1080p TV-output with the Apple Digital AV Adapter (purchased separately for $39), 720p video streaming
  20. Magnetic Smart cover ($39 or $69)

Main disadvantages of Apple iPad 2:

  1. iTunes required for uploading content
  2. No Flash support in the web browser
  3. Poor still cameras – though, really, this thing isn’t meant for taking candids
  4. No standard USB port
  5. No kickstand – it cannot stand on a table without the help of a dock stand or a Smart cover
  6. Non replaceable battery
  7. No stereo loudspeakers
  8. No GPS receiver for the Wi-Fi only version
  9. No memory card slot
  10. 3G model uses micro-SIM, instead of a regular size SIM
  11. iPhone apps designed for HVGA resolution squander screen real estate or look pretty bad uspcaled

# Apple iPad 2 Unboxing and Hands-on
# Apple iPad 2 Specs
# Apple iPad 2 review: Love and hate 2.0


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